World Premiere


Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Additional Lyrics and Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

February 20–March 15, 2020


New Production!

13-year-old Christian Andersen is the first commoner ever chosen by the King of Denmark to study at the Royal Academy, but he isn't sure he wants to go. He'll have to move to Copenhagen and live without his parents. Royal students have shoes without holes in them...and books; Christian can't even afford paper. Plus his new teacher is rumored to be meaner than a sea witch.

Based on the real life of Hans Christian Andersen, this world premiere musical, featuring a score by legendary Broadway composer Frank Loesser and an original libretto by Timothy Allen McDonald, follows Hans’ journey from poor storyteller to becoming one of the most celebrated writers of all time.


Prior to the Sunday performances, your family can participate in pre-show, related fun!

Want to know what it’s like to be an actor in Hans Christian Andersen? It’s time for you to jump in and play! Led by NCT Teaching Artists, games and activities designed for kids and adults to take part in together. (Yep, this is for adults as well, so no wallflowers.)

Family Fun Day begins at 1 pm, and ends at 1:30, so kids have time to enjoy the lobby activities before watching the show if they wish.

To attend Family Fun Day, all attendees of any age - child or adult - must have a $10 Family Fun Day ticket. This is different from the ticket to see the performance Activities are designed for ages 4 and up with a grown-up (or a few)!


Our Parent Tips & Info page helps adults know if this show is right for your young one.





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