Four Things to Know about Diary of a Wimpy Kid at Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis

Last night H and I saw the world premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the musical at Children’s Theatre Company. I’ve been anxious to see this because The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series was one of H’s favorites awhile back so I knew he would be excited to see the story come alive on stage.

To say we loved it is an understatement. It was one of the best shows we’ve ever seen on stage. Maybe even the best.

Even if you’re not familiar with Jeff Kinney’s book series, the story line is familiar. We all went to Middle School, didn’t we? The humor, the stories, the songs will wow you and your smile won’t ever leave your face. Parents, this is one show you’re going to love just as much as your kids because we all went to middle school.

If you’re thinking of going, buy tickets soon because many of the shows are already sold out and is expected to sell out soon. Tickets available here.

Here’s four things to know before you go:

One: The musical is based on the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid and there is a lot of story line straight from the first book but even a few little snippets from other books. You don’t have to read the book to follow along at all though it could be a good incentive for your kids. All of the songs are original to the the musical and so well done.

Two: Get there early. Take photos in the lobby and buy your snacks for intermission. My pro tip is always to skip the line at intermission and buy your treat ahead. Children’s Theatre staff will have it ready and waiting as soon as the intermission doors open so no need to rush around.

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The cookie from Patrick’s won’t disappoint. Cookies are $2 each.

Three: Come prepared to laugh and clap. The mostly youth cast is high energy and thick with talent. Just four adults appear in the show, two of which are the beloved company actors Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund. The rest? All kids. And these kids got talent. The singing, the dancing, the facial expressions, you’ll almost feel like you’re back in middle school with them.

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Photo by Greg Norman

Four: I brought H along with me since he’s in 4th grade and headed to middle school next year but I think younger kids would do just fine too. I wouldn’t bring preschoolers but school age kids and older will follow along and enjoy. There is some potty talk humor and an awkward scene with wrestling leotards but it’s a good clean family show.

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Photo by Dan Norman

Leading as Greg Heffley is Chicago-based actor, Ricky Falbo. Falbo’s recent credits include Little Tommy in The Who’s Tommy and Gavroche in Les Miserables at the Paramount Theatre. Rowley was played by Connecticut-based actor, David Rosenthal who recently played Bruce in Matilda, The Musical on Broadway and Pugsley Addams in The Addams Family Musical at the Connecticut Cabaret. Both are making their CTC debut.
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Photo by Dan Norman

I asked H this morning his favorite part and we both loved Rowley. I’ll always say the ability to make jokes and have an engaged audience laughing yet still keep composed always amazes me.

Photo by Dan Norman

Photo by Dan Norman

All in all I was so impressed by so many of the youth actors and actresses, their abilities were spot on, the choreography, the singing and their expressions.

Rumor has it Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be headed to Broadway so take advantage of the show hailing from Minnesota and see it at Children’s Theatre Company, the number one children’s theater in the nation, while you can. Tickets and more info available at wimpykidmusical.com.

 

Disclosure: I was given tickets to Diary of a Wimpy Kid the musical due to my relationship with Children’s Theatre Company and for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions shared are mine.

Comments

  1. Concerned Parent says

    It’s too bad that CTC couldn’t cast local kids for the leads. It’s also unfair that they are paying the 2 out of town kids, but the local children get nothing for their hours and hours of work.

  2. Excellent review. I didn’t make opening weekend, but I still hope to get there.