Synopses & Reviews
That curious Boynton pizzazz takes to the stage in PHILADELPHIA CHICKENS, a zippy musical production for kids and way beyond. And just wait till you hear who's in the cast...
- The Seldom Herd sings Cows
- Meryl Streep sings Nobody Understands Me
- The Bacon Brothers sing Philadelphia Chickens
- Keith Boynton sings Be Like a Duck
- Laura Linney sings Please, Can I Keep It?
- Eric Stoltz sings Snuggle Puppy
- Patti LuPone sings I Like to Fuss
- The Bacon Brothers sing Snoozers
- Caitlin McEwan sings Faraway Cookies
- John Stey sings Fifteen Animals
- The Heath Sisters sing Belly Button (round)
- Kevin Kline sings Busybusybusy
- Michael Ford sings Those Dinosaur Bones
- Darcy Boynton chants Dinosaur, Dinosaur
- Beth Andrien sings Jump Rope Jive
- Scott Bakula sings Pig Island
- Adam Bryant sings Pajama Time
- Natasha Richardson sings Silly Lullaby
- Aaaardvarks (Mark Linn-Baker, Joe Grifasi, Michael Gross & Devin McEwan) sing The Intermission Song
With these performers, words and pictures by Sandra Boynton, and music by the incomparable Rhinoceros Tap
team of Boynton & Ford, you have to hear it to believe it. And even then, it may take a while.
Praise for Pest in Show
"Sure to tickle the fancy of fun- and pun-loving youngsters and would-be young stars. This silly read-, dance-, and sing-aloud could be a smash hit."--Kirkus Reviews
"Brimming with buggy puns, wordplay, reworked classics (“Im Housefly the garbage man,” set to the tune of “Popeye the Sailor Man,” is the standout), matched in tone by Jamiesons brash collage and acrylic cartoons."--SLJ
This title contains a full-colour songbook of 17 and a half songs with a full-length, fully orchestrated CD of original songs, performed by a cast which includes: The Bacon Brothers, Scott Bakula, Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Natasha Richardson, Eric Stoltz, Meryle Street and more.
Grammy nominee. #1 New York Times bestseller. And, with 960,000 copies in print, a Recording Industry Association of America Platinum album. What an event! What a show! It's Philadelphia Chickens--the catchy and quirky, tuneful and toe-tapping, exuberant, unexpected, and totally endearing family-musical-in-a-book.
Here is a full-color songbook of 17 1/2 illustrated story-poems, and a full-length, fully orchestrated CD of original songs performed by such luminaries as Patti LuPone, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, The Bacon Brothers, and Laura Linney, who pleads "Please, Can I Keep It?"--it followed me home. / What exactly it is/ I don't know. Also joining in are Eric Stoltz, Scott
America's beloved illustrator and children's author combines her buoyant genius with some of the most talented people on the stage, presenting that rarest of kids' musical disks--one whose inimitable lyrics and music make it as sing-along, dance-along, cluck-along for parents as it is for their children. Full color.
Ladybug knows she was born to be a star. She can't wait to sing and dance in her newest musical, which will be her best show ever. Ladybug won't let anyone get in the way of her performance...especially her little brother, Fly. He's a pest! But Fly is determined to be part of the act, no matter what. Is the show big enough for this sibling rivalry?
This sing-along, read-aloud, funny tribute to the budding Broadway star in all of us is sure to be a smash hit, and shows that working together really does pay off.
About the Author
Sandra Boynton has been a bestselling Workman author for 25 years. She's written the New York Times bestseller Chocolate: The Consuming Passion, the national (and New York Times) bestselling musical for the whole family, Philadelphia Chickens, the phenomenally successful Boynton on Board series (led by Barnyard Dance!), and the one-of-a-kind Grunt, the sublime collection of Pigoroian chant. All told, her books for Workman have over 8.6 million copies in print, a number that will already be out-of-date when you read this. She lives with her family in western Connecticut.Michael Ford, Sandra Boynton’s esteemed collaborator on Philadelphia Chickens and Rhinoceros Tap, is a classically trained composer and pianist, with a long detour in Progressive Rock performance. He and his family live down the road a spell from Sandy.
Table of Contents
PART ONEandmdash;LOOK AS YOU LISTENandmdash;Spiffy illustrations of all the songs on your Chicken Disc (CD)
PART TWOandmdash;SING and PLAY ALONGandmdash;All 3 billion or so words to the songs, plus selected music notation
COWSandmdash;sung by The Seldom Herd
NOBODY UNDERSTANDS MEandmdash;sung by Meryl Streep
PHILADELPHIA CHICKENSandmdash;sung by The Bacon Brothers
BE LIKE A DUCKandmdash;sung by Keith Boynton
PLEASE, CAN I KEEP IT?andmdash;sung by Laura Linney
I LIKE TO FUSSandmdash;sung by Patti LuPone
SNOOZERSandmdash;sung by The Bacon Brothers
FARAWAY COOKIESandmdash;sung by Caitlin McEwan
THE INTERMISSION SONG!andmdash;sung by Aaaardvarks
FIFTEEN ANIMALSandmdash;sung by John Stey
BELLY BUTTONandmdash;sung by The Heath Sisters
BUSYBUSYBUSYandmdash;sung by Kevin Kline
THOSE DINOSAUR BLUESandmdash;sung by Michael Ford
DINOSAUR, DINOSAURandmdash;sung by Darcy Boynton
JUMP ROPE JIVEandmdash;sung by Beth Andrien
PIG ISLANDandmdash;sung by Scott Bakula
PAJAMA TIMEandmdash;sung by Adam Bryant
SILLY LULLABYandmdash;Natasha Richardson
PHILADELPHIA CHICKENSandmdash;instrumental reprise