Junie B. Jones

Book & Lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music by Zina Goldrich
Directed by Peter Flynn

New York Times Review

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About the Show

Based on the popular Barbara Park Children’s Book Series, this hour-long musical covers Junie B. Jones wild and wonderful adventures in the first grade.

Dear first-grade journal,

Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making a brand-new musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It’s all about me, Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only I do not like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.) This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It’s got loads of funny songs, and it’s based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade. Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) In first grade, I meet new friends (like Herb and José, but not that tattle-tale May). But my new teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks I might need glasses! Junie B., Boss of Lunch I get to help my friend, the cafeteria lady! And I get to wear a real actual hair net too! Who knows…. Maybe someday I’ll be the boss of the whole lunch operation! Junie B., One-Man Band The whole entire first grade is having a kickball tournament! Only, when I practice my kicking, I stub my piggy toe so badly I can’t play. But my friend Sheldon can’t play either, so maybe we can do a half-time show instead! Whew! I’m glad I can write everything down in my Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal ! And you know what? I think I might like first grade after all!

Love, (but not the mushy kind) Junie B.

This beguiling one-act charmer can be played anywhere, with extremely modest sets and costumes. Sweet, smart and tuneful, it appeals to audiences of all ages, as Edwina doles out advice, and finally learns to listen to some of it herself.