The Players Theater announces 2022/23 season with FRANKENSTEIN THE MUSIC, THE LITTLE MERMAID and more


Embark on the new main stage season of Victory Theatrical at the Players Theater in the West Village. Minutes from Washington Square Park on legendary MacDougal Street, the company invites audiences on adventures with original musical versions of Frankenstein, A Christmas Carol and The Little Mermaid.

With a rotating repertoire of classic tales told through the vision of playwright and lyricist Brenda Bell and composer Michael Sgouros, the companies of Victory, Literally Alive Family Theater and Be Bold! Productions continue to enhance these beloved tales for new and returning audiences.

As a tribute to the authors, Sgouros and Bell have brought the heart and soul of these often misunderstood stories to life straight from the pages. Production crews (including lighting designer Jessica Choi, costume designer Courtney Hansen and set designer Elizabeth Chaney) maximize this gem of a 1950s Off-Broadway space and transport audiences to lands near and far – and from the mind.

A feature of the season is Eric Fletcher, an actor who has been performing with the companies for over a decade and has made a name for himself playing not only dynamic male roles, but also fantastic female antagonists while dressed in elaborate drag.

frankenstein the musical

Monsters are not born.
They are created.

Just in time for fall and Halloween season, Frankenstein the Musical kicks off the 2022 season, running September 30 through November 6. Coupled with a walk through the neighborhood’s historic homes—some of the oldest in New York—the spirit of a haunting is just what the doctor ordered. Delving into the darker and more gothic aspects of Mary Shelley’s novel, Sgouros and Bell use music and prose to enter the mind of madman Victor Frankenstein to better understand his obsession, which ultimately leads to destruction.

Love in its many forms emerges from unlikely circumstances and darkness in this psychological thriller.

First science fiction novel… which was also written by a woman!

A Christmas Carol

A tradition in its 14th year, this favorite story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation is a perfect way to ring in the winter holiday season. Original music by Michael Sgouros and lyrics by Brenda Bell make this an adaptation you’ve never seen before. The live orchestra and heartfelt performances from a cast of all ages will warm the hearts of our audience.

The beautiful language of Charles Dickens was adapted for the stage by Brenda Bell, retaining the prose the world has come to love.

The little Mermaid

Dive into adventure this spring with Coral and her sisters as they venture beyond the ocean. This original musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale is the perfect way to introduce young audiences to live theatre.

Our little mermaid, Coral, wishes to become mortal so that she can marry her young prince; but as in all dreams, there are sacrifices. The Little Mermaid soon learns that getting her wish means making tough choices. She also learns how much she is willing to give up for someone she loves.

Join in the fun with a pre-show family experience, coloring pages and music from the show!

No ‘The Little Mermaid’ story would be complete without the Wicked Fish Witch (played by Literally Alive favorite – Eric Fletcher) the ‘Diva of the Deep’ in her thrilling Gaga-style number ‘Misunderstood’, she reveals the truth about herself to the audience while bringing down the house.

Parents, grandparents and guardians will easily identify with the hardships Coral’s grandmother endured while raising her three mermaid princesses. She tries to offer valuable advice in “Pearls of Wisdom” and reflects on the laughs and tears of raising children in “Loving and Letting go.”

Literally Alive is an award-winning children’s theater company based in New York. They proudly and enthusiastically produce original musicals based on classic children’s literature, brought to life on stage.

Literally Alive seeks to ignite children’s imaginations and instill a love of reading by bringing literature to life. Our approach uses theatre, dance, music, art and puppetry to explore a work of literature for young minds. Literally Alive encourages children to become expressive, open-minded, creative and to see the arts as central to life.

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