Friday, March 3, 2017

Red, a Children's Musical Review

Red, a Children's Musical
by Joni Klein-Higger
and Jane Tesh
“Red, a Children’s Musical” by author Jane Tesh and author-songwriter-playwright Joni Klein-Higger, is a delightful children’s musical. It’s a re-imagining of several familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes in a “fractured fairy tale” style that kids will enjoy reading and performing. Red Riding Hood creates some funny situations when she rewrites several fairy tales and nursery rhymes on stage to prevent the wolf from eating her grandmother.

The show includes scenes from Little Red Riding Hood’s story, Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Cinderella. The play features catchy and entertaining songs throughout as Red attempts to “fix” things for the better, but only makes them worse. The final scene gives us our “happily ever after” as the FBI, Fairy Tale Believers, Incorporated, appear to save the day.

This musical is a great addition to schools looking for light-hearted entertainment to accompany their Language Arts Unit on Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends. What is especially appealing is the large number of parts available to the students; 21 singing and speaking parts. This gives many students the experience of singing and performing in a theatrical production.

Highly recommended for students ages 5 to 10. Bulk orders are available from the publisher:

More information about award winning author Joni Klein-Higger is at

More information on Jane Tesh is at

You can also check out Ms. Klein-Higger’s other children’s musicals:

“The Land of Lost Socks,” also with Jane Tesh. And “RECYCLE! a Children’s Musical.”

Ms. Klein-Higger’s other books are “Rainbow of Friendship,” “Ten Tzedakah Pennies,” “I Have a Voice,” with Dr. Flora Zaken Greenberg, and “Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat.”


Reviewed by:

Penelope Anne Cole
Multi-Award Winning Author of Magical Matthew, Magical Mea,
Magical Mea Goes to School, Magical Max and Magical Mickey, and Magical Max and Magical Mickey’s Big Surprise

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  1. Great review, Penny, thanks for sharing. Congratulations, Joni!

  2. Wonderful review! I hope lots of schools get the musical as a result.

  3. RED sounds super fun, Joni and Jane. Another lovely review, Penny.

    1. Thanks, Judy. It is really good. Gives the kids a lot to do and think about. And it's inspired me to write my Matthew series into plays! Wishing Joni and Jane much success.