Music and lyrics by Nancy Harrow
Directed by Will Pomerantz
Adapted from the Newbery Award-winning children’s book by Elizabeth Coatsworth, this captivating performance introduces kids to the cultural traditions of Japan. Using breathtaking bunraku and shadow puppetry, and an original jazz score featuring shamisen and koto instrumentations, this inventive musical tells the story of an artist and his loyal cat in ancient Japan.
Based on the book, The Cat Who Went to Heaven, written by Elizabeth Coatsworth, illustrated by Lynd Ward. Copyright 1930 by The Macmillan Company. Copyright renewed (c) 1958 by Elizabeth Coatsworth Beston. Illustrations copyright (c) 1958 by The Macmillan Company. Illustrations copyright renewed (c)1986 by Macmillan Publishing Company. Use of the Work courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. All rights reserved. Adaptation by Nancy Harrow.