Experience the healing humor of Woosical Jr., The Story of Rue as it takes to the stage on August 27th as part of the New York New Works Theater Festival at The Times Square Arts Center. Kristen Shivers and Kelley Birney wrote the lyrics that made Rue come to life with the assistance of Jay Tumminello, who composed the heartfelt songs.
Since their full-time debut in 2007, the WorryWoo Monsters have been helping children learn to cope with their feelings through stories and play. Each monster personifies a different emotion and has a corresponding tale that leads kids on a fun and educational adventure of self-discovery and acceptance. While kids know and love the storybooks and plush toys, the WorryWoo Monsters are excited to take New York City by storm and offer up a whole new experience through their abridged play Woosical Jr., The Story of Rue.
In this heartwarming musical, Rue embarks on a journey filled with a cast of quirky characters and catchy tunes that bring to light his inner struggles in a safe and accessible format. This forlorn yet lovable fellow manages to work through his problems in a way that every parent and child can relate to, eventually discovering the importance of loving himself just the way he is. While this production only focuses on one of the WorryWoos, there are six other fanciful friends just waiting for a chance to help kids in need.
Creator and illustrator Andi Green released the first WorryWoo Monsters at a New York City art exhibition in 2001 under the original title of “The Monsters In My Head”. With a background in design and illustration, Green sought to create a lovable cast of characters children could relate to while safely learning how to embrace their emotions. In 2007 a full line up of plush toys and their corresponding storybooks were designed, covering everything from loneliness to confusion and teaching kids how to make the most out of their situations. They’ve been featured as a Top 10 Unique Gift on NBC’s “TODAY” Show, one of DisneyFamily.com‘s Ten Great Bedtime Stories, earned two iParenting Top Toy Awards, and more.