COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The final regularly scheduled show in the Springer's Foley Hall will not be a swan song. But it will be a bunch of duck songs.
That's because the last show before the Springer's new Dorothy W. McClure Theatre opens will be "Honk Jr.: The Musical," which is a musical retelling of "The Ugly Duckling."
(Not to give anything away, but if you know the story of "The Ugly Duckling," you know to expect some swan songs, too.)
Although music has always been a part of Springer Children's Theatre productions, "Honk Jr.: The Musical" is the first full-fledged musical production, an actual fledgling musical in more ways than one.
The book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and the music is by George Stiles and is the story is based on the Hans Christian Andersen children's classic. "Honk Jr.: The Musical" is an upbeat adaptation that first opened in England in 1993, but its title at that time was "The Ugly Duckling or The Aesthetically-Challenged Farmyard Fowl."
The show is a world-wide sensation that has been seen by more than 5 million people in more than 8,000 different productions. It beat out "The Lion King" and "Mamma Mia" for the 2000 Olivier for Best Musical. The Oliviers are the British equivalent of the Tony Awards.
It's springtime and a mother duck notices that one of her five eggs is noticeably larger than the others. When they do hatch, one of them looks different than the others, larger with grey feathers instead of the soft-yellow down of his siblings.
His brothers and sisters make fun of him and name him Ugly. But Ugly discovers that he is truly beautiful – both inside and out – and proves that some eggs just can't be beaten.
The show is good for children from 4 to 400. Children older than 400 may find the show confusing because the dialogue doesn't use any thee's or thou's.