Everyone’s favorite hunny-loving bear is coming to Denver in November. Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation will stop at The Newman Center for the Performing Arts on November 11-13. Spend some time in the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh and his friends!
Pooh holds a special place in the hearts of many people. For those who grew up with Pooh, he brings out a resonating nostalgia. There are memories of simpler times, of childlike innocence. For modern children obsessed with Pooh today, they can still relate to his quirks and his outlook on life.
Inspired by his son’s teddy bear, A.A. Milne first wrote about Winnie the Pooh in 1926. The other characters in the Hundred Acre Wood, including Piglet, Tigger, Kanga, and Eeyore, were all inspired by his son’s toys. Those toys are still on display today in the New York Public Library.
In 1961, Walt Disney Productions obtained Winnie’s rights and created a series of short films culminating in a feature film in 1977. Winnie the Pooh eventually became one of the most successful Disney franchises with several shorts and feature films.
Pooh had a resurgence in 2018 when Disney produced the live-action film, Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor and Jim Cummings, who was the official voice of Winnie the Pooh since 1988. The film grossed over $197 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film in the Pooh franchise.
Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation debuted Off-Broadway in October 2021 featuring a book by Jonathan Rockefeller and music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The show garnered rave reviews, including “Winnie the Pooh is delightfully first-rate,” (Theatre Pizzazz) and “An hour of bountiful joy,” (New York Theatre Guide).
From the Theatre Row Building, Pooh is now making his way across the United States in a national tour. When the production stops in Denver, what can audiences expect? This new story is told with the same classic characters we all know and love. Pooh and his friends are represented with impressive life-size puppets. Children and adults alike will delight in the magical staging, the familiar music, and the loving friendship found in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Tickets to Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation are on sale now on The Newman Center website.