One of the most beloved children’s books of all time is coming to Boston in the form of a brand-new musical adventure. Roald Dahl’s timeless classic James and the Giant Peach has been adapted into a musical that includes all of the adventures and misadventures that made the original so memorable. If you’d like to relive the magic of this iconic tale, we’ve got a special deal for Boston on Budget readers: while supplies last, you can get half-off tickets to this whimsical, magical performance.
James and the Giant Peach was first published in 1961 and was an immediate hit. The book tells the tale of a downtrodden orphan named James Henry Trotter who is sent to live with his wicked aunts after his parents are eaten by an escaped rhinoceros. James buys a bag of magic beans from a mysterious old man and accidentally spills them under the old peach tree in his yard. The next morning, a giant house-sized peach appears on the tree, and the next thing James knows, he’s on an adventure with seven larger-than-life insect companions.
James and the Giant Peach has been adapted into television specials and a 1996 stop-motion animation film produced by Tim Burton. In 2010, the story was adapted into a musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Timothy Allen McDonald. The musical has been performed at the Kennedy Center in New York, the Seattle Children’s Theatre, and the Young People’s Theatre of Toronto.
Now, James and the Giant Peach is coming to Boston’s own Wheelock Family Theatre. The show will be performed on Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday matinee shows, and the performance runs about 2 hours and 15 minutes and includes one 15-minute intermission. Check here for a full listing of times and dates and visit the Wheelock Family Theatre’s event page for more information. All ages are welcome, but the show is recommended for ages 6 and up.
Tickets to this show usually start at $20, but you can get them for just $10 using a free Goldstar.com membership which you can get using any email address or Facebook account. Don’t miss this chance to see a one-of-a-kind adaptation of one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time.