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Henson Launches 'Dinosaur Train Live!'

The Jim Henson Company’s Emmy Award-nominated PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train is being adapted as a live stage production, Dinosaur Train - Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure.

Hollywood, CA -- The Jim Henson Company in conjunction with Mills Entertainment, Gables Grove Productions and The Brad Simon Organization has announced that the Emmy Award nominated PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train is being adapted as a live stage production, DINOSAUR TRAIN - LIVE! BUDDY’S BIG ADVENTURE. The show is scheduled to start its 60-city U.S. tour in October 2013. A complete schedule of performances with ticket information can be found at

DINOSAUR TRAIN - LIVE! BUDDY’S BIG ADVENTURE is a fun upbeat interactive, multi-media experience that the whole family will enjoy. Join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more on this trip through the Mesozoic age, a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth . . . and rode in trains! Young fans will see their favorite friends brought to life in an exciting, original, musical story created just for the stage where the audience is always a part of the show. Of course, Mr. Conductor will be on board to keep things on track as the Pteranodon family sets out on a new adventure. Filled with music and laughter, kids are sure to be up and dancing in the aisles.

The production includes lush animation-styled vegetation, large rear projection video screens to create motion driven backgrounds and even the Dinosaur Train itself makes an appearance! The show also uses combinations of hybrid walk-around/puppeteered costume characters, forced perspective techniques for our larger dinosaur friends, and several additional types of shadow, mechanical, and black light puppetry for special effects, our super stars and their adventures will truly seem larger than life.

Dinosaur Train is one of our most popular shows, and this family-friendly live stage show allows kids to connect with their favorite characters in a new and personal way” said Melissa Segal, Executive Vice President of Global Consumer products, The Jim Henson Company.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with this amazing team to bring the Henson magic to life on the live stage” said Michael Mills, President Mills Entertainment

“Buddy is such an awesome dinosaur to bring out on stage. In the live show we find out even more about what makes him tick and what is important to him. Working with the amazing Dinosaur Train characters and all the creative minds at The Jim Henson Company has been an exciting journey for us!,” said John Tartaglia and Michael Lewis, Gable Grove Productions

“We are delighted to offer this world class entertaining and educational production to theaters and audiences across North America,” said Brad Simon, President, The Brad Simon Organization.

The live show will be produced by Mills Entertainment and Gables Grove Productions. DINOSAUR TRAIN - LIVE! will feature songs from The Jim Henson Company TV series, with book by Craig Bartlett, story developed by John Tartaglia and Michael Lewis and Direction by John Tartaglia. The Brad Simon Organization will be booking the tour.

Source: The Jim Henson Company

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.