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‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!’ Kicks off January 15

Live touring musical production from The Fred Rogers Company and Mills Entertainment is based on the hit PBS Kids preschool series.

NEW YORK -- It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Young fans and their families in neighborhoods nationwide will get to experience the lovable characters, engaging storylines and toe-tapping tunes from the Emmy-nominated hit PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!. The new full-scale musical production from The Fred Rogers Company and Mills Entertainment premieres January 15, 2016 at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia and will make stops in more than 50 cities across North America. The production will feature performances for both school and public audiences. +

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! stars the endearing Daniel Tiger in his iconic red sweater and sneakers, along with other instantly-recognizable characters, including Mom and Dad Tiger, Baby Margaret, Katerina Kittycat, Miss Elaina, Prince Wednesday, “O” the Owl and, of course, the famous Trolley! The live show features musical numbers throughout, as Daniel and his friends embark on an adventure through the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The stage show features songs from the PBS KIDS series along with several original musical compositions written exclusively for the live production. In addition to being grr-ific fun for young children and their families, the interactive production features messages on being a caring neighbor, sharing, and helping others.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Mills Entertainment to bring the world of Daniel Tiger from the small screen to the stage, said Paul Siefken of The Fred Rogers Company. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! will have kids and parents alike singing and dancing along while it also conveys important messages that will continue to resonate long after the curtain call.”

“This heartwarming musical production will be a very special experience for many generations to share and enjoy together,” said Simone Gianfrancesco of Mills Entertainment.

The Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood television series follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and uses musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for success in school and in life.

In September 2015, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood was the #2 program across all TV networks for Kids 2-5 and with moms of young children. In addition, it continues to be one of the most streamed shows, averaging more than 40 million streams per month. Over two million Daniel Tiger books have been published to date, and downloads of the apps, music and episodes continue to rank high on iTunes.

The animated TV series has garnered a host of prestigious awards, and most recently was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program. This recognition follows a string of additional honors, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection as well as the 2013 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series in the Preschool Category, and 2013 Cynopsis: Kids! Imagination Award for Preschool Series.

More information and the complete schedule of tour dates can be found on the official here.

Source: The Fred Rogers Company

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.