When a girl named Pinkalicious eats one too many pink cupcakes and wakes up with a bad case of "pinkititis," she couldn't be happier.
With her fuchsia hair and skin catching the pink hue of Justine Burke's lighting design, Carly Crawford skips and sings jubilantly in the lead role in Pinkalicious: The Musical, now at Lexington Children's Theatre.
Based on the popular books by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, who co-wrote the show with John Gregor, Pinkalicious: The Musical is a light-hearted romp with a few surprisingly refreshing messages, like how it's OK for boys to like pink, too, and how important it is to eat green foods.
As I was escorted to my seat for a school show Tuesday morning, the usher told me that three performances had been added to meet public demand. That's a testament to the power of pink.
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Perhaps the appeal of Pinkalicious is that it invites little girls and boys to unabashedly saturate themselves in all things pink and pretty, an indulgence reflected in the show's technical designs. Tony Hardin's cupcake-paneled set design, Burke's lighting and Jessica Butler's quirky costuming set the tone for a magically pink hour of singing and dancing.
There is even a crown, magic wand and set of fairy wings to make Pinkalicious the total pink package.
It's all a bit much — but that is the point.
Thankfully, just before the audience overdoses on pink, as Pinkalicious does, the show takes a turn for moderation and sneaks in some lessons about the consequences of overindulgence and the importance of all of the world's other non-pink colors.
In the lead role, Crawford's enthusiasm and animated mischief are infectious. During the musical's opening numbers, she makes a powerful case for the fabulousness of pink, but as she begins to realize the consequences of her pinkititis, Crawford convincingly portrays the difficult process of a young child grappling with unwelcome limits. After she breaks those limits and turns all the way red, the unruly willfulness that led to her pink overdose is turned around to become the determination that will save her.
Crawford's strong, clear-toned singing voice stands out among the six ensemble performers, but there are no weak links in the tight-knit cast. Jim Short's transformation as a distant father who steers his son away from pink to a fun-loving dad who wears pink in his sport coat sends a warmly satisfying message. Justin Doro's plight as the little brother competing for attention with Pinkalicious is an important character for the boys in the audience who might not know where they fit into this whole pink scheme.
One of the highlights of the show is Kyle Chesney's tap dancing number as Dr. Wink, who delivers the bad news about pinkititis to Pinkalicious and her family.
Clocking in at one hour, one minute, Pinkalicious is a fun way to indulge our pinkest tendencies while remembering the importance of moderation and healthy choices.
'Pinkalicious: The Musical'
What: Lexington Children's Theatre's production of the musical by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, adapted from the Kanns' book. Recommended for ages 3 and older.
When: 2 and 7 p.m. March 2; 2 and 4:30 p.m. March 3, 10 (some shows sold out). School shows at 10 and 11:45 a.m. March 4-8, 11-15; although school shows are intended for student audiences, tickets are sometimes available for the public, but call ahead first.
Where: LCT, 418 W. Short St.
Tickets: $17, $14 children; available by calling (859) 254-4546, Ext. 247, or at Lctonstage.org.
Event: Playdate With Pinkalicious. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2. Join Pinkalicious and her brother Peter for lunch, crafts and cupcakes. LCT. $10, or $8 with ticket to Pinkalicious performance.