Award Winning TADA! Youth Theater

Continues Its


With the family musical


Beginning April 16


NEW YORK , NY – Featured in NY Magazine, NY Times, LA Times and the Wall Street Journal, and the recipient of a 2009 Drama Desk Award and one of 15 youth organizations nationally to win the Presidential “Coming Up Taller Award,” TADA! Youth Theater (Janine Nina Trevens, Executive & Artistic Director), continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary with Wide-Awake Jake, book by Alice Elliott, music by Robby Merkin, lyrics by Faye Greenberg, and is based on a children’s picture book. The second of three amazing musical productions for the whole family this season, will open on April 16 and run  through May 23.   Premium tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Regular tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for children and can be purchased by visiting or calling (212) 252-1619 x128.   TADA! Theater is located at 15 West 28th Street .  

Wide-Awake Jake is the wonderful musical for kids, by kids, about a young boy named Jake, who simply can’t fall asleep, and the adventures he encounters on his quest for slumber. Join Jake as he meets a lion, a dragon, and a giant, and learn how easy and fun YAWN POWER can be!  Cast TBA.


TADA!’s original productions employ professional directors, choreographers and designers who work with a multi-ethnic cast of NYC children (ages 8-18) who are members of the TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble. TADA!’s productions lauded by critics around the country including New York Magazine who said, Since these young actors are a millisecond away from going pro, this is a good time to take a gander at stars on their way up.”  


For 25 years, the Drama Desk Award-winning TADA! Youth Theater has produced original musicals performed by kids aged 8-18 for family audiences. TADA! makes theater accessible through classes, school residencies, and a free youth development program for the most talented kids in the area. TADA! believes in giving every child the chance to explore and perform musical theater together in an artistic, educational, supportive and professional environment.  

Wide-Awake Jake (April 16 – May 23)

book by Alice Elliott, music by Robby Merkin, lyrics by Faye Greenberg,  

based on the book by Helen Young

and directed by Janine Nina Trevens , choreographed by Joanna Greer,  musical direction by Jim Colleran, set by Joel Sherry, costumes by Cheryl McCarron, lighting by Steve O’Shea

Opening Night, Friday, April 16 at 7PM

Performances Schedule: Saturday and Sunday at 2PM & 4PM’

Additional performances: Wednesday, April 28 at 10AM & Noon

Friday, May 21 at 7PM


TADA! Theater is located at 15 West 28th St .,

Second Floor (between Broadway and 5th Ave ), NYC

General tickets: Adults $20, Children $8;

Premium tickets: Adults $25, Children $15.

Premium tickets allow you to support TADA!’s mission while enjoying choice seating for adults and guaranteed front-row bench seats for children.  

Tickets can be purchased online at or

through the Box Office at (212) 252-1619 x 128.  

Upcoming productions:

The NY Premiere of The Magic Pot: Three Tales from China   (July 9-August 4)



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