Congratulation, you’ve finally found it. You’ve found a musical that’s appropriate for your children and won’t insult your intelligence. Pinkalicious is fun, original, and completely kid-friendly. It’s also one of the few children franchises that haven’t fallen into the clutches of Disney, Nickelodeon, or some toy manufacture.
The set and costumes are bright and colorful, the songs are catchy, and the musical’s message is “eat your vegetables.” The best part of all, at least for you, the show only runs about hour.
Pinkalicious is based on a series of books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. The title is the name of the musical’s lead character, a young girl, who—in case you haven’t guessed—loves the color pink. In the musical, Pinkalicious Pinkerton eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink. She loves the transformation but her parents are mortified.
Pinkalicious sees her doctor and is diagnosed with “Pinkititis.” That’s not the worst part of it. Pinkalicious is told that to reverse the process she must eat green vegetables. Like most kids, Pinkalicious finds vegetables to be yucky.
Undeterred by her diagnosis, Pinkalicious eats another pink cupcake. When she awakes in the morning she finds that she has turned from pink to red. Pinkalicious does not like this and agrees to eat her green vegetables. Much to her surprise, she discovers that she likes them.
There’s a subplot about Pinkalicious’ brother not liking all the attention his sister gets and their father demanding that he not like the color pink. Some reviewers’ reacted to this development by accusing the musical of being homophobic. Don’t make this mistake. Pink is a just a color and the musical is completely apolitical. The father doesn’t want his son liking the color pink because he suffered from “Pinkititis” as a child.
The show’s book was written by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. The music was composed by John Gregor. All three of the aforementioned names collaborated on the lyrics.