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Musical brings a little pink into viewers' lives

| Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007

Pinkalicious might be girly with her pink obsession, but boys, girls and adults alike will get a kick out of the stage version of the best-selling children's book.

"Literally, the theater is just filled with fathers, mothers, girls and sons wearing pink," says Linda Ames Key, the show's producing director.

"Pinkalicious -- the Musical," which plays at various times and venues today through Sunday, brings to life the popular book written by Elizabeth Kann and illustrated by her sister, Victoria Kann. The story focuses on a girl named Pinkalicious, who has an unhealthful passion for eating pink cupcakes. Her addiction takes its toll, and one morning, she wakes up pink all over. Her doctor diagnoses her with "pinkititis," and the only way for Pinkalicious to turn her hair and skin back to normal is to eat healthful green food.

The Pinkalicious story gives kids an entertaining lesson in nutrition and habit control, and getting through a family crisis, Key says. She is the producing director of Vital Children's Theatre, a division of Vital Theatre Company in New York, which produces "Pinkalicious -- the Musical."

"She sort of learns the lesson of everything in moderation," she says. "A little pink is a good thing. ... She learns that there are reasons for rules.

"We like to say that it's about desire and discipline -- you have to curb your desires, and you have to learn discipline," Key says. "The idea of everything in moderation is an important idea."

The approximately one-hour show is "full of silliness and fun," Key says.

"We really didn't dream that it was going to become so popular, but there are a lot of pink lovers in the world," she says.

"Pinkalicious -- the Musical," a brand-new show, features a cast of five professional adults and a fantastic musical score by composer John Gregor, Key says.

Elizabeth Kann and her sister wrote the play version of the book themselves.

"It's great because the stage version brings the book to life, but the plot line is developed a little more," Elizabeth Kann says. Her book "Purplicious," the sequel to "Pinkalicious," came out Oct. 16 and is on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

"The kids love coming to see 'Pinkalicious'; they get excited," says Kann, who lived in Ross for about three years in the early part of this decade.

Kann encourages everyone to wear pink, including the pink sparkle shoes. Prepare to be entertained, no matter how old you are, she says.

"We really worked hard to appeal to the whole family," Kann says. "We don't want the parents to be bored and sleeping. ... We've gotten good feedback." Additional Information:

'Pinkalicious -- the Musical'

When and where:

&#149 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. today at Pine-Richland Middle School

&#149 7 p.m. Friday at Laughlin Auditorium at St. Paul Seminary, Crafton

&#149 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Upper St. Clair High School

&#149 2 p.m. Sunday at Byham Theater, Downtown

Admission: $9.50 in advance; $11 at the door

Details: 412-321-5520

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