What a good time! We love “Pinkalicious” in my house and were getting pretty excited to see the live show. I had wondered before how it would be adapted for the stage. Let me just say that Derby Dinner has done a fantastic job with this children’s production! Kudos to them!
This musical is based on the book “Pinkalicious” and is a short story about a little girl who loves cupcakes, pink ones in fact. One day she wakes up pink and her whole world changes. The book is by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann.
As always, when we arrived, the lobby was filled with patrons waiting for the show. This time however, most of them were young girls wearing pink tiaras, pink tutus, pink dresses and pink shoes. I believe this breakfast show was sold out. The gift shop was adorned with cupcake themed items and light-up wands for the kids. Another offering available was a large pink cupcake with delicate pink frosting. I purchased one for my kids to share. It was very good!
We were seated in the customary courteous manor of the playhouse and immediately greeted by our server. The breakfast buffet was good with a choice of milk or juice, fruit, hash browns, biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, French toast sticks and sliced ham. We had ample time to go through the line and finish our meal before the pre-show entertainment began.
“Bravo the Star” had been greeting the crowd during mealtime, making acquaintance with youngsters and taking pictures as requested. Bravo made his way to the stage to have a little fun and introduce, by way of song, the productions for next year’s Children’s Musical Theatre at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Bravo is new since I’ve been there with my kids last. He is likable and it was more entertaining and memorable than the basic announcements prior to the performance.
I have to say the title character; “Pinkalicious” was perfectly cast. She was delightful to watch, sang beautifully and after a short time I believed she was a child. Emmy Buckner exuded enthusiasm just as I imagine the character would. She was playful and charming! The rest of the cast was also very good; I did notice that “Dr. Wink” was not listed in the program. Matthew Chappell played a great brother, believable also. The cast seemed to have good chemistry and a lot of fun.
Scene transitions were smooth; no set changes really, a few costume modifications and changes were part of the show but a couple of songs in the aisles made them unnoticeable. The music was light and bubbly and fun as well. I really enjoyed the songs, the music and some of the silly banter that was included.
I liked that this musical about cupcakes ended on a healthy note. There was a great song about antioxidants and the children did try several veggies, liked them and made a choice to eat some on their own.
“Pinkalicious the Musical” is a must see. I liked it very much and noticed others talking positively about it as we left. The true test – My five year old daughter wants to see it again and my three year old son laughed throughout and sat still for the production. Pinkalicious did not disappoint. Runtime is about an hour.
The show runs May 21, 28, and June 4, 11, 18, and 25th for breakfast and lunch showtimes and June 20th for a dinner show. Call 812-288-8281 for reservations, they will sell out fast! You can get more information or use an online reservation form at www.derbydinner.com 
They have announced the line-up for next year: “Miss Nelson is Missing”, “A Velveteen Rabbit Christmas”, “How I became a Pirate”, and “Rapunzel”.
Photo source: Derby Dinner Playhouse