Lately, my 5 year old has been really into musicals. She also happens to love watching Max & Ruby when she can (doesn’t happen often, but she adores that bunny duo!). Thus, when the Max & Ruby Live! – Bunny Party show came to town, I had to test it out.
Produced by Koba Entertainment, we checked out the website http://maxandrubyontour.com/ and we both decided to see what the Bunny Party was all about.
Children musical show review: What happened?
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Whenever we go to any musical, I like to be prepared. I usually call the theatre first to find out about intermissions, whether or not we could eat snacks during the show, and all those other important questions you have to ask whenever you bring young children with you.
We arrived on time, found our seats easily, munched on popcorn and waited for Max and Ruby to appear. While we were eating, there was a projection of the “Max and Ruby” logo on the stage curtains, a reminder of events to come.
Soon enough, we heard the familiar Max and Ruby soundtrack and saw 4 happy performers tap dancing their way in the intro number. Curtain rises and there’s Ruby! I can see why all the kiddies screamed in excitement – it was like the cartoon coming to life! Next thing you know, Max is rolling himself along in his ‘rock crusher dump truck’ right behind Ruby. The children scream “Max Max!” but Ruby doesn’t see him!
The storyline behind the Max and Ruby musical is easy to follow for young children: Ruby is planning a very special bunny party for a very special guest! The show starts off with Ruby counting the invitations to see who’s coming to the party and she can’t seem to find Max. Of course, we all see him zooming around the stage while Ruby sings “Max, where are you??” No party is complete without presents so Max and Ruby have to go shopping and to go shopping, well, of course, they have to take a bus! (My daughter loved the ‘we’re riding on a big blue bus, won’t you come with us us us..’ song). They arrive safely at the East Bunny Hop General Store and they meet the robot greeter! Max and Ruby eventually find gifts and head home…but oh oh! They’ve used all their money so they have to walk home (cue the song ‘we’re walking home…we’re walking home…can’t hardly wait, til we get home’ with lots of audience participation).
The rest of the musical is filled with fun songs, a life size slug, space cadet, and spider, and of course, a surprise guest at the end!
My Kid’s Review on the Max and Ruby Musical:
“In the Max and Ruby show, in the beginning, some tap dancers sing ‘Max and Ruby, Ruby and Max’ and I like it when Ruby was sitting on a chair checking the invite list and she didn’t even notice the audience was there. Then she turned around and saw the audience and then she sang, ‘Max, where are you? Max, where are you? Oh..Max! Max oh Max, I’m not in the mood, if you can hear me and not answer, now that’s being rude! I haven’t got time to play, I’ve got a lot of things to do today. Max, where are you? Max, where are you? Oh..Max..’ And then, in the middle of ‘Max, where are you?’ Max comes out a bunch of times and shakes his butt and stuff. My favourite part of the show is when Ms. Heavybottom comes out of the show because her butt is really big.”
Would I pay to watch the Max and Ruby musical again? I’ll be honest, I’ve been to a few musicals now and I can’t say this was my favourite one. But, at the same time, my daughter absolutely loved the musical. I’ve never seen her dance and sing along with a musical as much as she did for this one. Maybe it was because the pace was predictable and easy to follow. I mean really, how difficult is a Max and Ruby plot? And, Max is pretty cute with his vampire teeth.
Thus, for the love of my kid, I’d go again. Word of advice: if they’re selling the CD at the musical, make sure you pick one up. It really did help to extend the experience for her. I also like the songs. They’re catchy and appropriate for young children. Now, my kid sings and dances to all the songs at home and does quite an impressive robot dance!