Family Programs

Special Family Event
LIVE IN CONCERT! "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge"
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
(Members $17)

Back by popular demand, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge—a musical by Jessica Ann Carp LIVE IN CONCERT—shines again at the New-York Historical Society! Adapted from the 1942 children's book by Hildegrade H. Swift and Lynd Ward, this timeless New York City story tells the tale of the Little Red Lighthouse who felt important and useful until the Great Gray Bridge (based on the George Washington Bridge) was built. Then he felt very, very small and no longer needed. But the Great Gray Bridge explained, "Each to his own place little brother!" urging the Lighthouse to see that everyone, no matter how small, has a purpose.

For this adaptation, Carp has woven new historical touches into the story. In added scenes, the Lighthouse’s caretaker is revealed to be a veteran of World War I, while the Canoe stands up for women’s rights. With charming characters, exciting music, and a simple but important message, this concert has been described as “a children’s musical that’s for grown-ups, too.”

Come celebrate New York City history as The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, a delightful musical take on a piece of classic children’s literature, comes to life again at the New-York Historical Society.

Support for this program provided by Shelley and Tommy Mulitz

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