Last year my colleague Beth Johnson started a dialogue about the wonder of sharing a concert experience with your children. Recently, my family had just that sort of magical time at Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation at New York’s DR2 Theatre. Illustrator/songwriter/musician Morgan Taylor has developed a 45-minute show that is a beautifully streamlined narrative about his creation, a little yellow cone-headed alien from the sun named Gustafer.
The multimedia show at the intimate, 99-seat theater, which has been extended through Saturday, May 17, features Taylor’s whimsical (and comical) illustrations on a big screen, guest musicians, and Taylor’s engaging interactions with the children. Like many of the kids there, mine knew the words to just about all the songs, which have addictive melodies and surprisingly deep lyrics that touch on life, love, and death while talking about Gustafer’s explorations of life on Earth. (This includes pie-jumping and a pterodactyl with a penchant for wearing a tuxedo.) But it was the kind of plain old good time that even newcomers to Gusafer’s world could get caught up in, and a wholly imaginative and creative experience I was glad that my children could be a part of. It left me craving a chance to go to more wonderful things like that with them.
How about you, PopWatchers? Have you had a great live show experience with your children that you want to share?