NYC Show Review: Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds


BOB MARLEY's THREE LITTLE BIRDS 01_LtoR_Tara Yates-Reeves, Jobari Parker-Namdar, David Little and Ayanna Hardy (c)Michael HoranRaising kids in New York has its advantages; for example, exposing them to so many different cultures, whether it’s through food, the arts, or simply strolling along any given street. Although I like listening to reggae once in a while it’s not music we typically play at home so my kids haven’t gotten a chance to hear it. I recently took my kids to Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds at the New Victory Theater and was delighted to see them appreciate music that’s slightly different from what they’re used to.

Three Little Birds is a musical which has Bob Marley songs interwoven with a cute little story, written by Bob Marley’s oldest daughter, Cedella. The story is about a young boy living in Jamaica who is being chased by an evil spirit bird named Duppy. Together with a friend they try to avoid Duppy but eventually have to confront him and face their fears. The Duppy is, in fact, part of Jamaican folklore (and ended up giving my almost-five-year-old quite a scare!) The multi-talented six-person cast, accompanied by a 5-person live band was full of upbeat energy and the actors’ colorful costumes added zest to the performance.

As mentioned above, my kids have never been exposed to reggae before. After the show I asked my 7-year-old what she thought of the music. Her response: “yes, because it was nice and slow”. BOB MARLEY's THREE LITTLE BIRDS 02_Brittany Williams as Nansi and Jobari Parker-Namdar as Ziggy (c)Michael Horan

If you love the Bob Marley hits (and who doesn’t?!) you’ll love this show. It was so much fun to hear hits such as “One Love”, “Jamming”, “I shot the Sheriff”, etc. The show is a celebration of Bob Marley’s music and the life of the people of Jamaica. This is the type of musical that makes you run home to download some Bob Marley song so your kids can listen to them in full. For me, personally, it was wonderful to watch my children as they listened to this contagious, uplifting music that’s filled with songs with positive messages that help keep alive the legacy of one of the greatest  musicians of all time.

The show is just under and hour and recommended for kids ages 5 and up.

When: Through February 23rd, 2014

Where: The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street, Between 7&8 Avenues, New York

Price: $14-$38 per person

To Purchase Tickets click here.

To purchase by phone call (646) 223-3010

Box office is open Sunday & Monday 11am-5pm; Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-7pm

Photos by Michael Horan

I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.


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