“Dr. Dolittle” will be talking to animals at the Media Theatre over the holidays as he brings in the New Year in Delaware County.
The Philadelphia region’s first professional production of Leslie Bricusse’s two-act production, based on the 1968 classic film, will play from Nov. 20 to Jan. 27.
The humorous family musical following the exploits of an eccentric veterinarian in 1920s England takes audiences on an enjoyable journey.
From the town of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, Dr. Dolittle searches for the Great Pink Sea Snail, the oldest and wisest creature on Earth.
Along the way, the doctor falls for the niece of the magistrate who believes he is a criminal, sets sail on a huge moth, and brings two seals together to live in wedded bliss.
Artistic director Jesse Cline is directing the upbeat production, which features Philadelphia sportscaster and actor Bill Vargus in the title role.
This is Billy V’s second appearance on The Media Theatre stage, following a successful run of “Love Letters” last season.
“We consider ourselves a launching pad for aspiring talent and seasoned professionals,” said Jesse Cline, the artistic director for the theater. Cline, a Lansdowne resident, spoke proudly of its offerings. “Our Broadway Series produces five musicals per year and we have featured award-winning actors and actresses in our shows.”
“Dr. Dolittle” also features a live orchestra conducted by resident music director Tom Fosnocht, who was a major contributor to the theater’s “Delco Idol” over the summer.
Vargus has another connection to the theater, as his wife, Fox-TV’s morning weather anchor Sue Serio, acted as a judge during the “Delco Idol” competition.
This Saturday, Nov. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m., the theater will hold a Talk-To-The-Animals-Day with Dr. Dolittle. Anyone who brings a pet to the theater during this meet-and-greet occasion will receive a $5 gift voucher for an upcoming production. The Philadelphia Zoo will have its Zoo on Wheels in the lobby on Saturday afternoons in December as an added attraction.
For tickets to “Dr. Dolittle” at The Media Theatre, call (610) 891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.