The Backyardigans Live! Tale of the Mighty Knights

October 3, 2008 11:20:48 AM PDT
For young children, the line between reality and fantasy is very thin. Their backyards can suddenly turn into pirate ships, distant planets, desert dunes, or whatever they can imagine. That's what The Backyardigans is all about. Each animated episode of The Backyardigans is a journey into the kind of fantasy play that happens in the mind of every preschooler. The Backyardigans include Austin and his friends: Pablo, a precocious penguin; Tyrone, a laid-back moose; Tasha, a bossy hippo, and Uniqua, an aptly named mischievous creature. Every day they meet in their adjoining backyards to explore wherever their imaginations take them ? be it a deep tropical rainforest, an enchanted castle, or a vast ocean. The Backyardigans sing and dance to tango, tap, jazz, hip-hop, calypso, operetta, rockabilly and Irish jigs; they explore different types of music just as they explore the whole wide world without ever leaving their backyards. And best of all, after each adventure, they always get home just in time for a snack!

Now the animated crew has come to life a brand-new, national touring production of THE BACKYARDIGANS LIVE! TALE OF THE MIGHTY KNIGHTS. The show is making a stop in Chicago, this Saturday Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5 for five performances at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.

The Backyardigans Live! Tale of the Mighty Knights is based on the primetime Nickelodeon special which premiered last January. The story follows backyard friends, Uniqua and Tyrone, as they become Knights and embark on a quest to protect King Pablo's unpredictable egg. Along the way, Grabbing Goblin Austin and Flighty Fairy Tasha join the medieval mayhem as the runaway egg hatches feet and makes an unexpected dash all the way up to Dragon Mountain. The Backyardigans will need the audience's help to face a mighty dragon and return the egg to the king. The Backyardigans Live! will have the entire family singing, dancing and laughing along to songs of courage, friendship and the power of imagination.

The Backyardigans Live! includes some of the same creative team that produces The Backyardigans for Nick Jr. television, including Emmy-nominated writer Adam Peltzman, and choreographer Beth Bogush. Drama Desk Award-nominated director Lou Jacob directs the production.

Ticket prices range from $20 to $45. Performances will be: Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at The Chicago Theatre Box Office, 175 N. State St, online at, through Ticketmaster or by calling 312-559-1212. For groups of 10 or more, call 877-4-GRP-TIX (877-447-7849), email or visit