The New Victory Theater presents Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players; The Mysterious Hat: a Rock Concert for Kiddos Limited Engagement April 25 – 26, 2015

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The New Victory Theater presents
Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

The Mysterious Hat: a Rock Concert for Kiddos
Limited Engagement April 25 – 26, 2015


New York, NY (March 18, 2015) –  Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, America’s favorite powerpop poets for the young and young at heart, take the stage in The Mysterious Hat running at The New Victory Theater for a limited engagement on April 25 – 26, 2015. A brand new concert experience designed especially for the New Vic, The Mysterious Hat brings Roberts’ indie hits to the NYC family scene with intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.


Bop along to catchy compositions of happy harmonies, bursts of brass and hand-clapping choruses when two-time GRAMMY® nominee for Best Children’s Album (Jungle Gym, 2011; Recess, 2014) Justin Roberts performs at The New Victory with the Not Ready for Naptime Players. With appearances by his puppet friends Willy the Whale, Lil Dave and Tim, Justin and the gang discover a “mysterious hat” while performing both brand new songs and beloved favorites. Hits like “Willy Was a Whale,” “Pop Fly” and “Yellow Bus” will be performed, along with songs from his latest GRAMMY-nominated, Parents’ Choice and NAPPA Gold Award-winning album, Recess.


“My theory on writing songs for kids and families has always been that, first and foremost, I have to believe the song myself, which means finding the emotional center of the song,” says Roberts discussing what it’s like to write songs specifically for kids. “Just like with a song for adults, there need to be good hooks, memorable melodies and lyrics that mean something,” he continues. Lauded by The New York Times as “the Judy Blume of kiddie rock,” Roberts’ unique musical stylings are compared to Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, Nick Lowe and Weezer. Justin recently published his first picture book, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, and wrote the score for a new musical, Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat, which premiered in Chicago this past December.


Roberts began his music career in the early 1990s in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Pimentos for Gus, but his love for kids music grew from his day job as a Montessori preschool teacher. He released the first of his current 12 albums, Great Big Sun, in 1997. Since then, he has played at renowned venues and festivals including Lollapalooza, LA’s Getty Museum, Seattle’s Moore Theater, Chicago’s Ravinia, DC’s National Geographic Live and Symphony Space. He has appeared on “The Today Show” and Nick Jr. television, and his song “Get Me Some Glasses” was featured during a World Series broadcast. He is the winner of seven Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, and Naptime was selected as one of Parents’ Choice “25 Best Children’s CDs of the Past 25 Years.” The winner of seven National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Awards, he has been one of’s “Top 10 Children’s CDs of the Year” four times and he was voted as the “#1 Children’s CD of the Year” by the Fids and Kamily Poll in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013.


Along with Justin Roberts, the Not Ready for Naptime Players are Liam Davis on electric guitar, keyboards and vocals; Gerald Dowd on drums and vocals; Jacqueline Schimmel on bass and vocals; and David Winer on trumpet, keyboard and percussion.


Watch a video of Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players on the New Victory website.

Performance Schedule: 4 performances

Saturday           4/25                  11am, 3pm

Sunday             4/26                  11am, 3pm

The Mysterious Hat has a running time of 50 minutes with no intermission, and is best enjoyed by kids ages 4 through 7.

General Ticket Information

Tickets for The Mysterious Hat at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) are $17 for Members and $25 for full price tickets. Theatergoers who buy tickets to three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership, with benefits including up to 35-percent savings on tickets all season long, invitations to special events and unlimited free ticket exchanges. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 646-223-3010.


The New Victory box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm. For more information, visit the New Victory website.

About The New Victory Theater

The New Victory Theater introduces extraordinary performing artists from around the world to extraordinary audiences in New York City, bringing kids to the arts and arts to kids. Created in 1995 for young New Yorkers, their families and schoolmates, The New Victory Theater presents a diverse season of international companies at low ticket prices year after year. Through the theater’s award-winning education programs, The New Victory continues to provide access to schools and communities of New York City who seek to experience and engage with the work on our stages, often for the very first time. The theater’s contributions to the cultural landscape of the city were celebrated by The Drama Desk with a Special Award for “providing enchanting, sophisticated children’s theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.” Most recently, the New Victory Usher Corps received the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates and college enrollment.


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