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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Announces Phoenix Performance
By Claire Natale - Thursday Jun 29, 2023
The Madison Center for the Arts is thrilled to welcome the acclaimed family production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, set to run from Aug. 26 to Oct. 8. It will also serve as the kickoff performance for the theater’s 2023-2024 Broadway season.

Children and families are invited to experience Eric Carle’s beautifully imagined stories come to life at this very special event featuring a variety of enchanting puppets and special audience participation elements. In addition to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, audiences can travel the world with 10 Little Rubber Ducks; help The Very Lonely Firefly find the friends he's searching for; and spend time with the colorful friends of Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Plus, all VIP attendees will have the opportunity of taking a photo with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller and produced by Rockefeller Studios, the show has performed over 2,000 shows worldwide including sold out shows in Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Dubai, Belgium, United Kingdom, Canada, Luxemburg, Netherlands and New York City.

“After bringing the show across the globe, we are thrilled to perform the Hungry Caterpillar in Phoenix at The Madison Center for the Arts,” said Rockefeller. “There is something so very special about Eric Carle’s work that allows so many children to experience the magic of theatre for the very first time - with a character they love”.

The show features 75 magical puppets designed and built by Rockefeller Studios, and music by longtime Rockefeller collaborator Nate Edmondson. The book written by Eric Carle features four of his stories. This production is Associate Directed by Vicki Oceguera.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a can’t miss experience for families,” said Ari Levin, executive director of the Madison Center for the Arts. “We are excited for the imaginative stories of Eric Carle’s classic adventures to transform our stage and help transport children into the world of a caterpillar.”

Performances for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will run Fridays through Sundays starting on Aug. 26 and ending on Oct. 8. Ticket prices range from $15 to $55 and can be purchased at

About The Madison Center for the Arts

The Madison Center for the Arts is a state-of-the-art venue featuring a 904-seat auditorium, extensive veranda and spacious lobby with a soaring 40-foot ceiling. The elegant versatility of this venue makes it an ideal choice for the performing arts, corporate events, galas, weddings, and other large life celebrations. The Madison features a variety of performances throughout the year, from Broadway to community arts. All proceeds from events at the Madison benefit the students of Madison Elementary School District through arts education and performances. For more information, visit

About Rockefeller Productions

Rockefeller Productions have received global acclaim for their adaptations of such iconic works as Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Paddington Bear and Sesame Street. Rockefeller’s production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, based on the books of renowned author/illustrator Eric Carle, tours in over 12 countries. Its debut run in New York City, along with New York Times Critic’s Pick Paddington Gets In a Jam, both resulted in a Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance nominations.

Most recently, Sesame Street The Musical debuted Off-Broadway, preceded by Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation (produced in association with Disney Theatrical Productions), which recently wrapped its first national tour. The show debuted in London in 2023, breaking West End box office records, before debuting in Japan, Australia and the Netherlands later this year.