Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

If you've ever felt lost, then you’ll know just how Trixie's favorite stuffed Knuffle Bunny feels when left all alone. If you've ever felt loved, then you'll know just how Trixie, Knuffle Bunny and their family feel when they're together.

“Spins suds-related yarn with wit and sprightliness…
guaranteed not to produce static cling.”

–The Washington Post

The New York Times Book Review
on author Mo Willems:
“the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00's.”

It sounds so simple, just a quick trip to the laundromat in Brooklyn with Daddy, Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny, but before you know it, things go horribly, hilariously wrong. Chock full of adventure, song and gigantic dancing laundry, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical tells a tale of firsts: a stuffed animal's first trip in the laundry, a little girl's first words and a Daddy's first time dealing with his child going “boneless.” Based on his beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, six-time Emmy Award winner Mo Willems joins Grammy Award–winning composer Michael Silversher to lovingly celebrate the heart and heartache that can only come from a family visit to the local laundromat. We mentioned the giant dancing laundry, right?

Script and lyrics by Mo Willems
Based on his book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Music by Michael Silversher
Directed by Rosemary Newcott

Presented as part of the Big Red Chair Family Series.
Recommended for ages 2 and up.
Performance Length: 50 minutes

Stay after the Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical performances for a Post-Show Talk-Back with members of the cast.


Knuffle Bunny has gone on many adventures, including going to the laundromat in this new musical! Where do you think Knuffle Bunny's next amazing adventure should be? Draw a picture of what Knuffle Bunny is going to do next, bring it with you when you attend Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical we'll put it on display in the Skirball Center lobby!

Visit the Kennedy Center's ARTSEDGE website for some pre-show, at-home fun featuring interviews with the original cast and director, as well as scenes from the original production.

Click here to read more about our Big Red Chair Family Series Membership Package. Available for purchase through November 30. Mummenschanz excluded. Other limits and restrictions may apply.

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Star Trek Live, February 20
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, February 26-27
Shakespeare to Go: Romeo and Juliet, March 5
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, April 2
Barrio Grrrl! A New Musical, April 16

The Skirball Center's Big Red Chair Family Series is made possible in part with generous support from Joan Ganz Cooney and L. Jay and Mary Ellen Oliva with additional support from ConEdison for family educational and enrichment programming. NYU Skirball Center season programming is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE by Mo Willems. Copyright 2004 by Mo Willems. Published by Hyperion Books for Children. Used with permission.