Best-selling Cleveland Authors Hope to Make a Splash on Broadway

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Daytime television guru's John and Danita Thomas turned their Kid Concoctions book series into an international phenomenon, now they are planning to make their mark on Broadway as two of the producers of the new Broadway musical "Little Women".

Daytime television guru's John and Danita Thomas turned their Kid Concoctions book series into an international phenomenon, now they are planning to take on the Great White Way as two of the producers of the new Broadway musical "Little Women". Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott “Little Women” stars Tony award winner Sutton Foster and recording artist Maureen McGovern.

From a best-selling book series to cereal boxes, kid’s meals, amusement park attractions, and an upcoming national TV series, John & Danita Thomas’ Kid Concoctions has put a sparkle in the eye of children and parents around the world. Now the couple plans to make a splash on the great white way as two of the producers of the upcoming $6 million dollar Broadway musical “Little Women” starring Tony Award winning actress Sutton Foster and recording artist Maureen McGovern.

“Our goal is to provide good clean quality entertainment for children and their families” says John “Little Women the musical was a perfect fit for us.” “Little Women” is one of the first original family musicals to grace the Broadway stage in several years. “When I saw the show during its out of town tryout at Duke University, I knew it had all of the ingredients of a Broadway hit” says Danita “there is noting more powerful, entertaining and moving than the relationship of a family and the love they share”.

It didn’t take John & Danita long to jump on board becoming two of the Broadway show’s producers and taking on the responsibility of raising a portion of the musical’s $6 million dollar budget, modest by Broadway standards. “It was a little scary at first” says John “We weren’t sure we could raise such a large some of money living in a suburb of Cleveland, OH”. However it didn’t take John and Danita long “You wouldn’t believe the number of people who were thrilled to be a part of Little Women”. In fact, John and Danita will be joined opening night on Broadway by over 30 Cleveland, OH investors and members of their families.

“We have a lot of faith in the show” says Danita “I truly believe that Little Women will be come an American musical classic. Whether “Little Women” is the next Broadway hit or not is yet to be seen. However, with brisk advance ticket sales, a stellar star-studded Broadway cast under the direction of Susan H. Schulman (The Secret Garden, Sound of Music, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, “Little Women” has all the ingredients of a Broadway success.

“Little Women” the musical opens January 23, 2005 at Broadway’s Virginia Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the show’s website at http://www.littlewomenonbroadway.com

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