Fancy Nancy, the Musical

Book and Lyrics by Susan DiLallo
Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch
Directed by Angeline Mirenda
Based on Original Staging by Kelly Todd
Musical Direction by Robyn Manion

Awards and Recognition

  • TEA PARTY with Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser
  • Encore Production
  • Based on Best-Selling Books

Reviewer Quotes

“ This musical is phenomenal (that’s a fancy word for really, really great)! ”

NW Kids Magazine

“ fills the theatre with laughter, catchy songs and life-long lessons ”

Beauty News NYC

A sophisticated evening for the fancy side in all of us

Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?

based on the popular “Fancy Nancy” books
by Jane O’Connor and Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

SEASON PRODUCERS Bette & Wylie Aitken



“The show demonstrates that ordinary children can be fancy too, and, even more important, that Fancy Nancy can be an ordinary child.”
— New York Times

“The show is quite simply, splendiforous…The music is excellent, the lyrics are clever”
— Babies Gotta Have It

“An irresistible collection of ingenious tunes”
— NYMetroParents


... Hosted by Fancy Nancy's illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser

To reserve, choose a performance below and you will be asked during checkout.
Join us for an exclusive TEA PARTY in our Fancy Nancy-bedecked studio with Nancy, Bree, and hosted by Fancy Nancy illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser.
Party Tickets include a lavish spread (which is fancy for tasty tea sandwiches and divine desserts), plus your choice of pink lemonade, strawberry milk or fruity punch (and for our adult guests... enjoy champagne mimosas)!
Remember to dress up in what makes you feel most exquisite, such as your best tiara, opera gloves, boas, butterfly wings, ballerina tutu, fairy princess gown... or ALL of them (“More is better!” as Fancy Nancy says)!
Party Tickets:
$21 for Children (ages 4-12)
$25 for Adults
NOTE: We will not be able to accommodate anyone with extreme food-born allergies as there will be dairy, nuts, and items containing wheat served.

Tea Party Gallery

  • Save $5 by attending Previews (May 5-May 13).
  • Save $2 by attending Evenings (May 14-May 28 6pm & 7pm). Limited availability.
  • 40% off for Groups of 10 or more.
Saturday, May 20 at 11:00am
What is it?
This performance will be specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. There may be some small changes to the light and sound effects for the show.
Who is it good for?
  • Individuals with an Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Individuals with Learning or Sensory Disorders
  • Children under 4 years of age
  • Infant / babes in arms
To reserve, call the box office at (888) 455-4212.

Articles & Reviews

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Audience Buzz

    1. Wonderful. Very fun.

      — Jessica W.
    2. The cast was wonderful with the little girls at the end and my daughter loved getting to meet everyone and get autographs.

      — Tara F.
    3. I brought 2 6 year girls who just loved the show, they never got bored.

      — Kim D.
    4. Excellent. Especially enjoyed the tea party after.

      — Cori
    5. So fun, made me feel like a little girl again!

      — Nancy B.
    6. It was an excellent production. The kids and I both loved it. I go to a lot of live theater and this was one of the best kids productions I’ve seen; especially for such a small theater. The seats are really comfortable. I loved how the kids could meet the actors after, making it even more special. The acting was fantastic & high energy. I was also really impressed with the kind and patient staff. The quality of the set design was also top notch. I have been recommending it to everyone. The shark’s rap stood out as one of my favorite moments.

      — Laura F.
    7. The entire show was perfect for my Daisies (Kindergartners) and my 3rd grader loved it too! 1 hour was a great run-time for their attention span, it was funny, the music was engaging, and the messages about friendship were perfect. Also, I was impressed with the acting and the production (set design, bubbles at the end, etc.)

      — Anonymous
    8. My five year old granddaughter was totally engaged and loved the play!

      — Anonymous
    9. My daughter enjoyed the show and she loved all the characters.

      — Anonymous
    10. It was fun and my daughter really enjoyed it as well. This was our very first live musical and I was impressed with how well it was put together. We will return soon!

      — Anonymous
    11. I thought the show was very fun and informative! Great for kids, but also great stuff in there for adults, too.

      — Kayleen V.
    12. Great performance. Loved it as much as my 7 year old granddaughters.

      — Carole G.
    13. I was very impressed with the show. The mood was fancy, cheerful and fun. The actors did an excellent job portraying their characters, and the music and lyrics were well done. I loved it!

      — Anonymous
    14. I took the family and a family friend. The little girls loved it. I thought it was the best ever! Such energy. The changes made it fresh and a joy to see again. Love the dance numbers which were more energetic and difficult than last year. The Best Fancy Nancy yet!

      — Elizabeth J.
    15. My daughter had such a marvelous time with her friends on her birthday. What a fabulous message to share with little ones!

      — Anonymous
    16. Actors were great, play was age-appropriate, and the kids loved it!

      — Anonymous
    17. Such a fun experience! I have already told others they need to go.

      — Heidi M.
    18. The performance was excellent. The tea party after was beautifully done, well organized and a joy to watch the children interact with the cast and illustrator.

      — Anonymous
    19. Really super performance, full of joy! Loved every minute of it!

      — Anonymous
    20. The sound was great, the music upbeat and appropriate and the message of the play was excellent.

      — Mary Ann E.
    21. Not just a girly show. My 8-yr-old son really enjoyed it too!

      — Mei P.
    22. Great energy, loved the intimacy of the venue

      — Kristin W.
    23. Charming show but the best part was watching the kids interact with the case afterwards. We had a lovely afternoon.

      — Beth A.
    24. I love the intimacy of the theater and actors.

      — Lori W.
    25. The show was very entertaining. My 8 year daughter and I truly enjoyed this show. Can’t wait to see another show at this theater.

      — Anonymous
    26. The play and actors were very good. My granddaughter, my nieces, nephew and my mom loved the show too.

      — Kathy M.
    27. Fun, funny, energetic

      — Anonymous
    28. Thank you to all who obviously put so much thought and effort into making this an event my granddaughter will remember the rest of her life.

      — Concetta K.
    29. This musical, the actor’s performances, the sets, the songs, dialogue, and the message was absolutely brilliant!

      — John and Donna
    30. We LOVED it. It was my 8-year-old’s first live performance and you ROCKED it!

      — Molly M.
    31. Loved everything, interaction at the end was fantastic.

      — Janet H.
    32. Loved the sets, choreography, costumes!!

      — Kristy J.
    33. My daughter and I loved it! Professional and friendly.

      — Hayley T.
    34. The cast and performance was great, the service at the door and tea party were so fun and lovely. My girls and I had a wonderful time.

      — Anonymous
    35. It was a positive message for your young girls.

      — Anonymous
    36. I brought my daughter and four of her friends. They had a great time, especially meeting the cast and taking pictures with them after the show.

      — Anonymous
    37. My 3rd time seeing this high energy performance with amazingly talented young performers! Great voices & clever choreography!! The cast’s interaction with the audience makes for a delightful, fun-filled evening of live theater!

      — Nancy S.
    38. Great show! Very fun!

      — Rebekah L.
    39. I have seen this musical performed at the Chance Theater 3 years running. It started out as terrific and each year it gets be even better.

      — Robert B.
    40. We had front row seats, which made the overall experience especially outstanding. The actors’ direct engagement with the audience through eye contact and body language, the bubbles, the energy from the cast…all of it made our experience amazing. We attended for my daughter’s 6th birthday, and she felt so special. Our entire group–both my husband and myself and the children we brought–loved it!

      — Kim J.
    41. My son and I both loved the show! We were particular impressed with the set design. Before the show started my son turned to me and said ‘I think the set is going to close up to reveal another set”. I love that it made him think. The performers were energetic and you could tell they were having a great time! Thank you for providing quality theatre for children to come and see!

      — Kathleen S.
    42. I was so happy with how friendly the staff was – very helpful since we’d never been here. Everything was set up so perfectly for little girls to enjoy. The play itself was a delight, and the added bonus was meeting the cast afterward. We really enjoyed ourselves.

      — Karen N.
    43. This was our second year attending “Fancy Nancy.” It was even better than the first! My granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed it for the second time and is looking forward to seeing it again next year. The play room and activities available for the children are fabulous. We always arrive early …and there was plenty to keep my granddaughter busy until the show started… Loved the message that we don’t always get what we want but we need to do our best no matter what the job. It was a total hit!

      — Cheryl S.
    44. Loved the show. It was bright, fun, funny, and I loved the audience participation — way to get the kids involved (and everyone else)! My youngest daughter (who brought me to the show) is nearly 22 and we shared some great moments during the show, laughter, tears, and simply joy. Also, I loved the sets and costumes — clever and meaningful, delivering the author’s intent beautifully. Also inspiring children to use their imagination, share, play fully, and expand their vocabulary! Thank you.

      — Kim M.
    45. I loved the intelligence and insightfulness of the programming for youth theatre — it managed to instill important lessons while providing laughter and poignancy for the entire family. The theatre staff were welcoming and professional, and the cast and crew put on a stand-out show for younger audiences and their families.

      — Tyler S.
    46. Excellent production–perfect for kids and adults. The small size of the theater was very conducive to enjoyment for all. The kids really enjoyed the experience in the tea room as well.

      — Anonymous

Venue Bette Aitken theater arts Center

Bette Aitken theater arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA  92807
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At a Glance

Approximate Running Time:
50 minutes with no intermissions
Special Notes:
  • @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center
  • On the Cripe Stage
  • Photos & autographs after each performance.
  • Kids under the age of 4 are only admitted at the "relaxed performance" on May 20 at 11am.
  • Everyone who watches the show must purchase a ticket (no babes in arms).
  • Relaxed Performance on Sat, May 20 at 11am