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March 17, 2008

Critic’s Pick

By Barbara Aria

 

The star of Morgan Taylor's dreamy show—a kind of musical storytelling with projected animation and live band—is Gustafer, a shy, slightly-high-on-something creature from the sun whom you will instantly love, in part because of the compelling songs that are his backdrop. Gustafer has been so popular (versions of the show have toured for three years and even opened for Wilco), he now has his own Off Broadway run. And that means that on top of a great animated story and compelling music, you also get magical stage images.

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Jul212010

March 3, 2008

Best Kids Performer!

By Alexandra Zissu

 

Dan Zanes and Laurie Berkner may get the Carnegie Hall treatment, but the most original performer on the family-music scene today is Morgan Taylor, creator of Gustafer Yellowgold. Whereas the other kiddie-tunes stars are reinvigorating old folk tunes and rocking out on the Noggin channel, Taylor has dreamed up a whole world of story-songs about Gustafer (he’s from the sun) and his menagerie of friends (an eel, a pet dragon named Asparagus, a bunch of mustard slugs, a tuxedo-wearing pterodactyl). Taylor and his band present their songs alongside large-screen animations done up with karaoke-style subtitles for early readers. The act has been making the kid-venue rounds of late, stopping at Bowery Kids, Joe’s Pub, and Symphony Space; it will begin an Off Broadway run on March 15 at the DR2 Theater near Union Square. Not to be missed.