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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 5 2012

Emerald City Theatre staged this musical for children at their home space late last year. Now the company has remounted it at the Broadway Playhouse, which can hold a lot more little girls wearing pink. Adapted by sisters Victoria and Elizabeth Kann from their own book, it tells the cautionary tale of Pinkalicious Pinkerton, whose obsession with a certain color leads her to eat so many pink cupcakes that she comes down with Pinkititis and turns, well, you know. Director-choreographer Ernie Nolan and his cast do an exhaustingly endearing job of putting over John Gregor's songs. But the script sometimes gets its p.c. messages tangled up. For instance: When Pinkalicious catches Pinkititis the objective is to show what happens to sugar gluttons who don't eat their greens, and so the change of color is bad; yet when her brother goes through the same transformation, it's treated as a triumphant rejection of gender stereotypes. How does one kid's disease become another's liberation? We're left to figure that one out for ourselves. —Tony Adler

Price: $16-$22

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