1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories was recently co-produced with Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts and was a hit with both audiences and critics. The production enjoyed sold-out audiences, standing ovations, and was described by artstl.com as “that rare show that can entertain kids and the adults in the house.” The Atlanta production of 1001 Nights featured not only a new design and updated music, but also a new cast of quadruple threats—singer, dancer, actor, puppeteers—to breathe life into this classic Flying Carpet Theatre show.
After seeing the show—with its half-dozen songs, clever puppetry and affecting commentary on the dual nature of illusion and reality, freedom and imprisonment, rejection and forgiveness—I found myself urging friends to see 1001 Nights.
– Wendell Brock, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1001 Nights was Flying Carpet Theatre’s first production (it originally premiered in the late 1990s) and it’s also a delightful early work by composer/songwriter Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Frozen). In a recent TEDx Broadway talk, Lopez described his song “Come Away,” from 1001 Nights as a pivotal moment in his development as a composer and songwriter. As part of updating the show, Lopez enlisted the talented Jonathan Groff to record the touching ballad “Come Away.”
The successful Atlanta run of 1001 Nights is just the latest in a series of great performances and new projects for The Flying Carpet Theatre. Last October, we produced a Manhattan run of The Medicine Showdown at the New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre, and Alpin Hong: Chasing Chopin was recently previewed at the Museum of Making Music in Phoenix. These three shows all demonstrate the nationwide reach of Flying Carpet Theatre’s repertoire and the dedication to presenting classic entertainment genres in new and exciting ways.