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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Based on Eric Carle’s books

The critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show created by Jonathan Rockefeller features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. The new production for the 2021-2022 season faithfully adapts four stories by author/illustrator Eric Carle: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Mister Seahorse, The Very Busy Spider and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 45.9 million copies worldwide. Brown Bear, Brown Bear - now celebrating 50 years - has sold more than 18.2 million copies. 

Following extended runs in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, this “colorful, engaging and charming” production (Huffington Post)returns to New York City every year, with it most recent 8-month run being its biggest yet.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is available for theaters throughout North America.


JONATHAN ROCKEFELLER (CREATOR, PRODUCER) Jonathan Rockefeller is a co-founder of Rockefeller Productions, a company that combines film, theatre, animation, puppetry and television. He also devotes time to philanthropic work furthering childhood literacy and appreciation of the arts.

The critically-acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ debuted Off-Broadway January 2016 and is currently nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. The show debuted in Australia to a sell-out season at the Sydney Festival January 2015, and will continue to tour in Australia and New Zealand. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will debuts in the UK in 2017.

Prior to his work with Eric Carle, Jonathan co-wrote and produced the puppet-parody 'Thank You for Being a Friend' which has been licensed for further productions worldwide. This year Jonathan was selected as a 'Men of Influence' by Men’s Style Australia for his work in children’s theater and literacy.


Language Arts - Literacy, Vocabulary, Poetry; Colors; Earth Sciences – Butterfly Life Cycle, Firefly Life Cycle, Animals; Math – Numbers, Counting; Problem Solving; Social Skills - Friendships

SCHOOL TIME AUDIENCE: Ages 2-7, Grades: Pre K - 1



  • 2 – Off-Broadway Runs:  8 months in 2016 + 8 months in 2017-18.
  • The most successful children’s puppet show in NYC history.
  • 2016 Drama Desk Award nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience
  • 2016 Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Family Show


  • Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar, released in January 2018, is currently #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children's Books
  • More than 54+ million Very Hungry Caterpillar books sold worldwide and translated into over 62 languages. 42% sales increase YTD.
  • #1 selling board book in the U.S.
  • Named #1 All-Time Best Books for Toddlers by Parents Magazine


"This gentle production, accompanied by music, is colorful and inventive. The puppetry is wonderful, and the sweetness with which the stories unfold, make it a perfect theatrical introduction for toddlers . . . . The Very Hungry Caterpillar is artistic, surprising and fun." - Huffington Post, Stage Door

". . . colorful, vivid and beautiful puppets that look exactly like characters from the stories that bring these beloved stories to life in a meaningful and mesmerizing way. Perfect for a first-time or younger theater goer as they watched the magic of Eric Carle come to life." - Weekend Jaunts

"Toddlers will absolutely delight in seeing the puppets and school-aged children will appreciate seeing their beloved classic books through a new medium." - The Mama Maven

“Bedazzling! Will mesmerize audiences!” – The New York Times

“Refreshing, clever and a great time. Brings the work of Eric Carle to life!” – NY Theatre Guide

“5 stars. Beautiful, rhythmic, and faithful to the author’s work.” – Time Out

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