Prologue.mp3Sung by Hannah Levinson
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Flying High.mp3Sung by Kennedy Caughell
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Book by Jen Shuber

Music & Lyrics by Nicky Phillips

Based on the book by Louise Borden

Development History

  • Workshop at Interlochen Center for the Arts

  • ASCAP/Stephen Schwartz Workshop

  • Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals

  • CMTP

  • Artist in residence at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center


Curious George, the beloved monkey of children’s book is famous for his narrow escape from danger in his well-known stories. What is not well known is how he symbolically safeguarded his own creators in times of danger. Margret and H.A. Rey were Jewish immigrants who fled Paris in 1940 with not much more than the Curious George manuscript in their suitcase. This is the story of how they escaped Nazi occupied Europe and brought Curious George safely to America narrowly escaping danger themselves.  Against all odds, a husband and wife find joy in a time of despair creating their artwork and stories, determined to get to safety while protecting their life’s work and ultimately bringing a little monkey to millions of children for years to come.