The Little Match Girl

Aisling Fiona Fagan stars as The Little Match Girl in the Yaya Kids Theater & Ting Wang production at St. Luke’s Theatre in Hells Kitchen. Original photo by Michael Blase.
The good, the bad and the ugly about this show in just 3 bullet points!

By Andrew Andrews

Hans Christian Andersen’s short story The Little Match Girl has been brought to life in the form of a musical developed primarily by China’s Oxygen Media.

Presented by Yaya Kids Theater and Ting Wang at St. Luke’s Theatre off-Broadway, the book takes many liberties with the original tale.

In this stage version, the unnamed street urchin wanders about her Victorian era town on new year’s eve, attempting unsuccessfully to sell matches to passers-by.

After losing her slippers to a ragamuffin and succumbing to the cold, the girl lights a match to stay warm, afraid to return home to her sick mother and alcoholic father, the latter of whom will beat her for not bringing home money to pay for more booze.

The glow of the fire brings visions of Saint Nicholas, who leads the little match girl through a series of hallucinations, ultimately reuniting her with her dead grandmother.

Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly about this production:

Christopher Swan, Aisling Fiona Fagan, Dayna Grayber, Max P. Fowler, Elizabeth Flanagan (obstructed) and Madi Beumee perform a whimsical dance as the highlight of the show.

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Andrew Andrews attended The Little Match Girl at St. Luke’s Theatre in New York on Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 7:00pm to write this review.

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