If you’re wondering what a stage production of the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” looks like, well, it involves colorful puppetry and young cast members. This is, after all, one show in which it is OK to chew the scenery (ba-doom).
The 1969 children’s book by Eric Carle — about the titular caterpillar who eats different items from Monday through Friday and gorges on Saturday before metamorphosis into a butterfly — has sold 50 million copies worldwide, leading to other educational products, a video and games.
The stage production, coming to the Shubert Theatre in New Haven Sunday, Nov. 17, (it also will be in New London in February at The Garde), features a menagerie of 75 puppets and faithfully adapts four stories by author/illustrator Carle: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” “10 Little Rubber Ducks,” “The Very Lonely Firefly” and of course, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The less-than-an-hour show is suitable for kids 3-6 but older kids will also be engaged, says the Shubert website.
Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. $54-$29. 203-562-5666. Shubert.com