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Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Playersfrom Chicago, Illinois

It's Not Naptime when two-time Grammy® nominee for Best Children's Album (Jungle Gym, 2011; Recess, 2014) Justin Roberts pulls up in his Yellow Bus with his band of Not Ready for Naptime Players. Revealing new silly songs, discerning diddies and Pop Fly lullabies, THE MYSTERIOUS HAT is a brand new concert experience designed especially for the New Vic. Join the kiddie mosh pit and bop along to catchy compositions of happy harmonies, bursts of brass and hand-clapping choruses that make these rockers America's favorite powerpop poets for the young and young at heart.

"He has the remarkable ability to see through a child's eyes ... the Judy Blume of kiddie rock"
The New York Times
 "Hands down the best songwriter in the genre"USA Today "A master of conjuring up images that resonate with the young ones" Entertainment Weekly

Performance Facts

Performance Facts

50 minutes with no intermission
This show has Arts Express events. See icons on the Calendar for dates.
Heads Up: Parental Considerations

Heads Up:
Parental Considerations

Concert performance. Created with 4- to 7-year-olds in mind.

Ticket Info

Ticket Information

Membership discount tickets are LOCKED IN at $17. Full price tickets start at $25 (subject to change). New Victory Members are entitled to free exchanges.

Autism Friendly PerfInterested in a performance of The Mysterious Hat adapted for kids with autism or sensory sensitivity? Learn more about the April 25 event here.

Getting to Know Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players


They may not be ready for naptime, but two-time Grammy nominee Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players are definitely ready for the New Vic stage! The band has major rockstar chops, having played gigs at Lollapalooza, Chicago's Ravinia, LA's Getty Museum and DC's National Geographic Live. They pair catchy lyrics with zippy tunes, and every show includes interaction with the audience. The whole family will find a favorite new jam with the band's award-winning indie rock albums. We love that Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players "explore the joy and freedom of recess" and make everyone feel like a kid!

PLAY!   PLAY! For activities that open up the world of each production, check out the free online Family Activity (available right here in April) and head to the lower lobbies to exercise your imaginations in an interactive "Try This." Kick the engagement up another notch with free Arts Express events at select shows or adding a Family Workshop to your shopping cart.
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All The Way From...

Chicago, Illinois
...Chicago, Illinois


In 1900, Chicago sponsored a massive public works project to reverse the direction of its river through a series of canals. After the change, the Chicago River drained into Lake Michigan and the city's residents had access to cleaner, safer water.



Form a family band, make a superfan concert poster and more with our Family Activity!
Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Music is like exercise for your brain! Research shows that music improves auditory fitness and allows you to better decipher between tone and pitch.



Your Trip to Our Theaters


Just steps from the Times Square-42nd Street subway stops, The New Victory is a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater restored to its original glory. The majority of our shows are presented here, in the oldest operating theater in New York City. Down in the lobby you'll find stroller parking, free lockers to store your stuff, healthy snacks and New Vic merch to take home.


Located inside the New 42nd Street Studios building, The Duke on 42nd Street is home to New Victory programming that requires a more intimate space.


Located just down the block from The New Victory Theater, the New 42nd Street Studios host New Vic shows geared towards our youngest audience members. The space allows for a variety of seating configurations, including options for floor seating, making it easy to move around and step out of the theater area if you and yours need to do so. Stroller parking and changing tables are available.


Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


Welcome to 42nd Street

Welcome to the Crossroads of the World. We recommend that you come early or stay late and grab a bite with one of our neighborhood restaurant partners.

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Questions? Call us at 646.223.3010.

April 2015

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terpreted Performance icon Sign-Interpreted: For tickets, visit
Autism Friendly Performance icon Autism-Friendly: Performance adapted to be more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum
Talk-Back icon Talk-Back: Free post-show Q & A session with the creative team and performers
Arts Express icon Arts Express: Free pre-show interactive family activity with New Vic Teaching Artists
TXT Marks the Spot icon TXT Marks the Spot: Free post-show scavenger hunt using your text-enabled device
Questions icon Questions? Call Ticket Services at 646.223.3010.