Stepping Out

Adventures with Madeline at the Madison Theatre this weekend

The beloved heroine brings her Parisian flair to the stage


On Stage

Madeline and the Bad Hat

That engaging heroine of Ludwig Bemelman’s beloved book series, Madeline, arrives at the Madison Theatre full of whimsy and charm. The young Parisian girl must find a way to deal with a “bad hat” in this original musical based on the book of the same name. The appealing production, presented by the New Jersey-based ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, traces Madeline’s adventures in this amusing tale of enemies who become friends. Despite starting off on the wrong foot when her mischievous new neighbor, Pepito, moves in next door, Madeline eventually learns that first impressions aren’t everything — under the watchful eye of Miss Clavel, the caretaker of the girls at Madeline’s boarding school.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m. $25, $15 children. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or

In Concert

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Chip Davis, the Grammy Award-winning founder of the band, has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller’s beloved Christmas music along with dazzling multimedia effects. The band puts their special spin on everyone’s favorite Christmas songs that will put everyone in a holiday mood.

Saturday, Nov. 30, 4 and 8 p.m. $93, $73, $53. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (516) 299-3100 or (800) 745-3000 or