The Johnny Shortcake Show is a charming children’s musical that is fun for the whole family. Themed around celebrating silliness, the show features soul music for children, teaches important life lessons, and feels like one big disco party. With fun, engaging, and relatable songs such as “Cupcake Tuesday,” “Brushing your Teeth,” and “Grandma’s Whiskers,” the show truly celebrates childhood in a way that will have parents grooving and laughing along.
Johnny Shortcake is a captivating kid-centric personality of David Sweeny, who has made a name for himself in the Philadelphia music and arts scene under his other charismatic persona – Johnny Showcase. He’s described as equal parts Andy Kaufman and Prince. Carrying the torch of funk-rock pioneers, Johnny Showcase has gained a massive following and become something of a funky Philly folk hero legend. In 2016, Johnny, Philadelphia folk rocker Ross Bellenoit, and James Michael Baker aka Rumi Kitchen, embarked on their latest mission to create a musical for kids, and with that, Johnny Shortcake was born!
Commissioned by the Kimmel Center for Philadelphia family audiences.
Created by Johnny Showcase, Bradley K. Wrenn, James Michael Baker and the Shortcake Ensemble
Directed by Bradley K. Wrenn
Original music by Johnny Showcase, Rumi Kitchen, and Ross Bellenoit