Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout.

This colorful adaptation of The New York Times bestseller is co-conceived, directed, and designed by the acclaimed puppeteers of AchesonWalsh Studios, whose work was featured in Broadway's The King And I, On the Town, and Radio City's New York Spectacular. Writing team includes New Victory LabWorks Residency recipients Christopher Anselmo, Jared Corak, Matt Acheson, and Fergus Walsh.

The Pout-Pout Fish will be touring live and in person for the Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Season.

Approximate Running Time: 60 Minutes
Recommended Ages: Ages 3 & up/grades Pk-2

Curriculum Connections

  • Communication and Language Arts
  • Music
  • Aquatic Creatures


  • Confidence
  • Adventure
  • Friendship
  • Teamwork

Fun Fact

The Pout-Pout Fish World Premiere was presented by The New Victory Theater in October 2019

Original Credits

Book by Christopher Anselmo, Jared Corak, Matt Acheson, and Fergus J Walsh

Music & Lyrics by Christopher Anselmo, Jared Corak

Direction and Staging by Matt Acheson & Fergus Walsh

Production Design by AchesonWalsh Studios

Music Direction and Arrangements by Jonathan Bauerfeld

Based on the series of books by Deborah Diesen, author, and Dan Hanna, illustrator

Photos: Jeremy Daniel; Cast: Kelly Grago, Leanne Brunn, Emmanuel Elpenord, Mukta Phatak

Slide “Inventive" and "picturesque" with a "multitalented" cast. —The New York Times Slide “Visual punch with an inventive set and even more imaginative large-scale puppets!” - The New York Times Slide "An impeccable blend of puppetry, music and awesome storytelling...this musical takes audiences on an underwater ride of self-discovery and exploration." - Karla Borders Pope, Brown Girl Gumbo Slide "We were all in awe at the sight of your beautiful puppets. Our Kindergarten class was delighted and amazed by Mr. Fish, our teachers kept on praising the show, and our parents were in awe." - Maggie Ramos, PS 88, New York
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