Ever wonder why Goldilocks really gobbled up all that porridge? Storybook Theatre's newest musical, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," playing at Theatre West, explains it: The curly-haired moppet's own mom was a terrible cook whose porridge was the absolute worst.
In this cheery version of the classic tale, written by Scott Martin, with music by Richard Berent and lyrics by Martin and Rob Meurer, Goldilocks swipes Mama Bear's porridge recipe and high-tails it back home, not getting to the familiar chair and bed tryouts until her return visit. (The show's one standout song, "Too Hot," is a hoot.)
Co-directed by Storybook founder Barbara Mallory Schwartz and her husband, TV writer-producer Lloyd J. Schwartz (of the various "Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island" incarnations), it's a very young-skewing production in the wide-eyed, cheery vein, pleasant though unmemorable but for Kelly Stables' cut-above performance in the title role.
While the rest of the adult cast is capable, Stables' Broadway-style vocal chops and assured stage presence give the show some needed weight.