Netflix Beatles-powered animated series gets Milford stage try-out

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The hit Netflix animated series “Beat Bugs” is being turned into a stage show and Connecticut audiences will be the first to see it.

Bert Bernardi, the artistic director of Pantochino Productions at the Milford Center for the Arts, snagged the rights to the developmental production before “Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure” gets produced in theaters around the country next year.

“I really wanted to open the company up to more than one voice,” Bernardi says of trying to get away from writing and directing all of the original shows produced by Pantochino.

When he heard a stage version of “Beat Bugs” was in the works, he thought, “Oh my gosh, it’s perfect for families and kids, how can I get this?”

Bernardi looked into who owned the stage property, emailed them, and was surprised and delighted to learn that the writers of the show, David Abbinanti and Sean Cercone, were well aware of Pantochino’s success in recent years.

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