The musical satire “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant,” is described as “a spooky, sharp-toothed smile of a show” by the New York Times.

The production, which was previously sold out, has been extended in a larger venue to accommodate audiences at New York’s John Houseman Theater through January 4th.

The pageant is a musical review that mocks Scientology. It features a cast of children in roles ranging from devoted celebrity followers of the “cult,” such as Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley, to the founder himself L. Ron Hubbard.

A Times critic raved, “Honors this year go to Les Freres Corbusier…which decided to tell the story of Scientology through the mouths of babes.”

An earlier review by another Times critic called the pageant a “Polyphonic Spree” and “poignant.”

Interestingly, within the latest review the reporter noted that the show “acquired a halo of hipness and daring,” largely due to “the famously litigious [church’s]…publicly expressed…objections to it.”

How about that?

Free publicity and added ticket sales due to Scientology’s sour grapes. Wouldn’t that make L. Ron proud?

Note: The John Houseman Theater is located at 450 West 42nd Street. Phone: 212-239-6200


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