Paw Patrol Rides Into Stamford, CT

If you have children, you have had its theme song in your head at least six times a day for over seven years. You can’t help but to step on at least one of the what-seems-like thousands of toys their likeness in your living room. And your DVR usage is all but filled with episodes of the series. I’m  talking about Paw Patrol and it’s a juggernaut for Nick, Jr. My kids watch it, wear clothes with the “pups” on it, and as mentioned, play with their toys all day. On Nov. 9 and 10 at The Palace Stamford, CT – two dates on a tour that lasts through June 2020 – fans of the show will get to see the series in the flesh. Obviously, there’s a twist here. Cartoon pups don’t exist, and if they did, the cleanup on stage would be, well, interesting. But, I digress.

Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue is a live action musical adventure that raises the stakes of the famous series. I takes place on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. When Goodway goes missing, the Paw Patrol is called upon to track her down. As in the series, the pups will all be on stage with Ryder helping lead the mission. There’s Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest. The pups are brought to life through puppetry – specifically an ancient form of Japanese puppetry called Bunraku which allows performers to wag tags, blink eyes, and move mouths. Each performer is in costume as well.

Michael Bartkiewicz, who plays Marshall as well as Capt’n Turbot, in the show finds the whole experience a trip. “I’m flabbergasted with how beautiful the puppets move,” the actor who studied and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy said. “It’s extremely clean and lifelike. It’s like a massive rock concert for kids.”

Bartkiewicz, who has numerous Off Broadway and regional credits, said any fan of the series will be a fan of the show. “The crowd goes wild and you get to see the kids all dressed up,” he explained. And he couldn’t love playing Marshall more. “He’s sort of the team clown. When he’s not saving the day, he’s probably tripping over his two left feet.”

While he had no knowledge of Paw Patrol before taking the part, Bartkiewicz now considers himself to be an expert. “I love it. I see it on my days off and just enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

So is the whole show….fun.

“There’s just something so charming about the show,” he explained. All the pups are rescue pups so that’s already a great message, and every pup has a unique and dynamic personality. All kids have a chance to relate and to find themselves in a pup.”