SERENADE

“The Larsen family story is appealingly told. Aided by a live band led by Karl Mansfield, the singing and dancing are infectious. Larsen provides touching lyrics for six original, often personal songs, giving new meaning to the idea that life should be like a musical.”
-- Associated Press

"There's a lot to admire in Shafrika, the White Girl. What a household this must
have been!"
-- The New York Times

“A joyous new work!”
-- New York Magazine

“Sparkling, high energy cast! April Nickell’s staging is pure-hearted.”
-- Back Stage



“Very enjoyable and thought-provoking! Abundantly fun and energetic!”
-- Broadway World

“Charming and genuine! There's a sense of community in April Nickell's production and everyone gets the chance to shine.”
-- nytheatre.com

“Shafrika, The White Girl is Larsen’s funny, musical and serious take on what it means to grow up in your own personal Rainbow Coalition. The series of plays within the play are humorous, touching and moving. Shafrika, The White Girl offers insight into the beauty and the challenges of trying to live for ideals of equality
and diversity.”
-- About.com

“The Brady Bunch meets The Cosby Show in the age of Obama in Anika Larsen's autobiographical new musical Shafrika, the White Girl. High energy
…contagious spirit!”
-- Flavorpill



“WITH ROCKING RHYTHMS and operatic projection, ANIKA LARSEN opens her heart and voice to tell a powerful, personal journey out of a multicultural childhood. Larsen and her collaborators have a masterful sense of pacing. They mix classic storytelling with music and rhythms that so engage an audience, the curtain call applause and cheers seem to say, ‘I get it! I love it! That’s why I’m here!’”
-- Brooklyn Eagle

“An exciting, energetic musical! The young cast, with its talented Black, brown, and white actors reflects the 'rainbow family.' Their work is brilliantly supported by a five-piece band and Herrick Goldman’s clever light designs.”
-- New York Beacon