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Dinosaurs are back & this time it's up close and personal
Watch out New York. Sixty-five million years after their extinction dinosaurs are making their way back this winter, and this time the invasion is coming from Australia. Our fascination with dinosaurs appears endless - just talk to any six year old of your acquaintance. But just how close would you like to get to those prehistoric creatures? If you're brave or simply curious you can find out at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo at The New Victory Theater in January 2013.

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Image supplied by Erth Visual and Physical Inc.

The product of the fertile imaginations and prodigious talents of the creative folks at Erth Visual and Physical Inc, the Dinosaur Zoo is a fully interactive dinosaur puppet show that has been especially created for the American market, following the huge success of their Dinosaur Petting Zoo in Australia.

These dinosaurs may not be alive but they're incredibly lifelike. They're a clever melding of science, performance, design and electronics, and have been created in consultation with paleontologists. The real beauty and versatility of Erth's amazing creatures is their ability to react and interact fully with audiences. This is no remote animatronic extravaganza. You really can get up close and personal with this marvelous prehistoric menagerie.

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Image supplied by Erth Visual and Physical Inc.

Fourteen different dinosaurs will feature in the show, which begins with the underwater dinosaurs, and progresses through time, showcasing large, leathery, beaked, armored, predatory, powerful, sharp-toothed, clawed and, let's face it, sometimes scary dinosaurs. A highlight of the show will be a prehistoric, no-holds-barred, WWE-style encounter between that bloodthirsty favorite of boys everywhere, the Tyrannosaur, and Austrolovenator Wintonensis, a Queensland dinosaur that was Australia's version of a velociraptor.

Image supplied by Erth Visual and Physical Inc.

But not all the dinosaurs are scary. These shows will introduce audiences to some lesser-known creatures like the cute baby Dryosaur, the giant primitive dragonfly Meganeura and Australian dinosaurs like the herbivorous, large-eyed Leaellynasaura. Children of all ages will be spellbound and you'll be so caught up in the performance that you're bound to forget that they're not real.


When: Performances run from January 18 to January 27 2013
Where: The New Victory Theater, 2098 West 42nd Street
Tickets: Range from $14 ($9 for members) in the Balcony to $38 ($25 for members) in the Orchestra section. You can book tickets online here by selecting your preferred session time and seating.
Performance Information: Each performance last for 50 minutes with no intermission, followed by a 30 minute opportunity to meet the dinosaurs. Please note that due to the size and lifelike nature of the dinosaurs the show is not recommended for children under 6.
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Why? Everybody is fascinated by dinosaurs
When: From 18 to 27 January 2013. See website for session details.
Where: The New Victory Theater, 209 42nd Street, New York
Cost: Ranges from $14 to $38
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