book, music & lyrics by ETHAN ANDERSEN

inspired by Rootabaga Stories by CARL SANDBURG

Join Gimme the Ax as he reads and travels aboard the Rootabaga Express, a train that hoots, clangs, and pfisty-pfoosts all the way to the fantastical Rootabaga Country where boys shrink to bugs, rusty rats are heroes, and the moon dances with shoes at night. Take your own trip to Rootabaga Country in this exciting and vibrant new musical and celebrate the joy of imagination!

Rootabaga Express! premiered at Flat Rock Playhouse in 2016

and is produced and performed every summer at

the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.


Photos by Treadshots