A New Alice. A New Musical.
IN THE NEWS
PERFORMANCES BEGIN IN TAMPA
AT THE DAVID A. STRAZ JR. CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5
OPENS ON BROADWAY
AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE
APRIL 17, 2011
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 21
WONDERLAND – A New Alice. A New Musical is in the news. The Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Jay Handelman interviewed members of the cast and creative team about the changes they’ve made in the show in preparation for its upcoming Broadway run. Composer Frank Wildhorn has gotten used to juggling numerous theater projects at the same time during his career.
His new musical “Bonnie & Clyde” had barely closed at the Asolo Repertory Theatre last month before his focus quickly shifted back to another new musical, “Wonderland: A New Alice. A New Musical.”
That show, which had its world premiere at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa last year, has gone through a period of reconstruction before returning to Tampa for a two-week run that begins on Wednesday. It is a warm-up for the show’s scheduled Broadway opening April 17 at the Marquis Theatre, where previews begin March 21.
The musical, with a book by director Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, puts a modern spin on Lewis Carroll’s stories about Alice in Wonderland.
In the musical, a grown-up Alice is an author struggling to take care of her career, her husband and her young daughter, who leads her back down the rabbit hole. Alice then reconnects with familiar characters including the Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit and a White Knight who help her rediscover herself and what is important in life.
Much of the original cast, including Janet Dacal as Alice and Booker High School graduate Darren Ritchie as her husband, Jack, and the White Knight, return for the new production…
Performances begin Wednesday, January 5 at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, Florida and will play through January 16, 2011.
WONDERLAND stars Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Alice, Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as White Knight, E. Clayton Cornelious as Caterpillar, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as Mad Hatter, Carly Rose Sonenclar (Les Miserables, Little House on the Prairie) as Chloe and Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as White Rabbit. With a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND will open at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre on Sunday, April 17, 2011, and performances will begin Monday, March 21.
The ensemble includes April Berry, Grady Bowman, Sae La Chin, Dan Domenech, Mallauri Esquibel, Derek Ferguson, Wilkie Ferguson, Laura Hall, Natalie Hill, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, Ryan Link, Kate Loprest, Renee Marino, Heather Parcells, Stefan Raulston, Julius Anthony Rubio, Danny Stiles and Tanairi Vasquez.
The design team is comprised of Neil Patel (set), Susan Hilferty (costume), Paul Gallo (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound) and Sven Ortel (video and projection).
WONDERLAND is the first production of the Broadway Genesis Project, an initiative by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to develop and prepare new musical theater for Broadway. From a show’s inception to final staging, the Project provides a safe and nourishing environment in a state-of-the-art complex with artistic, technical and administrative resources.
WONDERLAND was optioned by Judy Lisi, CEO of the Straz Center, and was subsequently produced as its world premiere at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL this past December. In association with the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, in January of 2010, the show was transferred for further development, becoming one of the highest grossing shows in that theater’s history.
A new spin on the classic story of Alice and her Looking-Glass world, WONDERLAND is about a modern-day woman who goes on a life-changing adventure far below the streets of New York City, where a colorful cast of strange but familiar characters help her rediscover what’s really important. Featuring a fresh, contemporary pop score from the creator of Jekyll and Hyde, WONDERLAND arrives on Broadway this spring following two sold-out national stage premieres.
WONDERLAND is produced on Broadway by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO), William Franzblau and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.
Broadway ticket Information:
Tickets to WONDERLAND – A New Alice. A New Musical are available through www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929.
Tampa Ticket Information:
Tickets for WONDERLAND – A New Alice. A New Musical may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org
For more information about the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit www.strazcenter.org
The WONDERLAND Concept CD is available through ITUNES from SONY Masterworks.
For more information, log on to www.WonderlandOnBroadway.com
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