IS IN THE NEWS
NOW PLAYING AT THE DAVID A. STRAZ JR. CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
JANUARY 5 – JANUARY 16
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 Tampa Tribune’s Walt Belcher had this report on the first performance: A revamped and Broadway-bound “Wonderland” opened Wednesday night at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to a packed house, standing ovations and a good vibe shared by the audience and the cast.
The Tampa Tribune’s Walt Belcher talked to members of the cast, creative and producing team about the changes they’ve made to prepare the show for Broadway: A new, much-tweaked and more focused “Wonderland” returns to Tampa this weekend before hitting Broadway this spring.
This incarnation of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” has had a major makeover since the musical debuted at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in December 2009. The new version is at the Straz Center now through Jan. 16.
“Alice,” played by Janet Dacal, is still a modern-day, workaholic descendant of author Lewis Carroll’s Victorian-era Alice. With her marriage in shambles and on the verge of a nervous breakdown, she goes down the rabbit hole into a strange world where she confronts her fears.
But the retooled show features new songs and scenes, cast and costume changes and a new set. And there’s a new title: “Wonderland: A New Alice. A New Musical Adventure.”
“Like all Broadway shows it’s never fully finished until opening night,” says “Alice” composer Frank Wildhorn. “For those who saw the production last year, this will be a fresh experience,” says the Broadway veteran whose credits include “Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “The Civil War.”
Wildhorn says the universal message of finding a Wonderland in our own lives is still there. “Mothers and daughters are getting it and that’s a great audience,” he says…
WONDERLAND was also featured on WTSP-TV.
WONDERLAND is now playing at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, Florida through January 16, 2011 and will open on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway between 45th & 46th Streets) April 17; previews begin March 21.
WONDERLAND stars Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Alice, Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as White Knight, E. Clayton Cornelious (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line) 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, Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as White Rabbit and Danny Stiles (Regional productions of Guys and Dolls and Sister Act: The Musical) as Morris. The book is by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND.
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, 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 now 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