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Wonderland featured in the Associated Press




A New Alice.  A New Musical.




APRIL 17, 2011


Broadway’s WONDERLAND – A New Alice.  A New Musical is featured in the Associated Press:

Tampa project creating original works for Broadway



TAMPA, Fla. — Something in the final scenes of Broadway-bound “Wonderland – A New Alice. A New Musical” was off.

Producers felt the dialogue didn’t fully capture Alice’s feelings about returning home after tumbling down the rabbit hole. They penned changes the next morning and tested it with the audience that night.

It’s a rare but valuable luxury to retool a show outside the harsh spotlight of Broadway critics and blogging theater junkies. While headlines of injuries and cast changes have plagued the previews of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Wonderland has evolved with little fanfare.

The $15 million musical is the first offering of the Broadway Genesis Project, born of Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, in a quest to create original material for Broadway. “Wonderland,” which features a 25-member cast, the music of Tony-nominee Frank Wildhorn and costumes by Tony-winner Susan Hilferty, opens April 17 at New York City’s Marquis Theatre.

“We started this initiative so we could become an incubator for important new work,” said Judy Lisi, CEO of Straz Center. “We hope this can begin the process of Florida, Tampa, the Straz Center getting known, as a place where these new shows begin.”

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WONDERLAND just completed a return engagement at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, Florida January 5 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 in December, 2009.  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.


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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