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Wonderland featured in the Associated Press

 

 

WONDERLAND

A New Alice.  A New Musical.

FEATURED IN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OPENS ON BROADWAY

AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE

APRIL 17, 2011

PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 21

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

Tampa project creating original works for Broadway

By KELLI KENNEDY

 

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.”

Click here to read the full story

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/16/2018597/tampa-project-creating-original.html#ixzz1BPYuxGnG

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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Broadway’s Wonderland in the news

WONDERLAND

A New Alice.  A New Musical.

IS IN THE NEWS

STUDIO 10 INTERVIEW WITH KAREN MASON

FOX 13 INTERVIEW WITH DARREN RITCHIE

TAMPA TRIBUNE FEATURE ON DARREN RITCHIE

NOW PLAYING AT THE DAVID A. STRAZ JR. CENTER

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

THROUGH JANUARY 16

OPENS ON BROADWAY

AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE

APRIL 17, 2011

PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 21

Broadway’s WONDERLAND – A New Alice.  A New Musical is in the news.

Karen Mason, who stars as the Queen of Hearts and Judy Lisi, the President and CEO of the Straz Center in Tampa, sat down with the hosts of Tampa’s “Studio 10” to talk about WONDERLAND:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH STUDIO 10

http://www.studio10.tv/day/wednesday/segment.aspx/166472/Wonderland_reopens_at_the_Straz

 

Tampa’s Fox 13 TV News has this interview with Darren Ritchie, who plays the White Knight:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH FOX 13 INTERVIEW WITH DARREN RITCHIE

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/entertainment/music/a-trip-to-wonderland-01122011

The Tampa Tribune’s Walt Belcher sat down with Darren Ritchie to talk about preparing WONDERLAND for Broadway:

CLICK HERE TO READ TAMPA TRIBUNE FEATURE ON DARREN RITCHIE

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/13/131213/wonderland-actor-praises-sarasota-roots/news-metro/

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

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Meet the stars of Broadway’s Wonderland

MEET THE STARS OF

 

WONDERLAND

A New Alice.  A New Musical.

MEET JANET DACAL

MEET DARREN RITCHIE

MEET KATE SHINDLE

NOW PLAYING AT THE DAVID A. STRAZ JR. CENTER

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

THROUGH JANUARY 16

OPENS ON BROADWAY

AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE

APRIL 17, 2011

PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 21

Meet some of the stars of Broadway’s WONDERLAND – A New Alice.  A New Musical:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH JANET DACAL

http://broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=199716

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH DARREN RITCHIE

http://broadwayworld.com/article/STAGE_TUBE_Darren_Ritchie_Talks_WONDERLAND_20000101

CLICK HERE TO WATCH KATE SHINDLE’S INTERVIEW

http://broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=200049

 

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

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On Twitter:  http://Twitter.com@WonderlandBway

On Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/WonderlandBway

 

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Broadway’s Wonderland star Kate Shindle in the news

 

IS IN THE NEWS 

CLICK HERE TO READ A FEATURE ON KATE SHINDLE IN WATERMARK

NOW PLAYING AT THE DAVID A. STRAZ JR. CENTER 

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

THROUGH JANUARY 16

 

OPENS ON BROADWAY

AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE

APRIL 17, 2011

PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 21

WONDERLAND – A New Alice.  A New Musical is featured in Watermark.  Writer and editor Steve Blanchard sat down with Kate Shindle, who stars as Mad Hatter, to talk about her role in WONDERLAND and her work as an activist for HIV/AIDS:

There are many layers to Broadway actress Kate Shindle. The 1998 Miss America is recognized for her crown, her stint as a correspondent for Today and her roles in films and Broadway plays. But the New Jersey native, who is currently playing the villainess Mad Hatter in Wonderland: A New Alice. A New Musical. is also a big-time HIV/AIDS activist.

Shindle is relatively new to the musical, which has been revamped and reworked since it debuted in Tampa nearly a year ago. The 33-year-old has only been with the show since Labor Day 2010, and even in that short period of time she has seen the production evolve.
While she may play a villainess on the stage, Shindle is anything but evil in real life.
.. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY 

http://www.watermarkonline.com/index.php/lgbt-arts-culture/stage/4981-Kate-Shindle-takes-the-Mad-Hatter-role-the-revamped-Wonderland.html

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Broadway Wonderland in the news

 

IS IN THE NEWS

CLICK HERE TO READ FEATURE #1 IN THE TAMPA TRIBUNE

CLICK HERE TO READ A FEATURE #2 IN THE TAMPA TRIBUNE

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO SEGMENT FROM WTSP TV

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. Continue reading

Listen to songs from Broadway’s Wonderland

CLICK HERE LISTEN TO SONG CLIPS FROM THE SHOW

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 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.  WONDERLAND will open on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway between 45th & 46th Streets) April 17; previews begin March 21. 

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SONG CLIPS FROM THE SHOW 

http://www.wonderlandonbroadway.com/sights-and-sounds.html Continue reading

Wonderland begins performances in Tampa tonight

PERFORMANCES BEGIN TONIGHT

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

Performances of WONDERLAND – A New Alice.  A New Musical begin tonight, Wednesday, January 5 at 7:30pm at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, Florida where it will run through January 16, 2011.  WONDERLAND will open on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on April 17 and begin previews on 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 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.  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, 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).  Continue reading