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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wonderland Moves to Houston

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:42

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Wonderland, the Broadway-bound musical that started in Tampa, Florida in November of 2009 has made its pre-Broadway move to Houston’s Alley Theatre. The show’s creative team has a solid reputation on Broadway and is credited with such hit shows as The Civil War, Jekyll & Hyde, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. The cast features the same actors seen in the Tampa run, including actress Janet Dacal from the Tony-award winning In the Heights, as Alice. Costing over $3 million, the production is first-rate and is the first show from The Genesis Project. Broadway Genesis is intended to help create new works of American theater to play the Tampa market, and then possibly tour other performing arts centers or move to Broadway. I was able to see Wonderland a few days before its Tampa closing. The show was fantastic! The pop-rock sore reminded me somewhat of the tunes from Wicked and the special effects were dazzling. Unfortunately, the lead actress Janet Dacal didn’t give Wonderland what it needed from a top performer. Nonetheless, it was a great show and I highly recommend it. The Web Site for Wonderland is very interactive and fun. Take a look: http://www.wonderlandthemusical.org/ Wonderland plays the Alley Theatre through February 14th.

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