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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It’s Official! Wonderland Headed to Broadway

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:34


Playbill reported today that Frank Wildhorn’s musical Wonderland is officially making its way to the Big White Way. Wonderland marks the first show ever produced by the Genesis Project, through the Straz Center at the Tampa Bay Center for the Performing Arts, an initiative created to bring Broadway shows written, designed, and produced in Tampa, Florida to the stages of Broadway in New York City. The show will open in April of 2011 at one of the Nederlander Theaters. Per PlaybillWonderland, according to press notes, is a “story about a new Alice who has lost her joy in life. Estranged from her husband, alienated from her daughter and in danger of losing her career, Alice finds herself in Wonderland where she encounters strange though familiar characters that help her rediscover the wonder in her life while searching for her daughter.” I was able to catch the show in its final week run in Tampa. It was a lot of fun. The score is very pop-driven and the show is laden with some pretty spectacular special effects. But, there were some casting issues (the leads were weak and had a difficult time carrying the show) and the book could use to be tightened in several spots. There’s probably no doubt the musical will be strengthened before opening on Broadway in April.

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