“Alice in Wonderland,” the classic tale by Lewis Carroll, is getting a more modern twist in a new adaptation for Broadway. Would you believe Alice as a woman going through a mid-life crisis?
That’s the premise of Wonderland: A New Alice featuring music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, and a book by Gregory Boyd and Murphy.
The music will be a jazz/blues styling suitable for a high-end cabaret in Manhattan, according to an early run of the show.
Boyd will direct, with choreography by Marguerite Derricks.
Backers are shooting for an April 17 opening, although the cast and the theater have yet to be announced.
The musical is about how Alice, a children’s book writer, is estranged from her husband, alienated from her daughter and in danger of losing her job.
She embarks on a journey to seeks a way to restore balance in her life.
That leads her to Wonderland, where she encounters strange though familiar characters that help her rediscover the wonder in her life while searching for her daughter.
The musical will play a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida January 4-16, 2011.
A version of the musical premiered at the Straz Center in December 2009.
Director Tim Burton adapted the story to the big screen earlier this year in a Disney 3D extravaganza that featured Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.
The film grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office and theatre bosses in New York are hoping to cash in on the tale’s renewed popularity.