The Story
Wonderland
Music
FRANK WILDHORN

Lyrics
JACK MURPHY

Book
GREGORY BOYD & JACK MURPHY
This is a new musical that updates Alice's adventures with a pop score. The story, a contemporary version of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" by Lewis Carroll, is set in New York City and focuses on writer Alice Cornwinkle, a descendant of Alice Liddell, and her 10-year-old daughter Chloe. She 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.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Janet Dacal, Darren Ritchie, Kate Shindle and company in a few excerpts from the original Broadway production in this promotional video.

MUSIC
Through The Looking Glass
Janet Dacal & Company
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

The Rabbit introduces the audience to a modern day Alice who is trying to balance the difficulties of everyday life. However, she isn't prepared for her the critique that Mrs. Everheart and Ms. Quizzle throw on her new book. Chloe, Alice's daughter, enters the boardroom to the dismay of Alice who tells her they will reschedule their family's therapy meeting. Alice laments as this is the "Worst Day of My Life." Back at Apartment 8A, Chloe is saddened by the prospects of her family ("Home"). As she asks Jack to listen to her read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice enters telling her he must leave (They do not live together). Alice agrees to hear Chloe read one chapter, but she falls asleep. Mysteriously, a 6 foot tall White Rabbit appears in Chloe's bedroom to whisk her away. Alice sees the last bit and follows them to a magical elevator, where she travels "down a thousand floors, past the subway roars" to find Chloe ("Down the Rabbit Hole").

Alice is encounted by everyone in Wonderland dressed in the typical Alice dress ("Welcome to Wonderland"). Alice then drinks a bottle labeled "Drink Me," which makes everything seem right. Alice meets The Caterpillar, who asks, "Who are you?" ("Advice from a Caterpillar"). She is then pointed in the direction of El Gato (The Cheshire Cat), whose gang tells Alice she must learn to "Go With the Flow."

Alice is then lost in time, as the Rabbit narrates that she must begin to ask the right questions. "I'm late for my own entrance!," he exclaims as he meets her. He gives her the backwards running watch. Next, he introduces her to The White Knight. The White Knight, whom Alice believes is Jack in her dreams, vows to be her hero on her quest ("One Knight"). He invites her to The Mad Tea Party.

At the Mad Tea Party, Alice is finally encountered by Mad Hatter. The Hatter makes a flashy entrance on top of the table, where Alice is also sitting upon ("The Mad Hatter"). The Hatter is rude to Alice, and aided by her side-kick Morris, initiates the game. The Game consists of everyone writing what is the worst thing about Alice on a deck of cards. However, the Queen walks in just in time. The Queen reminds all that she is the utmost ruler, as they all pay homage to her ("All Hail the Queen"). The Queen reads her verdicts for the day, and the Hatter tries desperately to wake Alice up as all her suggestions are refused.

Alice, Jack, the Ladies' Court and the Knights bicker over why it's better to not fall in love ("Don't Wanna Fall in Love"). While the White Knight declares "There's no question the road to follow is this way," Alice goes the opposite way. As they part, Chloe is seen at the Mad Tea table, where she is approached by the Mad Hatter. The Hatter attempts to get Chloe to come with her, but fails at first. Chloe, however, agrees to go when the Hatter tells her they are going to an Unbirthday Party ("A Nice Little Walk"). Chloe, Morris and The Mad Hatter ride off on the Hatter's "De-braining machine."

Alice and Jack, who is with The Caterpillar, El Gato and the Rabbit, all meet by chance near the mirror. They learn that the Hatter has kidnapped Chloe and took her to the Looking-Glass world. They realize that together they can rescue her ("Through the Looking Glass").


ACT TWO

In the Looking-Glass world, it is grim. The Hatter has captured The White Knight, The Caterpillar and El Gato, and put them in jail. Morris and the Hatter wipe Chloe's memory and set her loose ("Through the Looking Glass (Reprise)"). The Hatter tricks the Queen into declaring "Off With Their Heads" to the newly prisoned. Meanwhile, Alice and the Rabbit encounter a mysterious door, where Alice realizes that the Hatter is a part of her. The Rabbit, terrified, runs away but is captured by the guards. Alice enters the room to find it is the lair of the creator himself, Lewis Carroll. He tells her that she must find herself before she can find her child ("I Am My Own Invention"). He gives to her for her unbirthday a second chance with her daughter. Chloe and Alice reconnect, as Chloe begins to remember her mother ("Once More I Can See").

Back at the jail, the Rabbit, Caterpillar and El Gato seem hopeless. The White Knight, however, declares that not alone, but together, they will all find a happy ending ("Together"). Alice and Chloe sneak into the jail to free the prisoners, and they search, together, for the 8th Square. However the Hatter, watching from her control room, will not allow a happy ending ("I Will Prevail").

Alice learns that she will have to fight the Hatter upon reaching the 8th Square. In order to compete, she must give up the backwards running watch, and the Rabbit believes it to be impossible that she will un-hat the Hatter. As the Queen declares game over, the Hatter kills The White Knight ("I Will Prevail (reprise)"). Alice tries to bring him back by demanding the watch back, but it doesn't work. The Queen declares that it's "dangerous to forget the dream child of one's youth." The Rabbit, Caterpillar & El Gato mourn for the fall of The White Knight. Alice is determined however to be a hero for Chloe, as Jack had been a hero for her ("Heroes").

Alice suddenly wakes up. She realizes that it was all a dream. Jack enters back and she apologizes for everything. She finally realizes what she had was always right in front of her ("Finding Wonderland").

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer DAVID A. STRAZ JR. CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, FRANZBLAU MEDIA INC., NEDERLANDER PRESENTATIONS INC., THE KNIGHTS OF TAMPA BAY, BERNIE ABRAMS & MICHAEL SPEYER, JAY H. HARRIS, LARRY & KAY PAYTON, JUNE & TOM SIMPSON, INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK
Direction GREGORY BOYD
Musical Staging MARGUERITE DERRICKS
Orchestrations KIM SCHARNBERG
Scenic Design NEIL PATEL
Costume Design SUSAN HILFERTY
Lighting Design PAUL GALLO
Sound Design PETER HYLENSKI
Cast
Alice JANET DACAL
White Knight DARREN RITCHIE
Caterpillar E. CLAYTON CORNELIOUS
El Gato JOSE LLANA
Queen of Hearts KAREN MASON
Mad Hatter KATE SHINDLE
Chloe CARLY ROSE SONENCLAR
White Rabbit EDWARD STAUDENMAYER
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Overture Orchestra
Worst Day of My Life Alice and Chloe
Down the Rabbit Hole Alice and Unearthly Voices
Welcome to Wonderland Company
Drink Me Unearthly Voices
Advice from a Caterpillar Caterpillar, Alice, and Legs
Go with the Flow El Gato, Alice, Cats and Kittens
One Knight Jack the White Knight and Fellow Knights
A Tea Party Company
The Mad Hatter Mad Hatter and Company
Hail to the Queen Queen of Hearts and Company
Home Alice
A Nice Little Walk Mad Hatter, Chloe, and Morris the March Hare
Through the Looking Glass Alice, Jack the White Knight, Caterpillar, El Gato, and The White Rabbit


ACT TWO

I Will Prevail Mad Hatter and Looking Glass Guard
I Am My Own Invention The Victorian Gentleman and Alice
Off with Their Heads! Queen of Hearts and Ladies-in-Waiting
Once More I Can See Alice
Together Jack the White Knight, Caterpillar, El Gato, The White Rabbit, Alice, and Chloe
Heroes The White Rabbit, El Gato, Caterpillar, Chloe, Alice, and Company
Finding Wonderland Alice and Company

A Year With Frog And Toad
Everyday Rapture
Caroline, or Change
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Janet Dacal, Darren Ritchie, Kate Shindle and company in a few excerpts from the original Broadway production in this promotional video.

Through The Looking Glass Janet Dacal & Company Original Broadway Cast Recording

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