Ben Platt, Ashley Park, Mary Testa Lead Steven Sater-Duncan Sheik Alice By Heart Musical Workshop

News   Ben Platt, Ashley Park, Mary Testa Lead Steven Sater-Duncan Sheik Alice By Heart Musical Workshop
 
Off-Broadway's MCC Theater in association with Kurt Deutsch is holding an invitation-only Dec. 18 workshop presentation of Alice By Heart, the new musical with a score by Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening collaborators Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. 

Deutsch is president of Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records.

Ben Platt
Ben Platt

Based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the presentation caps a three-week private developmental workshop of the show that began Nov. 30 at MCC, starring Riley Costello, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, David Patrick Kelly, Andrew Mueller, Ashley Park, Ben Platt, Anthony Ramos, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Tony nominee Mary Testa. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.

Alice By Heart, which features a book co-written with Jessie Nelson (screenwriter for "I Am Sam"), is being directed by Lear deBessonet (Good Person of Szechwan, The Tempest), with choreography by Chase Brock (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark).

Jason Hart is music supervisor, and Chris Fenwick is music director. 

The new musical was first developed at London's National Theatre in 2012, as part of the National Theatre's Connections program that unites youth theatres in the U.K. The creators developed a streamlined version that was then presented by young performers across the U.K.

Alice By Heart was again up for development in May 2014 as part of Theatre Aspen's play development series, allowing the creative team to expand the show to its intended full-length format. Among the cast of that workshop were Hamilton's Phillipa Soo, Mike Faist (Newsies) and Riley Costello (Everyday Rapture).

For more information on MCC Theater, visit MCCtheater.org.

There have been numerous stage and musical adaptations of "Alice in Wonderland," most recently, Frank Wildhorn's 2009 Broadway musical Wonderland.

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