Alyss, according to Michaels, is "very loosely based on 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' and is a cross between Wicked and The Wiz." Four songs from the musical — "In Wonderland," "Cabbages and Kings," "Donde Esta El Amor" and "Aren't I A Lovely Specimen" — are featured on Michaels' new CD, "Wonderful at Last." A reading of Alyss was recently held in Manhattan, which featured the talents of Naturi Naughton as Alyss, Mary Bond Davis as The Queen, Tammy Lang as the Duchess, Gary Cowling as the Hatter and Tevin Campbell as the Black Rabbit. Michael Schiralli directed the reading with musical direction by Mark Berman.
The complete track listing for "Wonderful at Last" follows:
"Cabbages and Kings"
"Donde Esta El Amor"
"Stranger in Paradise"
"Here's That Rainy Day"
"Some of These Days"/"After You've Gone"
"You Don't Know What Love Is"
"Where or When"
"Aren't I a Lovely Specimen"
"It Is You I Have Loved"
"My One and Only Love"
"Loves Me Like a Rock"
"Watching the Big Parade Go By"
"The Music That Makes Me Dance"
"Be My Love"
"Wonderful at Last" is available by visiting MarilynMichaels.com, amazon.com or Colony Records in Manhattan.