Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess Will Play Boston's Fiddlehead Theatre Company

By Andrew Gans
26 Sep 2013

The Fiddlehead Theatre Company will present the Boston premiere of Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess.



Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the musical features book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and music by Lippa, who is currently represented on Broadway with the new musical Big Fish.

Performances are scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 8 at Boston’s Strand Theatre.

A Little Princess, according to press notes, is "the story of a little girl with a great big imagination. Separated from her father, and the open-hearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue – helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As the girl wins the affection of the other boarders she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress; Sara is made a servant to the institution when her father is reported dead, and his fortune seized. Sara counters all Miss Minchin’s best efforts to degrade her with the grace and virtue of a little princess."

Casting and creative team will be announced at a later time.

"A Little Princess" is the 1905 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. There have been several film and stage versions over the years, including a 1917 film starring Mary Pickford as Sara, a 1939 version with Shirley Temple, and a 1995 version directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

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