Aquila's Much Ado About Nothing Replaces The Essential Alice Musical at La Jolla

News   Aquila's Much Ado About Nothing Replaces The Essential Alice Musical at La Jolla
The Aquila Theatre Company production of Much Ado About Nothing will replace the expected world premiere musical adaptation The Essential Alice in the 2005 La Jolla Playhouse season.

"Lewis Carroll's marvelous stories evoke a wondrous world and it is important that we ensure enough time for this production to achieve its fullest realization," explained Des McAnuff in a release. "We look forward to continuing to work on this new project with playwright Annie Weisman and composer Michael Friedman and to presenting it in the future."

The Essential Alice, a musical adaptation by Annie Weisman (Be Aggressive) featuring music by Michael Friedman (Paris Commune), is based on Lewis Carroll's classic Wonderland tales. The new work will be postponed to a future season to allow the project more development time.

Much Ado will run at the California stage Jan. 17-Feb. 19, 2006, opening Jan. 20.  The British-American Aquila Theatre Company bring a new physical performance style and ability to works of classic literature such as Shakespeare. Peter Meineck, Robert Richmond and Anthony Cochrane created the Aquila production, which ran Off Broadway in 2001, which resets the story to the era of Cold War espionage inspired by the likes of "The Avengers," "James Bond" and "The Pink Panther."

For the La Jolla Playhouse run, the Aquila Theatre Company production team includes set design by Peter Meineck and Robert Richmond, music by Anthony Cochrane and lighting design by Peter Meineck.

The La Jolla Playhouse currently plays home to the return of its former Page to Stage production, I Am My Own Wife, through Sept. 11. The 2005 season starts with the upcoming world premiere of Lee Blessing's The Scottish Play and also includes the Theatre de la Jeune Lune production of Moliere's The Miser. La Jolla Playhouse is located on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, CA. For more information on the company, visit

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