Wonderland. A New Alice. A New Musical begins Broadway previews March 21, 2011, and will officially open April 17, 2011, at the Marquis Theatre. Prior to its Broadway bow, Wonderland will first play the Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, president and CEO) in Tampa, Jan. 4-16, 2011.
The musical that reinvents "Alice in Wonderland" is directed by Gregory Boyd, with a book by Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn and choreography by Marguerite Derricks.
Here's how the show is billed: "A new spin on the classic story of Alice and her Looking-Glass world, Wonderland is about a modern-day woman who goes on a life-changing adventure far below the streets of New York City, where a colorful cast of strange but familiar characters help her rediscover what's really important. Featuring a fresh, contemporary pop score from the creator of Jekyll and Hyde, Wonderland arrives on Broadway this spring following two sold-out national stage premieres."
E. Clayton Cornelious recently joined the cast. Cornelious replaced Tituss Burgess in the role of the Caterpillar. Carly Rose Sonenclar (Les Miserables, Little House on the Prairie) joined the cast as Chloe, with the previously reported Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as her mother, Alice. Previously announced to star are Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as the White Knight, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as the Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as the Mad Hatter and Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as the White Rabbit.
The complete ensemble includes April Berry, Sae La Chin, Dan Domenech, Mallauri Esquibel, Derek Ferguson, Wilkie Ferguson, Laura Hall, Natalie Hill, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, Ryan Link, Kate Loprest, Renee Marino, Heather Parcells, Stefan Raulston, Julius Anthony Rubio, Danny Stiles and Tanairi Vasquez.
Wonderland will be produced on Broadway by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, president and CEO), William Franzblau and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.