Hilferty, Patel, Gallo on Creative Team for Wildhorn & Murphy's Wonderland Musical

News   Hilferty, Patel, Gallo on Creative Team for Wildhorn & Murphy's Wonderland Musical
Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure, the new musical by composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricist-librettist Jack Murphy, will have its world premiere Dec. 5 after previews from Nov. 24 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Florida.

Producer Judith Lisi, president and CEO of TBPAC, announced a complete production team to include the already-announced director Gregory Boyd, plus choreographer Marguerite Derricks (of the new "Fame" feature film), music supervisor and vocal and dance arranger Ron Melrose (Jersey Boys), who will also provide incidental music.

Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, Drama Desk nominee Neil Patel and Tony nominee Paul Gallo will design the costumes, sets and lights, respectively, and Jon Weston will design the sound. Sven Ortel will design video and projections.

The premiere will play to Jan. 3, 2010, in TBPAC's Ferguson Hall in Tampa, FL. No casting has been announced.

Tony nominee Wildhorn is the composer of The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde and the upcoming Bonnie & Clyde and Havana, among other projects. Murphy shares a Best Score Tony nomination with Wildhorn for The Civil War. Boyd wrote the book to The Civil War and is artistic director of Houston's Alley Theatre, where Wonderland will play an engagement beginning Jan. 15, 2009. For more information, visit www.alleytheatre.org.

According to production notes for the show, which is inspired by Lewis Carroll's 19th-century writings, "With a chaotic Wonderland in danger of disappearing into nothingness, only a modern-day Alice can restore balance and joy. Journey with her from NYC to a strange-yet-familiar place where she must reclaim her daughter and defeat the Queen of Hearts. In this world premiere of a new musical…you'll crash through the Looking-Glass to an enchanting Wonderland filled with fantastic characters and astonishing visions. Wildhorn’s score taps into numerous pop styles, and Murphy's lyrics provide both wit and wisdom as Alice learns to follow her heart." Single tickets for the Tampa run will go on sale to the general public on Aug. 16 at noon. Additionally, many ticket packages that include Wonderland are now available. For more information, visit www.wonderlandthemusical.org.

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