My Fairytale, Danish Musical About Hans Andersen, With Songs by Schwartz, Will Premiere in CA

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PCPA Theaterfest on the central California coast, will present the American premiere of My Fairytale, a musical about Hans Christian Andersen — featuring music and lyrics by Broadway's Stephen Schwartz — in 2011.
Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The exclusive engagement will preview in the Marian Theatre in Santa Maria, CA, Aug. 12-19, 2011, and will then open under the stars in the Solvang Festival Theater in Solvang, CA, Aug. 26-Sept. 25, 2011. The run will coincide with the centennial celebration of Solvang as a Danish-American community.

Single tickets will go on sale in October. The creative team and principal casting to be announced at a future date.

Here's how PCPA characterizes the show, which has concept by Flemming Enevold, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Phillip LaZebnik
(with Flemming Enevold, Stephen Schwartz, Adam Price & Pierre Westerdahl), additional music and lyrics by James & Adam Price and The Safri Duo: "From the darkened stage of the Royal National Theater in 1846, Hans Christian Andersen is launched on an epic adventure through the timeless landscape of his own imagination. What he discovers there not only changes his life, but the world. His life's fairytale, illuminated by beauty and longing, was the genesis for some of the world's most beloved stories."

My Fairytale was first produced by Flemming Enevold as Mit Eventyr in 2005 as part of Denmark's bicentennial celebration of Andersen's birth.

To help launch this American premiere, Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked, The Magic Show, Godspell) will be in brief residence at PCPA, assisting with the development of PCPA's production. In addition to writing the book for My Fairytale, LaZebnik wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for the Disney animated features "Pocahontas" and "Mulan," the DreamWorks animated features "Prince of Egypt" and "The Legend of El Dorado" and contributed to the scripts of "Antz," "Shrek" and more.

For information about PCPA Theaterfest, visit


The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA, supports a unique, fully-accredited vocational training program for aspiring actors and theatre technicians. PCPA is the only training program of its kind offered by a community college in the United States.

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