MCC Theater celebrated the official opening of Alice By Heart February 26. The new musical transports Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland into World War II London, where two teenagers—Alice and Alfred—journey down the rabbit hole in an attempt to escape their violent realities.
Alice By Heart, which is staged in MCC's new uptown theatre, reunites the Tony- and Grammy-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, with director and co-writer Jessie Nelson (Waitress). The new musical explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss, and what it means to find the courage to move forward.
Leading the cast are Molly Godron and Colton Ryan, who are joined by Mia DiLena, Zachary Downer, Noah Galvin, Zachary Infante, Andrew Kober, Grace McLean, Nkeiki Obi-Melekwe, Catherine Ricafort, Heath Saunders, and Wesley Taylor.
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Performances of Alice By Heart began January 30 in MCC's Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space and are scheduled through April 7. Ari Groover, Michael Hartung, Andrew Mueller, and Natalie Walker are the understudies.
The production features choreography by Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman, scenic design by Edward Pierce, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, hair, wig, and makeup design by J. Jared Janas, orchestrations by Sheik, additional orchestrations by Simon Hale, music direction and vocal arrangements by Jason Hart, and casting by Telsey + Company/Bernard Telsey, CSA, Rebecca Scholl, CSA. The production stage manager is Davin DeSantis, and the stage manager is Jason Pacella.
Alice By Heart had a developmental workshop at New York Stage and Film as part of last summer’s Powerhouse Season at Vassar College.