Monday, April 18, 2011
Wonderland Descends on Broadway
A new musical version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, titled Wonderland: A New Alice, has opened on Broadway. The reviews are in and are mixed-to-negative. While the songs, written by Broadway vet Frank Wildhorn, are catchy and witty, Alice is always an appealing story for kids, and the concept of the show is an interesting take on the take that takes a clear note from Wicked about girl power, the overall effect underwhelms. The show has been compared to another modern update of that old L. Frannk Baum book -- the 1970's rock musical, The Wiz -- and, frankly, that show won the Tony for Best Musical and became one of the most popular shows in town, so I'm not so worried about those mixed reviews.