Wed 25 Jan 2017
Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland is a Grammy and Tony nominated Broadway musical. It premiered in the UK this week, with its first shows at Edinburgh Playhouse. I went along last night with a friend to see it. I had no idea what to expect, but I’ve always loved the story of Alice In Wonderland and was interested to see what this new adaptation had in store.
Set in the modern day, the musical is based on two Lewis Carroll books. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. There are lots of recognisable characters from the books, but the story is quite different …
“Alice is a Mum who is disillusioned but doesn’t know what to do or how to change. With her daughter Ellie and neighbour Jack, Alice finds herself transported into the magical world of Wonderland. Here they meet the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat and March Hare, who are ruled by the imperious Queen of Hearts. It’s up to Alice to save the day and get her family back home.”
It was a brilliant show – both funny and touching, with all the wonderful weirdness that comes with Lewis Carroll’s characters. It delivered a strong message that both women and men can be heroic and choose their own paths in life, which really seemed to resonate with the audience.
Wonderland starring Kerry Ellis, Wendi Peters and Dave Willetts is at Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday 28th January and then the show goes on tour around the UK.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA