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Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Jack Murphy
Book by Jack Murphy & Gregory Boyd
UK adaptation by Ava Eldred
Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland receives its UK and European première in this brand new British production, which debuts at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Friday 20th to Saturday 28th January 2017 ahead of a UK tour.
Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder.
Here a timely and touching story of love in all its forms, it’s an adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives.
In the tradition of the best stage musicals, Wonderland boasts a catchy score full of songs from Frank Wildhorn, writer of pop hits including Whitney Houston’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’ and theatre classics including ‘This is the Moment’ from his internationally acclaimed show, Jekyll & Hyde.
The first half of the inaugural Wonderland UK tour takes in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Southend, Oxford, Grimsby, York, Bromley, Derry, Belfast, Woking, Blackpool, Southampton and Manchester, with the second half of the tour to be announced in May.
Presented by Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley
Legendary Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Bonnie and Clyde) is bringing his show “Frank & Friends” to the historic Tarrytown Music Hall. Proceeds from the show will benefit Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley.
Featuring: Rob Evan (Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables, Disney’s Tarzan), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Rock of Ages, Bonnie and Clyde), Laura Osnes (Grease, Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde), and more...
Multi-Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn's works span the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War (Tony Award nominated for Best Score). Also for Broadway: Dracula, Victor/Victoria, Wonderland, Bonnie & Clyde (Tony Award nominated for Best Score), and the 2013 revival of Jekyll & Hyde. Frank produced Harlem Song at the famed Apollo Theatre. International: Excalibur/Artus, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Count of Monte Cristo, Carmen, Rudolf, Mitsuko, Never Say Goodbye, Camille Claudel, Tears of Heaven, and Death Note. Upcoming: Mata Hari at the Moulin Rouge, The Man Who Laughs, Song of Bernadette, and Casanova. Frank served as music director for the Goodwill Games in New York City (1998). He wrote the song “Gold”, the opening number for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Received the prestigious Charles Dickens Award from USC, where there is a scholarship under his name. Among the artists who have recorded and performed Frank’s works: Whitney Houston (#1 international hit “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Linda Eder, Freddie Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Stacy Lattisaw, Molly Hatchet, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Amy Grant, Anthony Warlow, to name a few. Associate artist at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Awarded an honorary doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College in 2014. Father to Justin Samuel and Jake Ryan.
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Linda Eder's new album Retro is now available from her website lindaeder.com
"The songs on this CD were written over the course of the last 20 years. They were written from shows or album projects that never got off the ground for one reason or another. The music was never to blame. When I came up with the idea for this CD I had hoped to collect enough songs to fill one CD. I was delighted to find enough for several. This is Volume One. I hope that you enjoy this CD, and if so then you must join me in thanking the composers (Frank Wildhorn, Jason Howland), the lyricists (Jack Murphy, Leslie Bricusse, Nan Knighton, Baird Jarman, Maury Yeston), the arrangers/orchestrators - (Kim Scharnberg, Jeremy Roberts), and all the many musicians who helped bring this music to life!"
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By Olivia Clement
Broadway composer and arranger Kim Scharnberg is planning a different kind of wedding to fellow musician and partner Gwynn Griffin this month. The couple is planning a reception that will double as a benefit concert, complete with a starry Broadway line-up.
All proceeds will go towards the restoration of the Norfolk Music Shed in Connecticut.
The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's historic Music Shed is in phase two of major renovations, and in need of $250,000 to secure a million-dollar grant that will complete the process. Scharnberg and Griffin's wedding-turned-benefit-concert on Sept. 26 aims to raise all of the remaining needed funds.
The evening will feature a performance by composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde) and lyricist Jack Murphy, who collaborated together on the Broadway musicals The Civil War and Wonderland. Other guest performers include Broadway vet Linda Eder; the Tony-winning star of Billy Elliott, Trent Kowalik; 12-year-old tap dancing star Luke Spring; singer/songwriter Edwin McCain; jazz musician Chris Brubeck and Chicago Opera star Alyson Cambridge among others.
"I've been the music director for several Presidential Galas at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, so this idea is roughly patterned after those. We're going to have musical guests from several different genres performing together, guests you wouldn't normally find in the same room," commented Scharnberg in a press statement. His Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Wonderland, Little Women and The Scarlet Pimpernel.
"We wanted to have a special treat for our wedding guests but also open it up to the public so they can share in this special event with us," added Griffin.
For more information on the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival visit Norfolk.Yale.
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