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Alice in Concert - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Alice in Concert

Lewis Carroll, Elizabeth Swados

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

6m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573681196

Words and Music by Elizabeth Swados
This "music hall" version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature)

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Fantasy Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

This "music hall" version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass was a New York Shakespeare Festival production. Swados composed the score, adapted the book and directed for the stage. Meryl Streep starred as "Alice" at New York's Public Theatre.

Later aired on PBS and titled Alice at the Palace, this imaginative rendering of the Lewis Carroll classic is performed concert-style on a bare stage, the actors in modern rehearsal clothes. Stylistically, the music ranges from rock to country/western to calypso, as the outlandish characters of "Wonderland" are reinterpreted in this "story theatre"-type setting.

REVIEWS

"Ms. Swados' new dramatized cantata...made me think of Carroll very deeply...[She] magnificently catches most of Carroll's divine nuttiness." - The New York Post


Alice in Concert premiered at The Public Theater in New York CIty in December 1980 under the direction of Joseph Papp.
Characters

CASTING

6m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

Plus a 7 piece musical accompaniment

ALICE / HUMPTY DUMPTY / WHITE QUEEN
WHITE KNIGHT / MOCK TURTLE / WHITE RABBIT / MARCH HARE
WOMAN 1 / EDITH
WOMAN 2 / DUCHESS / A QUEEN
WOMAN 3 / RED QUEEN / GRYPHON
WOMAN 4 / PAT
WOMAN 5
MAN 1 / CHESHIRE CAT / UNICORN
MAN 2 / TWEEDLEDUM / TEA TABLE
MAN 3 / BABY / BILL / DOORMOUSE / TWEEDLEDEE
MAN 4 / LION
MAN 5 / MAD HATTER / CATERPILLAR / JABBERWOCK
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

10 Piano/Conductor Scores

1 Flute
1 Percussion
1 Guitar
1 Violin
1 Bass
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Author(s)
Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed over 30 theater pieces including The Trilogy, The Red Sneaks, Nightclub Cantata, Runaways, Alice in Concert, Doonesbury, Rap Master Ronnie,The Haggadah, Jewish Girlz, Jonah, Job, Esther, Jerusalem (with Yehudah Amichai), The 49 Years, and Missionaries. Her work has been performed at The Flea Theater, La MaMa, The Public Theater, Manhattan ... view full profile

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Reviews
Ellen Joffred 4/21/2013 8:04 PM

    Described by Swados as a “pageant of movement, songs, dances and mime,” Alice in Concert is a delightful “concert drama” that recounts Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  The piece is theatrical, whimsical, and fun for all ages. Children, adults, or intergenerational theatre groups could all perform the piece in many different manners.  Swados suggests simple staging, letting the audience color in the world with their imaginations; I found her proposal refreshing.
   Alice in Concert, is predominately sung, though there is some dialogue, as well as speaking in rhythm.  After an overture of bells, the piece starts with Alice singing.  Perhaps, the transition into Wonderland would be more spectacular if the rule had been set so that the “real” world was spoken, and Wonderland was all music.  As I wasn’t able to listen to the music, I’m not sure if there isn’t a major shift in the type of music in Wonderland.  If there were a giant musical shift, it would succeed in being closer to a complete reversal from the first “normal” world.
    Swados employs barbershop quarters, Indian raga style, jazz scat, sad soupy violins, Vegas lounge singers, acapella singing, and even a Bob Dylan imitation in her compositions.  Her kaleidoscopic choices constantly reinvigorate and expand Wonderland.  Likewise, these new layers of music refresh beloved characters.  I particularly was tickled pink by the “savage soprano” reference to the Red Queen.
    Alice in Concert pushes farther into the dream world as the piece progresses.  Alice even starts to play other characters, like Humpty Dumpty and the White Queen.  Ultimately, Alice becomes Queen and wakes up.  The piece concludes with Alice and her sister Edith successfully singing Alice’s lesson about life.  A musical journey into a “regular day if you’re mad,” this piece has “produce me” all over it.

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