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Great music score! It was much more approachable than I feared but the pit is tough and it is hard to have a large chorus.

by James Larson on 3/16/2016 9:55 AM

Excellent music.

by Justin Kloeckner on 10/27/2014 4:05 AM

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Hello Everyone! I personally love the secret garden because it gives you room to play with the whole spiritual side of the show.  Pardon my lack of words for it, but I do not know how else to describe it.  As Mary goes about finding the garden, and playing with her friends, the story gives you accounts of the people who died, and what their lives looked like. You get to see why the characters who are alive are how they are, and that gives a whole new level to the show.  

by Elyssia Tingley on 9/13/2014 8:46 PM

by Lesa Pulham on 9/3/2014 1:22 PM

This is the version you want to do.

by Matthew Lloyd on 12/9/2013 8:50 PM

It's no 'Secret' how glorious this "Garden" is.
If you're looking for an intelligent musical that seamlessly entertains at the same time, this a garden that you will want to visit again and again. Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's THE SECRET GARDEN is widely renowned as one of the great page to stage musicals of the last century. The winner of three 1991 Tony Awards (including one for Ms. Norman's book), the classic tale of young Mary Lennox's journey continues to be a perfect fit for regional, summer stock and high school productions. Based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, THE SECRET GARDEN follows Mary as she survives a deadly plague in India that kills her parents and forces her to live with her grief stricken Uncle Archibald in England. As both Mary and Archibald struggle to be a new family, they eventually find the light and the "bit of earth" they've been missing in the garden and each other. Right in line with Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, Ms. Norman and Ms. Simon seem to have effortlessly joined forces to bring the novel to life with a touching mix of loss, humor, and heart. With a sweeping score (you won't be able to forget "Lily's Eyes", trust me.) and a thrilling book that delves into the emotional psyche of many layered and tortured characters, THE SECRET GARDEN is a masterpiece that families and musical lovers will be able to cherish long after they leave the theater.

by Kevin O'Malley on 4/28/2013 1:05 PM

Two Green Thumbs Up!
Upon reading The Secret Garden, three things will come forward immediately: the masterful adaptation of the original story, the integrated use of imaginary characters, and a sublimely Gothic score that alternately haunts and celebrates.

The Secret Garden offers itself readily as magical realism fit for a shah; it shines brightest when matched with an imaginative concept to fully harness the raw power and emotion bubbling at the root of Mary's circumstances.  Orphaned by tragedy, and given over to a different way of life completely forges a chain of resentment and uncertainty for more than just Mary.

Far more than escapism, The Secret Garden explores the imperfect and often troubled transition from child to adult while never settling for trite or easy answers, or relying on stock characters.  The power of life turns out to be the kind of love that believes all things, despite evidence to the contrary - and conquers in the end.

by Jeremy Simmons on 4/22/2013 10:55 PM