Alice in Concert

by  Lewis Carroll, Elizabeth Swados

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  6m, 6f

This "music hall" version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

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

Videos

  • Alice in Concert - The Jabberwock
  • Alice in Concert - Never Play Croquet
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Keywords

Adolescence

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

Casting

6m, 6f
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
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

Plus a 7 piece musical accompaniment

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

10 Piano/Conductor Scores

1 Flute
1 Percussion
1 Guitar
1 Violin
1 Bass

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Authors

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

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 b ...

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

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