If the Alley prides itself on putting on cutting-edge shows fresh from the stages of New York or London, this is quite a coup. For now, a show that played the Alley first is headed the other way.
Wonderland, the new musical loosely based on Alice in Wonderland and the Lewis Carroll original Through The Looking Glass, played to packed houses at the Alley Theatre earlier this year. Now it's going to New York to take on Broadway. And it's bringing its Houston director along for the ride.
The new Broadway show will be directed by Gregory Boyd, the artistic director at the Alley, and the co-writer of the book Wonderland. The Broadway production has not yet been cast, and the show, which was a constantly evolving work in progress in its initial Tampa and Houston runs, will have a few new songs added by composer Frank Wildhorn.
Wonderland will open on Broadway in a to-be-named Nederlander Theatre (the company owns nine of them) on April 17, 2011, with previews starting March 21.