‘Where should I go? That depends on where you want to end up’
We were delighted to ‘end up’ at a performance of Wonderland the Musical
Wonderland is an enchanting adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with plenty of music, magic and heart to go round. A contemporary and touching story with an adult theme the show takes a long hard look at modern day life and the power we hold in it every day.
West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis, best known for playing Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, stars as Alice. Completing the principal cast are Stephen Webb as Jack / White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as Cheshire Cat, Ben Kerr as March Hare and Carolyn Maitland as alternate Alice/ Mad Hatter.
Divorced, out of work writer and single mum Alice is stuck in drudgery of life. Her daughter Ellie (Naomie Morris) tries to inspire her and they (of course) follow a huge white rabbit who just happens to appear out of the sideboard and disappear down the rabbit hole – an out of work lift -with the help of the White Rabbit (Dave Willets) to a magical place for people who don’t want to live in the real world.
The story follows Alice’s as she becomes her own hero in a bid to save her daughter.
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.
There are too many show stopping numbers to choose from but ‘ This is who I am’, sung by Alice and the Mad Hatter (Natalie McQueen) and, ‘Home’ sung by Ellie, have to be at the top of our list.
TV and West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, headlines as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who has previously starred in tours of South Pacific, 42nd Street and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as White Rabbit. The Queen of Hearts (Wendi Peters) is larger than life and fills the stage with her presence and voice, ‘Off With Their Heads’ is a triumph!
Vibrant and bold staging with a psychedelic array of colourful costumes makes this musical a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
There are many amusing, good hearted moments which poke fun, at not only our sensibilities and modern day lives, but also how we view ourselves.
‘We’re all mad here ‘, and you’d be mad to miss this amazing spectacle!
Performances: On until Saturday 22 July. Evenings 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Tickets: From £17.50 (£21.40 online/phone)
Box Office: 0844 871 7652*
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Groups Hotline: 0333 0095 939
Access Booking: 0800 912 6971*
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