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Alice in Concert

Alice in Concert
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Elizabeth Swados
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 85
Pub. Date: 1987
ISBN-10: 0573681198
ISBN-13: 9780573681196

About the Play:

Alice in Concert is a full-length musical by Elizabeth Swados. An entertaining and shrewdly conceived retelling of the Carroll classic with all of the beloved characters – from the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat to the Queen of Hearts.

Alice in Concert is an imaginative rendering of the Lewis Carroll classic. It 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.

Alice in Concert premiered in 1980 at The Public Theater during Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. Meryl Streep starred as "Alice" and won an Obie Award.

Cast: 6 women, 6 men, with 7 piece musical accompaniment

What people say:

"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

About the Playwright:

Elizabeth Swados (1951-2016) was an American composer, writer, and director who fashioned a unique style of socially engaged musical theatre, drawing on a global menu of musical styles and a street-level engagement with the politics of the dispossessed. Over the course of her storied career, she composed, wrote, and directed over 30 theater pieces and won five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Ford grant, the Helen Hayes Award, a Lila Acheson Wallace grant, PEN Citation, and others.

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