We have been spending a lot of time with this year’s batch of Tony nominated shows lately, so it’s time to listen to one that not only didn’t receive a Tony nomination, but didn’t even last a month. Everyone has to have a flop. Rodgers and Hammerstein had Allegro, Stephen Sondheim had Anyone Can Whistle, and Frank Wildhorn now has Wonderland, a very convoluted contemporary updating of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Most of the critics hated the storyline, calling it messy, confusing, and unemotional. Other critics called the music “competent.” The show was one of the few new musicals to fail to receive a nomination for any major theatre awards.
However, on the bright side, on closing night Darren Ritchie (The White Knight) proposed to Janet Dascal (Alice) on stage. She accepted.
Music: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics: Jack Murphy
Book: Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd
Basis: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
For a long time, Linda Eder was married to Frank Wildhorn. About 6 years ago, they had a parting of the ways, but this year Ms. Eder has released a recording of songs of songs by her former husband. The album is called Now. We’ll listen to:
Now gonna fall this time (lyrics by Jack Murphy)
No finer man (lyrics by Leslie Bricuse - from Cyrano de Bergerac)
Ordinary people (lyrics by Brenda Russell)
Now (lyrics by Mayrt Yeston)