Alice By Heart is Off-Broadway’s next surefire hit. The creative team for this new musical, which is an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, includes Waitress book writer Jessie Nelson along with Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, who co-wrote Spring Awakening together. Oh, and the cast? Chock full of swoon-worthy dreamboats.
We stopped by rehearsal and asked some people involved with the show why we should get hyped about Alice By Heart!
“You should be f*ckin’ excited because the music is so amazing, the story is absolutely wild and emotional and funny, and it’s taking a book that is very important to all of us and turning it on its head and doing something cool and different with it!”
“It’s a story that everybody knows, but it’s a very interesting (and dark!) take on it that people aren’t expecting from Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.”
“You should be excited because, within the madness of our times, Alice by Heart is about the power of our imaginations and there may not be a theatrical piece as imaginative as our new show!”
“They’ve been working on this show for about 9 years now and it’s a team of creative geniuses. It feels like this cauldron has been brewing and now we’re coming to the boiling point! We’re about to get in the rehearsal room and make some magic happen.”
“It’s a new Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater musical - what’s not to be excited about?!? I think it contains some of Duncan’s most beautiful, heart-wrenching music. That’s just one of the many things I’ve very excited to share with people!”
“It’s a beautiful, funny, poignant, timely show!”
“Why shouldn’t you be excited? The score is by the two guys who have written one of the best scores ever with Spring Awakening, which is why I’m freakin’ out. Their colloboration with Jessie is out of this world. They care so deeply about this project and so do all of these young people in it. And, who doesn’t love Alice in Wonderland? It’s a classic!”
“It’s a very fast-paced exciting musical that’s got a lot of heart. It’s deeply rich, the poetry, the cadence of the book…of the music, it’s just super exciting!” -Jeff
“We’re really hoping that audiences leave delighted and entertained and also reflecting on how to find beauty and meaning in the really chaotic fast-paced and dark world we live in.” -Rick
“This is a time that we need ‘the heart’ more than anything. We need literature, we need art, we need creation of value. ‘Without art, we die of too much reality’ as Nietzsche says. I think we’re dying. I think our culture is in crisis. If we can affirm the power of imagination and bond as a community, maybe we can make a bit of a difference.”
“It’s something that clearly means so much to all the people who created this show. It’s been 10 years in the making!”
“It’s going to be a whole new twist on Alice in Wonderland: The creators of Waitress and Spring Awakening are birthing this thing! It’s definitely physical theater, so it’s got a lot of surprises. It’s gonna be huge!”
“It’s opening a brand new theater for MCC at 52nd and 10th, that’s why!”
“It’s a beautiful piece about the power of art to help us through the most difficult times…and how important and necessary it is to be able to not just escape into imagination, but to use it as a tool to help us move through loss and change.”
“Alice By Heart takes our imagination and allows us to look beyond it. It takes our expectation of what theater can be, or what kind of story we can hear, and allows us to look within ourselves and recognize that it exists. It’s already there and what we’re searching for outside is in a storybook…that we can write ourselves.”
“Steven and Duncan are two of the most exciting creators of musical theater and the things they come up with are just bonkers, in the best possible way.”
Alice By Heart runs through April 7.
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