Turning fantasy into reality: 'Wonderland' musical opens to great fanfare in Tampa
There are 2 comments on the St. Petersburg Times story from Nov 28, 2009, titled Turning fantasy into reality: 'Wonderland' musical opens to great fanfare in Tampa. In it, St. Petersburg Times reports that:
Tosca Fornasari works on costumes for Wonderland. Susan Hilferty is the designer.
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#1 Dec 2, 2009
Although parts of this musical are great, there is still much work to be done. Lyrics are lazy; costumes are a bit too "wicked"-ish, the mad hatter is a distraction, all songs go a bit too long, there's not a cohesive story. Pick one idea: Alice finds her inner child; Alice finds her child; Alice reconciles with Jack. Trying to do all 3 makes the story arc incoherent. PLEASE rethink the whole Mad Hatter stuff; the story doesn't need this character and everything the revolves around MH is just stupid. Even the costumes don't fit.
Wonderland should be all about absurdity, imagination, creativity. Why would any character there be trying to get rid of these things? And aren't these the things Alice is searching for? Why give us the rescue stuff?
Lyrics can be lazy--reminds me of freshman english writing poems. C'mon guys--you can do better!
C- for a grade; but the possibility of making this an A.
#2 Dec 3, 2009
The comment from Susan shares many of my frustrations with this show. I disagree about the costumes, though.
Pros: Some impressive effects and presentation, fun costumes, entertaining performances from actors (specifically the White Knight's "boy band"), my ticket was only $10
Cons: VERY incoherent story, music was not memorable, repetitive and wasted dialogue with most jokes falling flat, the Mad Hatter's character and role as villain
I could really enjoy this if the hatter role was re-written.
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