Wonderful or Woeful; Wonderland will Close on Broadway
Fairy tales and a magical land will disappear on Broadway as soon Alice will no longer be able to look through the looking glass. In a breaking news announcement literally just made, on May 10th the producers of the new Broadway show Wonderland announced the production will close on May 15th, 2011.
Wonderland is one of Broadway’s newest shows in a season filled with original works. The musical takes a modern twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland story. Wonderland features a book and direction by Gregory Boyd, the musical also has Frank Wildhorn composing the music and Jack Murphy co-writing the book and lyrics. The musical made its world premiere in Tampa in 2009. The production was then moved to Houston for a 2010 production then back to Tampa for its pre-Broadway try out and run. While critics there enjoyed the production to a certain extent, all agreed it needed to be stronger to make it in New York City.
Wonderland moved to Broadway in the spring and began previews on March 21st, 2011 and opened officially on April 21st, 2011. Critics however didn’t go for this new and latest version of the classic Alice story. Critics didn’t hold back with their words destroying the show in almost every aspect leaving theatre lovers wondering what this new production was all about. Wonderland also received a second beating only 2 weeks after opening receiving zero Tony nominations. Does this make Wonderland the another victim on the Tony nominations drama?
By the time Wonderland closes on May 15th, 2011, it will hae played 31 previews and 33 performances. Sadly, I have to say Wonderland will not only go down as the biggest flop of this season on Broadway but one of the biggest Broadway flops ever. The show will have a multimillion dollar loss when it closes.
Producers only announced the closure but did not release a statement.
However, Frank Wildhorn is not done with Broadway yet. His musical Bonnie and Clyde is being aimed for Broadway (by producer Jerry Frankel and partners) and there is talk of a coming Broadway revival of the musical Jekyll & Hyde. No official announcements have been made yet. However, with Wildhorn’s newest ship sinking, is it a right time for him to set another boat sailing? Luner on Theatre will keep you up to date on all of these new productions potentially headed to Broadway.
Sadly, there are now only 5 days left to go see Wonderland on Broadway. I suggest anyone who has the chance go see this production. While there are bad reviews of the production out, critics these day’s really hate everything. Personally, I have heard a mix of both good and bad reviews of the show. Ranging from “it was terrible” to “it was an absolute delight”, Wonderland has become the most controversial show this season on Broadway. I know I will not have a chance to see the production before it closes which saddens me. I only wish the best of luck to those involved with Wonderland in the future. Thank you also to Playbill for the photos used in this article! For more information, check out Wonderland’s Official Broadway Website