Okay, I’m gonna be truthful here: I’m not totally sold on the new Frank Wildhorn musical, Wonderland. I’m trying to put my biases aside (I don’t really like Wildhorn’s music that much) and have an open mind but some of these songs are drenched with over-the-top pastiches of musical genres from Boy Band to Latin Pop (think Ricky Martin in 1999). But, it looks like the music matches the overall sentiment because if you look at the costumes, everything looks over-the-top. So maybe when you see the show, it’s all alright and it works (maybe?).
BroadwayGirlNYC went and saw Wonderland in Houston, Texas and wrote up a detailed review. She states, “Wonderland is the perfect antidote to the Disney musical. Young audience members will love the bold colors and the sight gags (watch as Alice rewinds time and the actors move and speak backwards!) but it won’t feel like “kids theatre” to their parents.” But then she also says that, “…the storyline is wobbly in parts… and I hear that the creatives are still experimenting with the order of the songs.” Hmm… sounds exactly what an out-of-town try-out is suppose to be.
But what is your first impression of this show? What do you think of the songs? Are you a Wildhorn fan?
And the most important question: Do you think it will be successful on Broadway?
Listen to Wonderland, the musical:
“Worst Day of My Life”
“Through the Looking Glass”
Poll: Do you think Wonderland should go to Broadway?