Imagination Stage’s Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure

This Saturday, I took my daughter Alice to see a rocking take on her her literary namesake at Imagination Stage. In Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure, Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live musicians. Both my six-year-old and I adore the imaginative, modern musical based upon the classic story.

The writers have successfully translated Carroll’s irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout. The Mad Hatter and March Hare are scathingly funny, the Caterpillar is zen (but testy!), the Cheshire Cat is funky cool and all of the Wonderland characters have musical numbers to match their style.

Actor Erin Weaver, who I had previously adored as Marianne Dashwood in the Folger Theater’s Sense and Sensibility last fall, was an amazing Alice. She conveyed spunk and intelligence that my own little Alice identified with, and her singing was awesome. All of the cast were incredible vocalists and musicians, giving us a kid-friendly rock opera that was top notch theater. After the show, we enjoyed meeting the cast. Check out my Alice with Matthew Alan Ward, the Mad Hatter himself.

You have to see the show! Wonderland is playing now through August 13 at Imagination Stage. Get tickets.

I received two press passes for review. No additional compensation received. 

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