Review: Wonderland

Broadway goes down a rabbit hole in a musical misadventure.

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  • Photograph: Paul Kolnik

    MEOW MIX Jose Llana's Cheshire Cat gets in a Latin groove with Dacal

    MEOW MIX Jose Llana's Cheshire Cat gets in a Latin groove with Dacal.

  • Photograph: Paul Kolnik

  • Photograph: Paul Kolnik

  • Photograph: Paul Kolnik

Photograph: Paul Kolnik

MEOW MIX Jose Llana's Cheshire Cat gets in a Latin groove with Dacal

MEOW MIX Jose Llana's Cheshire Cat gets in a Latin groove with Dacal.

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>2/5

'Tis Wildhorn, and the hapless cast
Does direly gambol on the stage.
All flimsy is the plot half-assed,
Not right for any age.

Beware of Wonderland, I warn!
The jokes that cloy, the scenes that flop!
Beware the humdrum words and scorn
The spurious, bland rock-pop!

The book's a torpid bore in which
A newly single mom (Dacal)
Gets tested, see, by a journey she
Begins with quite a fall.

This modern Alice lands (ker-splat!)
In Wonderland, and banters some
With rabbit, caterpillar, cat
(In order: twee, dull, dumb).

She also meets a huffish Queen
Of Hearts (well-costumed Mason), and
A lady Hatter (Shindle, keen)
Who wishes to command.

These cartoon Carroll singers screech
The busy Wildhorn-Murphy score,
Which oft suggests a loud, high reach
At songs you've heard before.

A White Knight (Ritchie) does enact
A boy-band number that's a lark—
But then comes the worst second act
Since poor Turn Off the Dark.

Act Two: Boo! Boo! And through and through
This Wonderland's both slick and slack.
Dacal et al. can only do
So much to save the wrack.

And why has Wonderland been made?
Answer me that, director Boyd!
From captious gays to children dazed:
By all it's unenjoyed.

'Tis Wildhorn, and the hapless cast
Does direly gambol on the stage.
All flimsy is the plot half-assed,
Not right for any age.

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Marquis Theatre. Book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy. Lyrics by Murphy. Music by Frank Wildhorn. Dir. Boyd. With Janet Dacal, Darren Ritchie, Kate Shindle, Karen Mason. 2hrs 10mins. One intermission.

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