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Unchained Melanie

The enormously popular American singer-songwriter, actress, and director Melanie Martinez (b. 1995) is somewhat sui generis; The Guardian describes her music as “off-kilter, sweary electropop.” Her debut studio album, Cry Baby (2015), which went on to be certified platinum, contains a song called “Mad Hatter,” obviously based on the two Disney movies (1951, 2010) rather… [read full post]

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Gargantuan Alice Show at the V&A Next Year!

The show is happening in collaboration with The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, which held an acclaimed exhibition called Wonderland last year. You can see a video about that one here. (And don’t forget their phenomenal catalog.) The UK show, titled Alice in Wonderland, will run June 27, 2020 to January… [read full post]

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Savile Clarke Productions

Mark and Catherine Richards’ excellent Lewis Carroll Resources website has a new section on the productions of the Savile Clarke Alice. The first was in 1886; 34 others are documented here, running through 1931. This comprehensive database includes a mass of information including production dates, cast lists, reviews, actor images, ephemera, etc., compiled by Catherine… [read full post]

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Alice UMons!

For those of you who were unable to attend the Alice conference at Mons University in Belgium, and were following our live tweeting on the edge of your seats, here is the promised video of Hayley Rushing’s presentation on “Speaking Illustrations: Performing Scriptocentrism in Le Gallienne’s Alice in Wonderland.”   The Q/A session is particularly good…. [read full post]

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Excellent Article in WSJ on David Del Tredici’s ‘Child Alice’

As the article says:  “David Del Tredici’s ambitious ‘Child Alice’ reveals a complicated vision.” More importantly, the performance was recorded, to be released in 2017. What I like about this article is its stance on the establishment’s take on difference – even when that establishment is nontraditional.  The atonal powers-that-be dismissed this out of hand,… [read full post]

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Ball State University’s Musical “Mad World” in January

For those of you in the Midwest this January 9th, you have the opportunity to see the Ball State musical Mad World as it is being staged as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region III, in Milwaukee, WI.  One performance only, but they are submitting it to the National Alliance of Musical Theatre’s… [read full post]

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