World premiere of Alice By Heart extended at MCC

The hyped world premiere musical will now run through to April 7, 2019.

The Cast of Alice by Heart

A one-week extension for the world premiere of Alice by Heart at the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space has been announced by MCC Theater.

The world premiere production began previews on January 30, and is scheduled for an official opening on February 26. The musical will now play its final performance on April 7, 2019.

The cast of Alice by Heart stars Molly Gordon in the title role, whose previous theatre credits include Life of the Party, with Colton Ryan as Alfred and The White Rabbit respectively.

They are joined on stage by Mia DiLena, Zachary Downer, Noah Galvin, Zachary Infante, Andrew Kober, Grace McLean, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Catherine Ricafort, Heath Saunders, and Wesley Taylor.

Kim Blanck will join the production on March 5, replacing Nkeki Obi-Melekwe who has recently been announced to take over the role of Tina Turner in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London.

Alice by Heart features music by Duncan Sheik, lyrics by Steven Sater and a book by Sater and Jessie Nelson, who also directs. 

Synopsis: "When the madness of the world is too much to bear, we take refuge in the stories we love. In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer’s budding teen life is turned upside down, and she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to wonderland. As they travel through the tale, Alice By Heart explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss, and finding the courage to move forward. Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this world premiere musical encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times."

The creative team features choreography by Rick & Jeff Kuperman, music direction & vocal arrangements by Jason Hart, orchestrations by Duncan Sheik, additional orchestrations by Simon Hale, scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, and hair, wig & makeup design by J. Jared Janas.

Alice By Heart Tickets are available now for performances through to April 7, 2019.

(Photo by Deen van Meer)