This summer La Coterie will produce the world premiere of the new family musical, Alice’s Wonderland, adapted from the classic story by Lewis Carroll and featuring an original score with book, music and lyrics by J. Quinton Johnson and Julia Riew – – based on a treatment by Linda Chichester and David Coffman. Directed by Brianna Woods with musical direction by Delano Mendoza and choreography by Marc Wayne, Alice’s Wonderland will be performed live on The Coterie Main Stage located at the Crown Center from June 21 through August 7, 2022.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
In Alice’s Wonderland, Alice is a young video game designer who dreams of changing the world with her new video game, Wonderland. When Rabbit suddenly emerges from the screen and offers her an escape from reality, Alice takes the leap – and lands in an elusive world that challenges her to find her inner strength. Loosely adapted from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and featuring an original score that could be found on Billboard’s Hot 100, Alice’s Wonderland’s music has never been heard before in a theater for young audiences. .
Alice’s Wonderland is co-written by J. Quinton Johnson, a multi-talented composer and performer who is currently part of the cast of Hamilton on Broadway, and Julia Riew, an accomplished writer from St. Louis who recently graduated from the University from Harvard. Theater and music program. It’s based on a treatment by Linda Chichester and David Coffman of HipHopMusicals.com. “Since Alice’s story has been adapted in so many ways, I was looking forward to a new story,” Riew said of their first collaboration together. “We imagined the whole world and history together [and] Q took the lead on the music and lyrics, while I took the lead on the book. One of the things we wanted to do with this adaptation was to focus on making Alice an active protagonist!” exclaimed Riew of their decision to make Wonderland a place of their own creation. ‘Alice. “What better way to have Alice in Wonderland than to have her built Wonderland herself?!” Johnson explained. Riew adds, “It’s not just any Wonderland. This is Alice’s Wonderland. It’s an adventure she decides to embark on, and she makes every decision every step of the way.”
“The story of Alice’s Wonderland was inspired by our experiences as artists,” Riew continued, “We both faced a lot of doubts when we started. on instant gratification and constant exposure can aid children’s development.criticism of themselves…to let doubt creep in. Our Alice goes through this and eventually learns to stay true to herself, all finding the strength to complete his dream project.”
“Dreaming and imagination are also essential to our development as human beings,” says Johnson. “Alice is a dreamer, but she has to believe in herself even when she feels like no one else is interested.” Director Brianna Woods adds, “Self-confidence isn’t an instant gift. It’s found on a journey that’s confusing, frustrating and full of surprises – but the journey teaches us so much about ourselves.”
The exciting use of various styles of music in Alice’s Wonderland will delight audiences. Woods enthuses, “This music is contagiously good. Once the beat drops, you can’t help but want to jump in and join the party. It’s an instant rump shaker!” Production Art Director Jeff Church bragged about Adam Hooper’s set design: “Audiences are going to have an amazing experience as we watch Alice get pulled into a giant MacBook that’s almost the size of our entire stage! “
The Coterie’s production of Alice’s Wonderland will run approximately 65 minutes without intermission and is best enjoyed by families aged eight and up.
Alice’s Wonderland is directed by Brianna Woods with musical direction by Delano Mendoza and choreography by Marc Wayne. The cast includes Genevieve Lefevre (as Alice), Robert Vardiman (as Rabbit), Courtney Germany (as Cat), Douglass Walker (as Caterpillar), Amari Lewis (as The Queen) and Danny Gage (as The Mad Hatter). The artistic and production company includes Mackenzie Goodwin Tran (production manager), Scott Hobart (technical director), Adam Hooper (stage designer), David Kiehl (sound designer, projection programmer), Jarrett Bertoncin (lighting designer) and Georgianna Londré Buchanan (costume designer), Selena Gonzalez-Lopez (projection designer), Caitlyn Dreher (animation designer), and Addison Price (production assistant/COVID safety manager).
Alice’s Wonderland was co-written by J. Quinton Johnson and Julia Riew based on treatment by Linda Chichester and David Coffman.
J. Quinton Johnson is a multi-hyphenate from small town Athens, TX. He studied musical theater at the University of Texas at Austin where he was discovered by Richard Linklater for the feature film Everybody Wants Some!! He also appeared in Linklater’s Last Flag Flying. Other screen credits include ABC’s Dirty Dancing, The Son, We Can Be Heroes and upcoming XYZ horror indie film The Summoned. On stage, Quinton made his Broadway debut in Hamilton as the first stand-in for the role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison. He was in the Tony Choir nominated play Boy and in productions of Footloose and In The Heights at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In addition to the music, book and lyrics for Alice’s Wonderland, Quinton wrote the orchestrations and produced the tracks, combining so many of his musical passions into one project. Currently, he is still in Hamilton on Broadway while working on new musical works for film, television and theatre.
Julia Riew is a Korean-American composer-lyricist-playwright from St. Louis and New York. Julia was the inaugural recipient of the Musicians United for Social Equity (MUSE) Linda Twine Scholarship (2021) as well as a member of the inaugural Maestra Music Mentorship Program (2020-21). At Harvard, she pursued a joint concentration in theater and music, studied songwriting under Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, co-founded the Asian Student Arts Project (a community created to provide the resources and support for Asian student artists) and received the 2020 Radcliffe Doris Cohen Levi Musical Theater Award. His original work has been performed at American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, UNC-Greensboro School of Theater, Nora Theater Company at Central Square Theater, University of Missouri, and Community Music School. from Webster University.
Linda Chichester is co-founder of HipHopMusicals.com. She currently collaborates with 5 writing teams whose projects include: Hip Hop Cinderella, Alice’s Wonderland, Hip Hop Frankenstein, Little Red Raps – A Celebration of Neurodiversity and Little Hip Hop Mermaid. Linda is a BFA graduate of Hofstra University and CTI Commercial Theater Institute seminars. A member of Women In Music, Linda has guided the development process of various musicals through readings, workshops, productions and fundraising. Additionally, Linda monitors Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for overseas buyers. She is also a board member of the musical theater Amas.
David Coffman is co-founder of HipHopMusicals.com. He is thrilled that their first two musicals will have 5 productions this coming season. David conceived and produced the Latin-off-Broadway musical 4 Guys Named José and conceived and produced the musical Blackbirds of Broadway which debuted at the National Alliance of Musical Theater Festival and played in regional theaters across the United States. United, the Montreal Jazz Festival and two European tours. . David is also Managing Director of Sundance Productions Inc, which is the New York office of BB Promotion GmbH, one of the leading companies providing high quality live musicals and entertainment in Europe, including international West Side tours Story and The Harlem Gospel Singers. Also New York representative for Scandinavia’s largest stage rights agency, Nordiska ApS, David has negotiated international licensing and foreign language live stage rights for numerous Broadway musicals including The Addams Family, Flashdance , Hairspray, Spring Awakening, The Full Monty, Avenue Q (Helsinki), Wicked (Helsinki), The Last Ship and Next To Normal. Additionally, David negotiated licenses for Cats and Rock of Ages in Mexico. David speaks at the Commercial Theater Institute and at international Broadway musical licensing seminars.
DATES, TIMES AND TICKETS FOR THE SHOWS
La Coterie, named “One of the top five theaters for young audiences in the United States” by TIME magazine, will begin Alice’s Wonderland on June 21 and run through August 7, 2022 at the Coterie Theater, located on the first level of the Crown Center Stores in Kansas City, MO. The press evening will take place on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The show lasts approximately 65 minutes without intermission and will be enjoyed by families ages 8 and up. All tickets are on sale now by calling the La Coterie box office at 816.474.6552 or by visiting www.thecoterie.org.
Individual tickets: tickets are $14.00 for youth under 18, students, and seniors 60 and older; $18.00 for adults, depending on performance date.
Group rates: La Coterie offers special rates for groups of 20 or more people ranging from $6.00 to $12.00 per person, depending on the date of the show.