This week the interwebs were abuzz with the premieres of two different and much beloved stories that have been adapted to the stage.
The first one – an opera version of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory titled The Golden Ticket – opened last Sunday June 13 at the Loretto-Hilton Center of Webster University in St. Louis. Not sure yet if I really feel ANOTHER adaptation of the story is truly necessary – this one actually got panned in its first incarnation as a concert performance at the National Theatre.
But Donald Sturrock and Peter Ash, the creative forces behind the project, did not let it die there. I mean, Roald Dahl’s own widow was a fan and among the folks who commissioned it. Armed with a grant from a British arts agency they continued workshops – one of which was attended by the Artistic Director at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, James Robinson. He eventually signed on to direct and The Golden Ticket found its home in St Louis.
And the reviews are starting to come in. With the caveat that the show does still need some work, TheaterMania still called it “a sweet treat worth savoring.”
Mouth watering? Read more here, and stream one of the songs from the show at NPR.
In the case of Superman this actually means a RE-adaptation. The original Superman musical called It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Superman! flopped in 1966, so this time the creative team is tackling it a little differently – starting with a new man in charge. The production will be helmed by Kevin Moriarty, the Artistic Director of the Dallas Theatre Center and self-proclaimed comic book nerd – with help from additional newbie Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (comic book writer and playwright, in addition to HBO series Big Love), and original music/lyrics writers Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (both also behind the music of Bye Bye, Birdie).
Apparently they’re also adding some new “twists and turns of their own” according to Paste Magazine. Here’s hoping for a fresh take on this:
Yes, that is Lesley Ann Warren.
But with talent like Jenny Powers (Broadway’s Grease – and an alum of my alma mater) and Matt Cavenaugh (Broadway’s revival of West Side Story) – I’m certainly interested to see what they do with it. Also the fact that Powers and Cavenaugh are married in real life is ba-dorable. Opening tonight. Read more about the production at The Dallas Observer.