Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (Broadway Theatre Archive)
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Did I enjoy it? Absolutely! The design was gorgeous. The characters and the scenery seemed to have been lifted from the pages of Teniel's illustrations and brought to life. There were so many brilliant moments. Most notably the aloof and condescending Catepillar, the doughy-faced Dutchess, Stapleton's flighty White Queen, the academic snobbery of Humpty, and Lane's neurotic Mouse. I also have to add, I completely disagree with another reviewer's opinion of Arden's Queen of Hearts. I felt that her understated, and underplayed Queen was a brilliant choice. Remember, screaming does not an actor make. Her insincerity and aloofness is the perfect mirror image of Victorian royalty. And the insuated affair between the Knave and Queen of Hearts kept me laughing for hours! Bravo! I am also sorry to say that I was disappointed with Burton's Alice. She completely lacked the sensitivity and sensibilities of a 7 year old. She played Alice as an adult instead of Alice attempting to act as an adult.
Overall, I highly recommend this for anyone who loves 'Alice'. Despite the problems with the script, it is by far the most true adaptation of the stories, and one worth owning.
The cast is truly impressive including - Colleen Dewhurst's manic and imposing Red Queen; the befuddled White Queen of Maureen Stapleton; Nathan Lane plays the waterlogged Mouse as a tango-dancing lothario; Kaye Ballard as the baby-beating Duchess; Geoffrey Holder as a sinuous, seductive Cheshire Cat; and Donald O'Connor as the soft-shoe Mock Turtle.
Perhaps most poignant is Richard Burton, playing the melancholy White Knight. His scene with real-life daughter Kate is very touching, and his performance of the White Knight's bittersweet "A-Sittin' on a Gate", one of the truly great songs in Addinsell's score, is a highpoint of the whole production. The actual story of Alice is bookended by a nervous young actress about to star in her very first leading role. The saga of Alice herself provides a nice counterpoint as Lewis Carroll's heroine also must face her fears if she can ever return home.
Truly a production to savour and a rare treat for all theatre and Lewis Carroll admirers.
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The CGI is very poor quality, but is a really cute film. This version of Alice in Wonderland does not follow the actual story in any way, so I do not recommend this for someone... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Monica C.
I purchased this as a gift for my daughter who collects every Alice in Wonderland film she can get her hands on. I'm sure she will love it.Published on September 22, 2013 by Sherrill M. Meeks
Headline says it all. What can I add? Sir Richard Burton's last known appearance? That alone should make this the Pearl of Great Price. With his daughter. Hear that? Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by The Grey Piper
This play is really good for children and adults ,the colours are beautiful and funny and had a innocent to it. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by G Stick Queen
This is one in a series of reviews that will eventually be posted for every Alice in Wonderland title available on Amazon. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Everyone's_a_critic
It's a very good version of the history. Forewer I prefer the ones of Walt Disney and the stunning adaptation of a family classic.Published on August 13, 2012 by pascalkrug
this version of alice in wonderland was not so great. the only good thing in this version was the girl you played alice. thats pretty much it. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by David
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