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ALICE BY HEART

book by STEVEN SATER with JESSIE NELSON
music by DUNCAN SHEIK
lyrics by STEVEN SATER
choreographed by RICK and JEFF KUPERMAN
directed by JESSIE NELSON

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When the madness of the world is too much to bear, we take refuge in the stories we love. Tony® and Grammy® award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, STEVEN SATER and DUNCAN SHEIK, reunite for their new musical Alice By Heart, inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and directed and co-written by JESSIE NELSON (Waitress).

 

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. This world premiere musical encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.

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Cast

Mia DiLena

Mia DiLena

Mia DiLena is originally from Toronto, graduated from The Ailey School in 2009. Following that, she attended Springboard Danse Montréal for three seasons. Mia performed with Travis Wall’s company, Shaping Sound, on the tours of After the Curtain and Dance Reimagined, and most recently performed Travis’ choreography at the American Music Awards for Jennifer Lopez. Earlier in 2016, Mia worked with Stacey Tookey on the original creation of a Canadian musical entitled DANCER!: A Musical in Ten Furlongs. Some of her film and television credits include Disney’s The Music Man, From Time to Time (Bravo), and several music videos. Mia has danced in a number of Toronto-based companies including Helix Dance Project, Bridge To Artists, Conteur Dance Company, and TOES FOR DANCE. Mia was thrilled to be a part of the creation process of Alice By Heart, and is elated to be joining the cast here and now.

Zachary Downer

Zachary Downer

Zachary Downer Broadway: Hello, Dolly!, CATS (Mr. Mistoffolees). Television: “So You Think You Can Dance” S14, “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” YoungArts Alumni ‘15. World Ballet Competition – Bronze Medalist ‘14. Thanks to God, my incredible family, mentors, & Lakey Wolff & Co.! Psalm 16:6

Noah Galvin

Noah Galvin

Noah Galvin made his B’way debut as the titular character in Dear Evan Hansen. Upcoming Film: Booksmart (dir: Olivia WIlde), Film: Assassination Nation (dir. Sam Levinson). Television: “The Real O’Neals” (ABC). Off-Broadway: What I Did Last Summer (Signature Theater), Love and Information (New York Theater Workshop), The Golden Dragon (The Play Company), Yosemite (Rattlestick Theater), King Lear (Exit, Pursued by Bear), Treasure Island (Irondale Theater), Our Town (Barrow Street Theater), The Burnt Part Boys (Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage and Film- Lortel Nomination), Esther Demsack (Public Theater). Regional: The Power of Duff (Huntington Theatre Company), Filming O’Keeffe (Adirondack Theatre Festival), The Great American Mousical (dir. Julie Andrews -Goodspeed), Tommy (Bay Street Theatre), Wintuk (Cirque du Soleil), Ace: The Musical (St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Old Globe-Kevin Kline Award). Audiofile Magazine’s Earphones Award winner (2014) for his narration of “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Somebody Up There Hates You,” and “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

Molly Gordon

Alice

Molly Gordon

Alice

Molly Gordon co-starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in the Warner Bros/New Line comedy feature film Life of the Party and just completed production on Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut film, Booksmart and the Universal Pictures comedy Good Boys directed by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky for Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures. Additionally, Gordon starred as Nicky in the TNT drama “Animal Kingdom,” based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name. Other TV credits include “Ramy” on Hulu (upcoming), “Orange is the New Black,” “Sin City Saints” and the voice of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Stephen Colbert’s “Our Cartoon President.”  Her other credits include Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Center, Great Performances) and Love the Coopers. Gordon resides in New York and Los Angeles.

Zachary Infante

Zachary Infante

Zachary Infante is passionate about new work and grateful to be making their MCC debut! Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dir. Julie Taymor, Theatre for a New Audience), Big River (Dir. Lear deBessonet, New York City Center), Fingersmith (Dir. Bill Rauch, American Repertory Theater), Do I Hear A Waltz? (Dir. Evan Cabnet, NYCC), Pericles (Dir. Trevor Nunn, TFANA), Tamburlaine the Great (Dir. Michael Boyd, TFANA), Somewhere (Dir. Giovanna Sardelli, Hartford Stage), Peter Pan (Dir. Mark Hoebee, Paper Mill Playhouse), In The Heights (Dir. Nick DeGruccio, Orlando Shakes), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Dir. Ken Rus Schmoll, Two River Theater), Rent (Dir. Nicola Murphy, Cas Di Cultura, Aruba’s National Theater), Petrol Station (Dir. Sulayman al Basam, The Kennedy Center), TV/Film: “Gotham,” “Alpha House,” Carrie Pilby (Dir. Susan Johnson), School of Rock (Dir. Richard Linklater). They’d like to thank their family, friends, and the team at Abrams for continued love and support. This one is for their niece Mia. @zachinfante

Andrew Kober

Andrew Kober

Andrew Kober has appeared on Broadway in School of Rock, Sunday in the Park with George, She Loves Me, Les Miserables, and Hair as well as the West End production of Hair. He toured nationally in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and has appeared off-Broadway and regionally with Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bucks County Playhouse, The Denver Center Theater, Barrington Stage Company, and four summers at Shakespeare in the Park, most recently playing Malvolio in the 2018 production of Twelfth Night. His television credits include “Ray Donovan,” “House of Cards,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods,” “Pan Am,” and the upcoming FX miniseries, “Fosse/Verdon.” Twitter: @andrewkober

Grace McLean

Grace McLean

Grace McLean MCC debut. Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre…, Kazino; Brooklynite, Vineyard; Bedbugs!!!, ArcLight; The World is Round, BAM; Sleep No More, McKittrick; Twelve Ophelias, Woodshed Collective. Regional: Natasha, Pierre…, A.R.T.; Pump Boys and Dinettes, Weston Playhouse; La MaMa Cantata, in Spoleto, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia; From The Fire, Edinburgh 2011; MTM Best New Musical; The Last Goodbye, WTF. As a musical ambassador for the US State Department, Grace toured Russia with Migguel Anggelo (2018), and Pakistan with her band (2015). Grace McLean & Them Apples headlined Lincoln Center’s American Songbook in 2015 and 2016. Grace is the recipient of the 2017 Hunt Family Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and her original musical about the early life of 12th century mystic and polymath Hildegard von Bingen is commissioned by Lincoln Center. Original music on iTunes. www.gracemclean.com @thatgracemclean

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe is overjoyed to be making her NYC debut! She most recently appeared in Half Time (Paper Mill Playhouse). TV: “Bull” (CBS) and “SMILF” (Showtime). Proud University of Michigan graduate, Class of 2018 (Go Blue!). Thank you to Jen, Ben, and Telsey & Co. As always, for Mom and Dad.

Catherine Ricafort

Catherine Ricafort

Catherine Ricafort was last seen as villainess “Karen The Computer” in SpongeBob Squarepants on Broadway. Catherine also originated the role of “Mahi” in Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway. Other Broadway shows include Mamma Mia! (“Ali”, 10th Anniversary Cast), Cinderella, Allegiance, Disaster!, Holiday Inn, and Miss Saigon (for which she received the Legacy Robe). As a lead vocalist, she has performed on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” as a featured soloist of “The Backbeats,” can be heard on a cappella albums with “The SoCal VoCals,” and has performed for troops across the country with The USO Show Troupe.  As a director and choreographer, her latest project is “Choose,” the debut music video for Queens-based rapper Super Smack. B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering (Cum Laude), University of Southern California. Love to God, Pa, Ma, Jaydee, Lims, Scott. Thanks to Telsey and the incredible Alice By Heart team for having me! www.catherinericafort.com @cattricafort

Colton Ryan

Colton Ryan

Colton Ryan is currently starring in Girl From the North Country at The Public. He recurred on FX’s “The Americans,” and Showtime’s “Homeland.” He will appear in Rhys Ernst’s upcoming feature, Adam, alongside Margaret Qualley and Nicholas Alexander. Colton understudied for Ben Platt in the Tony-Award winning musical Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. He also shot a lead role in the feature film The Social Ones, directed by Laura Kosann.

Heath Saunders

Heath Saunders

Heath Saunders spent much of 2018 involved in Jesus Christ Superstar, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Jesus, and also as an apostle in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” on NBC. His summer and fall were filled with various workshops, readings, and new works, including being a featured vocalist with Constellation Chor at the New York Philharmonic’s gala welcoming Jaap Von Zweden. He made his Broadway debut in 2016 with the much-acclaimed musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, after participating in the show’s American Repertory Theatre production. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Newton’s Cradle (New York Musical Theatre Festival), for which he also wrote the music and lyrics. Other New York appearances include Lennon (Union Square Theatre), I Am Harvey Milk (Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center), and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (New York City Center Encores). Regionally Saunders has been seen in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.), Blessing (Yale Repertory Theatre), The 12 (Denver Center), James and the Giant Peach (Seattle Children’s Theatre), and numerous productions at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, including Spamalot, The Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray! In Concert, Rent, and Titanic: In Concert. heathcliffsaunders.com @feeltheheath

Wesley Taylor

Wesley Taylor

Wesley Taylor Broadway: Spongebob Squarepants (original cast), The Addams Family (original cast), Rock of Ages (original cast). Theatre World Award Winner and Outer Critics Circle Nominee. Denver Center: An Act of God. Signature Theatre: Cabaret. Second Stage: Little Miss Sunshine. American Conservatory Theater: Tales of the City. TV: “Smash” (26 episodes), “The Good Wife,” “The Tomorrow People,” “One Life to Live,” “Looking,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” “Difficult People.” Taylor is a published playwright, as well as the Co-Creator/Writer/Star of “Indoor Boys,” (HuffPost Queer Voices/Vimeo) “It Could Be Worse,” (Hulu/Pivot Tv/Vimeo), and “Billy Green” (YouTube). BFA: North Carolina School of the Arts.

Creative Team

Jessie Nelson

director & co-book writer

Jessie Nelson

director & co-book writer

Jessie Nelson began her career with Mabou Mines at the Public Theater.  An unexpected left turn led her to film where she wrote, directed, and produced Corrina Corrina, I Am Sam and To The Moon Alice  She directed Love The Coopers and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”  Her writing credits include Stepmom and The Story of Us.  She produced Fred Claus and Danny Collins.  Brought back to her first love, theater, Jessie wrote the Broadway musical Waitress with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. She directed the workshop of Alice By Heart at the National Theater’s Connections Program.  She has been the Artistic Director of the Sundance Writers Lab.  She wrote the children’s book Labracadabra.

Duncan Sheik

music

Duncan Sheik

music

Performer/Composer. Theatre credits include: Spring Awakening (2006) Tony Awards for “Best Original Score” and “Best Orchestrations,” 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album,” Because of Winn-Dixie (Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2017, Delaware Theatre Company 2015), Whisper House (London 2017, Old Globe Theater 2011), American Psycho (2016), The Secret Life of Bees (upcoming 2019), Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development), The Nightingale (currently in development) Noir (currently in development). Recordings include: American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording 2016), Legerdemain (2015), Covers 80s (Sneaky Records 2011), Whisper House (Sony 2009), Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast Recording 2006), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination “Best Male Vocal”, RIAA Certified Gold) (Atlantic Records 1996).

Steven Sater

book & lyrics

Steven Sater

book & lyrics

Musicals include: Spring Awakening (Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Grammy Awards), The Nightingale (La Jolla Playhouse, NY Stage and Film), Alice by Heart (National Theatre of London: Connections), Prometheus Bound (music by Serj Tankian, A.R.T.), Some Lovers (music by Burt Bacharach, The Old Globe, The Other Palace, Upcoming, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Nero (Magic Theatre, NY Stage and Film). Plays: Carbondale Dreams; Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize), Arms on Fire (Steppenwolf New Play Prize, Chester Theatre, NY Stage and Film), A Footnote to the Iliad (NY Stage and Film), Shakespeare’s Tempest (London’s Lyric Hammersmith), No One’s Sonata (Eugene O’Neill Theatre); New York Animals (Bedlam Theatre Co.).

Rick Kuperman

choreographer

Rick Kuperman

choreographer

Recent choreography highlights include Cyrano (Goodspeed, starring Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett), a NYE performance for Phish (Madison Square Garden), The Count of Monte Cristo (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Broadway Asia’s immersive Peter Pan (Beijing, China), Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theater Festival), and The Light Princess (A.R.T./New Victory, NY Times Critics’ Pick). As directors: SMILE (FringeNYC), Roll! (Ars Nova), The 39 Steps (PST), and Dispossessed (HERE). Their film work has screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, HollyShorts, and online on Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and The Huffington Post. The brothers are third degree black belts in Kenpo Karate, experienced fight directors, and grads of Harvard and Princeton. kupermanbrothers.com

Jeff Kuperman

choreographer

Jeff Kuperman

choreographer

Recent choreography highlights include Cyrano (Goodspeed, starring Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett), a NYE performance for Phish (Madison Square Garden), The Count of Monte Cristo (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Broadway Asia’s immersive Peter Pan (Beijing, China), Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theater Festival), and The Light Princess (A.R.T./New Victory, NY Times Critics’ Pick). As directors: SMILE (FringeNYC), Roll! (Ars Nova), The 39 Steps (PST), and Dispossessed (HERE). Their film work has screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, HollyShorts, and online on Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and The Huffington Post. The brothers are third degree black belts in Kenpo Karate, experienced fight directors, and grads of Harvard and Princeton. kupermanbrothers.com

A workshop production of Alice by Heart was presented by New York Stage and Film & Vassar at the Powerhouse Theater, Summer 2018.

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