Alice By Heart
75

Alice By Heart NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(283 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
19%
Negative
6%
Members say
Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious, Confusing

About the Show

The Tony and Grammy award-winning creators of "Spring Awakening," Steven Sater and Ducan Sheik, reunite for MCC's new musical inspired by "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland."

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Member Reviews (283)

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878 Reviews | 218 Followers
61
Confusing, Quirky, Insipid, Great acting

See it if A show that has good acting and some goods songs set in ww11 backdrop. Nice lighting in this production.

Don't see it if A story that gets lost in metaphors, symbolism and riddles. Story goes downhill fast.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
70
Great dancing, Confusing, Sad, Romantic, Great singing

See it if Forlorn fantasy of staying a child when confronted with death. Dreamy music with wonderful vocals & choreography. Youthful exuberance.

Don't see it if Fractured fantasy on a fantasy is too confusing. Overly sentimental, repetitive dialog. 4th wall breaks take you out of the show.

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
86
Romantic, Quirky, Great writing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you love the imaginative magical aspects of the Alice books. The clever use of the unusually wide stage creatively produces a moving story.

Don't see it if you are expecting a children's Alice in Wonderland. This is very sophisticated.

565 Reviews | 117 Followers
95
Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if Love or like Alice and love seeing different way of the story.

Don't see it if If you want the old Alice only. Read more

461 Reviews | 710 Followers
63
Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy fairy tales, imaginative theatre, and know the story of Alice in Wonderland very well.

Don't see it if you prefer straightforward narratives. This show tries too hard to be clever and trips over itself. I found it confusing and tuned out.

601 Reviews | 88 Followers
82
Quirky, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a very entertaining and creative setting of the Alice in Wonderland story. Very talented cast.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional telling of Alice story. Read more

488 Reviews | 125 Followers
69
Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Heavy handed, Misses the mark

See it if you enjoy young actors in the beginning of their careers giving their all to a script that needs more focus/ depth. Good Queen of Hearts.

Don't see it if you're looking for well developed characters with well developed relationships. Music is enjoyable but not memorable. Stage is too high.

483 Reviews | 54 Followers
70
Good music. good staging. good singing. good performances. strange storytelling.

See it if You appreciate inventive well done theatre.

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical.

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
February 26th, 2019

“This production is practically, well, impossible to embrace as a credible work of entertainment...’Alice by Heart' seems to lose its road map as soon as it begins...The real-world characters are so hastily established and sketchily drawn that there’s nothing compelling or surprising in their metamorphoses...The hazy, dreamy songs of 'Alice' feel as if they’ve had the edges sanded off them. The choreography, by Rick and Jeff Kuperman, mostly involves picturesque hand and arm movements."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 26th, 2019

“’Alice by Heart’ has no hint of irony about it, and it’s hard to spark any heat...Whenever the Kupermans and the actors can let loose together, the show momentarily takes off, but Sater and Sheik have weighed it down with so much schmaltz, and tarted it up with so much half-assed sexiness, that 'Alice by Heart' can’t help but feel like a slog. As a production, it has moments of real ingenuity and charm."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 26th, 2019

“’Alice by Heart’ demonstrates that it might be time to give Alice and those fantastical characters surrounding her a well-deserved rest...Some of the transformations are inventive...But there's precious little else to hang it all together, save for the omnipresent pop-rock score featuring no less than 20 songs blending into an unmemorable hodgepodge...Despite the efforts of the hard-working ensemble, ‘Alice by Heart’ ultimately doesn't have much heart at all.”
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Variety
February 26th, 2019

“'Alice by Heart,' joins the ranks of adaptations that have gotten tangled up in the details of nonsense, despite some dreamy melodies, clever staging and an emotional arc for the title character...The twin tales are burdened with so many symbols, riddles, wordplay and metaphors that it all ends up more exhausting than invigorating...It’s just no fun...The cast is solid...Though a coming-of-age approach gives this 'Alice' some distinction, a wonder it is not.”
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The Observer
February 26th, 2019

"A muddled concoction, tangled up in too many layers of reality and fantasy, to deliver its emotional payload...It’s hard to keep the stakes straight or feel any real bond with the characters...Although staged, story-theater style, with inspired tableaux and choreography, Sater and Nelson’s concept is too static and circular, leaving us—and Alice—no one to credibly save, no dream from which to wake...The creative team means to rouse our imaginations, but the effect is perversely soporific.”
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AM New York
February 26th, 2019

“A new folk-pop musical...Although sincerely intended and full of creative touches, ‘Alice by Heart’ is a disjointed, depressing and bewildering mess. It would be near impossible to follow it without a working knowledge of the source material...Sheik and Sater’s songs are mellow and hazy and have little integration with plot...Considering that ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a classic novel in the public domain, virtually anyone can write a musical based on it. Perhaps a good one will turn up."
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Theatermania
February 26th, 2019

"While the score strikes several reminiscent notes, it smooths over the meatiest ambiguities in Alice's story in favor of gentle poetic metaphors. It may come out sounding very pleasant, but the result is far too tepid — both emotionally and cerebrally — to measure up to the eye-opening (and hopefully mind-bending) experiences that unfold in Wonderland...Nelson's precisely punctuated direction, ends up suggesting more clarity in the story than there turns out to be."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 20th, 2019

“The production is a design and staging marvel...But the show holds its wounded characters and their shared heartbreak in such tender regard that you are left with nothing to do...Nelson's direction, aided by the inventive choreography of Rick and Jeff Kuperman, bristles with creativity...If ‘Alice by Heart’ had a more compelling Alice, it might work better, but Gordon adds problems of her own, beginning with a marked lack of vulnerability...This rabbit hole leads to a dramatic dead end."
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