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Alice By Heart

From 280 member  reviews
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." More…

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.


Member Reviews (280)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious, Confusing
75
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also Alice is one of the most popular story that people like to reform in a... Read more Read less

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.

Also New state of the art theater for MCC.

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.

79
Great staging, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if The production and staging are really top-notch and some great singing. The caterpillar and queen's songs are standouts.

Don't see it if you can't stand terrible English accents. It's very off-putting at first. A lot of the songs are bland & forgettable, but some good moments

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.

54
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Overrated, Quirky

See it if A weird retelling of the Alice in Wonderland story. If you are an Alice fan, you might enjoy this.

Don't see it if I found it confusing and hard to follow. And the music was not memorable.

65
I literally got out of my sick bed....

See it if There is one very nice song. Staging, costumes, set all lively if not always serving the story. You know Wonderland.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive narrative, you expect anything approaching the craftsmanship of Spring Awakening. You dont like loud and chaotic.

Also My expectations were high despite the reviews that were coming in. Thi... Read more Read less

63
Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Quirky

See it if characters in a WWII bunker become contemporary versions of Alice in Wonderland characters; theme of escape into imagination when life bad

Don't see it if Alice in Wonderland purist; want choreography to involve more than repetitive hand movements; want chemistry between male and female leads

Also possibly affected by where I was sitting - up front left closer to ban... Read more Read less

85
Intricate, Refreshing, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to see one of the most creative pieces this season. The supporting cast especially excels, especially Noah Galvin & Heath Saunders.

Don't see it if you need UK accents to be on point. The worst offender here was Alice herself, which made the misadventures in dialect particularly glaring.

Also The marriage of costuming and choreography here is unmatched, and fort... Read more Read less

40
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you like modern dance, pop hypno-music & don't mind a show that is painfully slow and feels long even at 90min. Actors all worked hard

Don't see it if I was really not a fan of this show. Sadly it was boring. Misconceived original musical. I agree with the critics.

Also BEWARE:... Read more Read less

95
Moving and earnest, Absorbing singing and music with more potential to explore, Beautiful storytelling, Well-choreographed, Charmingly quirky

See it if you want to see one of the more exceptional, yet weird, new musicals in a comfortable new theatre space designed to maximize your immersion,

Don't see it if uninvested in quirkier works heavy on choreography-as-storytelling; lacking imagination or empathy with the traumatized. Some bawdiness

Also An enchanting love-letter to bildungsroman, literature, friendship, an... Read more Read less

70
Great staging, Overrated

See it if wish to see another Alice version. nice use of space and set and movement.

Don't see it if songs and tone of the whole piece is very repetitive.

49
Great staging, Clever, Indulgent, Edgy, Confusing

See it if and only if you were interested in a new spin on the classic Alice In Wonderland tale.

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist and thus a musical version of Alice In Wonderland isn't something you ready for.

Also While the ensemble cast was wildly TALENTED with some really stand out... Read more Read less

82
Could stand to lose 15 minutes, Super talented cast, Amazing staging and direction, Engrossing

See it if You enjoy fantasy and are willing to go along for the ride.

Don't see it if You don't like Alice in Wonderland and adaptions of it.

Also After reading the reviews, I did not expect to enjoy this, but I was r... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You want to experience a different type of "Alice". The highlights are the melodic score and high energy performances by the talented cast

Don't see it if The story may not be easy to follow at times, but the overall production holds your attention.

86
Absorbing, Great staging, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if Sheik/Slater team. Dark and real, with a heart. Maybe needs some more work, but totally worth it.

Don't see it if Looking for traditional AiW story.

77
Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Sheik/Sater's work...or if you're really familiar with Lewis Carroll's work. There's some great components to this, but it..

Don't see it if ..just doesn't come together as a cohesive show. Really cool choreography, excellent performances, interesting concept...but needs more work

67
Disappointing, Great orchestrations, Ambient, Melancholic, Confusing

See it if You are a fan of Duncan Sheik's music or Simon Hale's orchestrations. You are intimately acquainted with the source material.

Don't see it if You are a fan of Steven Sater. This is the weakest piece in his wonderful catalogue of work. You

Also "A little talk could hold me for a little while... Read more Read less

49
Tedious, confused script, mundane music

See it if for some fine performances despite the poor quality of the book and music; some good choreography

Don't see it if you expect a coherent and insightful through line in the book and music that is memorable or lyrics that message something important

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You can forgive serious book issues in order to experience good music and creative staging.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that has a linear narrative that makes sense.

68
Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of Duncan Sheik’s music. Colton Ryan and Molly Gordon rise above the troubled material they have to work with.

Don't see it if You do not know everything there is to know about Alice in Wonderland. The book is a total mess and is impossible to follow.


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 met...
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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 ...
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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 les...
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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 ...
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