Famed Conductor Alexander da Costa with the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra are pleased to announce that on April 16, 2023, at 3 pm, it will present a fully orchestrated concert version of Mad Hatter the Musical at Place des Arts Symphony Hall in downtown Montreal.
This exciting one-time event features an all-star award-winning cast. The Queen of Hearts played by Broadway’s Brittney Johnson (Wicked); Marybeth, the Mad Hatter's wife, being played by West End star Alice Fearn (Wicked, Come from Away); Yola the Cheshire Cat being played by singer-songwriter Victor Valdez; Éléonore Lagacé from Montreal (Big Brother Celebrities Season 2) will take the part of Bailey the Mouse, as well the French narration; while the role of the Mad Hatter will be sung by co-creator Vincent Connor; and finally Terry Barber will be playing the infamous Caterpillar.
Mad Hatter the Musical has been in development since 2018 and is intending to bring the show to the West End and Broadway in the next few years.
“After attending the New York industry presentation of this musical, I instantly fell in love with the story and, of course, this music. I knew immediately that I wanted to be the first to bring this score to life with orchestra. This music is memorable, romantic, and lush,” says da Costa.
The creative team consists of award-winning composer and co-creator Michael J. Polo, book writer Vincent Connor and songwriter Victor Valdez., and for the Montreal show, they will be joined by music director Charlie Reuter (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), and Will Nunziata who will be narrating the story in English.
This thrilling and unforgettable production of Mad Hatter The Musical is the prequel to Alice in wonderland and is suitable for all ages. It follows a sad and crippled young man named Franklin Magellan, also known as Mad Hatter, through the dark and gritty streets of London and his entrance into Wonderland. Franklin is enamored with his new life without pain and sadness but descends deeply into madness when he is accidentally sent back to his bleak life in London. He will do whatever it takes to return to Wonderland, even if it means leaving everyone behind.