"THE MUSIC AND THEATRICAL VISION OF PAUL BOYD ... A TRULY CLASS ACT" Irish Times
highlights from the 2004 production
Alice The Musical, Paul Boyd's acclaimed adaptation of the books of Lewis Carroll, is his most popular production and has proved to be a big hit time and time again with audiences, critics and producers alike.
The show has been staged in eleven professional productions since it was premiered in 1998 and was Paul's first show for Northern Ireland's national producing theatre the Lyric Theatre Belfast. The original production was nominated as 'Best Drama' at the then annual Belfast City Arts Awards.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2008, Alice The Musical was staged in a number of productions across Ireland and the UK including the show’s English Premiere production at The Castle Theatre Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
In January 2009 the show’s USA Premiere at the Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre, Miami, Florida, opened and proved so successful that it was revived for a second run that opened in November. The show returned to the South Florida venue for a record-breaking third production from 16th January 2015.
"Paul Boyd’s music wonderfully reflects the
preposterous world of Alice’s imagination... a spellbinding production ... a great triumph"
The Japanese Premiere of Alice The Musical, in a new Japanese translation by Merry Artists Company and Delightful Company, previewed from 4th August 2011 at Nagoya City Higashi Playhouse, Nagoya, Japan.
Telling the story of Alice and her attempts to escape from the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland this full-scale musical is performed by a multi-roleplaying cast of seven, led by the sassy Cheshire Cat, and features the songs “What’ya Gonna Do?”, “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and “The White Knight’s Song” as well as Alice’s haunting ballad, “Home”, the Queen of Hearts’ show-stopper “Have Heart”, the Caterpillar’s outrageous samba “Nothing Here Makes Sense” and a seven-minute mega-mix finale that has audiences on their feet cheering for more!
"a glorious concoction, one part Lewis Carroll, one part Graham Norton and one part Paul Boyd … reinjected with all the arch wit and musical punch that Boyd's mischievous vision can conjure up … a party from start to finish that has everyone going crazy. This is a show that reaches the hearts, minds and funny bones of all generations, with punchy storytelling, terrific music and nicely naughty grown-up gags" Irish Times
"Paul Boyd’s hugely energetic musical ... a new, magical adventure filled with music and mischief ... this sophisticated musical is a feast for the eyes ... very clever and very enjoyable ... this wonderland will prove a real winner"
"an enchanting story, beautifully told by Boyd’s pounding score... Paul Boyd has the talent for composing musicals that hit just the right note" The Stage
"Paul Boyd’s music wonderfully reflects the preposterous world of Alice’s imagination ... a spellbinding production ... I was even won over by the big production numbers and the rousing finale had young and old enthusiastically throwing themselves into the spirit of things ... a great triumph" Irish News
"There is enough of the charm and magic of Lewis Carroll’s original tale, to keep even the youngest customers hooked, while adults will lap up the clever word play and naughty jokes, which somehow manage not to get in the way of the super ensemble performances and fine stagecraft of this engaging production ... the big finale number has the entire audience on its feet, going wild and crazy!"
ALICE THE MUSICAL
Lyric Theatre, Belfast December 1998 - January 1999
An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal December 1999
An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal August 2000
Civic Theatre, Co. Dublin December 2000 - January 2001
The Market Place Theatre, Armagh December 2004
The Pavilion Theatre, Co. Dublin January 2005
The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough December 2008
Actors’ Playhouse, Miami FL January - March 2009
Actors’ Playhouse, Miami FL October - November 2009
Higashi Playhouse, Nagoya, Japan August 2011
Actors’ Playhouse, Miami FL January - March 2015