New York, NY – Music Theatre International (MTI) is thrilled to announce that Alice by Heart is now available for licensing for performances taking place by June 30, 2025. International and regional restrictions may apply.
From the Tony® and Grammy® award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, and cowritten by Jessie Nelson (Waitress), Alice by Heart is a touching musical inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Featuring an incredible pop-rock score and a unique twist on Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Alice by Heart follows the story of a young girl who takes refuge in a London Tube station during WWII and confronts grief, loss, and love with the help of her favorite book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
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, loss, and finding the courage to move forward. The musical encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.
Alice by Heart opened Off-Broadway in 2019 at the MCC Theater, and was hailed by The New York Times as, “A fantastical, magical mystery tour with ingenuous costumes, Noel Coward-ish wit, and dreamy songs…with echoes of music from Spring Awakening.”
An original cast album was released in 2019 on Ghostlight Records and featured Molly Gordon as Alice and Colton Ryan as Alfred/The White Rabbit. The current combined global total of streams of the cast album is roughly 9.3 million.
“When we set out to create Alice by Heart, our aim was to construct a show which could touch young hearts,” remarked Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik and Jessie Nelson. “And from our earliest performances at MCC Theater, it was remarkable the way young people took to the show. Never could we have imagined, though, how timely our musical would become, what with the onset of the COVID pandemic, the global refuge crises, the war in Ukraine... Sheltering in an Underground Station during World War II, it is only through the power of the imagination—and the real magic of theatre—that Alice is able to transcend the hardships she faces and transport Alfred and herself to Wonderland. The overwhelming response to our cast album and the countless loving messages we’ve received have moved us profoundly. Making the show available to you all now is our way of saying thanks.”
Drew Cohen, President and CEO of Music Theatre International stated, “Since we announced our acquisition of Alice by Heart last November, we have received many requests from high schools, colleges and community theatres eager to bring this new musical to their stages. The themes of Steven, Duncan and Jessie’s show are especially relevant today and resonate with people of all generations. We can’t wait to see how this show not only entertains, but inspires audiences with its message of hope.” www.mtishows.com/alice-by-heart