STAGE TUBE: Derricks Talks WONDERLAND'S Choreography

By: Apr. 27, 2011
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DanceOn, a YouTube partnership channel exclusive to dance, released their exclusive look at the new Broadway musical Wonderland. Three time Emmy Award winning choreographer Marguerite Derricks delves into how she got involved with the new take on Alice in Wonderland, and what audiences can expect from her versatile choreography. Marguerite was just nominated for a 2011 Astaire Award for her choreography in Wonderland.

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Marguerite Derricks has had an illustrious career as a choreographer in the entertainment industry. Recently she choreographed the Ivan Reitman film, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. She won the 2009 Astaire Award for the film, Fame. Other films include Little Miss Sunshine, the Austin Powers trilogy, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. She won Emmy Awards for three consecutive years for The Goodwill Games, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Fame LA. Other television credits include the opening number for Hugh Jackman on the 81st Academy Awards, the 58th Emmy Awards, VH1 Divas Live, and True Blood. Her theatre credits include Class Act (Broadway), Sister Act (Pasadena Playhouse), and Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity now in its 10th sold- out year in Las Vegas.

Wonderland, the new musical that reinvents "Alice in Wonderland" for the 21st century, opened on Broadway April 17 following previews from March 21 at the Marquis Theatre. Janet Dacal, of In the Heights, plays a modern-day Manhattan mom named Alice, who sings a score by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy.

Gregory Boyd directs the original musical that also stars also stars Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as White Knight, E. Clayton Cornelious (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line) as Caterpillar, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as Mad Hatter, Carly Rose Sonenclar (Les Misérables, Little House on the Prairie) as Chloe, Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as White Rabbit and Danny Stiles (regional productions of Guys and Dolls and Sister Act: The Musical) as Morris. The ensemble includes April Berry, Grady McLeod Bowman, Joey Calveri, Sae La Chin, Mallauri Esquibel, Derek Ferguson, Wilkie Ferguson, Laura Hall, Natalie Hill, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, Ryan Link, Kate Loprest, Renee Marino, Heather Parcells, Stefan Raulston, Julius Anthony Rubio and Tanairi Vasquez.

Wonderland's book is by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy. Choreography is by Marguerite Derricks.

The design team features Neil Patel (set), Susan Hilferty (costume), Paul Gallo (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound) and Sven Ortel (video and projection). Patel recently took Playbill Video on a backstage tour of the Marquis Theatre.

The producers of Wonderland - A New Alice. A New Musical (the official title up to the opening night) has a student rush ticket policy. A limited number of $30 tickets (plus a $2 facility fee) are available at the box office only, on the day of the performance, beginning when the box office opens for the day. Tickets subject to availability and a limit of two tickets can be purchased per valid college student ID.

Wonderland is produced by the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO), Franzblau Media Inc., Nederlander Presentations, Inc., The Knights of Tampa Bay (David Scher, Hinks Shimberg), Michael Speyer, Bernie Abrams, Jay Harris, Larry and Kay Payton, June and Tom Simpson, Independent Presenters Network and Sonny Everett Productions LLC.

Ticket prices range $49-$132. All prices include a $2 facilities fee.

Tickets to Wonderland - A New Alice. A New Musical are available through or by calling (877) 250-2929, and in person at the Marquis Theatre box office, 1535 Broadway between 45th & 46th Streets.

For more information on the musical, visit