Sunday, May 30, 2010

My Fairytale, Danish Musical About Hans Andersen

From My Fairytale, Danish Musical About Hans Andersen, With Songs by Schwartz, Will Get U.S. Premiere in CA by Kenneth Jones:

PCPA Theaterfest on the central California coast, will present the American premiere of My Fairytale, a musical about Hans Christian Andersen — featuring music and lyrics by Broadway's Stephen Schwartz — in 2011.

The exclusive engagement will preview in the Marian Theatre in Santa Maria, CA, Aug. 12-19, 2011, and will then open under the stars in the Solvang Festival Theater in Solvang, CA, Aug. 26-Sept. 25, 2011. The run will coincide with the centennial celebration of Solvang as a Danish-American community.

And from the same article, a synopsis of the play:

"From the darkened stage of the Royal National Theater in 1846, Hans Christian Andersen is launched on an epic adventure through the timeless landscape of his own imagination. What he discovers there not only changes his life, but the world. His life's fairytale, illuminated by beauty and longing, was the genesis for some of the world's most beloved stories."
You can also read more about the muscial at Stephen Schwartz's website.  The musical premiered in Copenhagen in 2005 for Andersen's bicentennial celebration. 

And Solvang is an obvious choice for the show considering it's homage to Danish culture, including a small HCA museum which I have discussed before.

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