Sleeping Beauty Wakes OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 6, 2011
    Closing:
    June 5, 2011

    Theater: McCarter Theater Center / 91 University Place, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540

    Synopsis: 

    In Sleeping Beauty Wakes, a young beauty is brought to a sleep disorder clinic, and soon all the patients find themselves sharing a familiar dream. The show reunites two members of the acclaimed rock trio GrooveLily - Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda - with Tony Award-winning librettist Rachel Sheinkin, who last collaborated on the inventive holiday tale Striking 12. With beguiling characters, hypnotic lyrics, and a rocking score, Sleeping Beauty Wakes delves into the magical space between dreaming and waking in an unexpected twist on a classic tale.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sleeping Beauty Wakes

    A Fairy Tale, Updated Without Ambien

    Charles Isherwood

    May 23, 2011: Chronic insomniacs may well view the heroine of “Sleeping Beauty Wakes,” a new musical at the McCarter Theater Center here, with a ravenous envy. She’s been dozing peacefully for almost a millennium, without so much as a milligram of pharmaceutical assistance. As in the original fairy tale, tweaked in this modern update, when she emerges from that long slumber she finds herself staring into the eyes of a love-struck swain, not groping for coffee to dispel the dim haze of an Ambien hangover.

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