COME BACK TO MY GARDEN! The beloved Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman classic hit The Secret Garden the Broadway Musical is eyeing it’s way back to Broadway. No word has been made when it will officially hit the Great White Way yet but there are some upcoming out of town regional tryouts in the works including The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.
The musical version of THE SECRET GARDEN (based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett) originally premiered in 1989 from the Virginia Stage Company playing the Wells Theatre in Northfolk, Virginia.
The Virginia production did so well, the show was moved to Broadway playing the St. James Theatre in 1991 running for 709 performances. The original production starred….
Daisy Eagan as Mary Lennox,
Mandy Patinkin as Archibald Craven,
Rebecca Luker as Lily Craven,
Robert Westenberg as Neville Craven
Alison Fraser as Martha,
Barbara Rosenblat as Mrs. Medlock,
John Cameron Mitchell as Dickon.
The original Broadway production of THE SECRET GARDEN was nominated for 6 Tony Awards in 1991 winning 3 including Best Performance By A Featured Actress in a Musical for Daisy Eagan (who also made history as 2nd youngest female actress ever to win a Tony).
The show later went on to be performed around the world with community, school, regional productions, as well as concert productions. In 2005, a concert production was put together in celebration of World AIDS Day at the Manhattan Center Studios Grand Ballroom. It featured Laura Benanti, Steven Pasquale Will Chase, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Max von Essen, and more.
Last year, Manhattan Concert Productions (MCP) put together a production at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for 2 nights only featuring a full all star cast including…
Tony nominee Sydney Lucas as Mary Lennox,
Daisy Eagan (the original Mary) this time playing Martha.
Barbara Rosenblat reprising her Broadway role as Mrs. Medlock,
Tony and Olivier nominee Ramin Karimloo as Archibald Craven,
Sierra Boggess Official as Lily Carven,
Tony nominee Cheyenne Jackson as Neville Craven,
Ben Platt as Dickon,
Who is excited?!
It will play Seattle?s 5th Avenue Theatre before New York.
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