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Meryl Streep stars as Alice in this made-for-TV production of Elizabeth Swados' musical, which was adapted from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Based on the acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival production produced by Joseph Papp, Alice at the Palace follows Alice's surreal adventures with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Queen of Hearts, and the Cheshire Cat, among many others. Produced for NBC television, Alice at the Palace also features Debbie Allen, Betty...
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Overview

Meryl Streep stars as Alice in this made-for-TV production of Elizabeth Swados' musical, which was adapted from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Based on the acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival production produced by Joseph Papp, Alice at the Palace follows Alice's surreal adventures with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Queen of Hearts, and the Cheshire Cat, among many others. Produced for NBC television, Alice at the Palace also features Debbie Allen, Betty Aberlin, Michael Jeter, and Mark Linn-Baker.
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Special Features

Chaptering for easy access to all acts of every play; Indexing to easily locate key musical segments; Previews of other Broadway theater archive plays
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Alice at the Palace deserves points for originality and for taking a familiar fairy tale and finding a new way of looking at it. The conceit behind the production is that Alice's well-known adventures are taking place essentially as part of a Victorian music hall performance. It's an interesting idea, but unfortunately creator Elizabeth Swados doesn't really know what to do with it. As a result, Alice ends up being a series of disconnected musical numbers and scenes with no real point. Rather than complimenting the source's episodic nature, this makes the piece much more episodic with no pay-off. Worse, it robs the Alice stories of any real humanity, as the characters including Alice are totally removed from their context and given no depth or growth of any kind. This might have been more acceptable if Swados had supplied an entrancing score that could give life to the characters, but, with very few exceptions, the music ranges between tuneless and annoying. It's also often wildly inappropriate in style for the music hall setting -- an intentional choice, but one that simply doesn't work. Fortunately, Alice is blessed with a superior cast, starting with the totally engaging Meryl Streep. Few other actresses could do as much with so little, and she makes the experience worth watching, especially for those who are unaware of her considerable musical gifts. There's also fine support from the likes of Mark Linn Baker, Michael Jeter, and Deborah Rush, with special credit going to Debbie Allen's lively Queen of Hearts. Though the cast can't make this Alice great, they do manage to cover over a great deal of its shortcomings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • UPC: 032031260191
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 63,641

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Lewis Carroll Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Act One: Overture of Bells-- What There Is
2. Excuse Me-- The Rabbit's Excuse
3. Down, Down, Down
4. Drink Me
5. Good-bye Feet
6. The Rabbit Sends in Little Bill
7. Bill's Lament
8. Advice From a Caterpillar
9. Beautiful Soup
10. Wow! Wow! Wow!
11. Pretty Piggy
12. Cheshire Cat
13. No Room-- The Tea Party
14. Learning to Draw
15. Starting Out Again
16. White Roses Red
17. The Red Queen
18. Never Play Croquet
19. The Mock Turtle's Story
20. The Lobster Quadrille
21. Eating Mushrooms
22. Act Two: Jabberwocky
23. The White Queen
24. The White Knight
25. An Aged, Aged Man
26. Alice's Dinner Party
27. The Lion and the Unicorn
28. What There Is (Reprise)
29. Queen Alice
30. Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rare Meryl Streep GEM! FABULOUS!

    I am SO excited to find this treasure. I taped this when it was on NBC LONG ago, and God knows my tape is falling apart. I have copied it for friends, (My friend Steven and I still sing lines from it to each other, after 20 years!), and have judged potential friends depending on whether or not they like this. Meryl is, as usual, AMAZING! If you call yourself a fan of Meryl Streep, and have not seen this, shame on you. You must own it. You will NOT regret it. Thank God for whomever decided to finally make this available.

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