Wendi stars as The Queen of Hearts in Frank Wildhorn's musical version of Alice in Wonderland. Wonderland started its European premiere in Edinburgh before embarking on a UK tour and I saw the show at Sunderland Empire last night.
The musical adapts the traditional Alice in Wonderland story and brings it bang up to date. It starts in a tower block with a divorced, single mum and a stroppy teenager. But it's not long before mother, daughter and a friendly neighbour called Jack slide down into the rabbit hole and into the familar Alice story we know.
|Kerry Ellis as Alice|
Look out for the boy band, they're a scream...
|Stephen Webb as Jack (centre)|
... and the sexy caterpillar is worth noting too!
|Kayi Ushe as the caterpillar|
I had no idea that Wendi Peters could sing, never mind sing so well. She belted out her show tunes all the way to the circle and back again, but her voice had another quality to it that made it distinctive, better, not 'stagey' at all. I'd love to hear more of her singing, to be honest, and I can even see her in a stage play that's written just to show off her vocal talents, it really was something else.
As The Queen of Hearts, Wendi sang and danced her way through a couple of show-stopper numbers in the musical - all while eating jam tarts. I swear she must have got through about ten of them during the course of the show. She plays the comedy card to perfection and is well worth seeing on stage.
I always say that you never know what our favourite Corrie actors are capable of until you see them working outside of the confines of the cobbles. Not that I wouldn't welcome Wendi's Cilla back to Corrie at any time, she's sorely missed in our house.
Wonderland the Musical is a real feel-good treat and I highly recommend it. I came out of the theatre smiling more broadly than the Cheshire Cat and give it 5 stars.
|Dave Willetts plays White Rabbit|
WONDERLAND is on at the Sunderland Empire until Saturday 4 February 2017.
Buy your tickets for Sunderland here.
The show then tours the UK and you can see the tour schedule here.
You can watch the preview trailer here:
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