The Phantom Tollbooth
This world-premiere musical, adapted from Norton Juster's classic children's book with lyrics by 3-time Tony winner Sheldon Harnick, tells the story of Milo, who comes to realize that life is more exciting than his wildest dreams. Ages 9+.
- Nov. 16 - Dec. 16, 2007
- Family Theater
- 1 hour
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A coup, a feat, a canny exploit and one neat trick!"
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"An inventive fantasy!
Deftly captures the delightful wordplay and Marx Brothersesque puns from Mr. Juster's book"
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This version for family audiences commissioned by the Kennedy Center
Based on the book by NORTON JUSTER
Music by ARNOLD BLACK
Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK
Adapted for the stage by NORTON JUSTER and SHELDON HARNICK
Directed by TIM MCDONALD
Nothing seems to interest young Milo--not his toys, not his friends, and especially not school. But when a mysterious tollbooth materializes in his room, he "drives on through" to discover a world of inspiration! With the help of a time-keeping watchdog named Tock, Milo gets unstuck from the Doldrums and embarks on a quest to rescue the princesses of Rhyme and Reason. Along the way, he reunites the dueling kingdoms of words and numbers and realizes that life is more exciting than his wildest dreams. Adapted from Norton Juster's beloved children's book, this inventive musical features a melodious score by Arnold Black and witty lyrics full of wordplay by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony winner Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me). For ages 9 and up.