Is it all a Blur? That’s a pun you may hear frequently in relation to the musical theatre debut of the seminal 1990s band’s frontman, Damon Albarn, which opened in Manchester last night.
wonder.land is Albarn’s digital-age take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Lewis Carroll children’s classic celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
Albarn has already had critical composing success with two operas – like wonder.land, both premiered at the Manchester International Festival – 2007’s Monkey: Journey to the West and 2011’s Doctor Dee.
By which time it may have been tweaked – and that’s another way of saying, if you’ve already booked your tickets, don’t be too rattled by this morning’s decidedly lukewarm reviews (pretty much three stars across the board), which I’ve rounded up, along with some interesting news and features articles. New musicals are a movable feast and there’s still plenty of time for this one to adjust the menu.