A musical based on the beloved children’s story The Secret Gardenis coming to Broadway. According to EW, the production will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, who has previously directed the Broadway revival of Finian’s Rainbow in 2009.
The musical is based on the book of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Published in 1911, is about a spoiled, yet neglected orphan named Mary Lennox who is sent to live with her relatives in an unfamiliar, emotionally-repressed house in Yorkshire. Once there, she finds a forgotten garden that she works to bring back to life, reviving the warmth and love of her relatives in the process. It has seen many adaptations, with a popular film version released in 1993, on the heels of the Broadway musical’s run. More recently, it was adapted into a YouTube web series called The Misselthwaite Archives.
This will be the first ever revival of The Secret Garden, which first opened on Broadway in 1991. It ran until 1993, after running for more than 700 performances and winning Tonys for best book of a musical, featured actress in a musical (Daisy Egan), and scenic design of a musical. The book and lyrics are by Marsha Norman (The Red Shoes, Bridges of Madison County), with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago).
The Secret Garden will be back on Broadway next season. More news on the premiere date, theater location, and casting as we hear it.