In Sleeping Beauty Wakes, a desperate father brings his sleeping daughter to a sleep disorder clinic, and soon all the patients find themselves sharing a familiar dream. The show reunites two members of the acclaimed rock trio GrooveLily – Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda – with Tony Award-winning librettist Rachel Sheinkin, who last collaborated on the inventive holiday tale Striking 12. With beguiling characters, hypnotic lyrics, and a rocking score, Sleeping Beauty Wakes delves into the magical space between dreaming and waking in an unexpected twist on a classic tale.
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Music by Brendan Milburn
Lyrics by Valerie Vigoda
SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES was originally commissioned by Deaf West Theater and premiered in a co-production between Deaf West and Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles, winning the Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Musical. After seeing an early preview in Los Angeles, Mara Isaacs, then Producing Director at McCarter Theatre Center, invited the writers to continue to develop the show with her at McCarter, where it was subsequently produced in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse. Following the La Jolla production, Mara Isaacs and producer Larry Hirschhorn joined forces and are now developing the show with an eye towards a commercial New York production in the near future.