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Just peachy.

Roald Dahl's book James and the Giant Peach chronicles the adventures of a spunky seven-year-old orphan who escapes his mean aunts--Spiker and Sponge--by taking flight in a big fuzzy fruit, along with some lively insects. At first they roll down a hill, away from Spiker and Sponge's home, squishing them on the way. Then they float through the English Channel into the Atlantic and up into space, but eventually land in Manhattan. Such a journey may seem far too fantastical to adapt for the stage--but that hasn't stopped Connecticut's Goodspeed Musicals, which presents the show's premiere Oct. 21-Nov. 21. Timothy Allen McDonald, who previously adapted Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, writes the book, while Justin Paul and Benj Pasek's songs flesh out the narrative. Graciela Daniele helms the fruity affair, which is choreographed by Connecticut-based, 39-year-old Pilobolus Dance Theater.

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Title Annotation:EAST HADDAM, CONN.; adaptation of James and the Giant Peach
Author:Bent, Eliza
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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