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The dueling 'Princesses'.

Her 1911 novel The Secret Garden has bloomed into a modern musical-theatre classic, but Frances Hodgson Burnett's huge literary output included another saga of a stubborn young heroine at odds with society. The riches-to-rags tale A Little Princess (1905) has inspired two drastically different new musicals this season: Two months after Theatre Works, in Palo Alto, Calif., premiered an adaptation by Brian Crawley and composer Andrew Lippa (featuring Will Chase and Mackenzie Mauzy, in photo), Goodspeed Musicals, in East Haddam, Conn., launches Princesses, about 21st-century teenage rebels, featuring music by pop king Matthew Wilder. Celia Wren tracks the two shows, which may be headed for collision as they speed toward Broadway.


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Title Annotation:Coming in November
Author:Wren, Celia
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Theater Review
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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