Mad Hatter the Musical | 2023-2024 Season

MAY 1 – 19, 2024   |   CENTER STAGE


A thrilling and unforgettable new production, Mad Hatter the Musical, will bring new life to familiar characters as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland. Interwoven with a powerful musical score, the story begins on the dark and gritty streets of London where we follow the broken soul of a young man named Franklin Magellan, aka Mad Hatter. We bear witness to the heartbreaking trials that befall him until he discovers the solace of Wonderland—a realm free from the burdens of anguish and sorrow. However, when his newfound sanctuary comes under threat, Franklin’s obsession with Wonderland drives him to the brink of madness, compelling him to go to any lengths necessary to remain within its enchanted confines, even if it means challenging the notorious Queen herself.

Audiences at the Herberger Theater Center will be the first to experience this vivid new musical production of Mad Hatter the Musical, which is on course for Broadway and the West End in the future. The creative team consists of award-winning composer and co-creator Michael J. Polo, book writer Vincent Connor and songwriter Victor Valdez. The Center for Family Guidance, a firm which provides mental health services, is a proud founding partner of Mad Hatter the Musical.

Audience Reviews of the
West End Workshop Premiere

"Amazing, absolutely Brilliant!"
- Angela Richards
"The original score was as good as anything I’ve heard in any big West End production, moving from pathos and thought-provoking to uplifting and joyful seamlessly."
- Chris and Sandria Hastings
“It really put a smile on my face, completely unexpected!”
- Rose Bhalla