JULIANNE MOORE’S FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY BECOMES OFF BROADWAY MUSICAL





FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Freckles shouldn’t be any kind of a drawback for JULIANNE. Everyone that I know thinks that she’s incredibly beautiful…and I totally agree.

JULIANNE MOORE is tickled pink about a glowing early review of a new musical based on her FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY children’s book.

Then again, it was from her daughter.

The actor recently took 8 year old LIV to a performance of FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY: THE MUSICAL and was delighted to discover that she didn’t have to bribe her daughter with sweets to stay still.

“When kids watch shows, they’re not very quiet. Usually when I bring my kids to a musical, whenever there’s a ballad, they ask for more candy. She didn’t turn to me once.”

The off Broadway musical is adapted from JULIANNE’S bestselling adventures of a 7 year old relentlessly teased by her schoolmates for having bright red hair and freckles, something the actor knows a lot about.

“I think what they did is absolutely charming. It’s not so easy. I mean, it’s a picture book. It’s a small book. To make it into a show that lasts an hour and a half and maintain the message — a very simple childhood message — I think is pretty phenomenal.”

Now showing at New World Stages, the show features a cast of seven adult professionals and officially opens OCTOBER 1. The music and lyrics were written by GARY KUPPER, with a book by him and ROSE CAIOLA.

ROSE CAIOLA, who runs the MANHATTAN YOUTH BALLET as well as the MANHATTAN MOVEMENT & ARTS CENTER, got the project up and running when she came across JULIANNE’S first book and thought it would be perfect to workshop with children.

To mount it as a real theatrical event, she decided to cast adults, including Hayley Podschun (Pal Joey, Hairspray) as Strawberry.

JULIANNE, the star of such adult dramas as BOOGIE NIGHTS, THE END OF THE AFFAIR, THE HOURS and CHLOE, has tried to let the producers mount their adaptation without too much interference.

“They’ve been incredibly receptive to all of my notes. I certainly never expected it to be a production of this scale.”

Ms. Caiola said JULIANNE’S tweaks have genuinely helped: “She’s really agreed with most of what we’ve done. Little notes here and there have helped to make the show better. She gave me this wonderful opportunity and I want to make her happy.”

The musical, which includes original songs such as I CAN BE ANYTHING and DIFFERENT, stays close to the message JULIANNE hopes to convey in her books: Be happy being who you are.

“There are things about yourself that you’re not going to like necessarily. What we hope will go away as children doesn’t always go away,” stated JULIANNE, who has finished work on a third Freckleface book and plans a fourth.

“I hoped my freckles would go away. They didn’t. They’re still here. I still don’t like them, but they don’t loom as large a problem in my life any more because I have other things that are more important.”

ON LINE:

frecklefacethemusical.com

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