Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark have penned a new children’s musical, Rapunzel, based on the Brothers’ Grimm fairytale but retold in a completely modernized version, which will received its world premiere at the Fulton Theatre on March 11 -25, 2023, and its East Coast premiere at Maine State Music Theatre on June 13, 2023. Reimagined for a contemporary audience, this Rapunzel is no longer a story about a “damsel in distress,” but rather about a young woman conquering her fears and finding empowerment. This energetic and high-spirited story flips the stereotypes of the old fairy tales and brings a fresh spin that is sure to engage all ages.
Maine State Music Theatre opened its 2022 Theatre for Young Audience’s Series with a new production of Robin and Clark’s Jack and the Beanstalk that drew a large, enthusiastic audience on June 13. Betsy Puelle directed ( and designed the production) with choreography by Mikala Jane Clifford and Music Direction by Matt LaBerge. Broadway World Maine reviewed the production warmly, saying “This hour-long musical version with book, music and lyrics by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark is a fast-paced, engaging, and interactive retelling of the familiar fairytale that keeps its freshness and appeal.”