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.”
The English Theatre of Düsseldorf will present the German premiere of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s musical, Cinderella, on September 5 at 4:00 p.m. and on September 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Theatermuseum, Jägerhofstrasse 1, Düsseldorf. Directed by Ilya Parenteau with musical direction by Tilman Wohlber and choreography by Victoria Wohleber, the production will be presented in English in an outdoor setting targeted especially for children ages 4-10 years old.
The English Theatre of Düsseldorf is the only professional English-speaking theatre company in Germany’s Rhine region. Created in 2018 by Ilya Parenteau and Rosie Thorpe, the theatre aims to present a diverse repertoire of works for all ages, to collaborate with international artists to bring new works to its stage, and to present workshops and educational programs. Parenteau hails from Chicago, where she has been active on that vibrant theatre scene. Thorpe was trained in England and has toured as an actress in Europe.
Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s musical, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, which opened as part of the Eichmann Family Theatre Series at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA on November 30 and runs until December 28, 2019, is enjoying a completely sold out run with performances added to accommodate the enthusiasm.
This delightful family show, based on the Christmas classic, features beloved characters, Santa, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snow Man, the Snow Queen, and others, all of whom young Charlotte meets in her magical visit to Toyland where she discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Directed by Randall Frizado and choreographed by Samantha Hewes Cramer, the one-hour festive fantasy with scenery by William Mohney and costumes by Brittany Leffler is performed on the main stage within the confines of the Peter Pan set, all adding to the magic.
The cast includes Jonathan Bryant (Frosty/Rabinowitz/Backup Dancer), Samantha Hewes Cramer (Gremlin/Young), Justin DeParis (Nutcracker/Backup Dancer), Randall Frizado (Charles/Jack Frost/Miller), Nicole Hackmann (Snow Queen/Samaria), Andrew Kindig (Mouse King), Carolyn Anne Miller (Charlotte), David Webb (Abominable Snowman, Mohney, Santa), and Anthony Zambia (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer). Ben McNaboe is Music Director.
Maine State Music Theatre closed its 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences Series with four main stage performances of Robin and Clark’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. The elaborate, colorful production was created entirely by the company’s Educational Fellows, directed/choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont with musical direction by Evan Cuddy, and overseen by MSMT’s Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. The four, virtually sold out Pickard Theater performances were preceded by a special sensory friendly rehearsal performance of the show on the Saturday prior.
Check out the photographs of these events and the link to the Broadway World review below.
Maine State Music Theatre opened its Theatre for Young Audiences with Robin & Clark’s Snow White, directed and choreographed by Curt Dale Clark, co-directed/choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont. The company presented a special sensory friendly performance on May 18 and then four main stage shows on June 12 and June 15th. Check out this photo album with the colorful costumes by Kathleen Payton Brown.
The November issue of Scene4 Magazine (www.scene4.com) features an in-depth feature article with audio and video on the Fulton’s world premiere of Treasure Island A Musical Adventure. The piece by Senior Writer Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold includes a critical assess meant of the work as well as conversations with creators Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, stars of the show and members of the creative team. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
Last spring, I stated that Fulton’s Hunchback of Notre Dame was worthy of several Broadway World Awards. This fall, I am willing to state that Treasure Island is worthy of Broadway….(Broadway World)
Fulton’s ‘Treasure Island’ is a triumphant adventure tale …(LancasterOnline)
The Fulton Theatre’s production of Robin and Clark’s Treasure Island A Musical Adventure gifts its audience with a magical live theatrical voyage that deserves a Broadway birth as well as a permanent home in the American musical canon….(Scene4 Magazine)
The Fulton succeeded in raising the bar yet again with this swashbuckling, energetic adventure that’s truly epic—from the music to the set! … (The Fig Lancaster)
On September 20, 2018, the Fulton Theatre on Lancaster, PA opened its 165th season with the world premiere of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s Treasure Island A Musical Adventure. The gala occasion marked not only a milestone anniversary for the venerable theatre and its Executive Artistic Producer, Marc Robin, who celebrated ten years with the company, but also for the Robin and Clark’s work which has made a long journey to this stunning opening. Read More and view photos, videos, and press clips.
The Fulton Theatre presented the second developmental reading of Robin & Clark’s full-length musical, Treasure Island, on May 6, 2018. The significantly revised show is being readied for a full-scale lavish production to open the Fulton’s 2018-2019 season – its 160th and Marc Robin’s 10th at the helm – on September 21, 2018. The reading which filled the opera house and was enthusiastically received with standing ovations, featured a cast of 27 stunning singers and a 17-piece orchestra.
Robin & Clark’s Nutcracker closed a sold out run at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA, on December 23, 2017. The musical theatre version of the famous ballet based on ETA Hofmann’s tale is now in more than a quarter of a century old and continues to delight audiences everywhere.