Wednesday, June 08, 2016
‘Wimpy’ or Not, This Kid Might Make It to Broadway
Minneapolis — “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical” is a hit at the Children’s Theater Company here. Reviews were strong and tickets are scarce, even with a week’s worth of added performances. As the production sprints toward closing night next month, a question hangs over the boisterous proceedings: What’s next?
There’s ample speculation that the show, based on Jeff Kinney’s wildly popular, illustration-dotted novels for young people, is eventually heading east, to a Broadway ever hungry for family-friendly fare. “Matilda the Musical” is closing on Jan. 1. And while “School of Rock the Musical” is a Tony-nominated hit, “Tuck Everlasting,’’ like “Wimpy Kid” an adaptation of a children’s book, turned out to be short-lived.
As directed by Rachel Rockwell, “Wimpy Kid” is faithful to the books on which it’s based: The set is dominated by a gigantic sheet of notebook paper, which forms the backdrop and spills over into the orchestra pit.