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COMICS THAT ARE MUSICALS: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid curtain“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical” is a hit at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, reports Dominic P. Papatola. Reviews were strong and tickets were scarce, even with a week’s worth of added performances. As the production sprinted toward closing night June 12, a question hung over the boisterous proceedings: What’s next?

Papatola joins the 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. Soon, two shows aimed at that audience will be gone: “Matilda the Musical” is closing on January 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.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid cast

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