A book published in 1972 with the unwieldly title – “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” – remains beloved to children and on school curricula.
Author Judith Viorst followed up with three sequels and wrote a play she based on the original “Alexander.”
With music by Shelly Markham and Viorst’s lyrics, “Alexander” is next on the agenda of Adventure Theatre MTC (Music Theatre Center).
Artistic director Michael Bobbitt met the author when he choreographed a musical of one of the Alexander stories the Kennedy Center developed.
“We stayed in touch,” Bobbitt said.
To Bobbitt, the Alexander books are popular because they look at the world from a child’s point of view.
“Kids’ problems may seem trivial to us, and the first Alexander book presents a series of them,” Bobbitt said. “You could write a full dramatic work about a kid trying to tie his shoelaces. When they do it, they want to share what they did, and adults often don’t have the time.”