Because of Winn Dixie was a regularly discussed book in my youth. I remember reading the book and watching the film version with my class. We would eat alongside the characters as they ate meals that consisted of egg salad sandwiches, peanut butter stuffed crackers and chocolate chip cookies. These are moments in my childhood that I will never forget, and its part of the reason why I’m happy to hear that this Newbury-prize-winning novel will be adapted for the stage!
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According to StarTribune, composer of scores for Spring Awakening and American Psycho, Duncan Sheik will be composing alongside lyricists of the Mean Girls musical, Nell Benjamin. Though, Because of Winn-Dixie was originally done in 2013 in Arkansas, it was reworked for a re-release that will be premiering at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in June 2019.
Because of Winn-Dixie is about a young girl who, abandoned by her mother, moves to a small town in Florida with her preacher father. She meets a young pup and that changes her world. The production will include songs “The Most Happy Fella” and ‘“By Jeeves.” This touching story will melt your heart.
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