Alexander’s bad day makes a good play

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April 21st, 2011

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Omaha, NE – Everyone has bad days. In one classic children’s book, one boy’s bad day has translated into one great play.

Alexander is having a bad day. In fact, on this day he really can’t catch a break.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was published in 1972 and almost immediately became a hit. The book soon became the recipient of the George C. Stone Center Recognition of Merit and a Georgia Children’s Book Award.

Judith Viors's book details a day in the life of a young boy who can't seem to catch a break.

The story centers on Alexander, a normal boy who happens to find himself with nothing but bad luck for the entirety of his day. It all begins when he wakes up to the worst thing.

“I had bubblegum in my mouth last night. Now it’s in my hair!”

Through a whole day packed with trials and tribulations, Alexander deals with everything from cavities to lima beans for dinner. But, at the end of the day, Alexander’s mom assures him that everybody has bad days sometimes.

Now the classic children’s book is taking center stage at the Rose Theatre in Omaha. This time, in the form of a musical with lyrics by the original author of the book Judith Viors, with original music by Shelly Markham. The play debuts April 29th and runs through May 15th, and is recommended for all audiences, ages four and more.

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