Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
book and lyrics by Judith Viorst
music by Shelly Markham
directed by Kari Hayter
November 8, 2019 - November 24, 2019


From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, to his broken nightlight at bedtime, things just do not go Alexander’s way. Throw in a trip to the dentist, a copy machine mishap and lima beans for dinner, and it’s no wonder he wants to move to Australia! This delightful musical version of the popular book can turn around any bad day and put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces.

Previews: November 8-15, 2019
Regular Performances: November 16-24, 2019

Recommendation: Age 4+. Theatre for Young Audiences … and Their Families is just that, a multi-generational experience for all ages (unfortunately, no children under the age of four and babes-in-arms will be admitted). The only requirement is that each audience member occupies a seat and sits quietly through the performance while having a wonderful time.

Running Time: Theatre for Young Audiences performances are never more than 90 minutes.

Judith Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; the Lulu books, including Lulu and the Brontosaurus; the New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults. Her most recent books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety.

Shelly Markham was commissioned to write Flavia and the Dream Maker with librettist Doug Haverty and lyricist Bob Garrett in 1991 and enjoyed the experience immensely. A native of Chicago, Ill., he moved to New York City where he wrote special material for the television show "Captain Kangaroo." He then migrated to Los Angeles, where he collaborated with acclaimed writer Judith Viorst as a theatre composer, beginning with the musical revue, Love & Shrimp, based on Viorst's extensive collections of poetry books. He was asked to write two musicals for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts based on Viorst's best-selling books Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Alexander Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move, which are published by Dramatic Publishing. He also wrote songs that are featured in the off-Broadway hit musical Naked Boys Singing. Well-known as an arranger and musical director, Markham has worked with a diverse roster of performers including Lanie Kazan, Carol Lawrence, Bonnie Franklin and Andrea Marcovicci.

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Meet Judith Viorst, Author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Study Guide

Learn more about ​Alexander —this delightful musical that can put a smile on the crabbiest of faces—in this study guide.

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