Press Release: ​​​Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Re-Think Your Bad Day With the Charming Musical Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​Oct. ​​​2​5, 201​9)— The popular tale of young Alexander and his super bad day goes from page to stage in the musical Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the first Theatre for Young Audiences show of the season at South Coast Coast Repertory. Kari Hayter directs the production, adapted for the stage by Judith Viorst from her award-winning Alexander book series, with music by Shelly Markham. The show runs on the Julianne Argyros Stage, Nov. 8-24. Tickets are on sale now:

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.

Viorst and her husband, political writer Milton Viorst, have lived in Washington, D.C., since 1960. Their three sons have names that were given to the brothers in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Among her 14 children’s books are two other Alexander stories and two collections of poems—If I were in Charge of the World and Other Worries and Sad Underwear and Other Complications. She also has written a dozen books for adults.

Markham has partnered with Viorst on a pair of Alexander-adapted musicals, including Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move.

The cast includes Ricky Abilez, Janna Cardia, Robert Collins, Cristina Gerla, Mitchell Gerrard Johnson, Austyn Myers and Monika Peña.

The design and creative team includes Diane King Vann, musical director;  Fred Kinney, scenic design; Elizabeth A. Cox, costume design; Andrew Schmedake,  lighting design; Jeff Polunas, sound design; and Joann DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Holly Ahlborn and the stage manager is Kathryn Davies.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is generously supported by Honorary Producers Apriem Advisors, and Timothy and Marianne Kay/Argyros Family Foundation. The Corporate Honorary Producers are Banc of California and Haskell & White LLP.

Tickets start at $24 for children ages 4-12; $29 for adults. Following each performance, the cast will meet with children and parents on Ela’s Terrace at SCR. For complete information, visit

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Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket prices start at $24 for children ages 4-12; $29 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 8-10, and Nov. 15. Regular performances run Nov. 16-24.

Performance Dates and Times: 


  • Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.

Regular Performances

  • Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


  • Saturday, Nov. 23, at 4:30 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory was founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson. Led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei, SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. Of SCR’s 531 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.