The Road to Freaky Friday: The Next Generation

Freaky Friday runs February 21-March 8

The Road to Freaky Friday:
The Next Generation

Welcome to Part Three of our three-part series on the history of  Freaky Friday and how it started as a funny little early-70s novel very much of its time to becoming the very sophisticated musical production hitting the Sunnyvale Theatre stage next month. Last week, we looked at two key film remakes released both before and just after the new millennium. This week, we’re looking at  Freaky Friday’s newest incarnation as a world-class musical… 

2018 Musical Film Adaptation

2018 Disney Channel movie poster

The same day the performance rights to the new musical adaptation were released for theater groups like SCP to license, the Disney Channel released a film adaptation of that musical. We’ll save most of the details for the next and final stop in our journey. But we will say the film is a very enjoyable adaption with a great cast and worth checking out. It’s also available on the new Disney+ service along with the original 1976 film adaptation. 

2016 Stage Musical 

Yes, we know we’ve gotten a little out of chronological sequence, but wanted to save the best for last. We don’t want to give too much away, since we’re hoping you’ll come out and see this wonderful show! But we will say that mother and daughter is once again renamed (daughter Ellie and mother Katherine) and a different talisman (a magical hourglass) is introduced as the source of the body-switching. In this version, Katherine is a successful wedding planner who is planning her own wedding to Mike. Katherine’s son Fletcher is very fond of Mike, but Ellie is wary of her mother’s fiancé and is tired of her mother always telling her what to wear, how to act, and what to do. 

Also deepening the struggles between Ellie and Katherine is the fact that Katherine’s first husband (and Ellie’s father) had passed away and both carry around this loss while trying to move forward the best they can. All of this lays the groundwork for some very moving and beautiful moments and we encourage you to bring some tissues along! 

The musical debuted at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia on October 4, 2016 and later enjoyed a successful run at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2017. It then went on to have runs in Houston, Norfolk, and Atlanta. All productions featured Heidi Blickenstaff as Katherine, who also starred in the 2018 Disney Channel film. We also have to mention the amazing musical score written by, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, composers of  Next to Normal and  If/Then, and a script by Bridget Carpenter, who wrote for the critically acclaimed  Friday Night Lights television series. This show has some serious Broadway cred behind it and we’re very lucky it has only recently become available for groups like SCP to take on.

SCP is honored to premiere this wonderful new musical in the Sunnyvale area and we can’t wait to share this funny and surprisingly moving story with audiences beginning next month. Tickets are on sale now and you don’t want to miss out on getting your choice of seats, so get them now while you still can!

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