Trading Places: The Timelessness of Body-Switching Stories

Freaky Friday runs February 21-March 8, 2020

Trading Places:  
The Timelessness of Body-Switching Stories

Freaky Friday is one of the most popular and enduring high-concept stories in popular culture. There’s something irresistible about the idea of a mother and daughter swapping bodies and learning to understand each other by literally spending a day in each other’s shoes. But did you know that  Freaky Friday is far from the only or even the first body-switching story?

The first major body-swap novel was published all the way back in 1882 by English author F. Anstey with the title Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers. If that title sounds familiar, it’s because it was eventually adapted into a movie starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage over 100 years later in 1988! In between those two Vice Versa releases were innumerable novels, short stories, movies, and even operas about people swapping bodies that have found their way to delighted audiences.

Body-swapping movie posters

Above all, the release of both the Freaky Friday novel in 1972 and film adaptation in 1976 went on to inspire an exceptionally large number of body-swapping films through the 80s and 90s, including Like Father Like Son (1987) starring Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron, 18 Again! (1988) starring George Burns and Charlie Schlatter, the aforementioned Vice Versa (1988)Prelude to a Kiss (1992) starring Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan, and Wish Upon a Star (1996) starring Katherine Heigl and Danielle Harris. On top of that, Freaky Friday itself was adapted three more times in 1995, 2003, and 2018. 

We hope you’ll join us to see this timeless story in its latest incarnation as a full theatrical musical starring an incredible group of young performers supported by a full orchestra of some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians and state of the art lighting and sound at the beloved Sunnyvale Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and you don’t want to miss out on your choice of seats, so get them now while you still can!

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