Linda Eder Was Asked To Be In The Flop Wonderland


At Feinstein’s at the Regency tonight, I caught Two for the Road, the really lovely and sweet show reuniting Michael Feinstein and Linda Eder.

Two of the evening’s highlights had Eder belting songs by her ex, Frank Wildhorn — a number from a Cyrano de Bergerac musical he co-wrote and the Mad Hatter’s jazzy tune from the recent bomb Wonderland.

She got big ovations on both numbers.

Eder told the crowd about Wonderland, “The set, direction, and plot didn’t work. But Frank had nothing to do with that. He just wrote the music and that was great.”

After the show, Eder elaborated to me that Frank had asked her to play the Mad Hatter in the show.

“I wish you had,” I said.

“I’m glad I didn’t,” she countered.

“I was tempted because the part sounded fun and I liked that song. But because of my son …”

“But it was only a couple of weeks,” I cracked.

“On opening night, I was really glad,” she interjected. “I couldn’t believe it.”

She made a Home Alone face.

“I thought, ‘Do I even like theater anymore?’ I was so bored!”

Anyway, for a way better melding of elements, see Two for the Road.