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Freaky Friday moves to Cleveland Play House / BroadwayWorld

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Many know Mary Rodgers as the daughter of Richard Rodgers the composer of such classic musicals as "Oklahoma" and "Carousel." Others are aware that she collaborated on the musicals "Once Upon a Mattress" and "The Mad Show." Some might know that she is the mother of Tony Winner, Adam Guettel ("The Light in the Plaza"). Ask any tween or teen and they will probably relate that Rodgers wrote the 1972 book, "Freaky Friday." Yes, that "Freaky Friday." The one which tells the tale of a mother and daughter switching bodies, which was made into three different Walt Disney Company films, including one version whose screenplay was actually written by Mary Rodgers, herself.

The musical version of the story, which is based on the original Rodgers' book, as well as the films, is set in present time Chicago. It debuted at the Signature atre in Arlington, Virginia on October 4, 2016, where reviews hailed it as "a polished, peppy, modern fairy tale." A production was staged at California's La Jolla Playhouse in 2017, where it had an extended run. Much of that cast is now on stage at Cleveland Play House.