Van Winkle - a folk musical

A retelling
of Washington Irving's
"Rip Van Winkle"

Best New Song 2016 - we have our 12 finalists - April 19th, 2016

... 'Watching the Door' from Van Winkle by Caroline Wigmore...
Interview with Simon Greiff regarding the S&S Award - November 16th, 2014

(Roughly an hour into the show, Sunday Show Tunes plays Van Winkle's 'Watching the Door')

Radio Woking: Sunday Show Tunes
Van Winkle - A Folk Musical | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 6 - November 5th, 2014

"... Caroline Wigmore... [and] Jen Green... discuss the song 'Watchin' the Door' but we quickly move into a conversation about UK and US folk traditions and how they relate to the show. We also discuss how Wigmore's Minnesota upbringing influenced her musical choices..."

Noise picnic
Leicester's Curve backs new musicals with support for S and S Award - October 30th, 2014

"... Excerpts from two highly-commended shows - Jabberwocky ... and Van Winkle - a folk musical ... will also be performed..."

The Stage News
Three Broadway World Album Award Nominations - September 14th, 2014

"...Van Winkle: A Folk Musical, a beautiful show with incredible folk instrumentation, written by Caroline Wigmore and orchestrated by Jen Green, is nominated for 'Best New Concept or Studio Cast Recording'..."

Auburn Jam Music
Auburn Jam Live: New Musical Theatre Showcase - May 30th, 2014

Jennifer Hepburn and Joel Hutchings to sing Van Winkle songs at the Auburn Jam Live: New Musical Theatre Showcase

Friday 30th May 7:30pm
Lantern Arts Centre Cafe Studio
Tolverne Rd, London SW20 8RA

BWW Interviews: Ashleigh Gray About FROM PAGE TO STAGE - February 24th, 2014

"... My favourite song that I perform has to be Watching The Door, from Van Winkle. This show is an American folk musical, a style I really enjoy. The whole show actually reminds me of my childhood and being in the back of the car listening to my mum playing her John Denver cassettes. Ah, the good old days! There's something really soothing and honest about that kind of writing I feel..."

Broadway World
BWW Interviews: Jon Robyns About FROM PAGE TO STAGE Showcase - February 22nd, 2014

"... I would have to say that my favourite song from the showcase is 'Susana' from Van Winkle. I'm playing the title role in that presentation and when Van Winkle returns home to find his family gone, he finds his daughter's doll, Susana, and realises how much he misses them. It's a lovely moment and great tune..."

Broadway World
BWW Interviews: Jodie Jacobs About FROM PAGE TO STAGE - February 21st, 2014

"... My favourite song in the showcase is a beautiful, lilting folk ballad, sung by Ashleigh Gray in the workshop 'Van Winkle', a contemporary twist on the original Rip Van Winkle tale, about waiting for her wandering lover to return to her. Also I like this musical cos none of us have got over the word 'Winkle' yet. All in all, come along cos it's an hour and a half of excellent talent all round, from our bloody brilliant director Simon Greiff, the exceptional cast and the pieces themselves. There really is something for everyone and it's all unheard and new and really exciting. And we say 'Winkle' a lot..."

Broadway World

"... Just as interesting is a release from the U.K. label SimG Records: Van Winkle, Caroline Wigmore's gorgeous-sounding take on the Washington Irving tale. It's a lush blend of folk, bluegrass, and gospel to savor..."

Broadway Direct
Van Winkle Folk Musical Concept Recording - November 19th, 2013

"November 4th saw the release of Van Winkle - a new folk musical adapted from Washington Irving's short story, written by Caroline Wigmore, with arrangements by Jen Green, that we spent July and August recording and producing."

Auburn Jam Music
CD REVIEW: Van Winkle - A Folk Musical - November 2nd, 2013

"Van Winkle - A Folk Musical is a concept recording and musical adaptation of Washington Irving's short story Rip Van Winkle and is the latest offering from SimG Records. With musical arrangements by Jen Green and music and lyrics by Caroline Wigmore, the recording features a nine piece band including musical saw, which sees this adaptation echoing something from a faerie tale. Drawing from childhood music and memories of growing up in Minnesota, Wigmore conjures up images of rows of corn, cold winters, and the American Dream..."

Public Reviews
BWW Reviews: VAN WINKLE - A FOLK MUSICAL Concept Recording - October 29th, 2013

"... Americana is the main musical influence with a blend of jazz, blues and gospels intertwined. There are stunning orchestrations throughout and the music is very clever..."

Broadway World
Local donors help fund 40 percent of international recording project - June 17th, 2013

"Howard Lake native Caroline Wigmore is ecstatic about receiving funding for an international cast recording of her musical, "Van Winkle: a Folk Musical," and she attributes much of the success of this to local contributors..."

Herald Journal
International music project has local ties - June 3rd, 2013

"Following a three-year writing and development process, the studio cast recording of Caroline Wigmore's new musical, "Van Winkle - A folk musical," is set to begin recording in London during July..."

Herald Journal