Belfast Telegraph

Julianne's book turned to musical

Julianne Moore's children's book has been made into a musical - and her eight-year-old has already given it her thumbs up.

Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical is adapted from the actress' best-selling adventures of a seven-year-old who is relentlessly teased by her schoolmates for having bright red hair and freckles.

Julianne said of taking her daughter Liv with her to the show: "When kids watch shows, they're not very quiet. Usually when I bring my kids to a musical, whenever there's a ballad, they ask for more candy - but she didn't turn to me once."

The A Single Man actress was delighted with how the story was adapted for the stage.

She said: "I think what they did is absolutely charming. It's not so easy. I mean, it's a picture book. It's a small book. To make it into a show that lasts an hour and a half and maintain the message - a very simple, childhood message - I think is pretty phenomenal."

The musical, which includes original songs such as I Can Be Anything and Different, stays close to the message Julianne hopes to convey in her books: Be happy being who you are.

"There are things about yourself that you're not going to like necessarily. What we hope will go away as children doesn't always go away," said the actress, who has finished work on a third Freckleface book and plans a fourth. "I hoped my freckles would go away. They didn't. They're still here. I still don't like them, but they don't loom as large a problem in my life any more because I have other things that are more important."


From Belfast Telegraph