The Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents an evening of original music inspired by Norton Juster’s classic fantasy The Phantom Tollbooth on Friday, June 15, 2018 at University Heights Auditorium. Advance tickets available through Eventbrite.
First published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth has delighted readers of all ages for generations with its sympathetic protagonist and exceptionally-clever wordplay. The book is the story of a bored child named Milo and his voyage of discovery through lands as diverse as the Mountains of Ignorance and Dictionopolis. Marking the 50th-anniversary in 2011, Juster spoke with NPR about the timelessness of this work: “Children are still the same as they’ve always been. They still get bored and confused, and still struggle to figure out the important questions of life.”
In seven-plus seasons, The Bushwick Book Club Seattle has hosted over 300 individual performers writing and debuting original music inspired by literature. Featured performers for this event include Nick Droz & Joy MIlls, Levi Fuller, Vanessa Grasing, Michelle Khazak, Lucien La Motte, Sean Morse & Amanda Winterhalter, Michael Owcharuk & Kathryn Stewart, Heather Thomas, Emmett Montgomery and Wes Weddell. “New and innovative work that surprises and delights,” is how one local author describes the Bushwick experience, while another librarian calls it “a brilliant way to expand anyone’s appreciation of words.”
On June 15 these performers will lead Milo and his watchdog, Tock, on a special musical journey through the Kingdom of Wisdom!