Pigs and spiders aren't exactly the sort of creatures one might imagine hanging around together, sharing a little barnyard companionship. But back in 1952, author E.B. White came up with the idea to link them in a children's book, and the rest was history.
"Charlotte's Web," the heart-touching result of White's vivid imagination, has spawned an animated movie in 1973, a straight-to-video film sequel in 2003 and a live-action movie version in 2006. The latter project also inspired a video game adaptation.
The story has been told and retold on stage as well, and now it's coming to the Laguna Playhouse next weekend as a musical with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse, who also scored "Annie" and "Bye Bye Birdie." Award-winning children's playwright Joseph Robinette wrote the book.
"'Charlotte's Web' is one of the most beloved children's books ever written," said Kelly Herman, who's directing the Laguna version with choreography by Julia Fowler and musical direction by Diane King Vann.