Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, A Musical at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

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pnpmusicalThe wonderful, beautiful, moving musical of Pride and Prejudice by Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker is currently playing at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Los Angeles area. It is running through May 10. If you are anywhere in the area and can get there, make every opportunity to do so. It’s a terrific adaptation and the music is wonderful. To get a flavor of it, check out the musical’s Facebook page as well as La Mirada’s Facebook page, which have photos and videos of the play. They are both public, so you don’t need to be a Facebook member to see the photos and videos. There have also been several reviews: StageSceneLA, Broadway World (lots of photos in that one!), and the OC Register.

Around the Austen Web

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We have been struggling a bit with the whole blogging thing lately, but others have fortunately taking up the slack! (And there will be a announcement about AustenBlog coming very soon. Nothing bad, we promise!)

among_the_janeites_coverWe are on record as having very much enjoyed Deborah Yaffe’s book Among the Janeites, and her blog is very good reading as well. In particular we enjoyed Deborah’s recent post about the Austen Project, which brought up a point that we had been wondering about but was too lazy to blog: why haven’t the last two authors been announced yet? That is, the authors who will write updated versions of Persuasion and Mansfield Park? Being the cynical tar-hearted spinster &c. that we are, we have suspected that the project has been so unsuccessful that The Powers That Be have decided to discontinue the project. However, Deborah makes a very good alternative point: perhaps no author has been willing to take on the job. Deborah also reviews Alexander McCall Smith’s recent release of an updated Emma and looks forward to Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride and Prejudice–which has been titled Eligible, rather than simply copying the title of the original! One hopes the publishers have responded to the general hostility with which the unchanged titles have been received by Greater Janeiteland, and retitled the novel. Or perhaps Ms. Sittenfeld simply insisted. More power to her, we say. In any event, do check out the post, as well as the rest of Deborah’s excellent blog.

young_jane_austen_coverLisa Pliscou, author of the new Austen biography Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, also has a blog with some interesting entries about Jane Austen. This post, about the books read and loved by famous authors, mentions several authors who love Jane Austen’s work, which is all perfectly delightful. (We are currently reading Bring Up the Bodies, the second in Hilary Mantel’s series about Thomas Cromwell, and were startled and amused to find “Tilney Abbey” mentioned–we’re pretty sure such an abbey never actually existed but you KNOW where she got it from.) Emma Thompson is quoted, mentioning whom she would invite to a dinner party, as saying, “I’d have gone for Jane Austen if I weren’t convinced she’d just have a soft-boiled egg and leave early.” Lisa protests against this, as did several Janeites (including the Editrix) on Twitter.

Plotting Lady Susan

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Margaret C. Sullivan:

We meant to reblog this to AustenBlog a while back and totally forgot! We have written up some thoughts about the plot of Lady Susan as it relates to the upcoming film, Whit Stillman’s adaptation that he is calling Love and Friendship. We’ve examined the plot of LS as both prose and how it could be adapted to film. (Emphasis on “could be.”)

Originally posted on This Delightful Habit of Journaling:

kate_beckinsale_lady_susanWith Love and Friendship currently filming, I’ve been thinking a lot about the plot of Lady Susan, upon which, of course, the film is based, and how it would work in the film medium. I stress I have no idea how Whit Stillman, who I believe has written the adaptation, has decided to adapt the original; I am working completely with the original as Austen wrote it.

In case you haven’t read this novella yet (and why not? It’s quite short and enjoyable, and free to read if you have an e-reader, tablet, or smartphone), be aware I will be discussing the entire plot, so if a spoiler alert is needed, then: spoiler alert! Someone more or less familiar with the story will have an easier time following along.

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Free eBook: Furniture and Draperies in the Era of Jane Austen: Ackermann’s Repository of Arts

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Free on Amazon. The link is for Amazon U.S. Check your local site if you can’t get it. Sorry, the book is no longer free.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UTVCYE0/

BBC Mansfield Park dramatization available on CD and at Audible (updated: also iTunes)

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A friend pointed us to a David Tennant blog, which shared the delightful news that the BBC Radio Four dramatization of Mansfield Park starring Mr. Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Felicity Jones is now available in the U.S. on CD. [Amazon US] We also investigated further and it’s available (for a very good price) at Audible, for those like the Editrix who are trying to avoid collecting physical media (Dorothy  is not overfond of dusting them, you see). According to the David Tennant blog, it’s been available in the UK for some time.

ETA: Alert Janeite Ben let us know that the adaptation is also available on iTunes.