We have shamefully neglected the recent sellout run of “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice” at the New York Musical Theater Festival. We didn’t neglect it so much as to not see it, of course; we thoroughly enjoyed the performance we attended with a Janeite-heavy crowd. (The non-Janeite members of NYMF who attended–who obviously attend many of the festival’s performances–were shocked that there was a long line for admittance and that it was sold out!)
We are absolutely delighted to report that the play has won six NYMF Awards–more than any other play in this year’s festival!
The musical adaptation of the literary classic earned six Awards for Excellence, including for leading actress Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd, James Joyce’s The Dead), as well as the Most Promising Musical Award and the Stage Entertainment Development Award. Baker and Jacobs collaborated on book, music and lyrics.
Ms. Champlin’s award was well-deserved. She was absolutely perfect as Jane Austen writing her masterpiece (and singing like an angel!). And many congratulations to the delightful Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker for taking this play to the big city and launching it so spectacularly. We couldn’t be more pleased–and are even more pleased that so many of our Janeite acquaintance got to see the play, which we’ve been raving about for years. Here’s to an even bigger launch!
Here’s a video with images from the NYMF play and a song from the demo.