We were excited and delighted to receive an e-mail from Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Baker, the creators of the P&P musical adaptation of which we are so fond, to tell us that they were selected as finalists for the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project–which means the play will be staged as part of the festival! We don’t have dates yet, or much information, but will pass it on as soon as we have it. In the meantime, keep an eye on the play’s page at NYMF (the Buy Tickets link doesn’t work…we checked).
We were very excited to hear from the delightful Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker (who write to us, appropriately, as a single unit), the authors/composers of one of our two all-time favorite stage adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: A Musical, to tell us two very exciting pieces of news about the musical.
The first is that there will be a production of the musical in Edmonds, Washington, the first-ever high school production of this musical, at Edmonds Heights K-12 (formerly Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center) on May 6-15, 2011. The production is directed by Shileah Corey and features a cast of 35 talented actors, ages 14-18. Performances are May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm, with matinee performances May 8 and 15 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door. We suggest that our readers in the Seattle area check it out! We’ve seen some pretty professional school plays in our time, so we expect this to be thoroughly enjoyable.
The second piece of news is that the play is a finalist in the 2011 New York Music Theater Festival Next Link Project. This means the play was chosen from hundreds of entries as one of 28 finalists. Eleven of those plays will be chosen to be produced in September in New York City! The writers also will be introduced to industry professionals who can bring the show to bigger and better things. The announcement will be made in mid-May. All our fingers and toes are crossed and re-crossed that this will happen. The dream lives! Check out the production website for samples of music from the production, and our review of an earlier version of the musical from a few years ago. Unlike most of the recent multimedia projects related to Jane Austen’s work, trust us, Gentle Readers: this one is worth getting excited about.
We heard from Lindsay Baker and Amanda Jacobs, the playwrights and composers of the Pride and Prejudice musical that we all hoped would make it to Broadway; alas, the Broadway production contract ends at the end of this month, but the show has been licensed for three performances by Chamber Opera Chicago in February and March 2010. These are full productions, directed by Steven Daigle, director of the Eastman Opera Theatre, who has been involved with the musical since the first workshops many years ago and directed the Ohio Light Opera production of the musical in 2006.
Despite the photos on the website, there will be a different cast from the one that was put together for a possible Broadway show; however, Amanda tells us that the Mr. Darcy that has been cast is already a popular performer for Chamber Opera Chicago.
Amanda and Lindsay have revised the play as a result of workshopping it last year, so it will be a different production from that we saw in Rochester last year. One change has been to add Cassandra Austen as a character along with Jane Austen. Also the play has been shortened and now runs about two and a half hours.
Mark your calendars–this might be some fun! (and we’re checking flights to Chi-town already…)