The 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.
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.
The dates have been announced for the performances of “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, A Musical” at the New York Theatre Festival. The performances will be held at the Signature Theatre – The Peter Norton Space at 555 West 42nd Street in Manhattan (between 10th and 11th Avenues–not too far from Times Square).
Thursday, Sep 29th, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 1st, 2011 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 2nd, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Friday, Oct 7th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Tickets go on sale to the general public for $25 on September 1 at midnight. One extra show may be added if there is high demand. We are told they sell out really fast, so make haste! (You can order a month earlier if you buy a membership to the festival.) For more information, check out the musical’s website and Facebook page. The Facebook page has some interesting background information from the composers about the development of the musical. Check it out!
The musical is also seeking donations. The budget is $100,000, and even a small donation helps (and is tax-deductible)! If this succeeds…Broadway beckons, Gentle Readers. Let’s help them do this!
In other news, casting is currently going on–more news as we get it! In the meantime, enjoy a video from the concert performance in Rochester in 2008:
Tickets will be $25 and will go on sale to the public at 12:01 a.m. on September 1. We don’t have dates yet; details are still being firmed up, and we’ll let you know as soon as we do. If there is a big rush for tickets on the first day of sale, a date or two may be added.
You can donate to the show–checks should be made out to NYMF and earmarked for the show and then letters will be issued to those making donations of $100 or more so you can deduct the donation on your taxes. They are also looking for corporate sponsorships. Those who donate over $1,000 will have an earlier opportunity to purchase tickets. You can purchase ad space in the show’s program (B&W) which is then inserted into the (color) festival program, and of course you can purchase ads in the festival program.
Remember the high school production of the musical? At the 5th Avenue Awards in Seattle, Hannah Lake from Edmond Heights k-12 won for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Mrs. Bennet, out of 90 schools in the state of Washington. The playwrights report that “their drama teacher made everyone in the cast read the book and they fell in love with our beloved Jane.” Welcome to Janeiteville, kids!
Don’t forget to “Like” the musical’s Facebook page! It’s fun to read all about the behind-the-scenes stuff going on around the new production.