The new website for Pride and Prejudice, A Musical, has some new demos for quite a few of the songs in the play. Click on the link to the song to be taken to a page that will automatically play the music and give information about the story the song is telling as well as the actors performing. There are some new pieces and some changes to old pieces. For those of you who have not been able to see a performance of the play, here is the next best thing! The demos feature several of the performers from the one-night performance in Rochester, so after the cut are some photos from that performance with these performers to enhance your listening pleasure.
The Broadway-bound P&P musical adaptation by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs is now on track for a Spring 2010 Broadway opening–because it is looking like autumn 2009 will see the show in a regional production to get everything set up for Broadway. (Mr. Bingley will be taking possession by Michaelmas!) Details are not yet known but we will pass them on as soon as we hear. In the meantime, a video of images from the special performance in Rochester, New York, last year (read the Editrix’s review) set to a live recording of Laura Osnes as Elizabeth Bennet and Donna Lynne Champlin as Jane Austen in a duet of “Had I Been in Love” has been posted on the website.
You must excuse the Editrix; she seems to have a bit of dust in her eye. *sniff*
(And Kitty, you time your coughs ill; have a little compassion on our nerves!)
As our Gentle Readers seemed to enjoy the last set, we asked for even more photos from the P&P musical concert performance in Rochester last month!
Wheeee! We received some more photos from the concert performance (actually the dress rehearsal) and thought we would share! Photos after the jump…mouse over for captions and click for larger versions.
(Mouse over the photos for captions and click on them to see larger versions.)
Pride and Prejudice is, indisputably, Jane Austen’s most famous novel. (Fear not, we won’t use the Truth Universally Acknowledged bit.) When attempting to explain one’s obsession to the Great Unwashed, if the name “Jane Austen” is not sufficient for enlightenment, the title Pride and Prejudice almost always brings recognition. If the listener associates the title with Hollywood productions rather than the novel, well, that is the unfortunate part of being a 21st-century Janeite. Really well-done adaptations being thin on the ground at present, it rather increases our pleasure to encounter a quality production such as Pride and Prejudice: The New Musical. We (really we, the Editrix and fellow AustenBlogger Allison T.) attended the “concert performance” preview of the play at the gorgeous Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York, this past Tuesday night, and even in its current developmental phase, it was as lovely and enjoyable as we had hoped and expected.
Possibly even more so, as we had been told the concert performance would include minimal costumes and props. However, the cast was in full costume, the play was blocked out, there was choreography, there was a 17-piece orchestra from the Rochester Philharmonic, and though some of the cast members carried scripts, they rarely actively read from them, using them more as a backup. It was hard to believe such an accomplished performance was put together in only two weeks, though perhaps we should have had more faith in the cast of professional actors, most with Broadway experience.
Rehearsals have begun for the one-night encore performance of Pride and Prejudice, A Musical Play, in Rochester, New York, on October 21. Producer Lori Bajorek shared some photos of the leads, Colin Donnell and Laura Osnes, rehearsing together. Click on the photo for the full size version.
We also finally have started to sort through our photos from the AGM and have some photos from the presentation below the cut.
Laura Osnes, winner of Grease: You’re the One that I Want! and star of Grease on Broadway, will play Elizabeth Bennet in the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Laura will participate in the one-night-only October 21 performance event at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York. The other roles have been cast as well; Alert Gentle Readers will recall that producer Lori Bajorek told us in an interview that cast for this event will be retained for the Broadway production, targeted for November 2009, if schedules permit.
From the press release:
Producers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The New Musical announce that Laura Osnes (Grease!, winner of Grease: You’re the One that I Want!) will play the role of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet in the Broadway-bound musical’s one-night-only performance at Rochester’s historic Eastman Theatre on Tuesday, October 21. Osnes joins previously-cast Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd, Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves) as Jane Austen and Colin Donnell (Jersey Boys, Follies) as Fitzwilliam Darcy.
“I am so honored to join this terrifically talented cast and play one of literature’s most feisty yet beloved young heroines,” says Osnes, who recently completed a year-long run as “Sandy” in Broadway’s Grease!, after winning the hearts of voting viewers of NBC’s reality competition, Grease: You’re the One that I Want! She will also star in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Broadway: Three Generations on October 2 -5, before starting rehearsals for Pride and Prejudice on October 6.
Osnes’ fellow alumna and finalist in Grease: You’re the One that I Want!, Juliana Ashley Hansen (Saved, The Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nat’l Tour) has been cast as her sister Jane Bennet, while Mark Blum (Twelve Angry Men, The Graduate, Desperately Seeking Susan) and Patty Goble (Curtains; The Woman in White; Kiss Me, Kate) will play the parents of the five Bennet daughters. Anne Letscher (Fiddler on the Roof), Molly Ranson (August Osage County) and Jacque Carnahan (The Baker’s Wife) will round out the Bennet family as Mary, Kitty and Lydia respectively. Jim Stanek (Lestat, Little Women, The Rivals), fresh from Signature Theatre’s ACE, will play Mr. Collins, John Behlmann (Journey’s End) has been cast as Mr. Wickham, while Rory O’Malley (Happy Days: A New Musical) has the role of Jane’s suitor, Charles Bingley. Patty Goble’s dual role includes that of Lady Catherine as well as Mrs. Bennet, and Jennifer Waiser (The Pirate Queen) will play Lizzy’s friend, Charlotte Lucas.
The rest of the ensemble, playing the numerous characters in Austen’s beloved novel, include: Sarah Dacey Charles (Les Miserables), Jonathan Michie, Kat Palardy, Jon Reinhold, Matthew Schneider, Michael Scott (Follies, 110 in the Shade, Showboat), Libby Servais, Eric Ulloa and Marguerite Willbanks (Beauty & the Beast).
Tickets for the October 21 event are $35-75 and available by calling 585-232-1900 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.