If you need a Jane Austen musical theatre fix, Streaming Musicals is apparently offering Paul Gordon’s Pride and Prejudice and Emma for rent or purchase! Thanks to Variety for the info!
A few general Emma Adaptations updates!
First, Emma 2020, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and directed by Autumn de Wilde, is coming to North American theatres starting next week! For my updates on the film, keep watching my Emma 2020/Emma 5 blog tag/feed.
Second, Paul Gordon’s Emma musical is onstage at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre through March 15. It stars Lora Lee Gayer as Emma Woodhouse and Brad Stanley as Mr. Knightley.
Reviews of the production:
Third, my old gallery script was completely nuked in a PHP server update, so I’m converting all of my Emma media to a WordPress gallery as soon as I can. Be watching for it! 🙂
Having just celebrated 200 years of publication this past December, Jane Austen’s Emma deserves an extended anniversary party! This spring, the novel is celebrated by the release of Katie Heaney’s Dear Emma – a contemporary adaptation of the original story – and a stage run of Jon Jory’s Emma at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
For more about Jane Austen and Emma:
One of my favorite things to do in my hometown is wear vintage and reproduction outfits to see classic movies at the historic Fox California Theater, also known as the Bob Hope Theater.
After a massive restoration conducted in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this gorgeous 1930 theater is a clean, bright, luminous connection to an earlier time. While you might see anyone from George Lopez to Tony Bennett headlining at the Fox, the best attractions are the ones that offer the visitor a connection to the theater’s roots as a mid 20th century movie palace – the monthly Friends of the Fox classic movie events featuring concerts on the 1928 Robert Morton theater organ!
Click for more Fox Theater and more outfit pictures!
Paul Gordon’s stage version of Jane Austen’s Emma is back, continuing its 2012-2013 run at the Arizona Theatre Company through January 20. It looks like a very lavish production, starring television and Broadway actress Anneliese Van der Pol as Emma Woodhouse.
The show ran in Tucson from December 1-22, resuming this week in Phoenix. If you live in Arizona, why not ring in the new year with some Emma?
More information on Emma in Arizona:
- Emma at Arizona Theatre Company
- Arizona Republic Emma review
- Daily Star Emma review
- Broadway World Emma release
- Other Emma stage productions
- Theatre versions of Emma (Emma Adaptations Pages)
There’s been a ton of local Emma productions hitting the stage this spring, from Folsom, CA to Salt Lake City to Fort Wayne, IN, to Windsor, Ontario! Some of them involve the Michael Bloom adaptation.
I’m posting the latest news on my Twitter feed, but here’s a roundup from the last month or so…
- The Seattle Star’s “Another approach to the classics: Emma at the UW” – Michael Bloom’s Emma performed at University of Washington through 2/26/2012
- The Salt Lake Tribune’s “Austen’s turns of phrase on Pioneer Theatre Company Stage” – Pioneer Theatre Company’s Emma (Jon Jory) opens 2/17/2012 in Salt Lake City
- Broadway World piece on Pioneer Theatre Company Emma
- Examiner.com’s “A fool for love: Jane Austen’s Emma coming to Pioneer Theatre Company”
- The Actors’ Workshop presents Emma (scroll down) many evenings from 2/9-3/4/2012 in Folsom, CA (MyLincoln presents dates and times)
- The Folsom Telegraph’s “Emma brings Jane Austen’s work to Folsom stage”
- The Westerly Sun’s “Flock Theatre presents Jane Austen’s classic Emma“ – Opens in New London, RI, on 2/10/2012 as part of the Shaw Mansion Series
- Theday.com on Flock’s RI Emma
- The WIndsor Lance’s “Super Sweet: University Players presents Emma” – University of Windsor in Windsor, ON, presents Emma through 2/12/2012
- The Windsor Star’s “Emma: From the page to the stage” and “Evil Emma well-meaning”
- Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s “Values-rich Emma adapts to local stage”
- Cherry on Top Theatre presented Emma in Sacramento and Placerville, CA, last month
- 2010 Michael Bloom Emma stage performances
- Recent Emma stage adaptations (at Emma Adaptations Pages)
I tend to tweet most of my minor updates these days, but here’s a roundup for the sake of completeness. 🙂
Paul Gordon’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy is now running at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre! The show – which has already enjoyed successful runs in the Bay Area, Cincinnati, and St. Louis – previewed earlier this month and officially premiers this weekend. The run will continue through February 27 (with an extension to March 6).
Emma is directed by Jeff Calhoun and stars Patti Murin as the eponymous heroine and Adam Monley as Mr. Knightley. For more…
- Patti Murin Is Emma, Singing an Austen Song, at Old Globe Jan. 15-Feb. 27 (Playbill.com)
- Official Old Globe Emma site – Includes articles, a program in .pdf format, cast biographies, related events, and notes on the production!
- KPBS “These Days” Interview with Emma director Jeff Calhoun and show writer Paul Gordon
- Globe plans fresh take on Jane Austen’s Emma – Pam Kragen, North County Times
- Perils of romance come to the stage in new musical Emma at The Old Globe in Balboa Park – Diana Saenger, La Jolla Light
- Ageless Emma – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune
In other Emma adaptation news, Romola Garai’s Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television did not result in a win. Still, it was nice to see her nominated for her starring role in the 2009-2010 BBC Emma miniseries.
In non-adaptation Emma news, Maria Edgeworth’s presentation copy of Emma was sold last month at auction. According to Sotheby’s auction house, it fetched 79,250 pounds sterling. Edgeworth was a bit of a novelist idol of Austen’s and an acquaintance of the James Leigh Perrots, Jane Austen’s aunt and uncle. You can learn about Edgeworth’s opinions on Emma in this roundup of period responses to the book.
Happy new year, everyone!
Remember, Austenprose.com is presenting a group read of Jane Austen’s unfinished Sanditon, starting tomorrow – March 15! The Ides of March! Join Laurel Ann and the gang for some fun discussion of the novel and Regency-era seaside culture.
And now I feel like I should be quoting Ovid or something on the ascention of Julius Caesar to the heavens as a star. Yay, emperor cultism.
Anyway. I’ve also got a roundup of articles pertaining to Michael Bloom’s stage adaptation of Emma, which premiered last month at the Cleveland Playhouse in Ohio. It’s running now at the Drury Theatre through March 21:
- Playbill: World Premiere of Bloomâ€™s â€˜Emmaâ€™ Begins in Cleveland
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Brown: Cleveland Play House’s ‘Emma’ expected to be a hit in an already successful season
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Brown: Cleveland Play House’s joyful ‘Emma’ easily will win your heart; a review
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Brown: Cleveland Play House plans its final shows at historic venue
- Cleveland Scene’s Christine Howey: The Love Doctor: Emma plies romantic first aid at the Play House
- Cleveland Jewish News’ Fran Heller: Play House’s ‘Emma’ is pure delight
- Cleveland News-Herald’s Bob Abelman: Play House’s ‘Emma’ is no plain Jane
- The San Francisco Examiner’s Kate Miller: Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ is wittily charming
- More coverage of Michael Bloom’s Emma at The Emma Adaptations Pages