More “Sense & Sensibility: The Musical”

October 25, 2013 at 3:17 am (books, entertainment, jane austen, jasna) (, , , )

After attending the Jane Austen Society of North America’s AGM and getting in my ‘goodie bag’ the CD of SENSE & SENSIBILITY: THE MUSICAL, I’ve periodically listened to the score – although the updated version on the website has made me more of a fan.

With nothing on TV last night, I turned for the second time in a week to the files I saved from their website. And I looked to see if the score was still online. Amazingly, I found VIDEO of the play’s WORLD PREMIERE! Simply Fabulous seeing the actors amid sets and in costume!! Lucky Denver audiences… Fascinating to hear the evolution of this musical.



Official website:

more videos:

sample the score at SoundCloud:

my prior post:

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Sense & Sensibility the Musical

February 6, 2012 at 9:38 am (entertainment, jane austen, jasna, people) (, , , , )

In honor of tonight’s debut (on NBC) of SMASH, Two Teens highlights Sense & Sensibility the Musical, by Jeffrey Haddow (book/lyrics) and Neal Hampton (music).

Soon after returning from Fort Worth (yes, it’s been since OCTOBER) I listened to the CD included in the “goodie bag” at the JASNA AGM. Recorded in November 2009, the demo provided music that was pleasing enough. I put the CD aside for later.

With Calista’s visit — she was travelling to the Austen weekend with me and spending a couple of hours at my house before departure — I pulled the CD out again; but it sat next to my chair all week long. Until Saturday night.

I was writing, and put the CD in to play on the computer. It played a couple times, and I was intrigued enough to visit the website listed on the liner notes: — and found there is a newly-recorded (summer 2011) version. A couple of listens and it was obvious the musical had been reworked to great advantage. Gone were some of the rough bits, now appeared some deeper character studies. I was impressed!

Of course, it’s hard not to be impressed with years-long dedication too. You can read about Haddow and Hampton on the CREATIVE TEAM link.

Sense & Sensibility is about to be performed at the prestigious Denver Center Theatre Company New Play Summit (on Sunday, 12 February 2012) barring all the snow perhaps… S&SMusical’s facebook page lists further information.

All you need, however, is an MP3 player –> go to THE MUSIC link and listen… They’re looking for backers, should you wish to enter the Broadway world of SMASH!

Cast of June 2011 recording, Playwrights  Horizons:

Elinor – Christiane Noll
Marianne – Brandi Burkhardt
Brandon – Robert Petkoff
Edward – Sebastian Arcelus
Willoughby – Jeremiah James
Mrs. Jennings/Mrs. Dashwood – Kay Walbye
Lucy Steele – Erin Mackey
John Dashwood – Jamie LaVerdiere
Fanny Dashwood – Erin Maguire
Ensemble – Janna Cardia, Christy Morton, Chris Critelli, Ed Prostak

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