Tony nominee Gordon, familiar to Broadway audiences for the literary musical Jane Eyre, has penned book, music and lyrics for the musical that has recently played engagements at California's TheatreWorks, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park.
TheatreWorks founding artistic director Robert Kelley, who has staged Emma since its 2007 TheatreWorks debut, will direct the Nov. 11 industry-only presentation. TheatreWorks originals Lianne Marie Dobbs as Emma and Timothy Gulan as Mr. Knightley will co-star.
Completing the cast for the reading are Dani Marcus (Harriet Smith), Richert Easley (Mr. Woodhouse), Suzanne Grodner (Miss Bates), Julie Hanson (Jane Fairfax), Brian Herndon (Mr. Elton), Alex Organ (Robert Martin), Travis Poelle (Frank Churchill), Christianne Tisdale (Mrs. Weston), Kurt Zischke (Mr. Weston) and Marni Penning (Mrs. Elton).
Press notes for Emma read: "Emma firmly believes herself to be a most talented matchmaker and chooses her hapless and easily influenced friend Harriet as her next endeavor. Yet despite Emma's obsession with romance, she remains clueless about her own feelings and the true desires of those around her. Her matchmaking mischief leads to countless comic complications and a little heartache but ultimately ends in true love."
Gordon earned a Tony nomination for the score of Jane Eyre. His works for the stage also include the forthcoming musicals Lucky Break (based on the 1976 film "The Front"), Daddy-Long-Legs (written with John Caird) as well as The Circle and Death: The Musical. He has written several number one pop songs and has won nine ASCAP awards.