Austen’s Pride, A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice, will receive June 19 and 20 industry-only readings in New York City. Featuring a book, lyrics, and music by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, the musical comes to life as Austen begins to re-imagine the world of her own novel.
Igor Goldin directs a cast that includes Lisa O’Hare as Jane Austen (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), Kara Lindsay (Wicked) as Elizabeth Bennet, Ryan Silverman (Phantom of the Opera) as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Courtney Balan (Falsettos) as Cassandra Austen, and Andy Huntington Jones (Cats) as George Wickham. The cast also includes Kimberly Doreen Burns, Darius Crenshaw, Katie Dixon, Caroline Innerbichler, Kevin Nietzel, Brian Owen, Michele Ragusa, Conor Ryan, Kelly Swint, Lucas Thompson, Madeline Trumble, Zach Williams, and Nick Wyman.
According to the show’s creators, “Austen’s Pride is a new musical that finds Jane Austen in search of her next novel. Her latest work has sold out and become a huge success, which has her publisher looking for another manuscript. Jane’s sister Cassandra, suggests that she revisit one of her earlier manuscripts, First Impressions. To please her sister, Jane revisits her earlier manuscript and as the characters come to life on stage, she discovers them evolving and changing alongside her. By the end of the musical, she has come to learn who she is as a writer and as a woman.”
Austen’s Pride is produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre, R. Erin Craig, Daniel Wallace, Trish Whitehurst. Casting By Binder Casting. General Management is by 321 Theatrical Management.