The musical, based on Austen's novel, has book, music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon, known for Broadway's Jane Eyre and the recent Daddy Long Legs musical. Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun directs a cast led by Murin (Broadway's Xanadu) as Emma Woodhouse, Adam Monley as Mr. Knightley and Will Reynolds as Frank Churchill.
Murin introduces cast and crew at work and play, offers a glimpse at the stunning design elements and allows us to crash the recent opening night party:
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Patti Murin, Star of Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy, Takes Us Backstage at the Old Globe
Patti Murin's credits include Euterpe and Kira understudy in Xanadu on Broadway, Lysistrata Jones in Douglas Carter Beane's new musical Give It Up! at Dallas Theater Center, the title character in The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown and Tam in Princesses at Goodspeed.
According to Old Globe notes, "Emma, a beautiful and clever young woman who prides herself on her matchmaking ability, is preoccupied with romance yet is clueless to her own feelings of love. When she takes on a young friend as her latest project, her well-intentioned efforts misfire, leading to a whirlwind of complications — and ultimately, true love."
The company includes Adam Daveline (as Robert Martin), Richert Easley (Mr. Woodhouse), Suzanne Grodner (Miss Bates), Kelly Hutchinson (Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Elton), Brian Herndon (Mr. Elton), Dani Marcus (Harriet Smith), Amanda Naughton (Mrs. Weston), Don Noble (Mr. Weston) and Allison Spratt Pearce (Jane Fairfax).
Jane Austen's Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy has extended its run by a week, now scheduled through March 6. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.