Broadway Design Team Attached to Sense & Sensibility Musical for 2013 Denver Premiere
By Kenneth Jones
Director-choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge's creative team for the world premiere of Sense & Sensibility The Musical will include Tony Award-nominated set designer Allen Moyer, Tony-nominated costume designer ESosa, lighting designer James F. Ingalls and music supervisor David Loud.
The creative team for the spring 2013 run was announced on Sept. 24 by the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company, which is producing the Jane Austen-inspired show by lyricist-librettist Jeffrey Haddow and composer Neal Hampton.
Dodge (previously announced for the project) is a Best Direction Tony Award nominee for the Broadway revival of Ragtime; Moyers is a Tony nominee for Grey Gardens; Ingalls has worked for opera companies and regional theatres around the world; ESosa, a former contestant on "Project Runway," was a 2012 Tony nominee for his costumes for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and will design clothes for Motown: The Musical on Broadway; Loud's Broadway credits include The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, The Scottsboro Boys, Sondheim on Sondheim, Curtains and the original Broadway production of Ragtime, as well as the 2010 Off-Broadway concert of Jerome Kern songs that was just announced for a recording.
Kim Scharnberg (Broadway's Little Women, Wonderland and more) is co-orchestrator with composer Hampton.
Sense & Sensibility The Musical was tested in a reading at the 2012 Colorado New Play Summit. Its full staging will be April 5-May 26, 2013, in The Stage Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Art.
Here's how the Tony-honored DCTC bills the new musical: "In this grand musical adaptation of Jane Austen's enthralling novel, audiences are drawn into the tempestuous world of the Dashwood sisters. Opposites in temperament, but equally determined to find love and happiness in spite of their desperate financial circumstances, sisters Elinor and Marianne struggle with betrayal, soaring emotions, dashed hopes and their own conflicting notions of ideal love. But while one follows her heart and the other her head, each triumphs romantically by remaining true to who they are."
Casting will begin shortly in New York.
Haddow (book/lyrics) is a winner of the BMI Harrington Award for Creative Achievement. His musical revue Scrambled Feet ran two years Off-Broadway, was produced as a Showtime TV special starring Madeline Kahn, and is published by Samuel French. His play Chekhov in Yalta had its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. It won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Distinguished Playwriting Award, and was produced as a TV special starring Tom Courtenay. Other produced plays include Ducks (Musical Theatre Works), Thin Ice (WPA Theatre), Scully & Royce (Detroit Repertory Company) and The Drunken Boat (Circle Repertory Company).
Hampton (music) has composed works for stage that include The Chimes (book/music/lyrics) which received a staged reading at New Opera and Musical Theatre Initiative; incidental music for Lanford Wilson's Book of Days; and additional music and lyrics for The Little Matchgirl at Gloucester Stage.
Sense & Sensibility The Musical is presented by special arrangement with Betty Ann Besch Solinger and Alice Chebba Walsh.
New and renewing subscribers may reserve season tickets now by calling (303) 893-6030. Single ticket on-sale dates will be announced at a later time. For more information, visit denvercenter.org.
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