Reading of Sense & Sensibility Musical Featured Christiane Noll, Sebastian Arcelus, Brandi Burkhardt

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24 Jun 2011

Christiane Noll
Christiane Noll
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Ragtime Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge directed an invitation-only reading of a new musical based on Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility June 23 at Playwrights Horizons.

The reading featured the talents of Tony nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime) and Brandi Burkhardt (Tale of Two Cities) as the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne; Robert Petkoff (Ragtime, Spamalot) as Colonel Brandon; Sebastian Arcelus (Elf, Jersey Boys) as Edward Ferrars; and Jeremiah James (Teatro) as John Willoughby with two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa (Xanadu) as Mrs. Jennings, Drama Desk winner Jim Brochu (The Zero Hour) as Sir John, Erin Mackey (Sondheim On Sondheim, Wicked) as Lucy Steele, Jamie LaVerdiere (The Pirate Queen) as John Dashwood, Erin Maguire as Fanny Dashwood, Kay Walbye (Urinetown) as Mrs. Dashwood/Mrs. Ferrars, ensemble members Janna Cardia, Chris Critelli, Christy Morton and Edward Prostak and narrator Anthony Dodge.

Sense & Sensibility features book and lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow (Scrambled Feet, Chekhov in Yalta) and music by Neal Hampton. Music direction was by Ethyl Will (Fosse, Radio City). The producers are Betty Ann Besch-Solinger and Alice Walsh.



In Sense & Sensibility The Musical, according to press notes, the "repressed feelings, soaring emotions, and signature wit of Jane Austen come alive in a totally new and exciting way.  Enter the world of the Dashwoods, two sisters as different as can be. Elinor is reserved, self-possessed, and rational to a fault, while Marianne is wildly romantic, emotionally uninhibited, and disdainful of half-measures. Bound by their love for each other and their inner sense of social independence, but torn by their conflicting notions of ideal love, they struggle to cope with reduced circumstances and the pressure to marry well. Ecstasy, deception, dashed hopes, and near-tragedy lead them to discover profound truths that bring them closer together and finally put them within reach of true and lasting happiness."