Tony-Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival to Stage Great Expectations Musical

News   Tony-Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival to Stage Great Expectations Musical
Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, which follows a young orphan named Pip on his journey to find his place in the world, will come to life in a new musical adaptation, which will play the Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer.

Great Expectations features a book by Brian VanDerWilt and Steve Lozier, with a score by Richard Winzeler (music) and Steve Lane (lyrics). Margaret Hoorneman adapted the stage production from Dickens' novel.

The creators have been developing the work over the past decade: In 2001, Hugh Panaro, Anastasia Barzee and Cloris Leachman participated in a reading, and a revised presentation in 2005 featured Tony Award-winning actress Faith Prince. A fully-staged production was presented in Los Angeles in 2008.

Jules Aaron, who also staged the 2008 run, will direct the Utah production that will run in repertory July 1-August. 28. Casting will be announced shortly.

The Utah Shakespeare Theatre also presented the premiere of Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical in 2007. The musical is now being developed for the London stage.

The summer season will also feature Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The 39 Steps and Pride and Prejudice. Visit The Festival is located on the corner of 300 W. and Center St. in Cedar City, UT.

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