Jeff Calhoun to Direct Jane Austen's Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy at the Old Globe

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Jane Austen's Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy will be part of the Old Globe's 2010-11 winter season in San Diego.

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Directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (1994's Grease), the new musical will run Jan. 15-Feb. 27, 2011.

Jane Austen's Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy features music, lyrics and book by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon. The new musical, according to press notes, is described as such: "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."

"I have been talking with Paul Gordon since 2006 about producing Emma," said Old Globe executive producer Lou Spisto in a statement. "It's a masterful and fresh look at Austen's well-known story and I believe this is Paul's finest score to date. I'm also delighted to bring Jeff Calhoun to the project. Jeff is the perfect director to take Emma to the next step."

Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the Broadway musical Jane Eyre.

The Globe's 2010-11 winter season also features the U.S. premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Life of Riley, the West Coast premieres of Kristoffer Diaz's Welcome to Arroyo's and Ayub Khan-Din's Rafta, Rafta… and the regional premieres of Ian Bruce's Groundswell, a psychological thriller set in South Africa, and Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County. Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, will be presented in repertory. Rounding out the season is  Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. Subscription prices range from $117 to $571. Subscription packages may be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office.

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