West Coast Premiere of Sense and Sensibility Musical Opens

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The Paul Gordon musical is playing a limited engagement at San Diego's Old Globe.
Sharon Rietkerk and Megan McGinnis
Sharon Rietkerk and Megan McGinnis Photo by Liz Lauren, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon’s Sense and Sensibility, which officially opens July 14 following previews that began July 6 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in San Diego. Gordon’s musical Daddy Long Legs was recently seen Off-Broadway with Sense & Sensibility star Megan McGinnis.

Barbara Gaines, artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where the musical had its world premiere, returns to direct the Globe production. Performances continue through August 14.

The cast includes McGinnis (Off-Broadway’s Daddy Long Legs, seven Broadway shows) as Marianne Dashwood and Sharon Rietkerk (Gunmetal Blues at North Coast Rep, two-time Bay Area Critics Award winner) as Elinor Dashwood, with Emily Berman (world premiere of Days Like Today in Chicago) as Lucy Steele, Sean Allan Krill (Broadway’s Honeymoon in Vegas, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Mamma Mia!) as Colonel Brandon, Colin Morgan (Pericles and Twelfth Night at CST) as Mr. Harris, Brian Ray Norris (Pride & Prejudice the Musical) as Lord Middleton, Peter Saide (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella international tour) as Mr. Willoughby, David Schlumpf (Jeff Award for Sweet Smell of Success) as John Dashwood, Paula Scrofano (Jeff Award for Lifetime Achievement) as Mrs. Jennings, Elizabeth Telford (My Fair Lady and Guys and Dolls with Chicago’s Light Opera Works) as Miss Grey, Jill Van Velzer (Craig Noel Award for The Great American Trailer Park Musical at San Diego Rep) as Fanny Dashwood and Wayne Alan Wilcox (Bright Star at the Globe, Drama Desk Award for Broadway’s The Normal Heart) as Edward Ferrars.

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Ensemble members also include Matthew Keffer (Side Show and Sondheim on Sondheim in Chicago) and Megan Long (CST’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Willy Wonka); swings are Melinda Gilb (The Grinch, Suds, and The Robber Bridegroom at the Globe), James Rank (The Merry Widow and Oklahoma! at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Jeff Award winner), Connor Sullivan (The Metromaniacs and When It Comes at the Globe) and Kelsey Venter (The Grinch at the Globe, Craig Noel Award for Les Misérables).

Based on Jane Austen’s beloved novel, the musical is described as such: “After their father’s untimely death, sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood lose their fortune, their home, and all their prospects for love. But fortunes can turn again. As the plucky heroines face their situation with courage and resolve, audiences will fall in love with the classic story in a whole new way.”

The creative team includes Laura Bergquist (music director), Matt Raftery (choreographer), Kevin Depinet (scenic design), Susan E. Mickey (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Ray Nardelli (sound design), Tony Award winners Larry Hochman and Bruce Coughlin (orchestrations), Curtis Moore (music supervisor and additional arrangements), Harrison McEldowney (original production choreographer), Bob Mason and Dale Brown (original casting), and Peter Van Dyke (production stage manager).

For ticket information visit TheOldGlobe.org.

(Updated July 14, 2016)

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