Thursday, July 19, 2007

Jane Eyre at Joe's Pub

Fans of Gordon/Caird Jane Eyre: The Musical will be delighted at this news item from Playbill, especially if they are in the New York area (or will be in October). While this is not a comeback, it's at least a good chance to listen to some of these songs - and other songs by Paul Gordon - live once again.

Words and Music by Paul Gordon is the title of an upcoming evening at Joe's Pub.
The concert — featuring the songs of Jane Eyre composer Paul Gordon — will be presented at the downtown venue Oct. 15. Those scheduled to lend their voices to the evening include Brian d'Arcy James, Kate Reinders, Jayne Paterson, Sarah Litzsinger and Lianne Marie Dobbs. Show time is 9:30 PM.
Paul Gordon received a Tony nomination for his score to Jane Eyre. His other musicals include Emma, which will premiere this summer at Theaterworks in California; Daddy-Long-Legs, which will be part of the Festival of New American Music Theater in Los Angeles in 2008; and The Front, which had its first reading at Manhattan Theatre Club in April.
Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. There is a $25 cover charge and a two-drink minimum. Call (212) 967-7555 or visit http://www.joespub.com/ for reservations. (Andrew Gans)
The reviews of the different stage productions of The Mystery of Irma Vep keep trickling in with their Brontë references. We are not surprised to read on Go Triad that this play 'was the most-produced play in the United States in 1991'. Another review can be read on Loafing.

A couple of interesting posts can be read on Gothic Literature. The first post is especially interesting since it reviews Jane Eyre from a Gothic point of view, remarking on which elements typical of the genre were introduced in the novel - with a twist - and which left out, as well as including a few other items uch as similarities vbetween Charlotte Brontë and Jane, film adaptations, etc. The second post is wholly devoted to Dame Darcy's Jane Eyre and several reviews of it are posted from different sites. BrontëBlog's has not been included, but can be read here.

There's probably many more out there, but we have come across the first review of Jasper Fforde's First Among Sequels, the fifth installment of the Thursday Next series (which began with The Eyre Affair). The review is from SFGate, and we have avoided reading it just in case there are spoilers since we haven't yet managed to lay our hands on the book.

Incidentally - did you know that Jasper Fforde has a blog on Amazon.com? It's a good read.

Other Brontë-related reviews online today include Wuthering Heights by James Forsyth and Agnes Grey by Bookworm's Oasis.

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