Saturday, June 09, 2018

Playbill announces some of the cast of the revised Gordon & Caird's Jane Eyre musical production that will be premiered in Cleveland in August:
Andrea Goss (Cabaret, Indecent, Once) and Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys, Aida, Miss Saigon) will star as Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester in Cleveland Musical Theatre's upcoming premiere of a revised version of Jane Eyre, running August 31–September 9.
This revamped version of the Tony-nominated musical follows a year-long collaboration between CMT Artistic Director Miles J. Sternfeld and the musical’s original creators, Tony Award-nominated composer-lyricist Paul Gordon (Daddy Long Legs) and Tony-winning book writer John Caird (Les Misérables).
This chamber version, helmed by Sternfeld, is more intimate and ensemble-driven, with actors playing multiple roles and debuting new songs by Gordon.
The cast also includes Alison England as Mrs. Fairfax/Mrs. Reed, Cody Gerszewski as John Reed/St. John Rivers, Emma McLelland as Young Jane/Adele, Genny Lis Padilla as Blanche Ingram/Bertha Mason, Lauryn Hobbs as Helen Burns/Mary Ingram, Gregory Violand as Brocklehurst/Robert, Laura Perrotta as Miss Scatcherd/Grace Poole, Fabio Polanco as Richard Mason, and Calista Zajac as Alternate Young Jane/Adele with swings Sydney Howard, Patrick Mooney, and Nina Takacs.
The production features music supervision and orchestrations by Brad Haak, music direction by Nancy Maier, choreography by Martín Céspedes, scenic design by Gabriel Firestone, costume design by Sydney Gallas, lighting design by Benjamin Gantose, sound design by Carlton Guc, projection design by T. Paul Lowry, and casting by Jamibeth Margolis.
“One of the many reasons John Caird and I are thrilled to be bringing this new chamber version of Jane Eyre to Cleveland is not only will we have the opportunity to reexamine the material, but we can create a new version of the show that is made for the 21st century,” said composer Gordon. “John Caird and I are truly excited about the journey ahead, and we welcome the chance to come to Cleveland and make Jane Eyre the best musical it can be.” (Andrew Gans)
The Leamington Spa Courier reviews and recommends the Loft Theatre's production of Polly Teale's Brontë:
Three girls grow up in an isolated parsonage on the Yorkshire moors with a clergyman father and a brother unable to cope with the weight of his family’s expectations. Against this backdrop, the Brontë sisters write their famous novels. Polly Teale’s Brontë explores the real and imaginary worlds of the Brontë sisters. As the sisters’ story unfolds, Heathcliff, Cathy Earnshaw, Arthur Huntingdon and Mrs Rochester (the mad woman in the attic) come to life to haunt their creators. (Peter Ormerod)
It’s grim up north. On the moors above Haworth the Brontë family live out their lives. Day passes day, one much like another. The three sisters and their brother, survivors of a family that once consisted of eight, live with their father, aware of – one might say awaiting – the doom that is always close at hand. Close by are the mills, dirty dangerous places where a man might see his thirties, if he’s lucky. The Brontës weren’t as poor as many, but still they succumbed to the ills of the time: childhood mortality, tuberculosis, alcohol or opium poisoning. (...)
Martin Cosgrif directs a play that is full of shadows, relentless in its exploration of the sources of their literary genius. There are few laughs, but by ‘eck its beautifully played, moving and powerful too. (Nick LeMesurier)
Several newspapers publish the Queen's birthday anniversary list. The Prime Minister's list includes among the new Medallists of the Order of the British Empire:
Miss Margaret Kathleen Livingston
Secretary, Brontë Society, Irish Section. For services to Literary Culture in Northern Ireland. (Craigavon, Armagh, Northern Ireland)
Ms Rosamund Jane Sellars. 
For services to the Arts and the community in the North of England.
(Clifford, West Yorkshire)
The Guardian's Life and style quiz includes the following questions:
2 Which of the Brontës is not buried in Haworth? (Thomas Eaton)
APost suggests things to do before turning thirty as:
Begin with the Bronte sisters and make your way to Virginia Woolf, George Sand, and then more contemporary novelists and poets like Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton to get some fully-formed historical insight on the female persuasion as well as a more mature perspective on women.
The Telegraph & Argus talks about the exhibition War and Peace: The Art of Percy Smith in Cliffe Castle, Keighley:
He also had local links – having an interest in the works of Emily Brontë, he visited Haworth several times after the war and the Yorkshire landscape would provide a peace and solitude that was a refreshing contrast to the brutality and ugliness of war.
War and Peace: the art of Percy Smith will open in Cliffe Castle on Saturday, June 16, and compares and contrasts the striking Dance of Death series and its depiction of war, with later Haworth-focused work exploring the landscapes that inspired the Brontës. (Jim Seton)
Also in The Telegraph & Argus, some drinking spaces in Haworth:
Take the bus to West Lane, Haworth, where you will find the Old Sun Hotel, which welcomes “walkers, muddy boots and soggy dogs”.
The beer range is usually from the Cross Bay brewery in Morecambe. There are bench tables at the front of the pub adjoining a grassy area.
Turn down Heathcliffe, and left on the footpath takes you past the Brontë Parsonage Museum onto Church Street, where you will find a courtyard garden at the Kings Arms. Run by Bridgehouse, the pub has six house beers named after Bronte family members. On Monday the cask ale is discounted. (Jim Seton)
Clarín's Ñ Magazine (Argentina) reviews Infernales. La Hermandad Brontë by Laura Ramos:
Infernales establece el punto de vista –el punto de mira– de esa retrospección y esa colecta de dioptrías. En la pasión de la aventura, sin embargo, el texto y la autora interrogan los temas con una curiosidad y una falta de arrogancia admirables. Permanecen los largos tramos desolados, los que se adaptan al ululante medio geográfico, la variedad de una pantalla entrevista con los recaudos pertinentes. El fantasma romántico tiene, por suerte, la agitada apariencia de un hermano súbito en medio de la oscuridad, pero ha adquirido, gracias a tres hábiles tratamientos distintos, los modales y la apariencia de los personajes de ese despertar distinto de la novela que las Brontë encontraron. Reelaborando de manera distinta las múltiples tramas, Laura Ramos no altera el mito. (Read more) (Luis Chitarroni) (Translation)
One-hit-wonders in Sin Embargo (México):
Emily Brontë, Cumbres borrascosas. Publicada en 1847 con el pseudónimo Ellis Bell, la novela de Brontë se considera actualmente como un clásico de la literatura. En el comienzo tuvo duras reacciones de los lectores y los críticos, que vieron en sus páginas una historia deprimente. El tiempo, sin embargo, hizo justicia. Nació en 1818 y murió en 1848. (Translation)
de Volkskrant reviews Andrew Michael Hurley's Devil Day:
Al deze kwalificaties zijn van toepassing op Hurleys tweede roman Duivelsdag (Devil’s Day). Opnieuw is de locatie een afgelegen en relatief onherbergzaam gebied, ditmaal een vallei in de grensstreek van Lancashire en Yorkshire, de Endlands geheten. De associatie met Emily Brontës Wuthering Heights is even onvermijdelijk als gerechtvaardigd. (Hans Bouman) (Translation)
El Español (Spain) talks about Gothic female novels:
Como afirmaría Chesterton, precisamente, sobre Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), ésta representa “el afianzamiento del victorianismo en un sentido especial”, pero a su hermana, Emily (1818-1848), le dedicaría una mención especial al manifestar de ella que “su imaginación podía ser sobrehumana, aunque siempre inhumana”. Se refería, en concreto, a Cumbres Borrascosas (1847), que, a su juicio, “constituye el ejemplo más contundente de esas elucubraciones que convirtieron al otro sexo en poco más que un monstruo”. “El fracaso del personaje de Heathcliffe como hombre es tan estrepitoso como rotundo es su éxito como demonio”, asevera, para concluir al cobijo de sus consideraciones: “creo que Emily Brontë se vio limitada por la amplitud de su visión de lo religioso”. (Esther Ballesteros) (Translation)
The Dorset Echo announces the performances of the Hotbuckle Theatre's production of Wuthering Heights in Dorchester. PianetaDonna (Italy) includes a Wuthering Heights quote among the best love quotes in literature. Quilette lists Jane Eyre as one of the heroes on our culture's literature. WimTeach & WimLearns explores Twilight and Jane Eyre's  connections. The Spine View reviews Alexa Donne's Brightly  Burning.

0 comments:

Post a Comment