Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Sharon Rietkerk and Megan McGinnis in the Jeff Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater musical adaptation of Sense and Sensibility playing at CST's home on Navy Pier this spring (photo by Liz Lauren).
Were you, perhaps, one of the throngs of Chicago theater lovers enthralled with the new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Sense and Sensibility, which ran to sold out houses this spring? Wish you could have a little bit of the production to enjoy at home? Well, now you get your wish.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) recently announced the release of the Chicago Shakespeare cast recording of the highly acclaimed world premiere production Sense and Sensibility. The new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon, was directed by Barbara Gaines, CST’s founder and artistic director, and developed with creative producer Rick Boynton. It traces the lives, loves and heartbreak of the storied Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The new production enjoyed a sold-out extended run in CST’s Courtyard Theater April 18–June 14, 2015, garnering the Jeff Award for Outstanding New Musical.
The new cast album includes 27 tracks from composer, lyricist and book writer Paul Gordon’s celebrated score, including “Somewhere in Silence,” “So the Poets Say” and “The Wrong Side of Five and Thirty.” Sense and Sensibility was nominated for four Joseph Jefferson Awards for the 2014/15 Season, and took away the highly coveted award for Outstanding New Musical. Gordon is best known as co-writer of the Broadway musical Jane Eyre, which was nominated for five Tony Awards in 2000, including Best Musical and Best Score, and his musical adaptation of Austen’s Emma which won the 2007 Bay Area Critics Circle Award. The new cast album also features orchestrations by Tony Award-winners Larry Hochman (Book of Mormon, 2011) and Bruce Coughlin (The Light in the Piazza, 2005), with additional arrangements by Curtis Moore.
In a Jeff Award-nominated performance for Actress in a Principal Role, Megan McGinnis originated the role of the wildly romantic Marianne, joined by Sharon Rietkerk as the practical and dutiful Elinor. The gentleman callers who attract the Dashwood sisters’ attentions were played by Wayne Wilcox as Edward Ferrars, Sean Allan Krill as Colonel Brandon (Jeff Award-nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role) and Peter Saide as Willoughby. Also included on the recording are Michael Aaron Lindner (John Middleton), Paula Scrofano (Mrs. Jennings), David Schlumpf (John Dashwood), Tiffany Scott (Fanny Dashwood) and Emily Berman (Lucy Steele).
To purchase the new cast album, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/senseCD, or call 312.595.5600.