World premiere musical commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare

Sense and Sensibility

Now playing through June 14


Chicago—May 5, 2015—Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces today the extension of its celebrated world premiere production of Sense and Sensibility, a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award®-nominated composer Paul Gordonnow playing through June 14, 2015. Staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, this lush period production traces the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—two sisters who are as bound by their love for each other as they are conflicted in their different natures. Megan McGinnis originates the role of the wildly romantic Marianne, joined by Sharon Rietkerk as the practical and dutiful Elinor. Performances during the extension week include: Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 13 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m.

A multi-talented composer, lyricist and book writer, Paul Gordon brings fresh voice to Austen’s intimate story of love and sisterhood. Sense and Sensibility 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.

A talented cast brings Sense and Sensibility to life on Chicago Shakespeare’s stage, including Megan McGinnis (Marianne Dashwood), Sharon Rietkerk (Elinor Dashwood), Wayne Wilcox (Edward Ferrars), Sean Allan Krill (Colonel Brandon), Peter Saide (Willoughby), Michael Aaron Lindner (John Middleton), Paula Scrofano (Mrs. Jennings), David Schlumpf (John Dashwood), Tiffany Scott (Fanny Dashwood), Emily Berman (Lucy Steele) and ensemble members Elizabeth Telford, Megan Long and Colin Morgan.

Gaines’ creative team for Sense and Sensibility includes Musical Director Laura Berguist, who also conducts the production’s 10-piece orchestra, Choreographer Harrison McEldowney and Assistant Director Kate Galvin. The creative team is rounded out by Scenic Designer Kevin Depinet, Costume Designer Susan E. Mickey, Lighting Designer Donald Holder, Sound Designers Ray Nardelli and Dan Mead and Wig and Make-up Designer Melissa Veal.

For a complete performance listing and more information about the production, visit

Sense and Sensibility will be performed in CST’s Courtyard Theater April 18–June 14, 2015. Tickets are on sale now for $48–$88 with special discounts available for groups of 10 or more, as well as CST for $20 tickets available for patrons under 35. All patrons receive a 40% discount on guaranteed parking in Navy Pier garages. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312.595.5600.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is a leading international theater company and the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award®. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to creating extraordinary production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 650 performances, CST attracts 225,000 audience members annually. One in four of its audience members is under eighteen years old, and today its education programs have impacted the learning of over one million students. CST is proud to take an active role in empowering the next generation of literate, engaged cultural champions and creative minds


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