World premiere musical commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare
Sense and Sensibility
Chicago Shakespeare Cast Recording Released
Book, music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon
Chicago—October 8, 2015—Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the release of the Chicago Shakespeare cast recording of the highly acclaimed world premiere production Sense and Sensibility, a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award®-nominated composer Paul Gordon. Directed by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and developed with Creative Producer Rick Boynton, the new musical tracing the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood 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 cast recording is now available for $20 at www.chicagoshakes.com/senseCD, or by calling 312.595.5600.
The 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. Sense and Sensibility 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.
Featured on the recording is the critically acclaimed cast of Chicago Shakespeare’s production of Sense and Sensibility. 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).
The orchestra, led by Music Director Laura Bergquist, featured Andrew McCann (Violin 1), Carmen Kassinger (Violin 2), Ben Wedge (Viola), Jill Kaeding (Cello), Scott Rosenthal (Bass), Sean McNeely (Reed 1), Ricardo Castaneda (Reed 2), Jeremiah Frederick (Horn) and Ethan Deppe (Percussion).
The production’s creative team included Choreographer Harrison McEldowney, Assistant Director Kate Galvin and Music Assistant Michael Kaish with music preparation by Howard Begun. The production’s design team included Scenic Designer Kevin Depinet, Costume Designer Susan E. Mickey (nominated for a Jeff Award for Costume Design), Lighting Designer Don Holder, Wig and Make-up Designer Melissa Veal and Sound Designers Ray Nardelli and Dan Mead.
The Sense and Sensibility original cast recording is now on-sale for $20 at www.chicagoshakes.com/senseCD. For more information, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312.595.5600.