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March 15, 2020

CST’s Courtyard Theater

book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon
adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
directed by Barbara Gaines

About the Playwright

Paul Gordon was commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater to write and compose Sense and Sensibility for its world premiere run. Mr. Gordon was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the musical Jane Eyre. He won the 2007 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his libretto to the musical Emma, developed by TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and later staged at The Old Globe in San Diego. In 2009 he won an Ovation Award for his music and lyrics to Daddy Long Legs. His pop musical, Analog and Vinyl, selected for the 2013 NAMT Festival, had its first production at the Weston Playhouse in the summer of 2014. Daddy Long Legs, written with and directed by John Caird, and developed by the Rubicon Theatre Company, has had productions all over the world, including London, Canada and Tokyo, and will make its New York debut in the fall of 2015. The world premiere of Little Miss Scrooge, written with and directed by John Caird, is slated for Christmas, 2016. Mr. Gordon’s other shows include: Being Earnest, Death: The Musical, The Front and The Sportswriter.  

About his creative process, Gordon says, “There is a lyricism to the way Jane Austen writes—great melodies within the soul of the piece. The poetic language of the novel makes for a wonderful foundation of a musical and the music triggers your emotions in a profound way.”

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