January 28

March 15, 2020

CST’s Courtyard Theater

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

Paul Gordon has a real feeling for Austen and a gentle lyricism that is a deft match for her writing.



Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical! Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines are reunited, following their Jeff Award-winning collaboration on Sense and Sensibility. Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but remains quite clueless when it comes to her own feelings—and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. Lora Lee Gayer (Broadway’s Holiday Inn, Doctor Zhivago, and Follies) stars as this imperfect heroine who learns that love defies prediction. This blissfully entertaining production promises to light a spark in your heart that will warm up even the coldest Chicago winter.



Video: Spotlight: Inside the Rehearsal Room

Gallery: In Rehearsal: Emma


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About the Playwright

Paul Gordon returns to Chicago Shakespeare after writing and composing the hit musical Sense and Sensibility in 2015.
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A Scholar’s Perspective

Stuart Sherman of Fordham University reflects on Jane Austen’s prediction of her heroine's popularity, and her very likeable accomplishment in Emma.
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Free Enrichment Programs

This free series of programs offers lectures and talkbacks on ideas embodied in the play as well as opportunities to meet the cast.
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The Players

Creative Team

Paul Gordon Book, Music & Lyrics

Barbara Gaines Director

Jane Lanier Choreographer

Roberta Duchak Music Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Mariann Verheyen Costume Designer

Donald Holder Lighting Designer

Chad Parsley Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Designer

Brad Haak / Brian Allan Hobbs / Paul Gordon Orchestrations

Kate DeVore Dialect Coach

Kory Danielson Associate Music Director

Erin Kraft Assistant Director

Bob Mason Casting

Laura Stanczyk New York Casting

Deborah Acker Production Stage Manager

Cara Parrish Assistant Stage Manager

Kelly Montgomery Assistant Stage Manager

Alex Hare SDCF Charles Abbott Fellow


Lora Lee Gayer Emma Woodhouse

Brad Standley Mr. Knightley

Ephie Aardema Harriet Smith

Devin DeSantis Frank Churchill

Maxwell J DeTogne Ensemble

Ian Geers Robert Martin

Emily Goldberg Mrs. Bates / Ensemble

Marya Grandy Miss Bates

Dennis William Grimes Mr. Elton

Kelli Harrington Mrs. Weston

Brandy Cheyenne Miller Miss Elizabeth Martin / Ensemble

Michael Milligan Mr. Weston

Liam Quealy Ensemble

Erica Stephan Jane Fairfax

Bri Sudia Mrs. Elton

Larry Yando Mr. Woodhouse

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