Sense and Sensibility

April 18

June 14, 2015

in CST's Courtyard Theater

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

It is not often that a new musical arrives in such pristine form. This could be sent directly to Broadway.

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

Jane Austen's deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This world premiere musical from Tony Award®-nominated composer Paul Gordon was specially commissioned by CST for the 2014/15 Season. Under the masterful hand of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, beautiful melodies trace the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—two sisters whose fortunes change following their father's untimely death. One practical and dutiful, the other consumed by youthful passion, their quest for suitable husbands unfolds in a period-perfect production that will set your spirits soaring.



Video: Sense and Sensibility Montage

Gallery: Sense and Sensibility

Video: Audience Responses


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Critical Acclaim

"Austen’s prose has been so seamlessly expanded into song, it is difficult to know where language ends and music begins"
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Q&A with the Creators

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, composer Paul Gordon and Creative Producer Rick Boynton share their thoughts on their new musical.
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A Scholar's Perspective

Austen draws a beautiful map of the bicameral human psyche—sense and sensibility, taken in tandem, turn out to be what make us tick.
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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

Paul Gordon Book, Music and Lyrics

Laura Bergquist Musical Director / Conductor

Larry Hochman Orchestrator

Bruce Coughlin Orchestrator

Harrison McEldowney Choreographer

Curtis Moore Additional Arrangements

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

Susan E. Mickey Costume Designer

Donald Holder Lighting Designer

Dan Mead Sound Designer

Ray Nardelli Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-Up Designer

Kate Galvin Assistant Director


Emily Berman Lucy Steele / Ensemble

Matthew Keffer Ensemble

Sean Allan Krill Colonel Brandon

Michael Aaron Lindner John Middleton / Ensemble

Megan Long Ensemble

Megan McGinnis Marianne Dashwood

Colin Morgan Mr. Harris / Ensemble

Sharon Rietkerk Elinor Dashwood

Peter Saide Willoughby

David Schlumpf John Dashwood / Ensemble

Tiffany Scott Fanny / Ensemble

Paula Scrofano Mrs. Jennings

Elizabeth Telford Ensemble

Wayne Wilcox Edward Ferrars

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