1. EMMA , THE MUSICAL
If you live in San Diego, California, or nearby you are very lucky. You've got the chance to see this new musical at the Old Globe Theatre: Jane Austen's Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy, by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon, starring Patti Murin as Emma Woodhouse and Adam Monley as Mr. Knightley, begins performances Jan. 15 in San Diego, CA. Jeff Calhoun directs.
The musical, based on Austen's novel, has book, music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Gordon, known for Broadway's Jane Eyre and the recent Daddy Long Legs musical. Tony nominee Calhoun staged Broadway's Brooklyn and the Deaf West revival of Big River, and the regional Bonnie and Clyde musical by Frank Wildhorn and Don Black. Jane Austen's Emma will open Jan. 23 and play to Feb. 27.
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2. SENSE AND SENSIBILITIES - MUSIC AT TEA-TIME
St George’s Arts present Penelope Cave and Helena Brown in a St Valentine’s Tea –Time Recital; Sense & Sensibilities, a tribute to Jane Austen in words and music for piano duet with a Broadwood square piano of 1795.
Date: Sunday 13th February 2011 at 2.30pm
Venue: St George’s Church, Esher Park Avenue, Esher, Surrey KT10 9RQ
This specially created musical entertainment includes duets from Jane Austen’s own books, residing in the library at Chawton; the very ones she played with her sister, Cassandra. The charming forgotten works for four hands and those by Haydn, Burney, Clementi, Pleyel, and Giordani and the popular Battle of Prague, are interspersed with entertaining contemporary readings, chosen from diaries, letters, novels and poetry.
Enthusiasm&austen is taking lessons from Jane Austen characters to find her soul mate. Awesome, isn't it?You'll find her on Sparknotes where my students usually look for summaries and analysis of books they are supposed to read and study. But this series is good!
Read this issue, for instance Don't Pull a Jane Bennet
4. CREATE AND DRESS UP YOUR REGENCY HERO
Have you ever dreamt of undressing a Regency hero? Ehm...No, sorry. This was not the question I intended to ask. Would you like to dress up your dream Regency Hero? Here's a game which makes your dream come true: you create and then dress up a Regency doll on line. It's fun! Do you want to try?
5. LIZZIE & WICKHAM SPLIT UP
No surprise, of course! We Austen lovers knew they were not meant to be together. She must marry Mr Darcy! Joking, but it seems Keira Knightley , Lizzie Bennet 2005, is free to look for her Mr Darcy now since the relationship with Rupert Friend, Wickham 2005, is over.
Good luck to both of them. They were a lovely couple.
6. MR DARCY CONQUERS HOLLYWOOD
Colin Firth is living an extraordinary moment of his life and career. We are all here fingers crossed for him on occasion of his nominations for the Golden Globe and the Oscar as best actor. Meanwhile, he's been receiving other acknowledgements: he has been named best actor at Critics' Choice Movie Awards (HERE) and he has been honoured with a star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame (HERE).