A classic tale inspired by the beloved Jane Austen novel, Sense and Sensibility The Musical holds its own in this anticipated world premiere. Retelling the tale of the Dashwood Family through songs and speech, the story begins with the death of Mr. Henry Dashwood, who leaves all his money to his wife’s son, John Dashwood, and his second wife and two daughters with no permanent home and very little income.
Transforming a masterpiece into a musical, especially one of Jane Austen’s, can only be a successful hit or an unfortunate miss. However, with a cast of Broadway veterans and newcomers and “award-winning Broadway creative team” including Lyricists Jeffrey Haddow, Composer Neal Hampton and Director/Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge, it is only expected that Sense and Sensibility The Musical charms our twenty-first century audience.
In fact, with respect to the lifestyle of the 1800’s, there’s plenty of modern-day humor throughout the play which has the audience laughing from beginning to end.
A new found medium, this musical manages to keep a clear story line despite the multiple chaotic relationships. The attention to detail is reflected in their songs, stage direction, and, of course, the characters. The stage design is surprisingly busy with all the scene changes, but impressive as it doesn’t distract from the development of the story.
Most importantly, the audience can find the underlying message from Austen, where choosing love trumps all. If you identify yourself with Elinor Dashwood (who is the epitome of sense: reason, restraint, social responsibility and a concern for the feelings of others), or if you can see yourself in Marianne Dashwood (believing in sensibility: emotion, spontaneity, impulsiveness and rapturous devotion), it’s important to not give up and always choose love.
If you’ve read the book and/or seen the movie, expect to fall in love with the characters all over again.
WHEN: April 5 – May 26, 2013
Denver Performing Arts Complex
The Stage Theatre
14th St and Curtis St, Denver CO
TICKETS: Tickets cost between $55 and $65. Please click here to purchase tickets.