AUSTEN'S PRIDE springs to life when the author re-imagines the world of her novel. As the compelling love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy unfolds, Austen learns to see both the story and herself in a new light.
Cast and Creative
LINDSAY WARREN BAKER (Music, book, lyrics) is a freelance stage director, playwright/composer, teaching artist and yoga instructor. Writing credits with collaborator Amanda Jacobs include JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A Musical; LILY, A Musical Portrait; TRUTH IN BEAUTY: A Shakespeare Sonnet Project; and DANIEL, The Musical. Recent directing credits include productions for Geva Theatre Center’s Young Writers Showcase, Rochester Lyric Opera, and SUNY Geneseo. Ms. Baker also currently serves as an acting instructor and dramatic coach at the Eastman School of Music. Education and Training: O’Neill National Theater Institute, Moscow Art Theatre, Dagara Music Center (Ghana), St. Olaf College, SUNY Empire State College.
AMANDA JACOBS (Music, book, lyrics) is most recognized for her award-winning work on JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A Musical, which swept the New York Musical Theater Awards in 2011, including the coveted "Stage Entertainment Award", and "Most Promising Musical" award. In 2014, she served as a representative for the Jane Austen Society of North America’s International Visitors Program to the UK, where she spent the summer in Jane Austen’s home composing music, organizing and then producing a concert in Jane Austen’s churches in London and Godmersham. This past August, she was invited to present new music from Patricia Noonan’s original story “Learning How to Drown: An Irish Musical” at “The PiTCH” in the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, which now has been invited to be part of the 2015 Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed Musicals in January 2015. Another project in the works is THE UP SIDE OF DOWN, a new musical with Y York. Earlier collaborative works include DANIEL: The Musical, LILY, and Truth in Beauty. In addition to these successes, Amanda is recognized for her concert music, including 1st Prize from the Long Island Arts Council (2009), the Marin Lutheran Church Competition (2009), Celebrating Grace (2009), NATS (2002), as well as international recognition for her “Mass for the Living” from the Sacred Arts Foundation (2010). In 2014, she was a winner in the Words & Music Art Song competition for her setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I would not paint a picture”. This summer, she has been invited to present a lecture/recital at the University of Melbourne with a setting of Charlotte Smith’s poem Beachy Head. She grew up in Macon, Georgia and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Wesleyan College. Visit http://amanda-jacobs.blogspot.com for more information.
IGOR GOLDIN (Director) received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for his production of the WW2 musical YANK! He is also the recipient of 3 NYMF Awards for Excellence in Direction for JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Crossing Swords and Common Grounds. Recently he directed the new musical adaptation of Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, Evita, The Music Man, Twelve Angry Men, South Pacific, Maple and Vine and many more. Off-Broadway he directed the New York Times critics picks, With Glee and A Ritual of Faith. Mr. Goldin was a finalist for the SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction. He’s a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
JEFFRY DENMAN (Choreographer): Off Broadway: YANK! (Lucille Lortel nomination), Naked Boys Singing! - Actor's Playhouse, Assistance - Playwright's Horizons, Bullet for Adolf - New World Stages. Bway Workshop: Untitled Tina Landau Project, YANK! Directed by David Cromer; NYMF: JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Honorable Mention for Chor.), ValueVille (Honorable Mention for Chor.); Other NY: Liberty (off Bway Workshop), Stage Door Canteen, Jerome Kern Coast to Coast (92nd Street Y), Broadway by the Year concerts (Town Hall.) Regional: West Side Story (Moss Hart Award), Damn Yankees starring Carson Kressley, The Music Man (Moss Hart Award) - Ogunquit Playhouse; Dancing in the Dark (ARTIE award) - Studio Arena Theatre; Creator of CastPRO, the casting app for iPad and author of the book, A Year with The Producers, a journal of his time in the Mel Brooks hit musical.
KEVIN STITES (Music Director): Kevin served as Music Director for the 25th Anniversary National Tour of LES MISERABLES, Music Director for THE PRODUCERS, GUYS AND DOLLS and LES MISERABLES at the Hollywood Bowl, and Conductor for PERFECTLY FRANK: FROM HOLLYWOOD TO BROADWAY and Sondheim, Bernstein, and Gershwin tributes at the Grant Park Music Festival. He was the Music Supervisor for the German Premiere of REBECCA in Stuttgart, the Music Supervisor/Conductor for the World Premiere of Maury Yeston’s DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, and Music Director/Pianist for VOIGT LESSONS at The Glimmerglass Festival.Other work includes - Broadway: SOUTH PACIFIC (Lincoln Center), TALE OF TWO CITIES, TITANIC (Original Musical Supervisor/Music Director), SUNSET BOULEVARD, NINE TO FIVE (Additional Arrangements), PAMELA'S FIRST MUSICAL, LES MISERABLES (2006 revival), THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Roundabout Revival), CHILDREN AND ART, COLOR PURPLE (Music Supervision/Incidental Music), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2004 Revival), NINE (2003 revival), OKLAHOMA! (Nunn/Stroman), ON THE TOWN (1998).
JOSH ZANGEN (Scenic Designer): Selected credits; Live Concerts: Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience, Jack White Lazaretto Tour, Outkast 2014, Kylie Minogue Aphrodite Les Follies, Rihanna (Baku, Azerbaijan), Jonas Brothers (Radio City Music Hall), Britney Spears Circus, Kylie Minogue 2009 US tour. TV: Rihanna - VMA’s, American Idol & SNL. Justin Timberlake - Grammy’s, SNL, Brit awards. Live theatre: Spiegelworlds’ award winning Absinthe, Empire, Vegas Nocturne and Desir. Immortal Chi (Int'l Tour), John Lithgows’ Sunny side of the Street, Nickelodeon – Storytime Live!, Orchid (Miami, FL), The Hurly Burly Show (West End, UK), James Lapines’ Mrs. Miller Does her Thing (Wyly, Dallas), JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (NYMF, Award for Excellence in Design). Industrial shows and events for Hallmark, Nascar, The History Channel, CNN, HBO and ESPN. Macy’s award winning holiday windows 'Yes Virginia'. Upcoming: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Faculty: Purchase College.
JASON LYONS (Lighting Designer): Broadway: On The Town, Bronx Bombers, Let It Be, Bring It On, Rock of Ages (Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London and Nat. Tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot In the Park, Good Vibrations. Recent: Heathers, Hand To God (MCC), The Commons of Pensacola (MTC), Murder For Two, Nerds (PTC), Venice (Public), Hello Dolly(Goodspeed), All in the Timing (Primary), Medieval Play (Signature), Uncle Vanya (CSC), White Noise (Chicago), Broke-ology, Clay (LCT), Happy Hour, 2 by Pinter, Scarcity(Atlantic),10 years with The New Group including The Good Mother, Marie & Bruce, Abigail’s Party, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Hurlyburly. Faculty: Purchase College. www.jasonlyonsdesign.com
R. ERIN CRAIG/LA VIE PRODUCTIONS (Producer): Over the past 18 years, Erin has assisted artists and projects in the theatrical community through her work as a General Manager, Production Manager, grassroot marketing / branding Consultant, Executive Producer and Producer. Within the last few years, La Vie has branched out beyond the stage to include the film (produced 2 feature length independent films since 2011 with a third in the works) and music industries. Current theatrical projects include:”Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting” (a play by Ed Schmidt; directed by J. Nicole Brooks); “Academy” (a new musical by John Mercurio and Andrew Kato influenced by Goethe's ‘Faust’; directed by Igor Goldin); “JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE”; Stalking The Bogeyman” (a new play based on a true story as featured on This American Life); “26 Pebbles” (a new play by Eric Ulloa based on the real stories of Newtown, CT); “Himself & Nora” (a new musical by Jonathan Brielle about the life of James Joyce) as well as several other projects currently in development. Erin is a member of the Broadway League of Theatres and Producers, the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, the League of Professional Theatre Women and NY Women in Film and Television. www.LaVieProductions.com
DANIEL WALLACE (Producer) is a producer and production designer with experience in theatre, television, independent film, trade shows, and live events. Design credits include The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Miss America Pageant, Showtime and Lifetime comedy specials, Women's Sports Foundation, Variety Foundation of New York, and product launches for Solvay, Novartis, and Abbott Laboratories. Producer credits include broadcast industry camera demonstrations for Sony, Canon, and Panasonic. Theatre credits include: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet (NY / London), Three Sides (NY), By Jeeves (London), The Realistic Joneses (Broadway 2014) The Gronholm Method (LA / Broadway 2015). Daniel is a proud member of the United Scenic Artists and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
TRISH WHITEHURST (Producer) Broadway: The Realistic Joneses. Other projects include the LA production of The Gronholm Method (expected Broadway season 2016) ; NYMF: Grant Olding’s Three Sides; London: 15th Anniversary Production of By Jeeves. Film credits: Clear Blue Tuesday. In Development: Paris 36. Trish is also a producer and creative director in theatre, television, film and live events. Event credits include Cable Connections Week, Lancôme’s National meeting and the introduction of vehicles from Mitsubishi Fuso, Volvo and BMW. She began her career working in both lighting and wardrobe with her parents in IATSE Local 72. During her early years in New York, Trish was a stage manager, and during graduate school at Columbia she was an intern at the Shubert Organization where she worked on productions of Zoot Suit and Dancin’.
News and Reviews
April 17 – May 10, 2015 – LA MIRADA THEATRE for the PERFORMING ARTS
MAINSTREET MUSICALS JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A Musical is selected by jury chair John Lithgow as one of three winners of the 2014 Festival Season.
THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL (NYMF) *Winner of NYMF’s 2011 Next Link Project WINNER:
Excellence in Direction (Igor Goldin)
Most Promising Musical
Excellence in Writing: Book
Stage Entertainment Development Award
The Next Link Project
Excellence in Overall Design (Josh Zangen, set and props; Colleen Kesterson, costumes; Zach Blane, lighting)
Outstanding Individual Performance (Donna Lynne Champlin)
HONORABLE MENTION: Excellence in Writing: Music
Excellence in Writing: Lyrics
Excellence in Orchestration (Amanda Jacobs)
Excellence in Choreography (Jeffry Denman)
Outstanding Ensemble Performance