We're as excited as you are to see the California premiere of the Lamb's Players Theatre production of Persuasion: A New Musical! The cast features Allison Spratt Pearce as Anne Elliot and David S. Humphrey as Captain Wentworth, as well as Megan Carmitchel, Lauren King Thompson, Jordan Miller, John Rosen, Katie Sapper, Omri Schein, and Deborah Gilmore Smyth. The band includes Diana Elledge (cello), Patrick Marion (keyboard and conductor), Rik Ogden (reeds), and Dave Rumley (percussion). The creative team includes Robert Smyth (Director), Mike Buckley (Set Designer), Rachel Hengst (Properties Master), Nathan Peirson (Light Designer), and Jeanne Reith (Costume Designer).
Persuasion will run 8-shows per week Tuesday through Sunday from October 5 to November 18, 2018. Get your tickets now!!!
PERSUASION at Lamb's Players Theatre October 5, 2018 to November 18, 2018 / Album Release Party Recording / A Short Story Podcast
So the BIG, exciting news is that PERSUASION: A New Musical will have its California premiere at Lamb's Players Theatre in Coronado! We are thrilled to be working with San Diego's third-largest theater company. Located in the heart of Coronado, just a short drive over the Bay Bridge from downtown San Diego, Lamb's Players Theatre is within walking distance of numerous shops and restaurants, the Coronado beach, and the historic Hotel del Coronado (where Billy Wilder filmed the entirety of Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon). Founded in 1971, Lamb's Players is celebrating its 47th anniversary in 2018. PERSUASION will be playing 8 shows per week, from Tuesday through Sunday, October 5 to November 18, 2018. Tickets are available now!
The Persuasion: A New Musical Original Cast Recording was funded in-part by Jack Straw Cultural Center's Artist Residency Program. We were lucky that the sound engineers from Jack Straw joined us for the release party. If you were unable to attend, you can hear a live recording of the music below.
It was a fun-filled reunion of cast, production team, and audience for the Persuasion: A New Musical Original Cast Recording Release Party on December 4, 2017. Mistress of Ceremonies was Kate Jaeger (Mary Musgrove, Second Gossip) and she welcomed remarks from Taproot's Artistic Director Scott Nolte and the writers of the musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion, Chris Jeffries (music and lyrics) and Harold Taw (book). Best of all was the live performance by the cast members and musicians of four songs: "Only Anne," "Nut Song," "Pump Room," and "That's Home." "That's Home" is featured by Jack Straw Cultural Center in its December 7, 2017 "Artist of the Week" podcast.
Thank you to co-presenters of the event Taproot Theatre Company and Jack Straw Cultural Center, as well as to everyone who came out to celebrate and buy CDs! Remember, the Original Cast Recording is available to download/stream on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, and everywhere you listen to music. Physical CDs are available at The Stage Door Cafe at Taproot Theatre Company, C & P Coffee Co., Easy Street Records, online at CD Baby, and through your local record store.
Cast member Nick DeSantis (Sir Walter/Captain Harville) was interviewed on Q13 Morning News about Persuasion ... and announced live that the show has been EXTENDED through August 26, 2017.
Purchase tickets now because they're selling quickly. How quickly? For the Pay What You Can (PWYC) performance on Wednesday, July 19, the tickets sold out within an hour and there were 16 people in standing room only.
For more about Persuasion in the press, visit Taproot Theatre's website.
Writer/blogger for Seattle Gay News Miryam Gordon attended an early dress rehearsal for Persuasion, then sat down with Chris and Harold to talk about how they created the musical world of the show: "If You Love Jane Austen and Musicals Or Maybe Even Just Musicals, See What's Opening at Taproot!"
The International Examiner contributing writer Roxanne Ray interviewed bookwriter Harold Taw for the feature story, "For Team of Taw and Jeffries, Persuasion a 'Grueling' Reward."
Find out about upcoming readings, workshops, and productions of PERSUASION (book by Harold Taw; music and lyrics by Chris Jeffries).