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."
In a short article for The Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England, bookwriter Harold Taw explains why musical theatre is the ideal medium for translating the aching melancholy of Persuasion.
Cayman Ilika, Nick DeSantis & Matthew Posner in Persuasion at Taproot Theatre. Photos by Erik Stuhaug.