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New musical based on Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ winningly transcends its source

New musical based on Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ winningly transcends its source

April 30, 2015 / Books, Music, Stage, Stage Reviews

The classic rule about a musical is that the characters should begin to sing when their emotions can no longer be contained by mere words. Words (as well as the loss of them) are crucial in Jane Austen’s early 19th century novel, “Sense and Sensibility.” And now, in Paul Gordon’s musical, which is receiving a flawless world premiere by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Austen’s prose has been so seamlessly expanded into song that often it is difficult to know where language ends and music begins. And that is only one of the charms of this beguiling new show that bursts with both wit & heart,