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December 3, 2000

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Putting on Eyres

A new musical version of Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre opens on Broadway on Decmeber 10th (postponed from this evening, December 3rd), but there's still a gala pre-opening performance and reception this evening. We bring you music from the original cast recording as well as from the John Williams score for the 1970 TV film version (it starred Susannah York and George C. Scott).
PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Jane Eyre has been in previews since November 9th. Music and lyrics are by Paul Gordon, whose songs have been recorded by such artists as Bette Midler, Amy Grant, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBell and Vonda Shepard, among others. He has written two number one hits, “Next Time I Fall in Love” and “Friends and Lovers.” This is his first musical. The book is by John Caird (who also co-directs with Scott Schwartz), best known for his work as a director. He is an honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has directed extensively for Britain’s Royal National Theatre.
Forgiveness Jane Eyre (OC 2000) Jayne Paterson Young Jane’s only friend at infamous Lowood Orphanage teaches her that forgiveness is what makes life worth living.
Sweet Liberty Jane Eyre (OC 2000) Marla Schaffel Now grown, Jane is offered a job at Lowood, but chooses freedom instead.
Perfectly Nice Jane Eyre (OC 2000) Mary Stout, Bruce Dow, Marla Schaffel, Andrea Bowen The chatty if slightly daft housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax welcomes Jane to Thornfield.
Secret Soul Jane Eyre (OC 2000) Marla Schaffel, James Barbour Jane realizes that she’s falling in love with Edward Rochester, the master of Thornfield, and Rochester fears he may be doing the same with Jane.
The Finer Things Jane Eyre (OC 2000) Elizabeth DeGrazia The excessively well-bred Blanche Ingram explains why she’s Edward’s logical choice for a mate.
Painting Her Portrait Jane Eyre (OC 2000) Marla Schaffel Jane compares herself unfavorably to Blanche.
Brave Enough for Love Jane Eyre (OC 2000) Marla Schaffel, James Barbour, Company The final scene, in which Jane and Edward are finally reunited after considerable trials and tribulation on both their parts.
To Thornfield Jane Eyre (OS 1970) Orchestra cond. by John Williams From the score for a TV movie version of the novel that starred Susannah York in the title role and George C. Scott as Edward Rochester. Williams conducts his own score. The TV version is less overtly Gothic and more understated than the now-classic 1944 film with Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles.
String Quartet - Festivity at Thornfield Jane Eyre (OS 1970) Orchestra cond. by John Williams Elegant music for string quartet to accompany one of Edward's glittering parties.
Thwarted Wedding Jane Eyre (OS 1970) Orchestra cond. by John Williams Williams in creepy mode, presumably accompanying Jane's discovery of the true identity of the mysterious figure in the attic.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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