Patricia Noonan, David Garrison & More Set for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Reading

The new musical Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, with music, lyrics, and book by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, will receive two invitation only industry presentations on Monday, December 8, 2014 at New World Stages (340 W 50th Street) in New York City.

Directed by Igor Goldin, with choreography by Jeffry Denman and musical direction by Timothy Splain, the presentation cast will include Darren Bluestone as "Charles Bingley," Charlie Brady as "George Wickham," Doug Carpenter as "Fitzwilliam Darcy," Donna Lynne Champlin as "Jane Austen," David Garrison as "Mr. Bennet," Caroline Innerbichler as "Mary Bennet," Keith Kirkwood as "Mr. Gardiner," Patricia Noonan as "Elizabeth Bennett," Mamie Paris as "Cassandra Austen / Charlotte Lucas / Mrs. Gardiner," Margaret Loesser Robinson as "Jane Bennet," Jim Stanek as "Mr. Collins," Megan Stern as "Kitty Bennet," Cathryn Wake as "Lydia Bennet," Marguerite Willbanks as "Mrs. Bennet / Lady Catherine De Bourgh," and Kristen Beth Williams as "Caroline Bingley," along with Brian Curl, John Jacob Lee, and Peter Nelson.

Produced by R. Erin Craig, Daniel Wallace, and Trish Whitehurst, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice will receive a full production at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA (Los Angeles) April 17 - May 10, 2015, produced by McCoy Rigby Entertainment. The creative team for La Mirada will also include sets by Josh Zangen, costumes by Ann Closs-Farley, and lighting by Jason Lyons.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice comes to life as Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra revisit "First Impressions," an earlier version of the beloved novel. As Austen re-imagines the world of her characters, the compelling love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy transforms into the masterpiece the world knows today, and the Austen sisters must learn to see both the story and each other in a new light.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was originally produced in 2011 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival where it won "Excellence in Direction" (Igor Goldin), "Most Promising Musical," "Excellence in Writing: Book," "Stage Entertainment Development Award," "Excellence in Overall Design" (Josh Zangen, set and props; costumes and lighting), and "Outstanding Individual Performance" (Donna Lynne Champlin). In 2013, Mainstreet Musicals (Jury Chair, John Lithgow) selected the new musical as one of three winners for the 2014 Festival Season.

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