By Adam Hetrick
27 Dec 2012
Stephen Wrentmore and David Ira Goldstein co-direct the romantic musical comedy based on the literary classic that first played an engagement at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson in early December. Emma will run through Jan. 20, 2013, in Phoenix.
Tony nominee Gordon, familiar to Broadway audiences for the musical Jane Eyre, has penned book, music and lyrics for the musical that previously played engagements at California's TheatreWorks, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park.
Van der Pol (Vanities, Beauty and the Beast, "That's So Raven") stars in the title role, with Andrés Alcalá as Mr. Weston, Richert Easley (Porgy and Bess) as Mr. Woodhouse, Jon Eidson as Robert Martin, Suzanne Grodner (Bye Bye Birdie) as Miss Bates, Colin Hanlon (Rent, Wicked) as Frank Churchill, Brian Herndon as Mr. Elton, Jamison Lingle as Jane Fairfax, Dani Marcus as Harriet Smith, Patty Nieman as Mrs. Weston, Shannon Stoeke as Mr. Knightley, Jill Van Velzer as Mrs. Elton/Mrs. Bates, and ensemble members Chris Karl, Sammie Lideen and Michael Schauble.
Emma has musical direction by Laura Bergquist and choreography by Patricia Wilcox. The creative team also includes Bill Forrester (scenic design), Yoon Bae (costume design), Michael Gilliam (lighting design) and Brian Jerome Peterson (sound design). Julie McBride will conduct.
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