Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Little Bit of Broadway

Sunday, October 16, 2011
4:30 - 6:00 pm

A Little Princess

A Little Princess is the story of a little girl with a great big imagination. Separated from her father, and the open-hearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue – helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As the girl wins the affection of the other boarders she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress; Sara is made a servant to the institution when her father is reported dead, and his fortune seized. Sara counters all Miss Minchin’s best efforts to degrade her with the grace and virtue of a little princess.

We are listening this afternoon to the concept CD but if you want to hear more, Texas State University will be performing a concert version Oct 16-19 at the Texas Music Theater in San Marcos, TX. The final performance will be streamed live on the web for audiences across the country on Oct 19th.

Book and Lyrics: Brian Crawley
Music: Andrew Lippa
Based on: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

One of the best on Broadway for years has to be Barbara Cook. She originated so many of the best roles on the stage – Laurey, Julie, Marian – and saw the film roles go to Shirley Jones. She just released a new recording, titled You Make Me Feel So Young.

Last night, PBS aired the Guthrie reimagining of Gilbert & Sullivan's classic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore. Who saw it? What did you think? let me know!

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