Music & Lyrics by: Paul Gordon|
Directed by: John Caird
Book by: John Caird |
Based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontė
Orphaned as an infant, and sent to a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre's independent and spirited nature remains unbroken. She finds employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where the enigmatic Mr. Rochester is haunted by secrets of the past that threatens both of their happiness. Read the synopsis from the Toronto production, or the Broadway version.
When Jane Eyre was first published, many critics were appalled at Jane's "coarse" and "unfeminine" behaviour. But more than 150 years later, it is one of the most popular works of Victorian literature, and a favourite of readers of all ages. It has been made into many different movie and stage versions...take a look at some of my thoughts on the novel, some of the movies that I've seen or read a bit more about the development of the Paul Gordon musical.
I've got two different recordings of this show, and I honestly love them both. Often if I love an original recording, and then it's considerably changed, I don't like the second one as much, but that is not the case here. Read my reviews of the CDs, or listen to a clip from one of my favourite songs.
You can also check out the performance of Sirens by Marla Schaffel and James Barbour from the 2001 Tony Awards.
I will always be sad that I never got to see this show in Toronto. I was there a couple of months before it opened, and a couple of months after it closed, but not at the right time! I did get to see it on Broadway though, and am disappointed that it didn't do better there - I think it's wonderful. Read my thoughts on that performance.
There have been some really incredible performers in this show - and it introduced me to the actress who is now my favourite female performer! Read my thoughts on a few of my favourites!
Once you're done looking around here, check out some of the other fantastic Jane Eyre sites that are out there.