Jane Austen’s Emma is playing at the Arizona Theatre Company through December 22 in downtown Tucson – and then will be in Phoenix for three weeks starting December 31.
It’s a show well worth driving to! Tony-Award nominated Paul Gordon wrote the musical score – and it’s catchy and brilliant. The cast did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Austen’s characters, while adding the freshness of the songs, and a few winks to the audience’s knowledge of other Austen works (At one point Mr. Robert Martin tells Miss Harriet Smith that “I just read that Pride and Prejudice. Wouldn’t recommend it…”).
Austen addicts will love the show, with its gorgeous period costuming, lively music, and quick repartee of the dialogue. Husbands who don’t like musicals and simply get dragged along by their Austen-loving wives may be a little less excited, but even they will admit that it was a really well-done production.
The show ran for about 2 hours and 15 minutes (plus a 15 minute intermission) meaning that many scenes from the novel were curtailed, but the entire plot was easy to understand, emphasizing Emma Woodhouse’s well-meant machinations with musical trills and dances from the cast members, that clearly showed her role as a ‘puppeteer’. And, of course, her progression from matchmaker to girl in love is as lovely as ever, with a great scene between Emma and Mr. Knightley when they finally realize that they love each other.
Comedic elements were added by Mr. Woodhouse (Emma’s aged father), the noisy neighbor Mrs. Bates, and Emma’s friend Harriet Smith – whose naivete played especially well on stage; making the audience laugh out loud several times.
Don’t miss Jane Austen’s Emma at the Arizona Theatre Company!
- LOCATION: Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson
- DATE: December 1-22, 2012
- TIME: 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm – depending on date
- COST: $40-$75 – Visit the Arizona Theatre Company website to purchase tickets.