Friday October 15, 2010 / 8:00pmJane Eyre: New Musical Based on Charlotte Brontë's Classic Novel
Front Orchestra (rows A-P)
201 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
How was your experience?
A bit lost in translation from the classic novel and an appearance of Larry King in the audience was opening night for Jane Eyre. The sets and costumes were magnificent. The singers were superb and transporting, the emotion is similar to Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I enjoyed those elements very much. The parts that fall short for me in this musical adaptation are where Jane's childhood is shown only briefly, missing the depths of what she endured during her years at Lowell; and Jane's governess relationship with Adele - another area that was all but brief and unrelatable, especially in the area of Jane's life-longing for love. The duet Jane sings with Edward Rochester shows much needed connection and emotion which brings this play. Though much of this play is intended that the audience is familiar with the classic novel and the harsh, isolated, and loveless lives each character lives, not all of this is conveyed or felt throughout the play until Jane and Edward sings the duet 3/4 way into the play. This play runs for the rest of the month and is a premiere of a brand new musical. I have friends who are going because of their Jane Eyre book club selection. My recommendation is to know the characters before you go, forgive the shortcomings, enjoy the beautiful set and costumes, and delight in the musical scores and very talented singing.