Little Women - The Broadway Musical, starring Maureen McGovern
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The last date listed for Little Women - The Broadway Musical was Thursday September 15, 2005 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
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Featured review from Rebecca McEwan
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The Performing Arts Center is alway a fantastic venue. This play was well performed. I do think I would have enjoyed it even more if I was closer to the stage as the sound was not as involving in the back section of teir one as I am sure it was closer to the stage. I believe they took alot of liberty with the story, secularizing it to an extreme, a departure from the book. But the play in itself was sweet. My children ages 10 and 8 enjoyed it but got very sleepy during the middle. The music was wonderful but reminded me alot of other musicals I seen.
The most memorable and unique part, which was very well done, was during the story scenes as Jo was reading her stories and acting them exactly as the story charaters were motioning in unison.
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“Maureen McGovern, with her strong, vibrant singing and glowing maternal warmth, is a lovely Marmee in every way!,” – The Star-Ledger.
Little Women – The Broadway Musical
, the remarkable new production based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, is coming to the Orange County Performing Arts Center for a limited 2-week engagement. Headlining the tour, direct from Broadway, is recording, concert and theater star Maureen McGovern. Little Women – The Broadway Musical will run September 6-18, 2005 in Segerstrom Hall.
Based on Alcott’s own family experiences, Little Women – The Broadway Musical, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, for the first time ever, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. Little Women – The Broadway Musical embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit.
Maureen McGovern’s portrayal of Marmee in the Broadway production garnered her a Drama Desk Award nomination and glowing reviews. “Superb!,” said The Wall Street Journal. “Maureen McGovern, with her strong, vibrant singing and glowing maternal warmth, is a lovely Marmee in every way!,” praised the Star-Ledger.
McGovern previously starred on Broadway in The Pirates of Penzance, Nine and 3 Penny Opera, and in the Broadway national tour of The King and I. Her regional credits include Elegies, Dear World, Letters From ‘Nam, The Lion in Winter, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Of Thee I Sing, Let ’Em Eat Cake!, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls and I Do, I Do. McGovern appeared in the films The Towering Inferno and Airplane! and also in the DreamWorks animated video Joseph: King of Dreams. A two-time Grammy® Award nominee, her 25 recordings include critically-acclaimed tributes to George Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and the Oscar-winning gold record “The Morning After.” McGovern’s website is www.maureenmcgovern.com.
Playing the fiery-spirited Jo March is Kate Fisher. A Denver native and Northwestern University grad, Fisher has been seen as Cosette in Les Miserables both on Broadway and with its Third National Tour. Regionally, she has appeared in My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Jekyll and Hyde, The Sound of Music, Far From the Madding Crowd, Beauty and the Beast and They all Laughed.
The eldest March sister, Meg, is played by Renee Brna. Brna joins Little Women after finishing the 1st National Tour of Oklahoma! Her regional credits include Show Boat, Closer Than Ever and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Louisa Flaningam plays crotchety Aunt March. Flaningam has been seen in a variety of roles, including Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath and Fastrada in the national tour of Pippin. Other Broadway credits include The Most Happy Fella, Guys and Dolls, and The Magic Show.
Playing Amy, the youngest of the March girls, is Gwen Hollander. Some of her recent credits include Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, the national tours of Footloose and Titanic and the title role in Larry O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s Cam Jansen.
Autumn Hurlbert plays the kind and gentle Beth March. Little Women is her first Broadway tour. Regionally, she has been seen in Side Show, She Loves Me, Carousel and Company. A singer and songwriter, she recorded a demo of her own music last fall.
Michael Minarik plays Meg’s love interest John Brooke. His credits include the national tours of Urinetown, Phantom of the Opera, and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber. Regionally, his credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Beauty and the Beast, and Camelot.
Stephen Patterson plays Laurie, the March sisters’ close friend and neighbor. He joins Little Women from the Broadway and touring production of Les Miserables. Regional credits include Urinetown; World Goes Round; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and Miss Saigon.
Reprising the role he originated on Broadway is Robert Stattel, playing the March’s neighbor Mr. Laurence. Stattel has appeared in more than a dozen plays on Broadway, including Philadelphia Here I Come and Sherlock Holmes. Off-Broadway credits include King Lear (Drama Desk Nomination) and A Man For All Seasons.
Andrew Varela, as Professor Bhaer, joins the tour from the Broadway production. Before Little Women, he starred as Jean Valjean in the Broadway cast of Les Miserables. Other credits include King David, South Pacific and the tour of Cats.
Produced by Ken Gentry, Randall Wreghitt and Dani Davis, Little Women – The Broadway Musical features book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. The musical is directed by Susan H. Schulman, with choreography by Michael Lichtefeld.