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Takarazuka Revue Presents Pimpernel Once Again
(12 Mar 2017)
Japan's famous all-female Takarazuka Revue is presenting The Scarlet Pimpernel for a third time. The Star Troupe (which presented the Japanese premiere in 2008) is performing the show in Takarazuka, Japan from 10 March through 17 April, and then in Tokyo, Japan from 5 May through 11 June. The cast is led by Yuzuru Kurenai as Percy, Airi Kisaki as Marguerite and Makoto Rei as Chauvelin. Shuichiro Koike once again directs the show. In addition to the 2008 run, Pimpernel was presented in 2010 by Moon Troupe. More information is available in Japanese and in English.
Nan Honored By Dramatist's Guild Fund (11 Nov 2016)
Nan Knighton and her husband, theatre producer John Breglio, were among the honorees at the Dramatists Guild Fund Gala on November 7. Nan's work was featured alongside eight other legendary playwrights, composers and lyricists including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, and Stephen Sondheim among others. Breglio, a Broadway producer (A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls ) was recognized for being a great patron of the theatre -- having been one of the most successful entertainment laywers in New York. For a complete list of the 2016 Honorees including a list of performers who presented their work at the event and photo galleries from the gala click here.
Playbill Magazine Features The Scarlet Pimpernel in Piece About Revamped Shows (7 Nov 2016)
Playbill Magazine mentioned The Scarlet Pimpernel in a feature article about shows that closed and retooled and later re-opened on Broadway. The article can be found here.
New Japanese Production of The Scarlet Pimpernel to Open This Month
(2 Oct 2016)
Gabriel Barre (Camille Claudel) will direct a new production of The Scarlet Pimpernel in Japan at Umeda Arts Theatre. The show, with choreography by Yurika Minato, will run from October 19 - November 29 in both Tokyo and Osaka. We caught up with Barre who had the following comments about the new production:
For more information (in Japanese), please visit the Umeda Arts Theatre.
"We are deep in rehearsal here in Tokyo for the production and it is going really well! I truly love Tokyo and working here. The actors are terrific and the work ethic and passion is like no where else I have seen. We are creating an exciting, kinetic and beautiful physical production of the show featuring new designs by a top notch creative team here in Japan and I love working with all of them too. The show will be colorful, funny and vibrant but will also mine the dark and serious side of what is happening in France in the story, and will bring out the high stakes drama that, along with Nan's terrific book and lyrics, keep the tensions at a boiling point!
We boast a terrific cast including Kanji Ishimaru as Percy Blakeney, Kei Aran as Marguerite St. Just, and Kazutaka Ishii as Chauvelin! They are terrific for the roles and are bringing great charisma, heart and talent to the production. Kei, known as Toko, will especially delight audiences as she played the male lead, Percy, in the Takarazuka production of The Scarlet Pimpernel! In ours, the premiere of the show with both genders in the cast, she will be playing a woman of course, but will have moments that the audience will be gleefully reminded of her bravura when she played the male hero! I love working with each and every one of these terrific and creative actors....The fights created by, Hiroshi Atsumi, will be astounding and action filled, and the choreography by Yurika Minato is both exciting and beautiful!
The preparations here, and the support overall, is fantastic and the run of the show is almost completely sold out already, weeks before we open - so that is always nice."
Storybook Cabaret Recordings Available
(9 Jul 2016)
We have just posted a set of concert highlights from "Storybook: The Lyrics of Nan Knighton", a cabaret show
which was presented in 2000 at Sam's Restaurant. These include songs written with Frank Wildhorn, Howard Marren,
Jonathan Larson, Robert Lindsey Nassif, Martyn Axe, Fred Werner and Tim DiPasqua. The songs are available for
streaming on the Storybook Cabaret page.
More Demo Tracks Added to Site
(9 Jul 2016)
We have posted several demo tracks from Nan's collaborations with Fred Werner and Frank Wildhorn.
These include "Ask For The Moon", "High Time" (which was written for The Scarlet Pimpernel), "If
This Were A Gershwin Tune" and "Words". They can be streamed from the
Other Recordings page. Also see our other recent additions
to the site: demo recordings from Open House and
Open House Demo Tracks Added To Site
(8 Nov 2015)
A demo recording of Open House, with music by Howard Marren, has just been added to the website.
The show is set in a dollhouse, however it's not a kids' musical. The characters are the dolls and different
creatures that live in a dollhouse over a long period of time as history changes around them. For more
about the show and the full demo recording, visit the
Open House page.
54 Below Presented Pimpernel in Concert
(8 Nov 2015)
54 Below presented a one-night-only concert performance of The Scarlet Pimpernel on Monday, February
29th, 2016. It featured Christine Andreas (from the original Broadway cast of Pimpernel), Brian Charles
Rooney, Douglas Ladnier, Jessica Hendy and the Broadway by the Year Chorus. The concert was music directed by Ross
Patterson. It was produced, directed and hosted by Scott Siegel. There were two performances, at 7pm and 9:30pm.
For more details, see the 54 Below website.
Snapshots Demo Tracks Added To Site
(7 Feb 2015)
We are very pleased to present demo tracks from Snapshots, one of Nan's musical projects with composer
Howard Marren. The show tells the story of family members of varying ages and temperaments who come together at
Thanksgiving, and again at Christmas. The cast of the 1996 Manhattan Theatre Club reading is heard on the recording.
The demo and further details are available on the Snapshots page.
Rudolf Returns to Seoul
(2 Sept 2014)
The Korean production of Rudolf returns to Seoul this fall. The show will be presented by EMK Musical Company
at the D-Cube Arts Center, opening on 11 October 2014 and running through 4 January 2015. The cast will be led by Ahn
Jaewook, Im Taekyung and Tim as Rudolf; Choi Hyunju, Kim Bokyung and An Siha as Mary Vetsera; Choi Minchul and Kim Seongmin
as Taaffe; Park Cheolho and Kim Dukhwan as Franz Joseph; Kil Songwon and Lee Eunyul as Marie Larisch; and Jun Sumi as
Stephanie. The staging is directed by Robert Johanson. Further details are available on the
Korean production website.
New Recordings of "Gold" and "Only Love"
(16 Aug 2014)
Oak Joo-Hyun, who starred in the Korean premiere production of Rudolf as Mary Vetsera,
is releasing a recording of Frank Wildhorn's music entitled "Gold". The album will include "Gold" from
Camille Claudel (sung in Korean) and "Only Love" from Rudolf (sung in English), along with
eight other selections. The album is expected out on September 3rd, and can be pre-ordered at
Selections from Korean Rudolf Now Available
(23 Feb 2014)
A highlights recording is now available from the original Korean production of Rudolf. Oak Joo-hyun
as Mary and Im Tae-kyung as Rudolf perform ten selections from the show, in Korean. These include "Only Love",
"An Ordinary Man", "I Was Born To Love You" and "The Steps of Tomorrow". You can also see Oak Joo-hyun perform
"Only Love" in this video. The recording comes with a
seventy page booklet which includes photos. It is avalable from
Sound of Music and
A Japanese-language version of the recording (with the same singers and song selections) is also available from
Lyrics From Camille Claudel Added To Site
(2 Feb 2014)
We are pleased to present two of the lyrics from Camille Claudel, as they were performed at the NAMT
Festival of New Musicals in October 2004. The songs "In The Stone" and "A Trembling Man" are now posted on the
new lyrics page. You can also read Nan's comments about "A
Trembling Man" in this Q&A from 2007.
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