Villanova Theatre presents ‘Little Women: The Broadway Musical’

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VILLANOVA, PA – Villanova Theatre proudly presents Little Women: The Broadway Musical, book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and directed by Valerie Joyce. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic, this beloved Civil War story of love, family, and independence stands the test of time, coming to life at Villanova Theatre March 28 – April 9, 2017.

Alcott’s semi-autobiographical novel has captivated readers’ imaginations for more than 140 years. Reflecting the experiences she had growing up with her sisters in New England, Alcott’s timeless story is one the of the most widely read novels in the English language. Tracing the adventures of the four young March sisters, Little Women: The Broadway Musical has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a iconic work of literature for the stage.

Book writer Allan Knee, whose writing inspired the Oscar-nominated film Finding Neverland, spent a decade adapting Little Women for the stage. Exploring universal themes of love, independence, and hope, Alcott’s coming-of-age story has been transformed into a soaring musical that offers something for everyone.

With her father fighting for the Union on a Civil War battle field, the unassailable Jo March tucks herself away in the attic and writes a spirited story inspired by her three devoted sisters. There’s Meg the hopeless romantic, Amy the extravagant one, and the kind-hearted Beth. Living in a war-torn America, the lives of these New England sisters unfold across the stage, intercut with vignettes of Jo’s wildly imaginative short stories.

This astonishing musical is a tale filled with adventure and imagination, heartache and hope, as the struggles of these “little women” to find their voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America. Production Dramaturg Sean Connolly, says “Little Women explores a part of Civil War history that is not often discussed, in particular the struggle for women on the home front. For those in the new and emerging middle class, historians have often not explored their troubles. Jo March, who transforms into a strong woman without the help of a father or husband, would have been extraordinary in America back then. It is even more fascinating because Jo’s incredible story was inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s own life.”

Little Women: The Broadway Musical is sure to capture the hearts of a new generation with its buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and big-hearted message.

Director Valerie Joyce says, “In Little Women, four adventurous young women cross implicit and explicit borders as they mature into adulthood.  As they dream and act out their lives, they cross-dress, cross oceans, cross gendered work boundaries, confound domestic expectations, and even cross one another, as loyalty and love are tested on the way to finding different ways to be a “successful” woman. Jo ultimately emerges as a modern woman, intent on her own publishing success and chooses a partner in life who accepts her and challenges her to become a better version of herself.”

This vibrant story springs to life on stage with the help of an award-winning creative team. Music Director Peter A. Hilliard captures the sweep of Howland’s charming and emotional score to life with the help of Sound Designer John Stovicek. Janus Stefanowicz’ impressive period costume design will transport audiences into the late 1800’s with hoop skirts and top hats, featuring over 60 costumes. Set Designer Joshua Gallagher’s rich, elegant design highlights the power of nostalgia, memory, family and love. Lighting Designer Jerold Forsyth returns to illuminate the adventures of the March sisters and the evocative world of Jo’s fictional stories.

The powerful cast includes acting scholars Chris Monaco (Laurie Laurence), Dan Cullen (Professor Bhaer), Kara Krichman (Meg March), and Megan Slater (Mrs. Kirk,); second-year Graduate Assistants Laura Barron (Jo March), Kevin Esmond (Mr. Laurence); second-year graduate students Michael Franz (Chorus), Lexi Schreiber (Marmee March), and Mark Wheeler (Mr. John Brooke); as well as part-time students Galen Blanzaco (Aunt March/Hag), and first-year graduate students Marissa Kennedy (Chorus), Heather Lemos (Chorus), and Villanova undergraduate students Jaclyn Siegel (Amy March) and Allyce Morrissey (Beth March).

Little Women: The Broadway Musical runs at Villanova Theatre from March 28 – April 9, 2017. Following the performance on Thursday, April 6th Villanova Theatre will host Speaker’s Night featuring the insights of a special guest (details to be confirmed), as well as those of the production’s director Valerie Joyce and dramaturg Sean Connolly.

Villanova Theatre is located on the Villanova University campus in Vasey Hall (at Lancaster & Ithan Aves.). Performances will be held Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets run $21-$25, with discounts available for seniors, students, M.A. in Theatre alumni, and groups. Tickets may be purchased at the Villanova Theatre Box Office (M-S, 12 -5 p.m.) in person, by phone: (610) 519-7474, or online at www.villanovatheatre.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Speaker’s Night, 04/6:  Please join us for a lively post-show discussion with the director, dramaturg, cast, and crew of Little Women and a special guest speaker to be confirmed soon.

TICKET PRICES: $21.00 Preview; $23.00 Weekday (Tue/Wed/Thu); $25.00 Weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun)

Discounts Available for Seniors, Students, M.A. in Theatre alumni, and Groups.

TICKET INFORMATION: Buy online at villanovatheatre.org; Call 610-519-7474; Purchase in person at our box office in Vasey Hall (open M-F, 12-5 p.m.)

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