The Broadway stage musical adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre returns to New York February 28 for two concert performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.
The concerts feature Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof, Rags) as Jane Eyre, Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) as Edward Rochester and original cast member Mary Stout revisiting her role as Mrs. Fairfax. Rounding out the cast are Celia Hottenstein (Desparate Measures), Dana Costello (Finding Neverland), Ryan Speakman (Jane Eyre 2017 workshop), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) Clay Singer, and an ensemble including Deirdre Donohue, Asher Dubin, Alexandra Frost, Alex Hartman, Sean Konopka-White, Ethan Larsen, Paris Nesbitt.
Broadway Records’ Robbie Rozelle directs and adapts the concerts that feature musical direction by Cameron Moncur. Yoni Weiss is assistant director.
Jane Eyre was produced on Broadway in 2000 featuring a Tony Award-nominated score by Paul Gordon (Daddy Long Legs). The show’s original director and book writer was John Caird, who had earned acclaim for his stage adaptations Nicholas Nickleby and Les Miserables. The lavish spectacle struggled at the box office, and made headlines as the show’s producers, cast members, and fans of the show—known as “Eyre Heads” launched a campaign to keep the production open. Grammy-winning pop singer Alanis Morrisette even put $150,000 of her own money into the production in an effort to keep it open.
The production, which starred Marla Schaffel and James Barbour, ultimately closed June 10, 2001, after playing 36 previews and 210 regular performances. Despite its brief run, the gothic musical amassed a legion of fans, including Grammy winner Alanis Morrisette, who put her $150,000 of her own money into the production. A cast album preserves Gordon’s score.
There is a $30-$45 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at 54below.com/events/54-sings-jane-eyre.