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Friday, August 04, 2006

Bronte News

I am finally back online. I have tried to catch up with all of the comments and will be attending to the emails shortly. It is late and I have not been able to cover all of the Bronte news that has cropped up in my absence yet! So, here goes:

Another production of Jane Eyre: The Musical is announced for the Mississippi State University Lyceum Series.

A new ipod will have a book-reading feature, and one of the titles that will be available is Jane Eyre:

Apple has reportedly asked a number of the world's major publishing houses to commit their full libraries of books to their electronic archives. Customers will be able to download text versions of the world's best sellers to the memory of their video iPods.

The list of books already available runs to more than 400 titles, including classics such as Great Expectations Nicholas Nickleby and Jane Eyre. Prices range from as little as 50p up to £4.50.

And now for something a little different, Forbidden Moonlight, a satirical musical cobbled together with Broadway tunes and cast-written lyrics has appropriated a bit of Jane Eyre: The Musical:

Kerry Donovan of Georgetown uses her high soprano voice to good effect in a duet with Ashley Morton of Boxford. Donovan plays a sweet actress and Morton plays a crafty, manipulative actress - well, every show needs a villain. The two sing their own lyrics to a duet from "Jane Eyre, the Musical."

I am hoping this is 'In the Light of the Virgin Morning' otherwise, this will be our first confirmed performance of a soprano Mr Rochester (although, my friends have often threatened and indeed, I have incriminating audio proof, that they will sing Mr Rochester's songs).

And a journey to a formal wedding in Las Vegas somehow leads to this interesting conversation:

“I like George C. Scott as Mr. Rochester,” I muse. “Don’t get me wrong; Orson Welles had the perfect dark intensity to balance Joan Fontaine’s Jane Eyre, but there’s just something about George.”

“Doesn’t he go blind?” asks Emily.

“Yeah, but he gets his sight back at the end. Well, in the book. But in the 1996 film adaptation — the one with William Hurt ...”

The three of us look at each other. We remember that there’s a poker tournament going on downstairs and make a mad dash for the door.

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