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'Pride and Prejudice' The New Musical one-night-only performance on October 21st

According to BroadwayWorld.com, producers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The New Musical announce that Laura Osnes (Grease!, winner of Grease: You're the One that I Want!) will play the role of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet in the Broadway-bound musical’s one-night-only performance at Rochester's historic Eastman Theatre on Tuesday, October 21. Osnes joins previously-cast Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd, Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves) as Jane Austen and Colin Donnell (Jersey Boys, Follies) as Fitzwilliam Darcy.

"I am so honored to join this terrifically talented cast and play one of literature's most feisty yet beloved young heroines," says Osnes, who recently completed a year-long run as "Sandy" in Broadway's Grease!, after winning the hearts of voting viewers of NBC's reality competition, Grease: You're the One that I Want! She will also star in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Broadway: Three Generations on October 2 -5, before starting rehearsals for Pride and Prejudice on October 6.

The October 21 event in Rochester is in part a hometown celebration for the musical that was written by two Rochester, NY women, Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs. Although Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The New Musical is targeting a Broadway opening more than a year later (November of 2009), this concert performance will feature a 17-piece, on-stage orchestra made up of members of the prestigious Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and a 22-member cast from New York.

Tickets to the one-night-only event at Eastman Theatre on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. are $35, $45 and $75, and are available by calling 585-232-1900 or online at www.tickemaster.com.

Visit www.prideandprejudicebroadway.com for more information.

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Manitoba Theatre Centre to Kick Off Season With Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'

The Manitoba Theatre Centre is opening its 51st season with an enchanting adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice.

Playing at the John Hirsch Theatre at the MTC Mainstage from October 16 to November 8, this classic tale of romantic mishap unfolds in class-conscious early 19th century England. In a game of status versus common sense, the witty, independent Elizabeth Bennet meets her match in the arrogant but honourable Darcy. Just when it seems love can conquer all, pride and prejudice prove worthy opponents.

Pride and Prejudice features Mairi Babb as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Edison as Mr. Darcy. Rounding out the cast are Evelyne Anderson, Jane Burpee, James Durham, Richard Hurst, Matt Kippen, Amy Lee, Derek Leenhouts, Jennifer Lyon, Rob McLaughlin, Peter Mooney, Carson Nattrass, Sherry Phillips, Daria Puttaert, Jan Alexandra Smith, Marina Stephenson Kerr, Charlene Van Buekenhout, David Warburton and Stefanie Wiens.

Ticket prices for Pride and Prejudice range from $16.00 to $62.00. Pay What You Can performances sponsored by Sun Life Financial. For showtimes and ticket info, call the MTC Box Office at 942-6537, toll free at 1-877-446-4500 or visit www.mtc.mb.ca. For artist bios, visit the Pride and Prejudice section of the MTC website.



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