LITTLE WOMEN, the musical
directed by Cecilia Pang
University Theatre (Directions)
April 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m.
April 14, 2 p.m.
April 17-20, 7:30 p.m.
April 21, 2 p.m.
Louisa May Alcott’s most famous novel, “Little Women,” is about metaphorical journeys. It’s about the 15-year journey in time for the four March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — as they grow to adulthood. It’s also about Meg’s journey in becoming a writer. And finally, says Cecilia Pang, associate professor of theatre at the University of Colorado Boulder, it is about the larger journey of a nation and its women as they emerge from the Civil War-era. “It’s only when we reach the depths of suffering that we rise, Phoenix-like, from the ashes,” says Pang, who will direct the Broadway musical version of “Little Women” April 12-21 at CU-Boulder.
The New York Times has called the musical “charming (and) inventively orchestrated.”
Pang says she feels a particular affinity for the story, having grown up in a Chinese family with four sisters. “I don’t view this as a purely American play. Everyone can empathize with it,” she says. And when Jo sings, “I may be small/But I’ve got giant plans/To shine as brightly as the sun,” she’s expressing a sentiment that every artist feels at some point, Pang says. She says the students are “excited to be working on the musical version of this beloved tale. The creators of the musical — Alan Knee, Mindi Dickstein, and Jason Howland —are very faithful to the original spirit of Alcott’s story.”
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$17 with discounts available for seniors, CU students, faculty and staff. $5 Tickets for High School/Youth are available in person or by phone.