Paul Gordon

Building Musicals For a Better World

REVIEWS

“Highly recommended... a flawless world premiere! Austen’s prose has been so seamlessly expanded into song that it is often difficult to know where language ends and music begins." -- CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"Paul Gordon’s chamber musical based on Jane Austen’s ubiquitous novel is full of wit and romance". --WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Nothing less than sublime... it is a match made in musical theater heaven!" --DAILY HERALD

 
Megan McGinnis and Sharon Reitkirk

Megan McGinnis and Sharon Reitkirk

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Music, Lyrics and Book by Paul Gordon

 

Sean Krill

Megan McGinnis

Megan McGinnis

DADDY LONG LEG

Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon

Book by John Caird

"Whereas 2003's Wicked may have been the most successful musical of the first decade of the 21st century, I'd be willing to bet that, in this century's second decade, Daddy Long Legs will become much more deeply adored and cherished by women of all ages." -- THE HUFFINGTON POST

A wholesome Tuner in tune with times, bolstered by winsome melodies with a spirited score. --VARIETY

Daddy Long Legs proves to be one of the most ENTHRALLING, ENTERTAINING and MOVING LOVE STORIES I’ve seen on the American musical theater stage. --LA STAGE SCENE

"A great treat!  Sweet and beautifully sung!"

-- THE NEW YORK TIMES

 
 

EMMA

Music, Lyrics and Book by Paul Gordon

EMMA is a bloomin’ gem. The score is as intelligent as it is buoyant. Gordon’s skill with musical soliloquies expands as each solo becomes an opportunity for character growth. Adapter Paul Gordon artfully selects incidents from a young girl’s education; songwriter Gordon gives them witty, lyrical expression”. -- VARIETY

"Emma is most certainly the best new musical that San Diego's Old Globe has hosted in some time. His lush, romantic, score features at least two songs, "Home" and the title number, that have a good chance of entering the musical theatre canon." -- TALKING BROADWAY

“It’s hard to imagine a better creative force to adapt Jane Austen’s Emma for the musical theater stage than Gordon. Sparklingly tuneful, witty and romantic as all get-out, Jane Austen’s Emma is a rom-com lover’s dream come true.” -- STAGE SCENE LA

 

ANALOG AND VINYL

Music, Lyrics and Book by Paul Gordon

Preston Sadlier and Sarah Stiles

Preston Sadlier and Sarah Stiles

Dani Marcus and Lianne Marie Dobbs

Dani Marcus and Lianne Marie Dobbs

 

”This charming tale, that mixes Nora Ephron film-like romance with the Faust legend, is set to a most attractive score. What separates the songs from the usual derivative fare of rock musicals are unusually poignant lyrics and spicy harmonic language. The result is an unexpected freshness..” -- VERMONT TODAY

“The world premiere of Analog & Vinyl, now running at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont, is exactly what theater should be—a living example of entertainment, storytelling, and commentary all rolled into one engaging evening. ...the audience was clearly delighted by its youthful energy, memorable tunes, and modern perspective”. -- BERKSHIRE FINE ARTS

 
Mindy Lym and Brian Herndon

Mindy Lym and Brian Herndon

BEING EARNEST

Maureen McVeery

Maureen McVeery

Music, Lyrics and Book by Paul Gordon

Music by Paul Gordon and Jay Gurska

“Purists of the original classic will be scandalized, but don't let that stop you from seeing this effervescence musical, which is filled with the verve and buoyancy of 1965 London”. – TALKIN' BROADWAY

“Start with the wit of Oscar Wilde, blend in an Austin Powers palette and an effervescent musical score and you get “Being Earnest,” the exuberant new musical making its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Mountain View. Composers, lyricists and adapters Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska have crafted a bright and tuneful confection, seamlessly blending the mod mode of Carnaby Street in the 1960s with the delicious drawing-room repartee of Wilde’s turn of the 20th-century classic.” – SAN FRANSICO EXAMINER

“Infused with Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska’s infectious score, this new musical maintains all the elements of Oscar Wilde’s much-loved comedy... while adding a modern twist… TheatreWorks has delivered another winner.” – JOINT VOICES JOURNAL


Marla Schaffel and James Barbour

Marla Schaffel and James Barbour

JANE EYRE

Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon

Book and Additional Lyrics by John Caird

“Jane Eyre" delivers the biggest thrill of any Broadway musical this season. Standing out from a crowd of arch, overblown shows that cater to the lowest common denominator with "unveiled cynicism, "Jane Eyre," like its heroine, shines with rare sensibility. This is a musical for grownups: spare, somber and rich, with an absorbing story, a lyrical score and an exhilarating performance by its star, Marla Schaffel. In an era of big, dumb musicals that insist on connecting all the dots, "Jane Eyre" does the unexpected: It trusts our intelligence.” --- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Jane Eyre offers matchless style and true excitement”. Broadway has a lovely new musical” -- NEW YORK POST

“Jane Eyre triumphantly makes the leap from the novel to the stage! This is a musical that sparkles and sings. Paul Gordon’s score is richly textured and superbly performed. -- NEW YORK DAILY NEWS