‘Little Women’—times two—at CU in April

The cast of “Little Women.” Photo by Daniel Leonard.

By Clay Evans

The timeless story of the March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — in Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 19th-century novel, “Little Women,” has long been hailed as a romance, a quest story, a moral meditation on virtue and even a proto-feminist exploration of choices.

The tale has been adapted countless times for stage, film and musical presentation. Now, in an unusual “double-feature,” the University of Colorado Theatre & Dance Department and College of Music will present two distinct musical visions of Little Women, composer Mark Adamo’s opera and the Broadway musical by Allan Knee, Mindi Dickstein and Jason Howland.

“We planned this on purpose, to stimulate interest in the material, share and develop audiences and to encourage music and theater lovers as well as American literature lovers to come out to compare and contrast,” says Leigh Holman, who will direct for CU Opera. Christopher Zemliauskas will conduct.

Adamo’s adaptation has been called a “masterpiece” by John Rockwell of The New York Times.

The Broadway musical will be directed by Cecilia Pang and performed by theater students.

Pang says the students are “excited to be working on the musical version of this beloved tale. The creators — Alan Knee, Mindi Dickstein, and Jason Howland — are very faithful to the original spirit of Alcott’s story.

“This play is all about about journeys,” she says. “Jo’s journey as a young girl, and the metaphorical journey of creating art.”


WHAT: CU Theatre & Dance’s “Little Women,” the musical

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13 and 17-20; 2 p.m. April 14 and 21

WHERE: University Theatre, University of Colorado Boulder

TICKETS: $17, with discounts available for seniors, CU students, faculty and staff; $5 for high-school students

INFO: www.cupresents.org or 303-492-8008


WHAT: CU Opera’s “Little Women”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 25-27; 2 p.m. April 28

WHERE: Music Theater, Imig Music Building, University of Colorado Boulder

TICKETS: $14 and up

INFO: www.cupresents.org or 303-492-8008


WHAT: Panel discussion of Little Women

WHEN: 5 p.m. April 19

WHERE: Design Studio, University Theatre building


CU Presents offers the best in performing arts on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, including the Artist Series, the College of Music, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, CU Opera, the Holiday Festival, the Takács Quartet Chamber and Encore Series, and CU Theatre & Dance.


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