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October 29, 2005


Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 10:42 am

Another limited time offer.

A dear friend of mine has recently bought a CD full of theatrical tidbits that someone had collected over time. In it there are some lovely video clips from the Jane Eyre musical when it was on Broadway. I haven’t seen most of these- my computer is still not up to the job, but that’s no reason not to share the links! They will be up for less than a week.

Several are promotional trailers from (avid fans will recognise the Proposal clip from James Barbour’s website):

“Secret Soul”
“The Pledge”
“The Proposal”
“The Kiss”

These are apparently longer video clips. I haven’t viewed them so I cannot comment on where they might have come from:

You examine me Miss Eyre
End of the Gypsy Scene
The Proposal
“Secret Soul” performed in the studio

There are also some audio files and photographs. I haven’t listened to these, either, but apparently the lyrics are different from other renditions: Sirens, Secret Soul. I’ve posted some of the photos throughough this post btw (or I will do when Blogger will allow it…).

I have been silent lately, due to more than one crisis at home, which are now resolved, God willing. Exam week is over, I have survived it with only minor damage and the addition of a new hobby- crochet. All of this has nothing to do with the Brontës and so, I’ll move on to something I read this morning which struck me as very odd.

From the Liverpool Daily Press article on Polly Teale’s Bronte:

“A fine actor like David Fielder is expected to play the sisters’ father, the dull curate who becomes Charlotte’s husband, Charlotte’s tutor and the fictional Mr Rochester. It’s not always easy to know which one he is playing at any moment.”

That really must be confusing. I’m thinking especially of the Patrick Bronte and Arthur Nicholls crossover. Just how is that supposed to work? I can’t help but think that it would make one of them seem totally nuts. “That soundrel! I don’t ever want to see him in this house again!” “Oh please, let me stay-” “No, I say!” Or something more accurate and meaningful but along those same lines. Still, it is a shame I cannot see this. Mr Rochester is easier to work in since he is a composite of imagination and experiences of character like most fictional creations. There could be a little of ..most of them (Mr.Nicholls excepted) in his character. It would probably come across as though there had only ever been one man in Charlotte’s life- at least he doesn’t also play Messrs. Smith, Williams, Taylor, and Thackeray too.



  1. Hi!
    Thanks so much for the links the clips!!! I really enjoyed them!!!

    Comment by mysticgypsy — October 29, 2005 @ 3:21 pm |Reply

  2. Thanks so much!

    I had a bunch of these but the longer ones are great. I think I have a longer version of the Secret Soul recording on VHS. Will check and if so, will put on DVD.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 30, 2005 @ 1:47 am |Reply

  3. Hi!
    I hope this isn’t too much of a problem, but the links are expired. Can you please re-upload them?

    Thanks so much!

    Comment by Heather — February 17, 2006 @ 6:52 pm |Reply

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