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World Premiere musical based on Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ opens July 12 at Taproot Theatre

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents the world premiere of Harold Taw and Chris Jeffries’ musical based on Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” from July 12 through Aug. 19. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up.

“Persuasion” was part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s inaugural NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals in 2015, and then was workshopped at the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop in 2016.

Cayman Ilika, Nick DeSantis and Matthew Posner in “Persuasion.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

“Hope is the most tenacious thing.” Jane Austen’s final novel soars to life in this ravishing new musical about love, longing and second chances. Years ago, Anne Elliot was persuaded to abandon true love but now her past mistakes and long-lost hopes have returned. Can she summon the courage to follow her heart?

Lower-priced previews are July 12-13, with opening night on July 14. There’s a midweek matinee at 2 p.m. on July 18, with a post-play discussion, plus post-play discussions following Wednesday night performances (excluding the preview). Pay What You Can is at 7:30 p.m. July 19, and there’s no performance on Wednesday, July 26, due to the Greenwood Seafair Parade.