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Musical puts new spin on classic "Jane Eyre"

Musical puts new spin on classic "Jane Eyre"

At first glance, Charlotte Brontë’s 19th-century exploration of social class, religion and what it means to be an individual in her literary staple “Jane Eyre” might not seem an obvious fit for the whimsicality of musical theater. But the creative minds at the Williamsburg Players hope to surprise audiences with “Jane Eyre: The Musical” May 31-June 16.

“The audience is going to come with an idea of what the story is. It’s your classic love story,” said director Marty Bussert. “I think they’re going to be surprised by how well the music fits.”

With music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, the “Jane Eyre” musical debuted on Broadway in 2000 and garnered...