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Being Earnest
Music BY Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska
Book and Lyrics BY Paul Gordon
An updated version of the Oscar Wilde classic set in 1965 in the heart of Carnaby Street, Being Earnest puts on its go-go boots in this swinging romp through the foibles of love. 

Infused with much of the original Wilde text, Tony Nominee Paul Gordon and Grammy/Emmy nominee Jay Gruska have transformed Wilde's Victorian era play into a mod masterpiece.  The score pays a subtle homage to the likes of The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Bee Gees - while the script crackles with the witty Wilde-isms the people crave. 

Will it make the local English teacher clutch their pearls, or Beatles-fan with delight?  It's anyone's guess...

“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 Francisco Examiner

“Composer-lyricist Paul Gordon and Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer Jay Gruska have concocted an update of the venerable comic masterpiece.  Setting the story in 1965 London, with the backdrop of mod fashion, rock music and shifting morality, Gordon and Gruska wisely keep a significant percentage of Wilde's original dialogue, yet manage to augment and enhance it with delightful songs.  You may want to see this one more than once before it takes Broadway by storm.  It's great fun, and great humor, and adds up to a terrific evening” --  Mountain View Voice

“This new take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest works remarkably well. The script is sufficiently loyal to the original text so as not to offend purists while introducing enough new material so as serve the spirit of the work.  One imagines Oscar Wilde smirking with approval”. -- StarkInSider

“The songs are breezy and toe-tapping and often very successful at advancing the plot. The beauty in the songs also help give this a more mass appeal, reaching a larger audience than even the source material could”.  -- Examiner.com
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