My guess is that she’s reading Pride and Prejudice…



Or maybe "The Housewife Assassin's Handbook."

I'll go with the latter.


From "Pride and Prejudice, the Musical"

Music and Lyrics by Rita Abrams; Libretto by Josie Brown

The song: 

Bingley_2#3: IT IS A TRUTH (Complete Song)
(Sung by Bingley, Darcy and Caroline)

 Darcy and Bingley banter about the pressures on single men–particularly wealthy single men–to marry.  But while Darcy is disgusted by it, Bingley's attitude is more benign–perhaps because he is already in the throes of enchantment with one of the local beauties, Jane Bennet.





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Happy 200th Anniversary to Pride and Prejudice!

Jane AustenThe world premiere of my musical based on Jane Austen's
Pride and Prejudice was produced 27 November 2012 – 1 December 2012, by the Ruislip Operatic Society, London, England.
This weekend is the 200th anniversary of the book's publishing.
To celebrate, we'd like to invite you to hear some of the music from our musical. Feel free to click here…

Says composer Rita Abrams:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's timelessly precious gift-that-keeps-on-giving  will continue to delight and inspire the world for as long as there is a world. The story will soar on, beyond every form of media we humans can devise–which is why author Josie Brown and I were moved to make a musical of it, a humbling experience which demanded of us the best, and then some.  While others have tweaked, twisted and revised the tale to make it theirs, we aspired to keep it authentic, as if Jane herself decided to add songs.  And the sweet audiences at our Ruislip Operatic Society, UK world premiere in November seemed to approve.  Happy Anniversary, Jane, and thank you from the bottom of our millions and millions of hearts.

Rita and JosieSays Librettist Josie Brown:

Of  all my writing accomplishments, no one project has touched my heart more than the musical I've created with Rita Abrams. My love for Jane Austen's words are second to none. The opportunity to bring this particular story to life is an honor. For part of your celebration, please feel free to click onto these song samples — and the full songs, too! 


— Josie


(Josie and Rita)

The Joy of Glee

Glee-cast I'm very happy that the television show, Glee, is leading the number of Emmy nods this year.

Yes, it's silly. And campy. And totally implausible.

But it's also well-acted and the singing is fabulous.

I know. Written like a true musical theatre geek, right? I readily and GLEEfully cop to that. I've loved musical theatre since. I was, like eight. My fabulous elementary school library (Leslie J. Steel School, Decatur, GA) had a series of books that included, by year, every Broadway musical that premiered, with words and lyrics. It took me a whole summer, but I went through them, memorizing lyrics and plots.

I was far away from Broadway, but I felt I was in the thick of it.

I fell in love with my husband, Martin, because he wooed me with show tunes. (Yes, he still does!)

Our kids not only grew up watching Disney musicals on DVD, but could sing along to BRIGADOON and MUSIC MAN and of course PETER PAN. Seriously, my son thought that Gene Kelly was his uncle. I didn't have the heart to tell him when his idol passed.

My own attempt at the Great White Way is my musical of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I wrote the book, with lyrics and musical by the incomparable Rita Abrams. With the help of our esteemed theatrical agent, hopefully we'll eventually get there. In the meantime, click onto the link, and you can hear a song and get samples of others.

I'm of the mindset that any show on TV that makes people want to sing, dance, or smile at others who live to do so deserves an Emmy or two.

My guess is that GLEE — with its stellar cast led by Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele — will get a heckuva lot more than that.


Next Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

In bookstores June 1, 2010. Order it

"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in
bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money
and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled
observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly
entertaining reading."

, bestselling author of Hollywood Wives and Poor Little Bitch Girl

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