Paul Gordon

Building Musicals For a Better World







From Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, “Jane Eyre” tells the story of an orphaned girl, brutalized by her aunt and then sent to an orphan school for girls where she suffers more mistreatment.  There she meets a young girl who changes her life forever.  When Jane later becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall she meets a mysterious man who holds a dark secret.  Love, forgiveness and transformation are the themes in this gothic romance for the ages.


ane Eyre had it’s first reading at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1994.  It had it’s first production in Wichita, KA the following year.  In 1997 Jane Eyre opened at the Royal Alexandria in Toronto.  The production was directed by John Caird with set design by John Napier. The next production was in 1999 at The La Jolla Playhouse in California.  It premiered on Broadway in 2000, directed by John Caird and Scott Schwartz and played 209 performances.  It was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.  Marla Schaffel won the 2001 Drama Desk Award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical.  Jane Eyre has gone on to have productions all over the world including two First Class productions in Tokyo.  In 2010, the authors re-wrote the musical so that it may be performed with a smaller orchestra and cast size.  Creative work was also done on the piece and “Jane Eyre 2.0” eyes a world premier production in the U.S. 



"Jane Eyre," the new show by John Caird and Paul Gordon that just opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, delivers the biggest thrill of any Broadway musical this season. Standing out from a crowd of arch, overblown shows that cater to the lowest common denominator with unveiled cynicism, "Jane Eyre," like its heroine, shines with rare sensibility. This is a musical for grownups: spare, somber and rich, with an absorbing story, a lyrical score and an exhilarating performance by its star, Marla Schaffel.  In an era of big, dumb musicals that insist on connecting all the dots, "Jane Eyre" does the unexpected: It trusts our intelligence.”  -- Wall Street Journal

Jane Eyre, which opened yesterday afternoon at the Brooks Atkinson theatre, has been brought to the stage as a musical of majestic grace and more than a little grandeur. A successful dramatic interpretation of the ever-popular novel by Charlotte Bronte, Jane is also blessed with a luxuriant score, haunting and memorable music, and crisp, intelligent lyrics which speak from the very heart of this tragic and romantic story. John Caird, who wrote the book, and Paul Gordon, who wrote the music and lyrics, have come up with a major contender come Spring’s award time.  -- Talkin’ Broadway

Rarely does a soundtrack to a Broadway musical make its way into the review cue at Tracksounds, yet Sony Classical’s release of the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Jane Eyre, begs to be reviewed. Jane Eyre: The Musical opened on December 3, 2000 at the Brooks Atktinson Theatre to positive reviews and no small contributor to such reviews is the music. While there are few purely instrumental moments, the music and lyrics alike are astounding and become as addictive as some of my favorite film scores. The musical’s composer, Paul Gordon, provides a sumptuous listening experience on every level, but most clearly in the memorable melodies and detailed lyrics. -- Tracksounds Magazine


“Jane Eyre offers matchless style and true excitement”. Broadway has a lovely new musical”  -- New York Post


“A Sumptuous treat with a luscious score by Paul Gordon”  -- Star Ledger


Jane Eyre can stand proud.  It burns with passion and grace.   -- Journal News


“Jane Eyre triumphantly makes the leap from the novel to the stage! This is a musical that sparkles and sings. Paul Gordon’s score is richly textured and superbly performed.

-- New York Daily News


A powerful absorbing musical.  James Barbour commands the stage.  -- WNBC TV


“A fine new musical with gorgeous music and outstanding performances” -- WOR Radio


"Musical Magic! Jane eyre is brilliant! This fairytale of love and suspense, a sweeping story with universal and timeless themes, grips from the start. A brilliantly staged production that has the cohesion and clout to move an audience in the manner of Les Miserables. The motors of pace and passion run at full throttle throughout with maximum impact and minimum waste."  -- Toronto Star


"Passion is in the Eyre! A drama of extraordinary love fires a new musical"  -- McCleans


"Thrilling from start to the tearful, triumphant ending. I'm still shivering.  Charlotte Bronte would have been proud!"  -- DFRB