Lady Windermere's Musicals
Oscar Wildeâ€™s comedy Lady Windermereâ€™s Fan debuted in 1892. At that time, the American musical was still in its infancy. Itâ€™s probably safe to say that Wilde never though of the four-act comedy as a musical. That didnâ€™t stop Noel Coward from adapting the thing into After the Ball over half a decade later in 1954. It was his last musical to debut in the West End. At the time Coward wrote it, he considered its lyrics to be some of the best heâ€™d ever written. In spite of this, it does not appear to have been one of his more popular works. Still, it takes quite a bit of courage to try to do what a guy of Cowardâ€™s stature has already done and not seem redundant. . . and there are a few people on faculty at a couple of local colleges looking to pull it off.
Just over half a decade after After The Ballâ€™s premiere, Jan Nelson-Gomper, Wisconsin Lutheran Collegeâ€™s director of theatre programming has received a mini-grant from the collegeâ€™s faculty development committee to adapt Wildeâ€™s play into a wholly new musical. Nelson-Gomper has written music and lyrics. Concordia Universityâ€™s Dr. David Eggebrecht has adapted the script.
A group of Wisconsin Lutheran College students will be performing a staged reading of the adaptation at WLCâ€™s Raabe Theatre on April 27th at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public.