Persuasion: A New Musical (book by Harold Taw; music and lyrics by Chris Jeffries) is a Cinderella story about a fairy tale gone wrong … and Anne Elliot’s fight to earn an even happier ending. Jane Austen’s final novel soars to life in this ravishing new musical about love, longing, and second chances.

Persuasion had its world-premiere production at Taproot Theatre Company from July 12 to Aug. 26, 2017. A runaway success, it became the highest-grossing show in the 41-year history of Taproot Theatre Company


The Seattle Times | Dusty Somers

–“‘Persuasion’ … comes to the Taproot stage as a fully formed, cohesive work. The score and book are tightly integrated into the storytelling, and Austen’s sense of humor is perfectly intact…. [A] strong showcase for this promising new work.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Alice Kaderlan

–“[I]n the able hands of writer Harold Taw and composer-lyricist Chris Jeffries, plus Karen Lund’s inspired direction, this Persuasion is a nonstop romp …. Given the success of this fully staged production, one hopes this Persuasion will capture the attention of producers at other venues and in other cities. | David-Edward Hughes

–“[A] sleek version of Austen’s prose by Harold Taw and luminous music and lyrics by Seattle wunderkind Chris Jeffries…. ​[A] show that will be hard to not rank as the show of the Seattle theater season.

Arts Stage Seattle Rage | Nancy Worssam

–“[A] delight…. If you’re an Austen fan you won’t want to miss it. And if you’re not … this might persuade you otherwise.”

The Persuasion: A New Musical Original Cast Recording will be released digitally on November 13, 2017, and physical CDs will be available on December 4, 2017. Visit for more information.