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events and news. If you have any events or news you would like posted here please email me at scarlett.online@yahoo.com and I will be happy to add your event or news here. We will gladly add any events or happenings that pertain to GWTW or Southern events such as reenactments , balls etc. Please limit your inquiries to something in that category. There is never a charge for advertising your GWTW related news or events here at Scarlett OnLine so feel free to submit them.

Marietta Gone With the Wind 4th July Event

Marietta is having a huge GWTW event over July 4th weekend. Five actors from the film will be there...and there may be more as time gets closer. Ann Rutherford, Cammie King, Mickey Kuhn, Fred Crane, and Patrick Curtis have agreed to come. I think this is the first time all 5 have been together since 1989.

There will be many meet and greets, as well as Marietta's big July 4th parade, where there will be a GWTW float with all the actors. Also, there is a guy from Alabama whose name is Rhett Butler! ( Rhett Butler Trucking) He will bring his 18-wheeler that has incredible art work from GWTW on his truck.

For additional information please call (770) 794-5576 or (770)

Hi, everybody!

 Wow!  The DVD of Fred’s 90th Birthday Bash has finally been completed!  This delightfully entertaining film, without a doubt, has been worth the wait!  Scott Forbes, of Ascot Productions, captured the sensitivity of that special moment in time so very beautifully and produced a truly professional film which is an hour and 17 minutes in length.  Fred and I laughed and cried as we watched it and relived that wonderful time with each of you.  We were sincerely touched by the outpouring of love that showed through in every minute of it.  The party just came together phenomenally well with your amazing contributions of stories, gag gifts, well wishes, poems, skits, awards, program and souvenir touches, scrapbook and silent auction contributions, the calls and so much more. 

 Many of you had expressed interest in obtaining a copy of Fred’s 90th Birthday Bash DVD.  (Oh, and it has a surprise beginning that is absolutely adorable that adds a wonderful piece of nostalgia!)  The DVD is being offered at $50.00 and will come signed to you by the “birthday boy.”  Priority Mail postage with delivery confirmation is also included in the price.  For those of you who are interested, please send your request, check or money order made payable to Terry Crane to the following address: 

Fred and Terry Crane

P.O. Box 937

Barnesville, GA  30204

  Fred and I want to, again, thank all of you for making Fred’s 90th Birthday Bash more special than we ever thought possible.  It was wonderful because of YOU!  We will treasure those memories of each of you for the rest of our lives.  God bless! Hugs, Terry


Various GWTW news articles submitted by Kathleen  the Answer Lady

Sibling rivalry: Hollywood's oldest feud

Screen legends Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine have always had one problem: each other. Now in their nineties, the antagonism goes on. Rupert Cornwell reports

Jennifer Jones: Selznick's Muse
From good girl to bad, one woman 's golden age in Hollywood


Frankly, my dear, Boars gives a damn: Fun new comedy focuses on Hollywood golden age

New York Times, Sunday, April 13
A First-Timer Makes Rhett and Scarlett Sing
What's On Stage, Monday, April 14
GWTW Cancels Preview, Shortens Running Time
[Glasgow] Daily Record, Monday, April 14
Fatherhood a priority for Gone With The Wind Star Darius Danesh

GWTW Musical still in the news A few more reviews....

Opening night...previews and reviews!!

Gone with the Wind Opens at the New London Theatre April 22 http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117013.html

'Gone With the Wind' opens in West End http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/22/arts/Gone-With-The-Wind.php

Scarlett and Rhett, in London musical http://www.philly.com/inquirer/magazine/20080422_Scarlett_and_Rhett__in_London_musical.html

Gone with the Wind hits the West End stage http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news 

'Gone With the Wind' is now a musical http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/22/gonewith.thewind.ap/?iref=mpstoryview

Frankly, my dear, the musical doesn't work: The musical production of Gone With The Wind tries - and fails - to right the wrongs of the original http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/theatre/2008/04/frankly_my_dear_the_musical_do.html

Frankly, audiences don't give a damn http://arts.guardian.co.uk/theatre/news/story/0,,2275087,00.html/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/20/ngone120.xml

Gone with the Wind: Frankly, my dear, it's a damn long night http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/theatre/2008/04/frankly_my_dear_the_musical_do.html

First Night: Gone With The Wind, New London Theatre, London: Winds of change resurrect some Southern comforts



Frankly, my dear, it’s time for a chorus line http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts/frankly-my-dear-its-time-for-the-chorus-line/2008/04/22/1208742938699.html

Lengthy 'Wind' blows into West End

Sunday Times (London, England) (April 13, 2008): 4.

Sir Trevor Nunn brings Gone with the Wind to the West End: Sir Trevor Nunn made his name directing Shakespeare, but made his fortune staging musicals. He tells why he’s bringing Scarlett O’Hara to the West End http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article3720744.ece
Have you watched the videos on the official GWTW The Musical website? http://www.gwtwthemusical.com/sights_sounds/sights.php

M&M program/play guide in PDF format and thought you'd want a copy.

Variety, April 28, 2008
Theatre Review: Gone With The Wind
Variety, April 30, 2008
Wind's Scarlett is gone
New Statesman, May 1, 2008
Going, going...gone
The Scotsman, May 1, 2008
We don't give a damn
New York Post, May 1, 2008
London 'Wind' Calm [Liz Smith]

 GWTW Musical article and photos http://broadwayworld.com/printcolumn.cfm?id=26744
And blog reviews and comments about the musical:

Moonlight and Magnolias Play Guide
29-page PDF file of the Moonlight and Magnolias Play Guide. 

Photos of the GWTW Marquee on West End Theatre
Came across a couple of photos taken in London of the theatre where the musical is playing; they are posted to a Flickr account....

Gone With the Wind Article from the Hollywood reporter.
Bottom Line: Frankly my dear, well, you know the rest.

By Ray Bennett
Apr 23, 2008

The production mirrors the film closely except that
it places tedious songs where character development
and genuine drama should be.

New London Theatre, London
Through Sept. 27

Tomorrow is another day for Scarlett O'Hara but how long that will remain true for the new musical "Gone With the Wind" is another question.

Three-time Tony-winning director Trevor Nunn has delivered a long-winded show with rushed scenes, dull music and lyrics so banal that Rhett Butler is unlikely to be the only one who doesn't give a damn.

All the familiar characters are there, but without the book or the film in mind, they would not add up to much. Jill Paice, Broadway star of "Curtains" and "The Woman in White," works hard as Scarlett, but the songs put too much strain on her pleasing but delicate voice.

Darius Danesh, who won fame on the U.K. television show "Pop Idol," does a much better job of channeling Clark Gable as Butler. He's a fine singer and not a bad actor. The rest of the cast have the burden of delivering a series of musical numbers that, unusually for a musical, are not listed in the program.


North Carolina gospel singer NaTasha Yvette Williams, who played Sofia in Broadway's "The Color Purple," and London stage veteran Ray Shell lend their joyous vocal power to one or two songs that have a gospel influence but have forgettable melodies and familiar phrases like "All God's children born to be free."

Supposedly based on the best-selling Margaret Mitchell novel rather than the Oscar-winning 1939 movie, the production mirrors the film closely except that it places tedious songs where character development and genuine drama should be.

Without a lot of scenery, Nunn's regular designer John Napier must rely on the large spaces of the New London Theatre with a movable porch for the Tara and Twelve Oaks estates and a long balcony. All the action takes place on the theater's large, bare apron stage, with characters chasing off through the audience via several gangways.

Most of the big set pieces are merely described by the chorus so that epic scenes are reduced to spoken exposition. To depict the burning of Atlanta, a large Georgia flag is set on fire while some scenery in the balcony collapses and cannons boom offstage.

The show is a first-time effort by Los Angeles resident Margaret Martin, who has a doctorate in public health from UCLA and among other things runs the Harmony Project, which provides free music lessons to underprivileged children in Los Angeles.

She obtained the rights from the Mitchell estate and took the work to Nunn, whose musical hits include "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby," "Cats" and "Les Miserables." For the British director, this appears to be one literary classic too much.

Presented by Aldo Scrofani, Colin Ingram, Gary McAvay, Nederlander Presentations, Peter Kane
Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell
Book-lyrics: Margaret Martin, adapted by Trevor Nunn
Music: Margaret Martin
Director: Trevor Nunn
Executive producer: Aldo Scrofani
Set designer: John Napier
Costume designer: Andreane Neofitou
Lighting designer: Neil Austin
Movement director: David Bolger
Sound designer: Paul Groothuis
Musical director: David White
Scarlett O'Hara: Jill Paice
Rhett Butler: Darius Danesh
Ashley Wilkes: Edward Baker-Duly
Melanie Hamilton: Madeleine Worrall
Mammy: NaTasha Yvette Williams
Prissy: Jina Burrows
Gerald O'Hara/Scalawag: Julian Forsyth
Ellen O'Hara/Mrs. Elsing: Susannah Fellows
Pork: Ray Shell
Dilcey: Jacqueline Boatswain


The Guardian, April 20, 2008

It's Darius: the new Clark Gable



London Theatre Guide, April 22, 2008

Gone With the Wind



The Guardian, April 22, 2008

The Scarlett O'Hara in me: As her adaptation of Gone With the Wind hits the stage, Margaret Martin tells Maddy Costa why she's just like her musical's leading lady



The Guardian, April 23, 2008

Gone With The Wind [review by Michael Billington]



Storming the West End: Gone With the Wind [Photo Gallery]



The Independent, April 23, 2008

First Night: Gone With The Wind, New London Theatre, London (Rated 3/ 5 ) : Winds of change resurrect some Southern comforts



April 23, 2008

Frankly, this show is damned



Times Online ( UK ), April 23, 2008

Critics agree Gone With The Wind blows




Reuters (UK), April 23, 2008

I don't know nothin' 'bout writin' musicals...



Reuters, April 24, 2008

"Gone With the Wind" just blows



International Herald Tribune, April 25, 2008

The musical 'Gone With the Wind' rarely comes to life



City A.M., April 25, 2008

A damning verdict



icWales.com, April 25, 2008

Review: Gone With The Wind



April 27, 2008

Can, my dear, Gone With The Wind survive?



The Day (New London, CT), April 27, 2008

Frankly, My Dear, Not A Bad Retelling



The Sunday Times, April 27, 2008

Gone with the Wind is nothing more than a flatulent raspberry



The Sunday Times, April 27, 2008

Darius Danesh ignores bad reviews of Gone With the Wind: The Popstars optimist is still smiling despite critics panning his portrayal of Rhett Butler in a new stage musical



Seven Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, April 27, 2008

The Gone With The Wind machine [by Helen Taylor]


It's big news when you cancel a preview of such a high-profile production!

Gone with the Wind Cancels April 15 Preview; Director Nunn at Work


Gone With the Wind is not tomorrow but another day http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/20398/gone-with-the-wind-is-not-tomorrow-but

Fixing a musical on the run…. but some critical attitudes are unfixable http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/shenton/2008/04/fixing-a-musical-on-the-run-but-som/

GWTW Musical articles

New York Times, Sunday, April 13
A First-Timer Makes Rhett and Scarlett Sing
What's On Stage, Monday, April 14
GWTW Cancels Preview, Shortens Running Time
[Glasgow] Daily Record, Monday, April 14
Fatherhood a priority for Gone With The Wind Star Darius Danesh

 Article about the GWTW costumes being at Neiman Marcus

Here is link to a Massachusetts newspaper article on Atlanta "The Windie City" in which Robert Warren is quoted......he hadn't even known that the article was published.   

Gone With the Wind: The legend lives on as a musical of the novel hits the West End

Don't know if you have joined this web page- they will send updates about the play in



Cox News Service
Published on: 03/26/2008

LONDON — To most, Scarlett O'Hara is a Southern spitfire who always wants what she can't have. But to Margaret Martin, Scarlett is representative of all the world's stressed-out single moms who have been forced to go it alone.

To most, the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" is an epic love story set against the backdrop of America's Civil War. But to Martin, a first-time American playwright who has adapted the story as a musical for the stage, romance is just the tip of the iceberg.

Margaret Martin lured director Trevor Nunn to the project after reading an interview in which he expressed a passion for Civil War history and civil rights.

Martin's interpretation of the classic — she wrote the music and lyrics, too — begins previews on London's West End on April 2 and officially opens April 22.

"There's also the status of women and the impact of war on women and families," said Martin, 54. "There are race issues. There are occupied people resorting to terrorism to achieve a sense of control.

"And there are reconstruction efforts and fortunes made at the expense of the projects that were supposed to have been undertaken," she said.

Toward that end, Martin said audiences would definitely recognize in her play the people at Halliburton, the oil giant once run by Vice President Dick Cheney that later won lucrative contracts in Iraq. "They even have their own song," she said.

Similarities to Scarlett

If Martin's retelling of the story sounds infused with contemporary themes, she credits none other than the original author, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Margaret Mitchell. The success of the film, she says, overshadowed the deeper, darker elements of war and its effects found in Mitchell's book.

But make no mistake, Martin has invested plenty of herself in the production, starting with the fact that she dared add singing to a perfectly good story. The Los Angeles resident toiled four years to win the rights to the book from Mitchell's Atlanta-based estate. Then she lured director Trevor Nunn — of "Cats" fame — to the project after reading an interview with the British director in which he expressed a passion for Civil War history and civil rights.

Although she grew up on the Hawaiian island of Oahu as the daughter of a choral conductor, Martin knows something of racial tensions in the South. In the summer of 1965 she accompanied her mother to Greenville, Miss., to help register black children for the then-new Head Start program.

"We stayed there in the home of a single black grandmother raising a few grandchildren and a few other children as well," she said. "Seeing my mother working alongside her to help clean up a mess that wasn't of their own making has been a touchstone for me."

Martin said she was drawn to the similarly strong female characters in Mitchell's book. In particular, Martin sees a lot of Scarlett in herself.

"The other thing that brought me to the project is that, like Scarlett, I have three children," she said. "I had my first child at 17. I was a battered teenage mom married to an abusive man. He left me, and I had to take care of my family.

"I felt I had walked inside Scarlett's shoes," she said.

While in her 20s, Martin lifted herself out of poverty by working at a nonprofit organization before going on to purchase and renovate distressed properties in Los Angeles.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Martin enrolled in college at the age of 33. She went on to earn a doctorate in public health from UCLA in 1998 before deciding that what she really wanted to do was write a musical.

American dreams

Martin's lived the American dream in such spectacular fashion that she's even named her middle child "America."

"I've always been fascinated by the dreams on which America is founded and that's one reason it's so painful for me to see how far America has sunk in the estimation of people in Europe," she said.

But the production, Martin said, is not a razzmatazz musical, although a song by the young male stars called "Come Join The Troops" is accompanied by an exuberant dance number.

"In general the songs are more organic in nature," she said.

Martin said one of her favorite parts of the show is when the character who plays Mammy — NaTasha Yvette Williams, the daughter of a preacher — sings a song called "Every Child Wants to be Wanted."

Martin says her aim is not just to entertain, but also to send a powerful message. "I'm hoping that this production reminds Americans that we've lived through more bitterly polarized periods in the past and we've learned then the value of coming together and toning down the incendiary rhetoric," she said.

"I'm hoping it reminds Americans to focus on all that unites us rather than all that divides us," she said.

It's a tall order for a show that's likely to be seen by a lot more Britons than Americans. But, if successful, Martin said the production would move to New York within 18 to 24 months.

For now, Martin said she's having the time of her life in London. "Previously, I haven't been that religious, but more recently I've learned to be a person of deep faith," she said. "I've come to really depend on a higher power and feel that I've been called to do this production."

Part of Margaret Mitchell property may be sold

Competing developers’ plans include building underground parking, retail or a hotel

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on:

 The Atlanta Historical Society is considering selling part of the Margaret Mitchell property in the heart of Midtown. Two developers, Jamestown and Dewberry Capital, have made competing offers for the rear portion of the property that fronts Crescent Avenue.

Plans are to build underground parking and a mixed-use building with retail and residences, or a hotel.

Currently, that land — less than acre — contains surface parking and a former bank branch that’s the “Gone With the Wind Movie Museum,” part of the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum experience.

At its Jan. 28 board meeting, the trustees voted 17-8 to sell the land at a future date. That date could be the board’s next meeting on March 31.

The building at Peachtree and 10th streets where Mitchell wrote most of “Gone With the Wind” in apartment No. 1 would remain untouched.

“It doesn’t affect the Margaret Mitchell homeplace at all,” trustee Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition, said.

According to minutes from the January meeting, requests for information about developing the site were sent to 46 developers two years ago. The historical society received 13 responses and narrowed the choice to Jamestown.

“The Jamestown offer includes payment of $7 million in cash,” the minutes say. “Of that $7 million, $5 million would go to the endowment of the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum and $2 million would seed a capital campaign” to build a new visitors center.

Mary Rose Taylor, former executive director of the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, then presented another $7 million offer, from Dewberry, according to the minutes.

“Because of the Dewberry offer, the planned-for vote regarding the Jamestown offer was not taken,” the minutes say. Instead, the trustees approved the idea of selling the property for at least $7 million.

Historical society trustees were reluctant to comment because no deal has been finalized.

“It’s being discussed,” was all board member Sheffield Hale would say. Manning, the chairwoman, could not be reached for comment.

Sal Cilella, CEO of the Atlanta Historical Society, said, “I can’t discuss that because it’s in negotiations.”

Executives of Dewberry could not be reached for comment.

Matt Bronfman, Jamestown’s chief operations officer, said if his company were to buy the land, a glass tower would not be part of the project.

“Anything that would be done over there should be architecturally consistent and fit into the fabric of the neighborhood,” Bronfman said. “It should all blend together. The Margaret Mitchell House is an important part of this city’s history and you want to do something that really activates the Margaret Mitchell House and embellishes it.”

Jamestown, based in Atlanta and Cologne, Germany, uses German money for developments not only here but in New York, San Francisco, Boston and Washington.

In January 2007, Jamestown bought 999 Peachtree, the office building across Peachtree Street from the Margaret Mitchell House. That building is going to be expanded at street level to make it more of a retail destination on the Midtown Mile, a 14-block redevelopment effort loosely based on destinations such as Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Bronfman said “an ample parking lot below ground really could benefit the entire mile and contribute to having lots of pedestrians on the street. The Midtown Alliance, of course, supports this vision of a below-ground parking lot located at the heart of the mile.”

As part of its efforts to beef up the Peachtree-10th intersection, Jamestown has hired Cousins Properties “to manage, lease and enhance 999 Peachtree St.” Cousins’ job begins April 1.

Shannon Powell, executive vice president of the Midtown Alliance, said “we are very supportive of quality development and development that reinforces the vision of Midtown.” The alliance’s offices are in the 999 Peachtree building.

The Historical Society took over the Margaret Mitchell attraction in 2004 and it’s pretty much revenue neutral, Cilella said. But Massell said any future transaction is “not a distress sale.”



Robert Tonner proudly introduces debut dolls and outfits in his latest collection of fine dolls based on one of the world's most beloved stories and its magnificent film interpretation that has thrilled moviegoers for generations, GONE WITH THE WIND.  The incredible film's costumes, designed by the legendary designer, Walter Plunkett, each embody the characters from youth to war-torn maturity.  And...for the first time ever, Robert Tonner has acquired the rights to reproduce the 'lost costume', designs made for the film; but never seen in the final cut.  At 16” tall, each Tonner Doll features remarkably engineered jointing with 13 points of articulation, offering the collector unlimited posing and play possibilities.  Crafted of hard plastic and high-quality vinyl, with hand-painted face detail, these are dolls to be played with and enjoyed.


Did You Know? Academy Awards were not established for film costume designers until 1948; Plunkett was subsequently nominated ten times and scored his only win for An American in Paris (1951). Source: On the Road to Tara: The Making of GONE WITH THE WIND. Harmetz, Aljean; Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers. ©1996.



SCARLETT O'HARA is an authorized likeness of Vivien Leigh; she is app. 16” tall and is crafted of fine quality vinyl/hard plastic with rooted saran hair. Scarlett features 13 points of articulated movement and hand-painted face detail. She uses the Tyler Wentworth® 16" bending wrist articulated body.


MELANIE is app. 16” tall and is crafted of fine quality vinyl/hard plastic with rooted saran hair.  Melanie features 13 points of articulated movement and hand-painted face detail. She uses the Tyler Wentworth® 16" bending wrist articulated body.




NEW for 2008


Receiving Guests with Melanie





SCARLETT™ faces her humiliation at Ashley's birthday party only to be well-received by Melanie as she beckons her assist with receiving guests.  Cotton velveteen gown with detachable trained is trimmed in ruby beading, marabou feathers; includes earrings, gloves (and glove liners), bracelet, shoes and display stand. 








RHETT BUTLER™ is approximately 17” tall and is crafted of fine quality vinyl & hard plastic. RHETT™ features 14 points of articulated movement (neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, chest, hips, knees, and ankles) and hand-painted face detail. The debonair blockade runner makes his long awaited debut in a crisp button-down shirt, fashionable cravat, herringbone vest, classically tailored twill suit, socks, and molded plastic shoes; display stand included.



Mrs. Kennedy





After marrying Frank Kennedy, SCARLETT™ finds herself running a bustling lumber mill. Even on trips to the mill, she always makes sure she is stunningly dressed. This exquisitely detailed reproduction includes a vivid twill dress with remarkable details including intricate embroidery, hand-tied fringe at the shoulders and sash, organza collar and under sleeves, and crisp plaid contrasts on the sleeves that match the voluminous underskirt. Other essential pieces include a boned hoop skirt, white pantyhose with attached panties, faux leather lace-up boots, and faux pearl earrings.








In the Mist is the second installment from Walter Plunkett's 'lost costume' sketches from GONE WITH THE WIND™. This costumes reflects Scarlett's heartbreak and inner turmoil from the final moments of the film. Plunkett's sketch is brought to life in amazing detail and consists of a deep blue velvet dress with a detachable deep blue and black bustled train and removable collar and cuffs with intricate embroidery. The finishing details include a replica cameo brooch, white pantyhose with attached panties, lace-up faux leather boots, and beaded black earrings.


2007 Debut Collection

Waiting for Pa





Intricately layered white dress with lace trim; includes hair ribbons, brooch, belt, hoop skirt, pantalets, boots and display stand.

NOTE: Production doll images are shown.








Pale blue dress with applied motif on skirt; includes shawl, hat, gloves, hoop skirt, pantalets, shoes and display stand.




Basic Scarlett





Includes chemise, pantalets, corset, tights, boots and display stand.





Basic Melanie





Includes chemise, pantalets, corset, tights, boots and display stand.










Includes chemise, pantalets, and layered hoop skirt with structured rings.



Kissing Ashley Goodbye





Dress with shirred bodice, anchored by ribbons and broad taffeta skirt; includes fringed belt sash and shoes.








One of Walter Plunkett's 'lost costumes', this outfit is imagined as one that Scarlett might have worn on a trip north to Saratoga.  Includes dress with sleeveless bodice trimmed with lace jabot, jacket with coordinating lace trim, hat, handkerchief and shoes (parasol in sketch is not included).                                             


Sketch courtesy of James L. Tumblin, from the Shaw-Tumblin Gone With The Wind™ Collection







New Book Tara's forgotten son by Lana Mowdy

Wade Hampton Hamilton is the unsung hero in a classic American novel. A child conceived at the onset of civil distress, he struggles to overcome the trauma of soldiers, abandonment, and near starvation. When his mother disposes of him at Tara, he finds solitude in the land, but he is soon thrust into manhood when he protects his friend from her abusive father. As he follows her across the country to save her from mistreatment, he battles the forces of nature in the Wild West, the wiles of a scorned woman, and his intense desire to maintain his integrity. Bearing the scars of loss and lies, he discovers his ability to break free from the hold of his tormented past, his manipulative mother, and the forces of iniquity that work against him. Still, he searches for peace, forgiveness, and the strength to survive.

 I love your website. I am a huge fan of Gone With the Wind, and I have   been since I was a small child. I thought you might be interested in my book about Wade Hampton, the son of Scarlett. The link below is my website that will tell you about the book. The book is available through PublishAmerica.com. Let me know what you think!
Lana Mowdy

In a new musical adaptation of the classic love story with book and lyrics by Margaret Martin adapted by Trevor Nunn and Music by Margaret Martin, Gone with the Wind will have its first performance at the New London Theatre on Saturday 5 April 2008, with press night on Tuesday 22 April and is initially booking until 27 September 2008. Designs are by John Napier, costumes designs are by Andreane Neofitou with lighting design by Neil Austin and sound by Paul Groothius. Musical Supervisor and Arranger is Gareth Valentine and Movement Director is David Bolger. Gone with the Wind is produced by Aldo Scrofani for Columbia Artists Theatricals of New York, London producer Colin Ingram and The Nederlander Organization.

Set in 1860’s Atlanta, Georgia, Gone with the Wind follows the story of the seventeen-year-old Scarlett O’Hara, the eldest of three daughters living a life of luxury on their father’s plantation until the onset of the Civil War threatens their idyllic existence. Scarlett’s incredible journey through both the war and the peace is mirrored in her turbulent relationship with Rhett Butler, whose actions always defy prediction. Their story spans ten years and mingles romantic ecstasy with tragic grief, as the life these people once knew disappears, for better or worse: gone with the wind.

Gone with the Wind, published in 1936, is one of the best selling novels of the 20th century and won Margaret Mitchell the Pulitzer Prize. Three year’s later in 1939, the film adaptation made box office history as the highest grossing film of all time and is still regarded as one of the greatest American classics.

Jill Paice returns to the West End to play Scarlett O’Hara, after originating the role of Laura Fairlie in Trevor Nunn’s production of The Woman in White both at the Palace Theatre here in London and on Broadway. Her other theatre credits include Nicki Harris in Curtains at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and later on Broadway where she reprised the role opposite David Hyde Pierce. She was the original Sophie in the Las Vegas Company of Mamma Mia and also appeared in the US touring company of Les Miserables. Her recording credits include the original cast record of Curtains, The Woman in White and The Gig as well as a featured artists on the Andrew Lloyd Webber on Broadway album.

Madeleine Worrall’s (Melanie) theatre credits include Cinderella for the Old Vic, The School for Scandal for Salisbury Playhouse, The Anniversary for Liverpool Playhouse and in the West End, Up on the Roof for Chichester Festival Theatre, The Villain’s Opera for the National Theatre, Miranda in The Tempest for Thelma Holt Productions and Three Sisters for the Playhouse Theatre. Her film and television credits include Stage Beauty, Foyle’s War, Judge John Deed and Midsommer Murders.

Edward Baker-Duly (Ashley) has previously worked with Trevor Nunn playing the role of Joseph Cable in Nunn’s National Theatre production of South Pacific. His other theatre credits include the West End revival of Salad Days as well as The Lady Vanishes, Dick Barton Special Agent, Singin’ In The Rain, Anyone Can Whistle, Side by Side by Sondheim and Twelfth Night. Most recently he has been seen playing Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin as well role in Secretary Bird and September Tide both on Tour. His television credits include Joe Fisher in Emmerdale and he is best known for playing Mr Malachay in the BBC’s Grange Hill. His film credits include De-Lovely and the leading role in Thirteen, a thriller filmed in Ireland which was released last year.


Address: New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW

Dates: previews from 3 April 2008

Press night 22 April 2008

Booking until 27 September 2008

Performances: from 5 April - Monday evenings at 7.30pm

from 23 April - Monday evenings at 7pm

Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 7.30pm

Wednesday - Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

nb there will be no matinees on 5 or 9 April

Press Night at 7pm

Ticket prices: £27.50 - £60.00 (£10 off all previews prices 5 - 21 April)

Box Office: 0870 890 0141

Website: gwtwthemusical.com

FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7188523441

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A great selection of various blogs, news articles and polls on the new book Rhett Butler's People which is due to be released on November 6, 2007 . Click on the various links to be taken to the actual articles etc.

Publication Day at last!  Here are a few more items of note....
Wind blows cold on 'Rhett'
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 6
Provides a recap of the published reviews thus far (all of which were covered in previous email alerts sent)
Bookseller Websites
Books-A-Million, the online bookseller, includes two items that I haven't seen elsewhere:
>> an excerpt from Rhett Butler's People of the Atlanta Burns scene