WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport will be home to the world premiere of the musical revue "Sing for Your Shakespeare," which is set for June 3 to 22, the Westport Country Playhouse recently announced.
Directed by Mark Lamos, and co-conceived by Lamos, Wayne Barker, and Deborah Grace Winer, the show is based on an original idea and production for 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists, New York, according to a release.
“Sing for Your Shakespeare” features musical selections from Broadway, pop, rock, jazz, opera, film, and Tin Pan Alley. The show promises to explore how the American Songbook has been inspired for decades by Shakespeare’s works.
“Last spring I had a ball directing and co-writing a show for the legendary Lyrics & Lyricists series at New York's 92nd Street Y,” said Lamos in a release. “It was an exploration of pop music that used Shakespeare's words and stories as inspiration. The show was so successful that I, along with the co-conceivers, decided to adapt it into a brand new musical revue that would have its world premiere at the Playhouse in our upcoming season.”
The original production at the 92nd Street Y was praised by The New York Times as “revelatory,” “rousing,” and having “a free-spirited vitality.”
“We are thrilled that last spring’s Shakespeare-inspired Lyrics & Lyricists is taking shape as a new production that will delight audiences far beyond our New York City concert hall," said Catherine Cochran, 92Y’s executive producer of Lyrics & Lyricists.
“The show features numbers from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's ‘West Side Story,’ Cole Porter's ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ and Rodgers and Hart's ‘The Boys from Syracuse,’ of course---but we also sing and dance to treasure troves of music from many greats, including Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser, jazz legend John Dankworth, and others," said Lamos. “Through dance, song, and verse, six amazing performers and a band of seven versatile musicians will celebrate the way Shakespeare's words inspired some of the hottest music from some of the greatest 20th Century songwriters.”
“Sing for Your Shakespeare” Production Sponsors are Howard J. Aibel, John and Barbara Samuelson, Ed and Maureen Schloss, and Barbara and John Streicker. Corporate Production Partners are First Niagara Bank and KPMG.
The performance schedule is June 3 to 22 at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call the box office at 203-227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529 or visit the Westport Country Playhouse website.
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