In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebration, the Westport Country Playhouse is throwing a gala party and you're invited to its special shindig of songs. Conceived by Wayne Barker, Mark Lamos and Deborah Grace Winer and directed by Mark Lamos with both whimsy and affection, "Sing for Your Shakespeare" has already been extended to Saturday, June 28.
As musical revues go, this one is spectacular, tipping its hat to the
Bard and glorying in his immortal words and lyrics, his original
phrasings and the many shows inspired by those bon mots. The talented
troupe who bring his words to life are Karen Akers,
Britney Coleman, Darius De Haas, Stephen DeRosa, Constantine Germanacos
and Laurie Wells.
Under five glittering chandeliers, a seven piece band accompanies such
numbers as Rodgers and Hart's "The Boys From Syracuse:" "Falling in Love
with Love," "What Can You Do With a Man?," "This Can't Be Love" and
"Sing for Your Supper." Sonnets are recited
and set to song, scenes from "Romeo and Juliet," "Love's Labours Lost"
and "Hamlet" are versed as well as from "The Tempest" and "The Taming of
A nod to Cole Poter's "Kiss Me Kate" engages tunes like "Brush Up Your
Shakespeare," "Too Darn Hot" and "Where Is the Life That Late I Led"
while "West Side Story" by Sondheim and Bernstein is referenced with a
trio of tunes, "Maria," "Tonight" and "Somewhere."
The man of the hour and the centuries makes a special guest appearance,
thanks to Stephen DeRosa, as Will Shakespeare himself and takes stage
center. With a starched and ruffled ruff and ungartered leg, he garners the
accolades due him in proper style.
For tickets ($30 and up), call Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers
Court, off route 1, Westport at 203-227-4177 or 888-927-7529 or online
at www.westportplayhouse.org. Performances are Tuesday
at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Take a tour through America's Songbook, inspired and enhanced thanks to
the Bard who would be proud to find himself on Broadway and across
stages around the world.