Thursday, May 15, 2014

First Look… at the SING FOR YOUR SHAKESPEARE Song List

by Beth Huisking, General Manager

A little over a year ago, Deborah Grace Winer (Lyrics and Lyricists Series Artistic Director for the 92nd Street Y) approached WCP Artistic Director Mark Lamos about putting together a musical revue using songs from Broadway musicals, films and even jazz experiments that were inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. The result was a rousing evening that delighted New York audiences and critics, including The New York Times.

When Mark was looking to fill the second slot in our 2014 season, he thought a version of the show would be perfect for Westport audiences. And so, with the help of co-conceivers Wayne Barker (music director for Into the Woods, She Loves Me, and I Do! I Do!), and Deborah Grace Winer, he is reworking the New York production and you will be the first to see this exciting new work.

Like Hot ‘n Cole (2008 Season revue of the works of Cole Porter), Sing For Your Shakespeare will feature a cast of six incredibly talented performers who will sing and dance to some of the most popular songs inspired by Shakespeare as well as some that may be new to you.
Here’s your first look at just some of the songs included:

"This Can't Be Love" from The Boys from Syracuse (1938)
Written by Lorenz Hart (ASCAP), Richard Rodgers (ASCAP)
Published by Warner/Chappell Music (ASCAP), Imagem (ASCAP)

"Falling In Love With Love" from The Boys from Syracuse (1938)
Written by Lorenz Hart (ASCAP), Richard Rodgers (ASCAP)
Published by Warner/Chappell Music (ASCAP), Imagem (ASCAP)

"Sing For Your Supper" from The Boys from Syracuse (1938)
Written by Lorenz Hart (ASCAP), Richard Rodgers (ASCAP)
Published by Warner/Chappell Music (ASCAP), Imagem (ASCAP)

"Brush Up Your Shakespeare" from Kiss Me, Kate (1948)
Written by Cole Porter (ASCAP)
Published by Warner/Chappell Music (ASCAP)

"Tom, Dick, or Harry" from Kiss Me, Kate (1948)
Written by Cole Porter (ASCAP)
Published by Warner/Chappell Music (ASCAP)

"Tonight" from West Side Story (1957)
Written by Leonard Bernstein (ASCAP) Stephen Sondheim (ASCAP)
Published by Boosey & Hawkes

"Maria" from West Side Story (1957)
Written by Leonard Bernstein (ASCAP) Stephen Sondheim (ASCAP)
Published by Boosey & Hawkes

"What a Piece of Work is Man" from Hair (1967)
Written by Arthur Terence Galt Mac Dermot (SOCAN), James Rado (ASCAP),
Gerome Ragni (ASCAP)
Published by Sony ATV Music

"Willow, Willow, Willow"
Written by George Forrest (ASCAP), William Shakespeare,
Robert Craig Wright (ASCAP)
Published by Scheffel Music Corp obo Doug Hollmes Carnegie House

"Our Revels Now Have Ended"
Written by John Philip William Dankworth (PRS)
Published by Royalty Network (BMI)

"Hamlet" from the film Red, Hot and Blue (1949)
Written by Frank Loesser (ASCAP)
Published by Sony ATV Music

"What Is A Youth?" from the film Romeo & Juliet (1968)
Written by Nino Rota (ASCAP), Parti Siae (SIAE), Eugene Walter
Published by Sony ATV Music

Rehearsals began last week, and new songs are being added every day so be sure you have your tickets all set (and why not invite a few friends to come with?!)

We want to hear from you: what is your favorite song inspired by Shakespeare? Email your answers to enews@westportplayhouse.org

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