WESTPORT, Conn. – The “Sing For Your Shakespeare” show at the Westport Country Playhouse is receiving praise from The New York Times.
In her review published in the Times, Anita Gates, called it a “high-concept music revue.”
The show features performances of 20th-century songs written for musicals inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. These musicals include “Kiss Me Kate” and “West Side Story.” The audience is also treated to Shakespeare’s own words set to music.
Gates highlighted Karen Arker for her songs by Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim as well as her rendition of “Falling in Love with Love,” from the musical “The Boys from Syracuse.” She expressed being “charmed” by Britney Coleman’s performance of “Sonnet to Hank Cinq,” which is Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s version of Shakespeare’s 40th Sonnet.
Gates also credited Director Mark Lamos for guiding his cast “expertly through constant mood changes” and for adding “splashes of humor in unexpected places.”
Read the full review here.
The idea for “Sing for Your Shakespeare” first emerged from the Lyrics and Lyricists series at New York’s 92nd Street Y.
“Sing for Your Shakespeare” is conceived by Wayne Barker, Mark Lamos and Deborah Grace Winer. It will play through June 28 at the Westport Country Playhouse on 25 Powers Court. Shows start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40 to $60.
Performances are Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Saturday, June 28.
For more information or tickets, visit westportplayhouse.org, call 203-227-4177 or go to the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.