The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1123 Wednesday, 24 April 2002
Date: Tuesday, 23 Apr 2002 15:38:17 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: New Adaptation of Twelfth Night (NYC)
a new musical
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Peter Mills
Adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel
from Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT
at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street (New York City)
April... 23-27 @ 8:00 p.m.
April... 27-28 @ 2:00 p.m.
$15 General Admission, $12 Students w/ID
Call 212-206-1515 or visit www.smarttix.com
Last Saturday I attended the above production, a new musical based on
"Twelfth Night", and was so delighted that I want everyone to know about
it! The Village Voice gave it a great review, and the word on the street
is "early Sondheim", but as for me, I can't wait for the CD to come out
so I can play my new favorite song, "Cakes and Ale", into the wee hours.
"Illyria" follows Shakespeare's plot for the most part with a rather
inspired twist at the end for Malvolio. The relationships of the various
characters get more attention than in "Twelfth Night". The romance of
Sir Toby and Maria is more fully developed, Viola verbalizes her
philosophy regarding the Duke, and although I still had trouble buying
Antonio's altruism, Sebastian's song "The Lady Must Be Mad" is a
convincing testimony to love at first sight. Given all the music and
singing, there is not a lot of Shakespeare's text, but most of the
lyrics and dialogue will be familiar.
Performance-wise, all of the acting and singing was good, and some of it
was excellent. The orchestra was rather disappointing during the
overtures, but quite fine otherwise. Most of the audience was humming
tunes from the show at intermission, myself included ("first, you take,
a tiny sip of ale...").
"Illyria" is playing through April 28, so if you live in the NYC area,
do hurry. It will be $15 well spent!
-- Emily Winerock
p.s. If you can't make the show but are curious about Prospect Theater
Company, they have a website: http://www.ProspectTheater.org.
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