Broadway's Alice Ripley and Norm Lewis will perform Standup Shakespeare at Steppenwolf on July 17.
Broadway's Alice Ripley and Norm Lewis will perform Standup Shakespeare at Steppenwolf on July 17.
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Steppenwolf's LookOut Series has announced a surprise summer performance of Standup Shakespeare: A Concert Reading, to be held on July 17 at 6:30pm in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre.

The performance will feature music by Ray Leslee and a book by Kenneth Welsh, using the words of Shakespeare. The event, which is a benefit concert reading for the theater, showcases the talent of Steppenwolf cofounder Jeff Perry alongside Broadway's Norm Lewis (Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera) and Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, American Psycho).

Standup Shakespeare sets the timeless language of the Bard to the exciting rhythms of jazz, baroque, samba, and gospel-rock original music. A fractured love story is performed by a modern-day Fool (Perry), alongside Lewis and Ripley. Accompanying the cast are Marshall Coid (violin), Dave Dunaway (bass), Ray Leslee (piano), and Josh Plotner (woodwinds).

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