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Shaina Taub's Musical Adaptation of Twelfth Night Opens

The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park production stars Nikki M. James as Viola.

Shaina Taub and the company of Twelfth Night take a bow during curtain call on opening night.
(© Allison Stock)

The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park remount of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night opened Tuesday, July 31 for its run through August 19. Check out the gallery below for photos of the show's many stars on red carpet.


Oskar Eustis and Kwei-Armah direct the production, which features music and lyrics by Taub, and choreography by Lorin Latarro.

The cast includes Ato Blankson-Wood (Orsino), Lori Brown-Niang (Maria), Troy Anthony (Sebastian), Nanya-Akuki Goodrich (Olivia), J.W. Guido (Featured Illyrian), Daniel Hall (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Shuler Hensley (Sir Toby Belch), Nikki M. James (Viola), Jonathan Jordan (Antonio), Andrew Kober (Malvolio), Patrick J. O'Hare (Fabian), and Shaina Taub (Feste). Kim Blanck is the female understudy, and Javier Ignacio is the male understudy. The equity company is joined by two rotating ensembles — referred to as the "red" and "blue" casts — of community members from all five New York City boroughs who will perform together on the Delacorte stage.

Twelfth Night features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by John Torres, sound design by Jessica Paz, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky, orchestrations by Mike Brun, and music direction by Taub.