Variations on Shakespeare: An Evening of Songs Inspired by the Bard

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About This Show

The New Globe Theater hosts a benefit concert entitled Variations on Shakespeare: An Evening of Songs Inspired by the Bard. This benefit highlights songs from musicals based on the works of William Shakespeare with performances by some of Broadway’s hottest stars!

The works of William Shakespeare have always served as a true inspiration for many playwrights and composers over the years, with some of the most famous musical theatre pieces inspired by the Bard’s plays. Kiss Me, Kate was Cole Porter’s musical transformation of the classic Taming of the Shrew, and gave us such great songs as “Too Darn Hot” and “So In Love.” The Comedy of Errors was the play that inspired Rodgers and Hart to pen the hit musical The Boys From Syracuse and the most famous musical of them all, West Side Story, is a beautiful musical re-telling of Romeo And Juliet set in 1950’s New York City.

The evening is hosted by Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (Boeing-Boeing) with appearances and performances by Tom Cavanagh (TV’s Ed, Urinetown, Shenandoah), Anthony Rapp (Rent, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Christian Hoff (Tony Award winner for Jersey Boys, upcoming Pal Joey), Alice Ripley (Tony Award nominee Side Show, Next To Normal) and Michael Arden (Ring of Fire, Bare) with more names to be announced shortly!

The evening is directed by Igor Goldin with musical direction by David Andrews Rogers. Please note that all performers are subject to availability.

The evening is being produced in association with

Show Details

Dates: One Night Only: August 4, 2008
Location: New World Stages, New York City

340 W 50th St,

New York,


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