If Kenneth Branagh can do it with Love's Labour's Lost, why not turn another one of the Bard's classics into a musical? The Moonwork Theater Company does just that as they present their new work, What You Will at the Connelly Theatre Off-Broadway March 29-April 21. The opening is set for April 5.
What You Will takes William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and turns it into a tuner. Set in 1942 during World War II, the show takes place in a swing club, with the characters of the comedy as troops, military police, cigarette girls, dancers, and singers. Moonwork's artistic director Gregory Wolfe directs with choreography by Lars Rosager.
The cast of 19 features Mason Pettit, Margaret Nichols, Rusty Magee, Tom Shillue, Jason Cicci, Brandy Zarle, Ron McClary, John Roque, Craig Pearlberg and Julie Dingman. The score is provided by Rusty Magee and Andrew Sherman. The design team includes Lowell Pettit (sets), Oana Botez-Ban (costumes) and David Sherman (lights).
Moonwork is currently in its sixth season as a company. Other works they have produced include a live-action/ live-video Richard III, a musical A Midsummer Night's Dream and a Greek-chorus-included Romeo and Juliet.
What You Will will play at the Connelly, 220 East 4th in downtown Manhattan, through April 21. For tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. — by Ernio Hernandez