Boys From Syracuse Concert in DC Will Boast Leslie Kritzer, Alex Gemignani, 19-Piece Orchestra

News   Boys From Syracuse Concert in DC Will Boast Leslie Kritzer, Alex Gemignani, 19-Piece Orchestra Broadway's Anastasia Barzee, Leslie Kritzer, Alexander Gemignani, Michael McGrath, Ben Davis, Adam Heller and more will star in a fall concert version of the 1938 Shakespeare-inspired Broadway musical The Boys From Syracuse as a special event in Shakespeare Theatre Company's season in Washington, DC.

Leslie Kritzer
Leslie Kritzer

The musical by composer Richard Rodgers, lyricist Lorenz Hart and book writer George Abbott exploits the Roman-inspired Shakespeare farce The Comedy of Errors and features such classic songs as "Falling in Love With Love," "Sing for Your Supper" and "This Can't Be Love." The script-in-hand concert performances play Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) Nov. 4-6.

The script has been adapted by David Ives, who also adapted The Liar and the current production of The Heir Apparent for STC. Alan Paul, STC associate director, will direct this special concert, based the popular Encores! concert adaptation that was seen at New York City Center in 1997 (a concert cast recording preserves that company's work). An unrelated full Broadway revival (with a book adapted by Nicky Silver) was produced in 2002.

In addition to presenting full productions in its current 25th season, STC is celebrating its milestone by producing special performances of Shakespeare as seen through the lens of song and dance — "musical interpretations of his work performed in concert-style stagings."

The concert of The Boys From Syrcacuse will include musical staging, three fully choreographed production numbers and new costumes, plus a 19-piece on-stage orchestra.

The show's music director is George Fulginiti-Shakar. Karma Camp is the choreographer.

The Boys From Syracuse "tells the story of identical twin brothers separated in a shipwreck as children," according to STC notes. "When the two brothers, their wives and servants (also long-lost identical twins) meet in Ephesus, confusion and comedy lead them to discover each other's true identities."

Anastasia Barzee

Barzee (Broadway's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Urinetown, Jekyll and Hyde, Miss Saigon and more) will play Adriana; Gemignani (Broadway's The People the Picture, Sunday in the Park With George, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and Assassins) will play the Police Sergeant; Kritzer (Broadway's Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde and Hairspray) will play Luce; McGrath (Broadway's Born Yesterday, Memphis, Spamalot, Is He Dead?, Wonderful Town and more) will play Ephesus; with Helen Carey (Broadway's London Assurance, Hedda Gabler, Pygmalion) as Seeress; Anderson Davis (Les Miserables) as Antipholus of Syracuse, Ben Davis (Broadway's A Little Night Music, Les Miz, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Antipholus of Ephesus, Natascia Diaz (The Capeman at the Delacorte, Off-Broadway's Jacques Brel, Broadway's Man of La Mancha) as Courtesan; Adam Heller (Off-Broadway's Make Me a Song, Broadway's Les Miz, A Class Act, Victor/Victoria) as Dromio of Syracuse; John Horton (Broadway's A Touch of the Poet, London Assurance, Kiss Me, Kate) as Aegeon; Nehal Joshi (Arena Stage's Oklahoma!) as Sorcerer; Matt Pearson as Angelo; Tim Rogan as Corporal; Thomas Adrian Simpson as Tailor; Michael Nansel as Duke of Ephesus; and Betsy Wolfe (Broadway's Everyday Rapture, 110 in the Shade, ACT's Tales of the City) as Luciana. Ensemble members include Erica Hamilton, Benjamin Horen, Catherine LaFrere, Crystal Mosser, Rachel Nelson and DeMoya Watson.

The design team for The Boys From Syracuse includes scenic designer James Noone, costume designer Tracy Christensen, lighting designer Nancy Schertler and sound designer David Budries. Director Paul joined STC in 2007 as the directing fellow and worked for two seasons as the resident assistant director. At STC, he has directed Twelfth Night (Free For All), numerous ReDiscovery Readings and many special events including STC's 25th Anniversary Gala. He has been the Assistant Director for 13 shows for Michael Kahn, David Muse, Maria Aitken, Jonathan Munby, Rebecca Bayla Taichman, Gale Edwards and Mary Zimmerman.

Paul is assisted by stage manager Martha Knight and assistant stage manager Joseph Smelser. Gus Heagerty serves as assistant director. Casting for The Boys From Syracuse is by Binder Casting.

For tickets and more information, call (202) 547-1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.

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