The Moonwork Theater Company musicalized version of Twelfth Night, which employs Shakespeare's subtitle What You Will as its title, will end its run at the Connelly Theatre Off-Broadway on April 21. The stay began on March 29 with an opening night on April 5.
What You Will takes William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and turns it into a tuner, with many of the famous soliloquies transformed into songs. Set in 1942 during World War II, the show takes place in a swing joint called Club Illyria, with the characters of the comedy as troops, military police, cigarette girls, dancers, and singers. Olivia owns the place, Orsino is a Navy captain, Malvolia is manager of the club and Viola masquerades as a sailor. Moonwork's artistic director Gregory Wolfe directs with choreography by Lars Rosager.
The cast of 19 features Mason Pettit, Margaret Nichols (as Olivia), Rusty Magee (as Feste), Tom Shillue (as Andrew Aguecheek), Jason Cicci, Brandy Zarle, Ron McClary (as Toby Belch), John Roque, Craig Pearlberg and Julie Dingman (as Maria). 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 plays at the Connelly, 220 East 4th in downtown Manhattan. For tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. —By Robert Simonson
and Ernio Hernandez