Musical Mondays, the new-works showcase at the Century Center's upstairs ballroom space in Manhattan, will present Carl Danielsen's My Twelfth Night, or What I Will, a musical entertainment drawing on Shakespeare characters and using some existing music from musicals inspired by Shakespeare, 7 PM Jan. 7 and 14. Bick Goss, director of Musical Mondays, which has been devoted to giving voice to new works in progress, stages the romp. "Every line and dance and song is related to Shakespeare and music created for such productions of West Side Story, Tempest, Othello, Oh Brother, Boys From Syracuse," said Goss. "It's totally original and clever in its presentation and style."
In the freewheeling show, Danielsen, a classical pianist and actor, plays piano and stars as Doug Orsino, "king of the jingle writers," who becomes infatuated with a woman named Olivia. It's about what he does to win her as he encounters other Twelfth Night-inspired characters. The other characters are heard via the radio or answering machine (Danielsen plays them all).
Admission is a $10 donation. The work runs 90 minutes with one intermission. For information or reservations, call (212) 982-6782 ext. 19.