O'Hare, Barbour, Hurlbert and Shindle Join Variations on Shakespeare Benefit

News   O'Hare, Barbour, Hurlbert and Shindle Join Variations on Shakespeare Benefit Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare and Tony nominee James Barbour will lend their voices to Variations on Shakespeare: An Evening of Songs Inspired by the Bard, at New World Stages Aug. 4.

Take Me Out Tony winner O'Hare and Tale of Two Cities star James Barbour are among the newly enlisted talents who will perform at the benefit concert for the proposed New Globe Theater in New York Harbor.

Also newly announced for the 8 PM concert are Legally Blonde's Kate Shindle and MTV reality contestant and new Legally Blonde cast member, Autumn Hurlbert.

Tony Award winner Mark Rylance will host the upcoming concert that features the previously reported Martha Plimpton (Top Girls), Darius de Haas (Marie Christine), Barrett Foa (The Drunken City), Alexander Gemignani (Sunday in the Park with George), Garrett Long (South Pacific), Alice Ripley (Side Show, Next to Normal), Tony winner Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Michael Arden (The Times They Are A-Changin') and Tom Cavanagh (Urinetown, "Ed").

Igor Goldin will direct with musical direction by David Andrews Rogers. Musical selections will include songs from West Side Story, The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me, Kate.

The evening will benefit the campaign to transform the Castle Williams fortification in New York Harbor into a contemporary Globe Theater for New York audiences. Host Rylance, a Tony winner for his work in Boeing-Boeing, formerly served as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London. The mission of a New Globe has yet to be authorized or endorsed by the National Parks Service, though ongoing support from the public and elected officials is gaining momentum in the hopes of swaying the NPS's position.

The planned theatre – a contemporary take on Shakespeare's Globe – would seat 1,200 and offer 400 "groundling tickets" for people standing on the ground below the stage. The New Globe also intends to create a resident acting company for the cultural center that would offer views of Manhattan and New York Harbor.

Tickets, ranging $50-$150, are available by visiting newglobe.org.

New World Stages is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street.

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