Plimpton, de Haas, Foa, Gemignani and Long Join Line-Up for Variations on Shakespeare Concert

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Additional stars have been added to the roster for Variations on Shakespeare: An Evening of Songs Inspired by the Bard, the upcoming benefit concert for the proposed New Globe Theater.

Tony Award winner Mark Rylance will host the Aug 4. concert at New World Stages that features newly announced performers Martha Plimpton (Top Girls), Darius de Haas (Marie Christine), Barrett Foa (The Drunken City), Alexander Gemignani (Sunday in the Park with George) and Garrett Long (South Pacific).

The 8 PM evening also boasts the previously announced 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 the concert 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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