Rebecca Naomi Jones, Alysha Umphress, Joe Carroll Turn Shakespeare's As You Like It Into a Rock Concert Tonight

News   Rebecca Naomi Jones, Alysha Umphress, Joe Carroll Turn Shakespeare's As You Like It Into a Rock Concert Tonight A concert version of Very Very Rock Show, a new musical that turns William Shakespeare's As You Like It into a rock concert, is held March 5 at 54 Below. 

Rebecca Naomi Jones
Rebecca Naomi Jones

Very Very is described as a "sexy electric reinvention of a classic comedy of rebellion, love, freedom, and redemption."

Performers include Joe Carroll (Cinderella, Once), Eric LaJuan Summers (Motown), Genson Blimline (Rock Of Ages), Larry Owens (Fat Camp), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Fortress of Solitude, American Idiot), Alysha Umphress (On the Town, American Idiot), Kacie Sheik (Hair), Theo Stockman (Hair, American Idiot), Matt Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story), Ben Roseberry (The Lion King), Sara Kapner (Bare), Kasie Gasparini (Mamma Mia!) and show creators Zac Lasher and Jay Leibowitz as well as their band (Kevin Griffin and Rob Salzer of U-Melt, Dan McNaney and Sparkie Sandler)

Cast members from the original workshop of Very Very at the NYC Gibson-Baldwin Showroom — Anna Ty Bergman, Dani Marcus, Blake Pfeil and Roger Weisman — lend their talents on backup.

Very Very, according to press notes, "tells the story of Rosalind and Orlando, two young lovers who flee the tyranny of home only to reunite in a sexually charged and confusingly passionate exile. Songs feature a modern rock vocabulary from various genres blended together in Zac Lasher's unique compositional style and Jay Leibowitz's lyrics, which cleverly deconstruct Shakespeare’s original text."

The musical was originally conceived by Jason King Jones and has been in development since April 2012. Two free industry concert readings of the show (directed by Jason King Jones, featuring music direction by Zac Lasher and produced by Jay Leibowitz) were performed March 4, 2013, at the Gibson-Baldwin Showroom in midtown Manhattan. The American Theater Group presented a free abridged concert reading of Very Very at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ, Dec. 9, 2013. 54 Below is loctated at 254 W. 54th Street. For tickets, visit 54Below.com. For more information on the show, visit VeryVeryRockShow.com

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