The outdoor production, which plays through July 28 at Pinkney Park in Rowayton, CT, and later runs July 4-12 at Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT, is directed by Joanna Settle (9 Parts of Desire, Public Theater's In Darfur).
The studio recording of Stew's music, which is anticipated to have 15 tracks, will feature incidental passages from the production as well as five new stand-alone songs. Midsummer will be released July 21 with presale orders available at performances of the summer engagement.
"Stew is a dream to collaborate with! The music he's composed weaves through the evening with heart-opening beauty and intelligence. Shakespeare on the Sound is thrilled to be able to offer our audience a bit of the summer night's magic to take home with them," Settle said in a statement.
"My music is there to serve Shake's work and Joanna's work and to support their profound magic," added Stew. "I'd like the audience to feel like this work is somehow relevant to their lives and not some fanciful bit of theatrical whimsy. I think this is what any artist wants an audience member to feel about their work: its relevance." The cast of Midsummer includes Jesse J. Perez (Puck/Philostrate), Doan Ly (Titania/Hippolyta), Mickey Solis (Oberon/Theseus), Dennis Parlato (Egeus), Gregory Wooddell (Demetrius), Marjan Neshat (Hermia), Albert Jones (Lysander), Gretchen Hall (Helena), Ty Jones (Bottom), Lindsay Smiling (Starveling/Oberon Goblin), Chivas Michael (Flute/Titania Fairy), Mike Caban (Snout/Titania Fairy), Benjamin Huber (Peter Quince/Titania Fairy), Daniel O'Neill (Snug/Oberon Goblin), Lili De’Rossi (Titania Fairy), Alexa Salamé (Titania Fairy), and Alessandro Chillé (Oberon Goblin). The production is designed by Andrew Lieberman, with choreography by David Neumann, sound design by Obadiah Eaves and lighting design by Adam Silverman.
Stew earned a 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for his rock-fueled work Passing Strange. The singer-songwriter also starred in the production and penned the score with collaborator Heidi Rodewald. The musical also earned the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Outstanding/Best Musical and garnered four Audelco Awards (including Best Musical Production of the Year).
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