By Michael Gioia
04 Sep 2013
Concluding Sept. 8
The Tempest (Off-Broadway at the Delacorte Theater). Laura Benanti, Norm Lewis, Carson Elrod, Jeff Hiller and Jacob Ming-Trent star in Lear deBessonet and Todd Almond's new musical adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, as part of The Public Theater's new Public Works initiative. The Tempest is conceived and directed by Lear and features book, music and lyrics by Almond, who also stars as Ariel. The production is inspired by a 1916 event at City College, which featured professional actors working with 1,500 city residents who united for an adaptation of The Tempest, billed as Caliban by the Yellow Sands. Visit ShakespeareInThePark.org.
Wanda's Monster (Off-Broadway at Vineyard Theatre's Dimson Theatre). Wanda's Monster "introduces an imaginative little girl named Wanda and her unexpected bond with a fuzzy purple monster as she learns acceptance and friendship." Based on the award-winning children's book by Eileen Spinelli, the musical features music and lyrics by singer, songwriter and children's recording artist Laurie Berkner and a book by Barbara Zinn Krieger. Visit WandasMonster.com.