Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes, "Glee" star Jenna Ushkowitz and "Dexter" and "The Following" actor Sam Underwood are among the performers who will celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday in a concert version of the award-winning musical Like You Like It, based on As You Like It and set at a mall in the 1980s, April 23 at 54 Below.
The 9:30 PM concert — held in advance of the upcoming studio cast album of Like You Like It — will feature a selection of songs and cut songs from the show, written by composer Daniel S. Acquisto and book writer-lyricist Sammy Buck.
Performers include Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Hannah Elless (The Other Josh Cohen), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Noah Galvin (Burnt Part Boys, Love and Information), Nathan Johnson (Like You Like It at The Gallery Players), Bonnie Milligan (Jasper in Deadland), Osnes (Cinderella, Three Penny Opera), Molly Ranson (Carrie, Bad Jews), Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), A.J. Shively (La Cage aux Folles), Dana Steingold (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee national tour), Underwood ("The Following," "Homeland") and Ushkowitz ("Glee," Spring Awakening).
Rounding out the cast are Sam Heldt, Elisabeth Ness, CJ Pawlikowski, Taylor Rathus, Chandler Reeves, Aaron Riesebeck, Emily Rogers and Patrick Shelton. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.
According to press notes, "All the world's a mall in Like You Like It, a totally awesome blend of As You Like It and the John Hughes movies of the 1980s. The winner of Best Musical at the 2009 NY Innovative Theatre Awards for the lauded Gallery Players production and a festival favorite in the very first NYMF, Like You Like It has been performed extensively in regional theaters, festivals, colleges and high schools and is soon to be published by Playscripts, Inc."
Like You Like It In Concert: Because It's Totally Shakespeare's 450th Birthday is produced by Shoshana Feinstein, directed by Tim Drucker and features music direction by Beth Falcone.
Buck and Acquisto's other works include StinkyKids The Musical, The Frog & The Witch and Matthew Takes Mannahatta (book by Aurin Squire) as well as the solo show …And Then I Wrote A Song About It (book by Eric H. Weinberger). Their other NYMF shows together are The 7-Year B*tch and Andy Warhol Was Right and apart are Acquisto's Wild About Harry (book by Susan DiLallo) and Buck's Common Grounds (music by Doug Katsaros).
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets are $25-$35 plus a $25 food/drink minimum. For tickets, visit 54Below.com. For more information, visit LikeYouLikeIt.com.
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