The 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, was held April 23 at 54 Below in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday. Here are highlights from the evening.
The concert — held in advance of the upcoming studio cast album of Like You Like It — featured a selection of songs and cut songs from the show, written by composer Daniel S. Acquisto and book writer-lyricist Sammy Buck.
Performers included 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), Laura 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), Sam Underwood ("The Following," "Homeland"), Amy Spanger (Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, Bare), Max Crumm (Disaster! The Musical, Grease), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Rock of Ages), Stephen Christopher Anthony (The Book of Mormon), Kennedy Caughell (American Idiot tour) and Ali Gordon.
Rounding out the cast were Sam Heldt, Elisabeth Ness, CJ Pawlikowski, Taylor Rathus, Chandler Reeves, Aaron Riesebeck, Emily Rogers and Patrick Shelton. Hollis Scarborough and Lance Olds host.
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 was produced by Shoshana Feinstein, directed by Tim Drucker and featured music direction by Beth Falcone. Videography is by Feinstein.
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).
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