By Michael Gioia
07 May 2014
|Photo by Nathan Johnson Photography|
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.
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).
For more information, visit LikeYouLikeIt.com.
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