Arden, Barbour, Hoff, O'Hare, Plimpton, Rapp and Ripley Sing Variations on Shakespeare Aug. 4

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04 Aug 2008

Host Mark Rylance
Host Mark Rylance
Aubrey Reuben
Boeing-Boeing Tony Award winner Mark Rylance hosts the star-studded benefit concert Variations on Shakespeare: An Evening of Songs Inspired by the Bard Aug. 4 at New World Stages.

Igor Goldin directs the 8 PM concert, which features musical direction by David Andrews Rogers. Musical selections include songs from West Side Story, The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me, Kate.

Set to appear are Tony winners Denis O'Hare (Take Me Out) and Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys) as well as Martha Plimpton (Top Girls), Darius de Haas (Marie Christine), Barrett Foa (The Drunken City), Alexander Gemignani (Sunday in the Park with George), Garrett Long (South Pacific), Alice Ripley (Side Show, Next to Normal), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Michael Arden (The Times They Are A-Changin'), James Barbour (A Tale of Two Cities), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde) and Tom Cavanagh (Urinetown, "Ed").

The evening will benefit the campaign to transform the Castle Williams fortification in New York Harbor into a contemporary Globe Theater for New York audiences. Host Rylance formerly served as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London.

The mission of a New Globe has yet to be authorized or endorsed by the National Parks Service, though ongoing support from the public and elected officials is gaining momentum in the hopes of swaying the NPS's position.



The planned theatre – a contemporary take on Shakespeare's Globe – would seat 1,200 and offer 400 "groundling tickets" for people standing on the ground below the stage. The New Globe also intends to create a resident acting company for the cultural center that would offer views of Manhattan and New York Harbor.

Tickets for the concert, ranging $50-$150, are available by visiting newglobe.org.

New World Stages is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street.