Directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, co-conceived by Wayne Barker (musical director), Lamos and Deborah Grace Winer, Sing for Your Shakespeare is based on a concert originally created for the 92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists series. It runs through June 22.
Featuring choreography by Dan Knechtges, the production team includes Riccardo Hernandez (scenic design), Candice Donnelly (costume design), Robert Wierzel (lighting design) and Domonic Sack (sound design).
Here's how Westport bills the 90-minute evening: "With selections from Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story, and Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse, as well as numbers by Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser, and others, the production explores how the American Songbook has been inspired for decades by Shakespeare's works."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.