Robin De Jesus and Javier Muņoz Are Two Gentlemen of Verona, Starting Jan. 27
By Adam Hetrick
Two-time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesus and Drama Desk Award winner Javier Muñoz, who co-starred on Broadway in the musical In the Heights, reunite for the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of the rock musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, beginning Jan. 27.
Presented Jan. 27-29, the musical by Hair composer Galt MacDermot, Pulitzer-winning playwright John Guare (House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation) and director Mel Shapiro, runs concurrently with STC's production of Shakespeare's play of the same title.
MacDermot (music), Guare (book/lyrics) and Shapiro (co-book adaptation/original direction) adapted Shakespeare's work for the 1971 musical that won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Book of a musical in 1972.
Amanda Dehnert directs the musical, which has choreography by Spencer Liff (Cry-Baby, The Wedding Singer).
De Jesus plays Speed, opposite Muñoz as Proteus. The cast also features Broadway veteran Ken Page (Cats, Guys and Dolls) as the Duke of Milan, Danny Rutigliano (The Lion King, Billy Elliot) as Launce and Helen Hayes Award nominee Eleasha Gamble (Oklahoma! at Arena Stage) as Silvia.
Additional cast members include Terence Archie as Valentine, Florrie Bagel as Lucetta, Tom Deckman as Thurio, Arielle Jacobs as Julia, Manu Narayan as Eglamour, as well as Carolyn Agan, Kellee Knighten Hough, Matthew John Kacergis, Kristian Lauren, Kevin S. McAllister, Katie McManus, Christopher Mueller, Manu Narayan, Juan Carlos Sanchez, Chris Sizemore, Cliff Walker and Bayla Whitten.
The creative team includes scenic designer James Noone, costume designer Tracy Christensen, lighting designer Nancy Schertler, sound designer David Budries and musical director George Fulginiti-Shakar.
For tickets phone (202) 547-1122, or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.
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