Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet, Directed by Donna Drake, Begins Off-Broadway Run Feb. 28
By Michael Gioia
Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet, featuring a boy-band string quartet that covers classical and contemporary sounds, returns to New York City for a limited three-week engagement beginning Feb. 28 at the The Marjorie S. Deane Theater.
Directed by Donna Drake (Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year, The Wind in the Willows), Well-Strung plays Thursday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM through March 16.
Well-Strung is described as "a 'mash-up of string quartet and boy band' that features classical musicians who sing, putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Pink, Lady Gaga, Adele and more."
The quartet is made up of Edmund Bagnell (first national tour of Sweeney Todd, directed by John Doyle) on first violin, Christopher Marchant (Sweeney Todd national tour) on second violin, Daniel Shevlin (Off-Broadway's The Sandbox) on cello and Trevor Wadleigh (The String Collective of New York) on viola.
Music arrangements are by David Levinson (Les Enfants de Paris at NYMF 2011) with additional arrangements by Shevlin. The show was conceived by Christopher Marchant and Mark Cortale, and written by Drake and Cortale with additional material by Jeffery Roberson.
Coinciding with the return engagement is the release of the group's debut CD on Twist Records. Produced by Matt Farber and Cortale, the CD is available Feb. 28.
Well-Strung played a sold-out debut engagement at Joe's Pub in May 2012, followed by a summer at the Art House in Provincetown, MA, before returning to New York for a three-week engagement this past fall.
The Marjorie S. Deane Theater is located at 10 West 64th Street. For more information and tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or visit Well-Strung.com.
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