Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company will reinvent Shakespeare for its inaugural benefit Classics Gone Mad! The one-night-only event will be held May 15 at 7 PM in the Lynn F. Angelson Theater with Titanique and RuPaul's Drag Race star Rosé hosting.
The evening will feature Jay Armstrong Johnson (Parade), Frank DiLella (NY1’s On Stage), Linedy Genao (Bad Cinderella), Julie Halston (Tootsie), Daniel K. Isaac (Once Upon a (Korean) Time), Tony winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger (To Kill a Mockingbird), and Will Roland (Be More Chill). Each will put a spin on some of Shakespeare's most famous words with the audience helping decide the direction of the script in a night that will be part-show and part-party.
The Skivvies will also give a special performance while Marie’s Crisis pianist Brandon James Gwinn will lead a sing-along of classic showtunes.
CSC Associate Board Chair Cara Akselrad and member Eric Ulloa will direct the evening.
“We want to approach the classics boldly,” said Akselrad and Ulloa in a joint statement. “We enthusiastically support CSC’s mission of reimagining the canon, and this event takes that notion in yet another direction."
All proceeds from the evening will support the company’s audience development and community outreach programs.