Exclusive! Hear Songs by Composer of Public Theater's Forthcoming Twelfth Night Musical

News   Exclusive! Hear Songs by Composer of Public Theater's Forthcoming Twelfth Night Musical
It's a big month for composer Shaina Taub: First, Old Hats, then Twelfth Night, and now, rolling out Dec. 16, the solo CD "Visitors." An audio clip can be heard below, along with an exclusive video of her singing.

Taub is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning songwriter who, as a performer, appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. She supplied music for the Bill Irwin/David Shiner play Old Hats, which starts previews at Signature Theatre Jan. 26, 2016.

Shaina Taub
Shaina Taub

Earlier this week Off-Broadway's it was reported (but not confirmed by the Public Theatre) that she will write an original score for the Public's new adaptation of Twelfth Night.

And, with impeccable timing, her first full-length solo album from TuneCore Records premieres Dec. 16.

Here is a clip of Taub performing the timely track "When," from "Visitors":


Here is the exclusive-to-Playbill video premiere of "O Luck Outrageous," also from "Visitors," as performed live by Taub:


Click here to buy the album on iTunes.

Twelfth Night has been musicalized several times before, with varying degrees of success. Your Own Thing ran 933 performances Off-Broadway, but Broadway's Music Is lasted just a week. All Shook Up (2005) moved the musical to the American South and filled it with Elvis Presley songs. Play On! moved it to Harlem and filled it with Duke Ellington music.

As an additional treat, here is a clip of Taub singing her own song, "Make a Mess," from Old Hats:


The Twelfth Night musical, based on William Shakespeare's comedy of cross dressing and secret love, will be presented as part of the Public Theater's The Public Works program, which "brings together professional and nonprofessional actors from across New York City’s five boroughs with song-and-dance productions of classic works," according to the Times. No date or staging location for the production was announced.

The libretto will consist entirely of Shakespeare's original text. The production will be staged by Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of Baltimore’s Center Stage. Taub said that the production will be set in a port city during a carnival.

The Public Theater originated Hair, A Chorus Line, Fun Home and Hamilton, among many other musicals and plays.

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