Musicalized Twelfth Night Opens July 31 in Central Park

Off-Broadway News   Musicalized Twelfth Night Opens July 31 in Central Park
Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub's musical adaptation continues The Public's 2018 season of free Shakespeare in the Park.
Red Cast: Nikki M. James and cast
Red Cast: Nikki M. James and cast Joan Marcus

The Public Theater's musical version of Twelfth Night—the second show of the free, 2018 Shakespeare in the Park season—officially opens July 31 in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The adaptation is conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, directed by Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Kwei-Armah, with choreography by Lorin Latarro.

Blue Cast:
Blue Cast: Nanya-Akuki Goodrich and Ato Blankson-Wood Joan Marcus


Performances began July 17 and are scheduled through August 19.

The cast of Twelfth Night is made up of Ato Blankson-Wood as Orsino, Nikki M. James as Viola, Andrew Kober as Malvolio, co-creator Taub as Feste, Shuler Hensley as Sir Toby Belch, Nanya-Akuki Goodrich as Olivia, Lori Brown-Niang as Maria, Troy Anthony as Sebastian, JW Guido as Illyrian, Daniel Hall as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Jonathan Jordan as Antonio, and Patrick J. O’Hare as Fabian.

Kim Blanck is the female understudy and Javier Ignacio is the male understudy, along with two rotating ensembles of community members who are also a part of the production.

Twelfth Night was originally performed in 2016 through Public Works, which brings together professional artists and community members from all five New York City boroughs.

The Public Works community partner organizations are Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), DreamYard (Bronx), The Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Foundation (all boroughs), along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education (Bronx), Children's Aid (all boroughs) and Domestic Workers United (all boroughs).

Twelfth Night features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by John Torres, sound design by Jessica Paz, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky, orchestrations by Mike Brun, and music direction by Taub.

Watch Taub and an ensemble of dancers and musicians perform her song “Eyes of Another” from the musical adaptation of Twelfth Night in the video below.

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at noon on the day of each performance. Tickets are also distributed by random mobile lottery on the TodayTix app or can be purchased via a tax-deductible donation. For information and to donate, call (212) 967-7555.

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