NewsWicked’s Stephen Schwartz Will Compose Music for John Doyle-Directed As You Like It
April 07, 2017
Actors will play instruments in the summer production of the William Shakespeare comedy at the Bay Street Theater.
Three-time Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz will pen an original, Jazz Era-inspired score for the Bay Street Theater's summer production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, which will be directed by Tony winner John Doyle.
Running August 8–September 3, members of the cast of the comedy will play instruments; casting will be announced at a later time.
Doyle (The Color Purple, Sweeney Todd, Company) will also design the sets as part of a creative team that includes costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, props designer Andrew Diaz, sound supervisor Shaughn Bryant, and hair and wig designer Meg Murphy.
As You Like It is a co-production with Classic Stage Company in New York City, where it will play following its run at Bay Street.
“Join Rosalind, one of Shakespeare's greatest heroines, as she travels into the merry Forest of Arden leaving behind the politics of the city,” according to Bay Street. “Disguising herself as a man and accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the clown, she embarks on a hilarious and romantic journey where she finds love, laughter, and maybe even herself. Shakespeare's beloved comedy will be brought to joyful new life in a production filled with Jazz Era-inspired music performed by a masterful cast.”