Listen to One of the Songs from The Last Goodbye

The Old Globe has released a video featuring an exclusive performance by Jay Armstrong Johnson and Talisa Friedman from The Last Goodbye.

The Last Goodbye is a new musical fusing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the incendiary music of rock icon Jeff Buckley, directed by Alex Timbers, one of the brightest stars in today’s Broadway theater. There will be a FREE Insight Seminar on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 pm which features a panel of artists from the show. Reception at 6:30 pm. This will also be FREE Post-Show Forums with the cast following the performances on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Oct. 16.

THE LAST GOODBYE
Sept. 22 – Nov. 3, 2013
Conceived and Adapted by Michael Kimmel
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Buckley
Orchestrations, Music Direction and Arrangements by Kris Kukul
Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Alex Timbers
Tickets: (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623] or www.theoldglobe.org

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Orange County’s Macbeth

John Walcutt as Macbeth and Evelyn Carol Case as Lady Macbeth. Photos by Jordan Kubat

John Walcutt as Macbeth and Evelyn Carol Case as Lady Macbeth. Photos by Jordan Kubat

The witches

The witches

John Walcutt as the Scottish King

John Walcutt as the Scottish King

MACBETH
August 15 – 31, 2013
Festival Amphitheatre
12762 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Main stage performances begin at 8:15 p.m.
Parking is free. Picnic areas are available.
For more info: (714) 590-1575
www.shakespeareoc.org

A Noise Within Announces Cast of PERICLES

A Noise Within

A Noise Within begins its 22nd season with Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre, opening Saturday, September 14 and closing Sunday, November 24, 2013, with previews starting September 7.

Pericles is an action-packed, tempest-tossed hero’s quest: a magical mystery tour spanning decades and continents. In its day, it was one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays – stuffed full of all kinds of adventurous effects to satisfy his audience: pirates, storms, kidnapping, brothels, prostitution, incest, murder plots complete with assassins, famine (resolved by lots of ears of corn), battles, broken engagements, burning to death by fire from heaven, bodies tossed overboard (only to be discovered alive when they wash up on shore), unlikely reunions, the appearance of an actual goddess, and of course, a virgin.

Scholars have debated whether Shakespeare wrote the whole play or adapted and extended a play by another playwright – with his language and style being seen most strongly in the last three acts. Pericles also shares a dreamlike, fantastical, and cinematic quality with The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, and his other late plays.  More

Cirque du Soleil’s AMALUNA, an Homage to The Tempest

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. Amaluna is currently playing in Toronto and is scheduled to tour Vancouver, Seattle, and Edmonton. Click Here for tickets and information.

Andy Explains Romeo and Juliet to Opie on The Andy Griffith Show

A classic scene from a true southern gentleman. Rest in peace Andy Griffith.

And this would be…..fantastic!

New York Theater

I uncovered startling news for the many fans of “Slings and Arrows,” the cult Canadian TV series about a fictional theater suspiciously similar to the Stratford Festival.

I had recently discovered this brilliant series, which ran for three seasons in both Canada and the United States, ending in 2007.Each of its three seasons focused on a different play by William Shakespeare that the repertory company was putting on: Hamlet, then MacBeth, and finally King Lear. Each six-episode season was funny and touching, but it was also greatly (and painlessly) illuminating about the works themselves. It starred Paul Gross (who recently starred on Broadway in “Private Lives”)  as the once-insane artistic director Geoffrey Tennant and his real-life wife Martha Burns as his lead actress and (former/still/complicated) love-of-his-life Ellen Fenshaw, but the entire cast was spot-on.  I loved this series. It is certainly the best backstage television series I’ve ever seen. Smash, the NBC series about the (fictional)…

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The Hollow Crown, Coming this Summer

Have you seen the trailer for the long-awaited BBC series The Hollow Crown, (or Shakespeare Unlocked), coming this summer? The NBC Universal/BBC TV adaptation of four of Shakespeare’s plays will air with stunning casts and magnificent sets and costumes. The first installment is Richard II, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Ben Whishaw as King Richard, Rory Kinnear (Bolingbroke), Patrick Stewart (John of Gaunt), David Suchet (Duke of York), David Morrissey (Northumberland), Clemence Poesy (Queen Isabella), Lindsay Duncan (Duchess of York), Tom Hughes (Aumerle) and James Purefoy (Mowbray). The series is produced by Sam Mendes.

Next they will present Henry IV, shot in two parts, with Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV directed by Richard Eyre. Tom Hiddleston is Prince Hal in the cast which also includes Harry Lloyd from Game of Thrones. The final installment in the series is Henry V with Tom Hiddleston playing the role of King Henry V and Lamber Wilson playing the King of France. Julie Walters and Jon Hurt also star. The project coincides with the Summer Olympics, London 2012 Festival and The Cultural Olympiad on the BBC.

Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival Launches H.S. Tour of Romeo & Juliet

The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is launching its Educational Outreach Program with a cutting of Romeo & Juliet that will tour high schools throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. The 40-minute production is aimed at ninth graders studying the play and is presented free of charge for local schools. Adapted and directed by Kelly Boczek-Petrie, it will focus on the impetuous nature of many of its characters, leading to the tragedy of the play, and uses a TMZ like broadcast to draw a strong correlation between the 400-year old text and entertainment headlines of today.

Included in the cast are Karen Deputy (Nurse, Lady Capulet & Benvolio), Kristina Teves (as Juliet), Tor Brown (as Romeo), Tom Metcalf (Montague, Capulet & Tybalt), and Brian Helm (as Friar & Mercutio). Amanda Hubbell is the outreach coordinator for the program. In addition to the Romeo & Juliet spring tour, the outreach program also includes an Apprentice Company summer theatre program and a tour of local elementary schools in the fall. This year the elementary school tour will be an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. For more information about SCSF’s programs call (661) 799-3378.

BBC To Present New 20-part Series: Shakespeare’s Restless World

The BBC has a new 20-part series for Radio 4 called Shakespeare’s Restless World that begins April 16. British Museum Director Neil MacGregor will look at the world through the eyes of Shakespeare’s audience by exploring objects from that turbulent period. Objects like Dee’s Mirror and The Eye Relic will be examined in depth, along with their place in the culture and society of Shakespeare’s world. MacGregor asks what the plays would have meant to the public when they were first performed. He uses carefully selected objects to explore the great issues of the day and considers what they can reveal about the concerns and beliefs of Shakespearean England. Contributing to the programmes will be Shakespeare scholars, historians and experts on witchcraft and warfare, fencing and food, luxury trade and many other topics. You’ll be able to follow the series online and the programs will be made permanently available to listen to and download. Click Here to go to the BBC’s website for more information about the series.

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