PIPPIN, TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III, 'JANIS JOPLIN' & More to be Featured on WABC-7's Broadway Backstage: Fall Preview Tomorrow

The repertory productions of TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III are a highlight of this season's influx of Shakespeare on Broadway. Both plays are presented with an all-male company playing both male and female roles, as the plays were originally staged in Shakespeare's day. Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT. While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia (Mark Rylance), an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high handedness of Olivia's steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry). When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola (Samuel Barnett), who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows. In RICHARD III, Richard Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already dispatched one king and that king's son; now all that stands in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews - the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those - the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays - who dare to raise a voice against him. Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare's most charismatic, self-delighting villain, reveling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power. TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III is currently playing a limited engagement through February 2, 2014 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). For more information visit www.ShakespeareBroadway.com.

It's a great season on Broadway with plenty of star power in new dramas, revivals and musicals and you can see it all on WABC-7's"Broadway Backstage: Fall Preview". The half-hour special continues to focus the spotlight on the remarkable, one of a kind, institution that is Broadway and provides a complete rundown of all that the Great White Way is offering this season. The program can also be seen following the broadcast at www.7online.com/broadway.

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