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Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party

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TWELFTH NIGHT officially opened on June 25th. The production runs through July 12th at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Bank of America returns as lead sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park 2009. BroadwayWorld.com's cameras joined the fun at the starry after party to bring you all the pictures of the night!

TWELFTH NIGHT, one of Shakespeare's most beloved romantic comedies, is a time-honored story of cross-dressing and mistaken identity that follows the romantic adventures of Viola and her identical twin Sebastian, both shipwrecked in the enchanted dukedom of Illyria.

The Shakespeare in the Park production of TWELFTH NIGHT, is directed by Daniel Sullivan and features Anne Hathaway as Viola. Joining Hathaway in the production are OBIE winner Michael Cumpsty (Hamlet at Classic Stage) as Malvolio; three-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza (Speed-the-Plow on Broadway) as Orsino; Hamish Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") as Sir Andrew Aguecheek; four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (110 in the Shade on Broadway) as Olivia; two-time Tony Award nominee David Pittu (What's That Smell at the Atlantic) as Feste; and Jay O. Sanders (Daniel Sullivan's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare in the Park) as Sir Toby Belch.

Herb Foster plays Valentine; Kevin Kelly is Sea Captain; Tony nominee Stark Sands plays Sebastian; Baylen Thomas plays Curio; Jon Patrick Walker will play Fabian; and Tony Award winner Julie White plays Maria. TWELFTH NIGHT features original music by symphonic folk-rock band Hem. The ensemble for TWELFTH NIGHT includes Clifton Duncan, David Kenner, Leslie Harrison, Slate Holmgren, Dorien Makhloghi, Ray Rizzo, and Zach Villa.

TWELFTH NIGHT features original music by symphonic folk-rock band Hem, scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, and choreography by Mimi Lieber.

Summer Supporter tickets for TWELFTH NIGHT and THE BACCHAE are available for a tax-deductible contribution of $170. These reserved seats are only available for a limited time to ensure that the highest number of free seats will be available to distribute to the general public on the day of the show. Summer Supporter tickets help to underwrite production expenses. Supporter tickets are available at The Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street or online at www.publictheater.org.

The second Shakespeare in the Park production will be Euripides's THE BACCHAE, translated by Nicholas Rudall, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis, and featuring original music by Philip Glass. THE BACCHAE, running August 11-30, will be presented as it was always meant to be seen - in the open air of the city. Akalaitis' visionary interpretation, featuring a lush choral score by Glass, re-imagines the classic story about what happens when a government attempts to outlaw desire.

For additional information about Shakespeare in the Park, visit The Public Theater website at www.publictheater.org.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
The Opening Performance after party for TWELFTH NIGHT

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Mimi Lieber

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Daniel Sullivan and Mimi Lieber

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Daniel Sullivan and Mimi Lieber

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Hamish Linklater

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Hamish Linklater

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
David Pittu

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
David Pittu

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Stark Sands

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Stark Sands

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Stark Sands

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Maryann Plunkett

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Jay O. Sanders

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Jay O. Sanders

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Jon Patrick Walker

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Jon Patrick Walker

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Hope Davis and Jon Patrick Walker

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Hope Davis and Jon Patrick Walker

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Hope Davis and Jon Patrick Walker

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Raul Esparza and Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Raul Esparza and Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Raul Esparza and Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Audra McDonald

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Audra McDonald

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Audra McDonald

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Audra McDonald

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Will Swenson and Audra McDonald

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Will Swenson and Audra McDonald

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Anne Hathaway

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Anne Hathaway

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Anne Hathaway

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Anne Hathaway

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Anne Hathaway

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Anne Hathaway

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Anne Hathaway

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Anne Hathaway

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Audra McDonald, Anne Hathaway and Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Audra McDonald, Anne Hathaway and Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
Audra McDonald, Anne Hathaway and Julie White

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in The Park's TWELFTH NIGHT - Opening Night Party
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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