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Photo Coverage: Variations on Shakespeare Performance

This Monday, August 4th, the New Globe Theater presented VARIATIONS ON SHAKESPEARE: An Evening of Songs Inspired by the Bard. This concert highlighted songs from musicals based on the works of William Shakespeare with performances by some of Broadway's hottest stars.

The evening was hosted by Tony Award winner Mark Rylance, the first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London who is currently treading the boards in the hilarious hit revival of Boeing-Boeing, with appearances and performances by Broadway and TV Star Tom Cavanagh (Some Americans Abroad, TV's Ed, Urinetown, Shenandoah), Anthony Rapp (Some Americans Abroad, original cast of RENT, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Emmy Award nominee George Wendt (Norm in TV's Cheers, Hairspray), Tony Award nominee Martha Plimpton (upcoming Pal Joey, Top Girls, Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia), Tony Award winner Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys, upcoming Pal Joey), Tony Award nominee Alice Ripley (Side Show, Next to Normal), Barrett Foa (The Drunken City, Avenue Q, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Tony winner Denis O'Hare (Sweet Charity, Assassins, Take Me Out), Autumn Hurlburt (MTV Finalist "Legally Blonde: Search for the Next Elle Woods", Legally Blonde), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde, and Miss America 1998), Darius de Haas (Rent, Marie Christine, Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Alexander Gemignani (Les Miz, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George), Garrett Long (South Pacific, The Spitfire Grill), and more The evening was directed by Igor Goldin with musical direction by David Andrews Rogers.

The works of William Shakespeare have always served as a true inspiration for many playwrights and composers over the years, with some of the most famous musical theatre pieces inspired by the Bard's plays. Kiss Me, Kate inspired Cole Porter to transform the classic Taming of the Shrew, and gave us such great songs as "Too Darn Hot" and "So In Love." The Comedy of Errors was the play that inspired Rodgers and Hart to pen the hit musical The Boys From Syracuse and the most famous musical of them all, West Side Story, is a beautiful musical re-telling of Romeo And Juliet set in 1950's New York City.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


Variations On Shakespeare


David Andrews Rogers


Mark Rylance


Mark Rylance


Mark Rylance


Mark Rylance


Robert Cuccioli


Robert Cuccioli


Robert Cuccioli


Robert Cuccioli and Clarke Thorell


Robert Cuccioli and Clarke Thorell


Mamie Parris and Barrett Foa


Mamie Parris and Barrett Foa


Mamie Parris and Barrett Foa


Mamie Parris and Barrett Foa


Mamie Parris and Barrett Foa


Darius de Haas


Darius de Haas


Darius de Haas


Autumn Hulrburt and Darius de Haas


Autumn Hurlburt and Darius de Haas


Alexander Gemignani


Alexander Gemignani


Alexander Gemignani


Autumn Hurlburt


Autumn Hurlburt


Garrett Long and Barrett Foa


Garrett Long and Barrett Foa


Garrett Long


Barrett Foa


Barrett Foa


Barrett Foa


Barrett Foa


Barrett Foa


Mamie Parris


Christian Hoff


Christian Hoff


Christian Hoff


Christian Hoff


Erik Keiser and Sara Michelle Valencia


Erik Keiser and Sara Michelle Valencia


Erik Keiser and Sara Michelle Valencia


Erik Keiser and Sara Michelle Valencia


Kenita Miller


Kenita Miller


Kenita Miller


Denis O'Hare


Denis O'Hare


Denis O'Hare


Denis O'Hare


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Anthony Rapp and Tom Cavenaugh


Anthony Rapp and Tom Cavenaugh


Anthony Rapp and Tom Cavenaugh


Anthony Rapp and Tom Cavenaugh


Anthony Rapp


Anthony Rapp


Kate Shindle and Alice Ripley


Alice Ripley


Alice Ripley


Alice Ripley


Alice Ripley


Kate Shindle and Autumn Hurlbert


Kate Shindle and Autumn Hurlbert


George Wendt


George Wendt


George Wendt


George Wendt


George Wendt and Clarke Thorell


George Wendt and Clarke Thorell


George Wendt and Clarke Thorell


Garrett Long and Clarke Thorell


Garrett Long and Clarke Thorell


Garrett Long and Clarke Thorell


Mark Rylance


Mark Rylance


Mark Rylance


Kate Shindle


Kate Shindle


Kate Shindle


Kate Shindle

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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.