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Photo Flash: First Look at SING FOR YOUR SHAKESPEARE at Westport Country Playhouse

Westport Country Playhouse's world premiere musical revue, "Sing for Your Shakespeare," playing now through June 22, features a six-member cast of Broadway talents: Karen Akers, Britney Coleman, Darius de Haas, Stephen DeRosa, Constantine Germanacos, and Laurie Wells. With selections from Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate," Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's "West Side Story," and Rodgers and Hart's "The Boys from Syracuse," as well as numbers by Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser, and others, the production explores how the American Songbook has been inspired for decades by Shakespeare's works. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!

Directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, co-conceived by Wayne Barker, Lamos, and Deborah Grace Winer, with musical direction by Barker, and choreography by Dan Knechtges, the show is based on an original idea and production for 92nd Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricists, New York, NY.

Karen Akers appeared in Broadway's "Nine," for which she won a Theatre World Award, and "Grand Hotel," and the films "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Heartburn." Britney Coleman's credits include Westport Country Playhouse's "Into the Woods," and New York's "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," the original iteration of "Sing for Your Shakespeare" for 92Y's Lyrics & LyricistsTM last year.

Darius de Haas performed in Westport Country Playhouse's "Twelfth Night," and Broadway's "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" and "Rent." He received an Obie Award for "Running Man." Stephen DeRosa was in Broadway's "Betrayal," "The Nance," "Hairspray," "Twentieth Century," "Henry IV," and "Into the Woods."

Constantine Germanacos' credits include Broadway's "Evita," and TheatreWorks Palo Alto's "The Light in the Piazza," for which he earned a SFBATCC Award. Laurie Wells was in Broadway's "Mamma Mia!," and Off-Broadway/Regional's "Swing!," "City of Angels," "42nd Street," and "Ragtime."

The design team includes Riccardo Hernandez, scenic design; Candice Donnelly, costume design; Robert Wierzel, lighting design; and Domonic Sack, sound design.

"Sing for Your Shakespeare" performance schedule is Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. For more information, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.westportplayhouse.org, or by using the new Playhouse App or mobile website.

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg



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