The Musical Company to License Shaina Taub's AS YOU LIKE IT & TWELFTH NIGHT
All the world's a stage! Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery's As You Like It, which was named one of The New York Times' best shows of 2017 after itslauded debut via The Public Theater's Public Works, is now available for worldwide licensing to professional companies from The Musical Company (TMC). The singer/songwriter's acclaimed adaptation of Twelfth Night for Public Works will also be available for worldwide licensing from TMC later this year, after its summer return to the Delacorte Theater.
"Shaina is clearly one of the most talented, unique young voices in musical theatre, and we are very proud to represent her work," said Sean Patrick Flahaven, CEO of TMC. "Her collaborations with Laurie Woolery and Kwame Kwei-Armah bring Shakespeare to a wider audience, and in keeping with the spirit of Public Works, theatre groups and communities around the world will find joy in performing their work."
"I'm thrilled that TMC will help bring my musical adaptations of these timeless plays to many more communities and audiences over the years," said Shaina Taub. "I hope new ensembles will find as much power, delight and healing in the stories and songs as we did in our first productions with Public Works."
"Working with Shaina on As You Like It has been a labor of love. From the earliest moments of collaboration, we wanted to honor Shakespeare's artistic impulse and create a piece that speaks to the current world we live in," saidLaurie Woolery, Director of Public Works. "We hope this musical will reconnect a new generation to how Shakespeare's plays are relevant now more than ever."
As You Like It is a ravishing new musical adaptation of Shakespeare's classic story of chance encounters and self-discovery. Adapted by Shaina Taub andLaurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, the show is an immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise. Featuring an exquisite, folk-pop score, with a flexible cast and running 90-minutes long, As You Like It is appropriate for all audiences and groups.
As You Like It made its world premiere kicking off The Public Theater's Public Works 2017-18 season at Central Park's Delacorte Theater. Directed by Laurie Woolery and choreographed by Emmy nominee Sonya Tayeh, the musical adaptation starred Ato Blankson-Wood, Darius de Haas, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Joel Perez and Shaina Taub, along with over 100 actors and community members.
Twelfth Night, which was also a New York Times Critic's Pick, made its world premiere as part of Public Works' 2016-17 program at the Delacorte, where it will play again in summer 2018. Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, the enchanting original production was directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, withchoreography by Lorin Latarro. Starring Nikki M. James, Andrew Kober, Jose Llana, Jacob Ming-Trent and Shaina Taub, the musical fever dream about love in all its many disguises, and transformative power of walking a mile in another's shoes, garnered rave reviews. Jesse Green forNew York Magazine called it a "specially rollicking and coherent Twelfth Night." The New York Times proclaimed the show was a "free-spirited, thoroughly delightful gloss on Shakespeare's beloved comedy...Ms. Taub's songs are a continual delight, with their slangy, funny lyrics."
Interested professional groups should contact Caroline Barnard, TMC's Vice President of Professional Licensing (firstname.lastname@example.org 212 598 2251). Amateurs should contact Kim Rogers, TMC's Vice President of Amateur Licensing (email@example.com or 212 598 2238). More information about As You Like It can be found here.