June 2012 - Central Park

Shakespeare In The Park 2012 – As You Like It

As You Like It

To celebrate 50 years of summer performances at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, The Public Theater has picked the perfect Shakespeare work — “As You Like It.” Brilliantly directed by Daniel Sullivan, whose past park triumphs include “Twelfth Night” and “Merchant Of Venice“, the production wonderfully celebrates the park itself, with John Lee Beatty’s staging expertly obscuring the line where the park ends and the stage begins. The setting is 1840’s frontier America, which depicts the magical forest of Arden as a sort of buckskin Eden.

Lily Rabe, whose breakthrough performance as Portia two years ago amazed audiences in the park, and later on Broadway, is Rosalind and David Furr plays her erstwhile suitor Orlando, while Sullivan once again deftly adds the perfect musical accompaniment with songs penned by Steve Martin (yes that Steve Martin) for the rustic setting. Sullivan has given his actors full rein to milk every laugh, particularly Oliver Platt as the wise buffoon Touchstone. “As You Like It” is often described as Shakespeare’s most musical play and the addition of bluegrass melodies to the Bard’s lyrics are so fitting integrated that they overwhelm any initial skepticism. A four-part band — fiddle, guitar, banjo and bass led by Tony Trischka — winningly plays the music onstage, sometimes part of the action and sometimes apart. A few of the tunes are so well done, you’ll hope Martin will get them recorded.As the magic forest of Arden fills the Delacorte Stage with song . . . → Read More: Shakespeare In The Park 2012 – As You Like It

Shakespeare In The Park 2012

“As You Like It” at the Delacorte Theater 2012

The Delacorte Theater is the summer home of the annual “Shakespeare in the Park” production. This year’s performances promise to be a brilliant continuation of one of New York’s favorite summer traditions. Find out how to get tickets here.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK 2012

AS YOU LIKE IT June 5 – 30 By William Shakespeare Directed by Daniel Sullivan

Featuring Brendan Averett, Andre Braugher, Donna Lynne Champlin, Grantham Coleman, Jon DeVries, MacIntyre Dixon, Susannah Flood, David Furr, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Andrew Hovelson, Robert Joy, Jesse Lenat, Erik Mathew, Omar Metwally, Oliver Platt, Lily Rabe, Will Rogers, Michael Rudko, Justine Salata, Paul Saylor, Anna Phyllis Smith, Stephen Spinella, and Brendan Titley

Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty Lighting Design by Natasha Katz Costume Design by Jane Greenwood Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners Original Music by Steve Martin Additional Music by Greg Pliska

In As You Like It, Rosalind, Shakespeare’s most breathtaking heroine, and her boyfriend Orlando find themselves in the enchanted Forest of Arden, where all the world’s a stage, and where sudden infatuation is as confusing as it is beautiful. Along with other “country copulatives,” they discover that nothing transforms, redeems, or enriches experience quite as powerfully as love. As You Like It has everything we adore about Shakespearean comedy: mistaken identity, cross-dressing, madness, mayhem, rage, lust, laughter, and of course plenty of romance, both heartbreaking and joyous.

As You Like It runs 3 hours, including one fifteen-minute intermission.

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SummerStage Gala Rocks Central Park

 

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Corey Glover

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Amel Larrieux & Bebel Gilberto

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Bebel Gilberto

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Doug Wimbish

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Annual Summerstage Gala Honoring The Music Of Jimi Hendrix

JUST ANNOUNCED: WYCLEF JEAN!

Featuring performances by Karl Denson / G. Love & Special Sauce / Bebel Gilberto / Amel Larrieux / Living Colour / The Roots / John Scofield / Soulive (house band) / Keller Willams and other very special guests. This annual fundraising benefit supports CPF’s free year-round arts programming. The night begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail party for Platinum and Gold table purchasers held in the Pergola Area at SummerStage. Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m., followed by the concert at 8:00 p.m….

Annual Summerstage Gala Honoring The Music Of Jimi Hendrix

JUN 5 – Produced by Michael Dorf & City Winery | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park


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