Shakespeare in the Park 2014 – Much Ado About Nothing

A brilliant new production of “Much Ado About Nothing” opened at the Delcorte Theater in Central Park this week starring Hamish Linklater and Beatrice Rabe. Along with John Glover, Paco Lozano, David Manis, Kathryn Meisle, Ismenia Mendes, Brian Stokes Mitchell, John Pankow and Pedro Pascal they light up the summer night as Beatrice and Benedick treat each other with mocking disdain that transforms into true love by plays end.

Central Park becomes sun-drenched Sicily at the turn of the last century, where the heat of summer ignites the fevered passions of lovesick ladies in corsets and pining gentlemen spying from the verandah. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs this delightful skirmish of wit between two self-declared bachelors tricked by their mischief-making friends into falling in love against their will and in spite of their own hearts. John Lee Beatty’s orchard-estate set frames Belvedere Castle as a skyline for the Italian city, while Jeff Croiter’s lighting takes us from day to dreamy night.

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Summerstage Gala 2014 – the Music of the Beatles!

On Tuesday, June 3, City Parks Foundation presented the 2014 SummerStage Gala in Central Park. Honoring Andrew Tisch with the 2014 People and Parks Award, the evening helped raise significant funds to support CPF’s year round free arts, sports, and education programs. The clouds broke right on schedule and the crowd was treated to a brilliant rainbow to start the evenings festivities, This year’s concert featured the music of THE BEATLES. An all star line up of GE Smith and his all star band, Jon Batiste, David Broza, Paula Cole, Marshall Crenshaw, Philip Bailey, Southside Johnny, Willie Nile & Teddy Thompson ripped through a fast paced set that immediately had the crowd on its feet dancing the entire evening.

GE Smith kicked off the show with a rocking version of 8 Days A Week and laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the following artists to bring their A game – and they did! Highlights included downtown music legend Willie Nile‘s killer rendition of A Hard Days Night followed by Israeli singer-songwriter, David Broza’s igniting the crowd with Twist and Shout. Paula Cole kept the party going with Get Back with Marshall Crenshaw‘s inspired version of a lesser known gem from the Yellow Submarine Album – It’s All Too Much. The first half of the show finished with Wille Nile joining Crenshaw on Some Other Guy.

After GE got the second set started with She Said, She Said Louisiana . . . → Read More: Summerstage Gala 2014 – the Music of the Beatles!