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Standup Shakespeare
     

Standup Shakespeare

by Ray Leslee, Kenneth Welsh
 
STANDUP SHAKESPEARE sets the timeless language of the Bard to the exciting rhythms of jazz, baroque, samba and gospel-rock original music. A fractured love story is performed by a modern-day Fool and two glorious singers.

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STANDUP SHAKESPEARE sets the timeless language of the Bard to the exciting rhythms of jazz, baroque, samba and gospel-rock original music. A fractured love story is performed by a modern-day Fool and two glorious singers.

Editorial Reviews

Hollywood Reporter
It is a fascinating theatrical conceit that Mike Nichols (the director) fashions...absolutely modern.
NY Magazine
Only a man as steeped in Shakespeare as Kenneth Welsh could have devised this script...seventy-seven minutes of enchantment.
NY Times
Ray Leslee has set the most famous of lyrics to a melodic, jazz-tinged score. In Mr. Leslee's talented hands, Shakespeare has soul.
Washington Post
The result is an ingenious patchwork of song and story that mostly plays fast and loose with Shakespeare's verse, and then suddenly delivers him straight up�both to great emotional effect.
Washington Times
The set-up is simple: A Burlesque style comedian known simply as The Fool trades witticisms with a pair of cabaret singers. In between, the three take turns singing Mr. Leslee's melodies, which range from broadly comic shtick to soaring lyricism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822215264
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1998

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