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Don't Miss Shakespeare Cabaret This Weekend!

May 3, 2011 - 8:58 AM

Don't miss...a performance of live music inspired by the Bard himself, featuring songs you'll recognize from a range of popular musicals & movies---from The Lion King to Kiss Me Kate to West Side Story, at Riverside Theatre on Mother's Day weekend.

Songs by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Mumford and Sons, Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, neo-folk group HEM, Elton John, Richard Rogers, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.   You'll laugh!  You'll cry!  You'll wonder:   THAT came from Shakespeare?

With performances by Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia, Ron Clark, Patrick DuLaney, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Colin Nies, Jane Pini, David Rust, & John Watkins.

Backed by a five-piece band, music directed by Jason Sifford, the very best of local singing actors perform some of the finest musical theater songs of the last century, plus some new gems heard for the first time this year.

Jane Pini and Kirsten Behrent singing Rogers and Hart?  Patrick Du Laney and John Watkins singing Mumford and Sons?  RON CLARK singing Cole Porter?   

A comic Juliet in Carrie Houchins-Witt and a dramatic Romeo in Colin Nies?   And a moment to Brush Up Your Shakespeare with David Rust?   A must-see event!

Proceeds from the event benefit Riverside Theatre's Janet G. Altman Music Fund, which was established in 2008 to enhance collaborations in music and sound at Riverside Theatre, including music for Gilbert Street shows and composers for the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival. The fund celebrates the memory of Janet Altman, a longtime Riverside friend. 

Don't miss the concert everyone will be talking about all summer long!   Two performances only to kick off the summer Shakespeare Festival.  

Oh, and all you Mothers out there: Wouldn't this be a great answer to the What Shall We Get You This Year question?   Breakfast in Bed, a dozen or so flowers, and a perfect afternoon of theater?   For sooth!

Performances are Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, May 8th at 2 p.m. at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors/students, $15 youths. To order tickets call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672.

This post was written in conjunction with  guest writer Chris Okiishi.

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