Musical updating of romeo and juliet
Nick Bottom, who in Midsummer is an egotistical weaver who is transformed into a donkey, became a pair of disco-dancing twins in The Donkey Show. The Bomb-itty of Errors Long before Hamilton, The Bomb-itty of Errors brought rap to musical theatre while updating the story of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.
Though West Side Story is not a direct adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, the two share several plot points, such as a balcony scene between the lovers (a fire escape in West Side Story) and the Romeo figure, Tony, murdering a close family member of his love.The show premiered in 1971 at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, part of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park series.The new musical was so well-received that it quickly moved to Broadway the same year.The musical started in 1973 as a Canadian radio broadcast under the title Kronborg: 1582, taking its name from the castle where Hamlet takes place.In February 1976, a revised version (now named Rockabye Hamlet) opened on Broadway with a cast that included Larry Marshall in the title role and Meat Loaf as the Priest.Here, we take a look at 12 musicals based on the work of Shakespeare. West Side Story We have to begin with the quintessential Shakespeare musical: West Side Story, a re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.It was director-choreographer Jerome Robbins who first had the idea to update Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers doomed by their feuding families in 14th-century Italy to a then-modern day scenario of two rival gangs on New York City’s Upper West Side.William Shakespeare’s 39 plays—give or take, depending on who you ask—are performed constantly around the world thanks to his truly unparalleled way with words and dramatic storytelling. Broadway writers have also frequently turned to Shakespeare for source material, and with good reason; the works of Shakespeare are filled with high drama and big laughs—and they’re not protected by copyright. high schools alone, The Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the second most-produced play of 2017.The show is not seen today with much frequency, though the Public Theater did bring it back to the Delacorte in 2005. The Boys from Syracuse This Golden Age Rodgers and Hart musical was the first modern musical comedy to be adapted from Shakespeare.Director and book writer George Abbott selected another of Shakespeare’s most frequently adapted works The Comedy of Errors as his inspiration, giving Shakespeare’s setting and characters 1930s Broadway-style jokes and songs.