What happens when you take The Arcadia by Sir Phillip Sidney and mix it with songs by the Go-Go’s? You get one hell of play that blends literature from the 1580s and music from the 1980s. For example, there is a part of the story where King Basilius gives a letter to Musidorus, who is cross dressing as a woman. Musidorus thinks the letter is intended for the Queen and gives it to her. She thinks the letter was written by Musidorus, who she knows is a man. This leads to the King and Queen unknowingly rekindling their romance in the dark during “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”.
The play is full of crazy funny moments like that one. Also, the music is superb with a live band playing and great singing by the entire large ensemble cast.
Frankie Leo Bennett is fantastically hilarious as King Basilius. Bridget Adams-King’s (Haymarket) voice shines as Pamela. Jeremiah Alsop is excellent as Musidorus. Also of note are Liz Norton and Parker Guidry, who were both in the Kokandy Productions show from last year, Grand Hotel. You may also recognize Kaimana Neil in the ensemble from A Chorus Line and Shane Roberie from Nightmares & Nightcaps.
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Cost of a ticket: $40
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