SHAKESPEARE AND ELIZABETH I: THE REALITY SHOW
Book, Music and Lyrics by Phoebe Legere
Shakespeare and Elizabeth I: The Reality Show is a new musical comedy about love, war, espionage and creative genius. Opens November 29th at Theater for the New City!
Catherine Turocy of The New York Baroque Dance Co is choreographing the period dances, costumes by Jennifer Anderson, Music by Phoebe Legere, Set, props and special effects by Phoebe Legere and Zen Mansley, Lighting Design by Alexander Bartenieff.
The Play looks like a Phoebe Legere painting come to life: the play takes place in the late sixteenth century. The characters are elegantly dressed courtiers, scientists, artists, intellectuals, poets and ladies of Elizabeth I’s Court. Dancing, Singing, Shakespearean acting, love-making, Fencing, a play within a play, gender disruption, opulent costumes, gorgeous melodies and hilarious, Legere humor takes place throughout the show.
The Lower East Side’s most fabulous blond has been transformed into England’s most powerful redhead…Legere as Elizabeth I is showing off her famous hourglass chassis in costumes on loan from the Cloisters Medieval Collection, switching from RP British pronunciation to Loisaida Yiddish in a nano second.
Maestro Legere is shredding on her Lute, tickling the Virginals, and bringing down the house with her larger than life 4 octave range and hit songs. Rhys Tivey is Robert Dudley, her aristocratic, trumpet tooting heartthrob, showing off his shapely legs to perfection in gold tights and pantaloons. Zen Mansley, best known for his award winning work on the Teengage Ninja Turtles, turns in stellar performances in 5 roles, as William Shakespeare, a small time glove salesman and minor actor; Dr. Dee, Witch #2, the high school teacher, and Bitchy Woman of the Court.
“It's a big sex romp in the great Mae West tradition. Elizabeth/Phoebe is in control all the way, and her wannabe lovers are all fools or knaves.” -W. Niederkorn (NY Times Shakespeare writer)
Phoebe Legere is a Juilliard trained composer who won a Buddy Baker film scoring scholarship to pursue post-graduate work in film scoring at NYU. She has studied composition with Mort Subotnick, Wayne Oquin and Ira Newborn and has composed for and conducted the New York Philharmonic Film Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall and performed at concert halls all over the world in addition to appearing with her punk band, the 4 Nurses of the Apocalypse at CBGB’s and her string quintet at the Algonquin Hotel.
Her music is a total synthesis of world, French, funk, avant-garde, jazz, folk, Native American and Elizabethan music. She plays many instruments, including several she invented herself. In this show Phoebe Legere and Rhys Tivey will be playing period instruments: Virginals, Lute, Viola da Gamba and the Sackbutt.
Phoebe Legere is a composer, painter, filmmaker and a bard. Legere was signed to Epic/Sony Records as a teenager. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Performance Art. Her original music and performance art was featured in the movie Mondo New York (Island Pictures) Her song Marilyn was a hit on college radio. Legere opened for David Bowie on his national tour, she starred in Toxic Avenger 2 and 3; and wrote, scored and starred in the hit series Marquis De Slime on French television. In 2000 she sang her epic poem The Waterclown, with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony; The Waterclown was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music. In 2003, Legere invented a musical instrument called The Sneakers of Samothrace, a wearable computer for disabled children. Her musical Hello Mrs. President, about the first African-American woman president was produced at the Theater for the New City in 2004. In 2006 Legere won a NYSCA award for her opera, Queen of New England, about her royal ancestor Queen Weetamoo, King Philip’s War and the Massachusetts Native American holocaust. From 2004 – 2008 she was Artist in Residence at School of Visual Arts and Scholar in Residence at University of Victoria where she wrote 4 epic poems for orchestra (available on Einstein Records.) In 2009 Legere she sang her poem “Ultra-Romantic Parallel Universe” (Mercury Records.) with music by Legere, Eno and Abrahams. Legere starred in the popular children’s TV show The Naked Brothers Band (Nickelodeon.) She is the Host and Head Writer of Roulette TV, a show about the extreme frontier edge of art and music. In April 2011 Phoebe Legere wowed audiences at Avery Fisher Hall when she sang the blues , in latin, as the featured soprano in Will Todd’s “Mass in Blue” for 80 musicians. Phoebe Legere’s Algonquin Quintet garnered rave reviews this year in a 6 month sold out run on Broadway at the Iridium Jazz Club and in June she appeared at Resorts International in Atlantic City. Phoebe Legere recently returned from Europe where she starred in TV shows and played festivals for thousands. Legere stars and wrote the music for Rosa Von Praunheim’s newest film, New York Sisters. She has released 11 CD’s of original music and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows around the world including NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, A and E, PBS City Arts, WNYC’s Soundcheck and Charlie Rose. She has recently completed her first symphony, “The Mother” Symphony No.1 in F# minor for Sneakers and Orchestra. Phoebe Legere is the National Director and Founder of the New York Underground Museum, an institution dedicated to presenting, preserving and curating the works of the New York Underground. Legere’s most recent art work is a an 18 person monster Eagle sound bicycle that runs on alternative energy. It is called the Shamancycle. She performed from the stage of the Shamancycle at Burning Man 2013. Lena Dunham just produced a music video for HBO of Legere’s compostition The Frog Song. The song will be seen in an HBO Special about Hilary “Eloise” Knight Spring 2014.
David “Zen” Mansley (Director) is a dynamic and versatile actor, director and designer. His production of Macbeth, which he starred in, at the Celtic Arts Center in Los Angeles received a rave review from the LA Times, was extended twice and ran for two and a half months to packed houses. He is known internationally for his character voice work on such cartoon series as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, CHAOTIC, ONE PIECE and SPEED RACER: THE NEXT GENERATION. An avid Shakespearean, he has played Macbeth on both coasts as well as Richard III and Claudius the King in “Hamlet”.
Fencing Coach, stage combat choreographer: William Giraldo
COMMUNITY SPACE THEATER
Thursday - Sunday, November 29 - December 15
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm
All Seats $15
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