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Photos! ‘Best of Both Worlds’ at A.R.T.


Bursting with the sounds of R&B and gospel, Best of Both Worlds is a soulful re-envisioning of The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless story of heartbreak and redemption. Clap your hands, jump out of your seat, and feel the power of love with this holiday treat for all ages.

Best of Both Worlds takes us on a journey through the rich musical tapestry of R&B, rediscovering Shakespeare’s characters with smooth sounds and funky beats. When jealousy rips apart love and friendship, only the revelatory power of gospel can restore the enduring bonds of faith, family, and forgiveness.

The production will feature a rotating roster of Boston’s most celebrated gospel choirs, including community, university, and church choirs from throughout the city.

Best of Both Worlds
book and lyrics by Randy Weiner
music by Diedre Murray
co-written and directed by Diane Paulus

November 21, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Cast
Gregg Baker, Ezekiel
Jeannette Bayardelle, Serena/Daughter of Joy
Mary Bond Davis, Violetta/Daughter of Joy
Sebastien Lucien, Mamillius
Brianna Horne, Rain
Nikkieli DeMone, Camillo/The Bear
Lawrence Stallings, 8-Ball/Tariq
Cleavant Derricks, Sweet Daddy/Narrator
Darius de Haas, Maurice

Musicians
Michael Mitchell, Keyboard
James Peterson, Guitar
Fred Woodard, Guitar
Wesley Wirth, Bass
Yoron Israel, Drums

Credits
Riccardo Hernandez, Scenic Design
Emilio Sosa, Costume Design
Aaron Black, Lighting Design
Brett Jarvis, Sound Design
Michael Mitchell, Music Director
David Freeman Coleman, Associate Music Director/Choir Coordinator
Tracy Jack, Movement
Ariane Barbanell, Line Producer
Chris De Camillis, Line Producers
Ryan McKittrick, Dramaturg
Beck Holden, Dramaturg
Laura Henry, Assistant Dramaturg
Joe Pindelski, Assistant Dramaturg
Allegra Libonati, Assistant Director
Laura Savia, Assistant Director
Katherine Shea, Stage Manager
Amanda Robbins-Butcher, Assistant Stage Manager
Stephen Kopel, Casting
Kevin Massey, Music Copyist
May Nazareno, Dialogue Coach
Justin Stasiw, Associate Sound Designer

Production
Dan Black, Carpenter
Alan Boyer, Carpenter
Tom Ibbitson, Carpenter
George Kane, Carpenter
Andrew Remillard, Carpenter
Clive Goodwin, Audio Engineer
Jason Van Sleet, Audio Engineer
Katie Flemming, Properties Intern
Kristin Knutson, Assistant Charge Artist
Doug Mullen, Audio Associate
Alexis Rodriguez-Carlson, Audio Associate
Katie Richmond, Scenic Painter
Rachel Padula Shufelt, Wigmaster

Photos by Marcus Stern (tag archive).

Photos courtesy of the American Repertory Theater (website | profile | tag archive).

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