This production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park works. It sings. It flies. Director Kenny Leon and his fine cast have imbued the production at the Delacorte Theater with a certain style, grace and spirit. Conventions are dropped by the wayside beginning with the casting. The choice of Danielle Brooks, who is, as she puts it, "a plus-sized woman" in the part of the very brave and very sort Beatrice works very well. Pairing her up with the chameleon...
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The Public Theater launches its 2019 free Shakespeare in the Park season with Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.
Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy was previously staged at the Delacorte Theater in 1972, 1988, 2004, and 2014.
Tickets are distributed for free in Central Park on a first come, first-served basis on the morning of each performance.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
In this modern production, a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.
Cast and creative
By: William Shakespeare
Director: Kenny Leon
Producer: Public Theater / Shakespeare in the Park
Cast list: Danielle Brooks (as Beatrice), Grantham Coleman (as Benedick), Chuck Cooper (as Leonato), Jeremie Harris (as Claudio), Erik Laray Harvey (as Antonio/Verges), Daniel Croix Henderson (as Balthasar), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (as Friar Francis/Sexton), Tiffany Denise Hobbs (as Ursula), Lateefah Holder (as Dogberry), Billy Eugene Jones (as Don Pedro), Margaret Odette (as Hero), Hubert Point-Du Jour (as Don John), Jaime Lincoln Smith (as Borachio), Khiry Walker (as Conrade), and Olivia Washington (as Margaret), with Jamar Brathwaite, Javen Crosby, Denzel Fields, Tayler Harris, Kai Heath, LaWanda Hopkins, Jazmine Stewart, and Latra A. Wilson
Design: Beowulf Boritt
Lighting: Peter Kaczorowski
Costume: Emilio Sosa
Choreography: Camille A. Brown
Sound: Jessica Paz
Other info: Wigs, Hair & Make-up
Design: by Mia Neal