Best of Both Worlds
A.R.T. Season
November 21, 2009 through January 3, 2010

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.

book and lyrics by Randy Weiner
music by Diedre Murray
co-written and directed by Diane Paulus
CAST  
Ezekiel Gregg Baker
Serena/Daughter of Joy Jeannette Bayardelle
Violetta/Daughter of Joy Mary Bond Davis
Mamillius Sebastien Lucien
Rain Brianna Horne
Camillo/The Bear Nikkieli DeMone
8-Ball/Tariq Lawrence Stallings
Sweet Daddy/Narrator Cleavant Derricks
Maurice Darius de Haas
   
   
MUSICIANS  
Keyboard Michael Mitchell
Guitar James Peterson
  Fred Woodard
Bass Wesley Wirth
Drums Yoron Israel
   
   
CREDITS  
Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design Aaron Black
Sound Design Brett Jarvis
Music Director Michael Mitchell
Associate Music Director/Choir Coordinator David Freeman Coleman
Movement Tracy Jack
Line Producers Ariane Barbanell
  Chris De Camillis
Dramaturgs Ryan McKittrick
  Beck Holden
Assistant Dramaturgs Laura Henry
  Joe Pindelski
Assistant Directors Allegra Libonati
  Laura Savia
Stage Manager Katherine Shea
Assistant Stage Manager Amanda Robbins-Butcher
Casting Stephen Kopel
Music Copyist Kevin Massey
Dialogue Coach May Nazareno
Associate Sound Designer Justin Stasiw
   
   
PRODUCTION  
Carpenters Dan Black
  Alan Boyer
  Tom Ibbitson
  George Kane
  Andrew Remillard
Audio Engineers Clive Goodwin
  Jason Van Sleet
Properties Intern Katie Flemming
Assistant Charge Artist Kristin Knutson
Audio Associates Doug Mullen
  Alexis Rodriguez-Carlson
Scenic Painter Katie Richmond
Wigmaster Rachel Padula Shufelt
   

"(Best of Both Worlds) will astound you with its soulful sounds and brilliantly accessible, edge-of-your-seat storytelling. This production's going to have you jumping for joy....An experience you don't want to miss." -Boston Metro More

From the clamorous arrival of some ghetto hot wheels to a scorching gospel finale, Best of Both Worlds warms up The Winter's Tale. More

"Maybe it's also true that behind every great woman, there's a man." - Wicked Local More

"Imagine Shakespeare crossed with Dream Girls. Now turn up the heat a notch: that's what we have here..." - EDGE Boston More

Boston Globe review of Best of Both Worlds: "This gospel and R&B adaptation of “The Winter’s Tale’’ is a rousing testament to the power of song to illuminate every corner of the human heart." More

"William Shakespeare would have rolled over in his grave if he had heard last night's performance of Best of Both Worlds at the A.R.T.- but only to get his ear closer to the magnificent sound!" - Boston Theater Review More

A.R.T. Dramaturg Ryan McKittrick speaks with Diedre Murray, Composer of Best of Both Worlds. More

Director's Note by Diane Paulus More

Beck Holden discusses adaptations of The Winter's Tale More

Pages

Press Releases

October 22, 2009 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617.496.2000 x8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory TheaterpresentsBest of Both WorldsBook & lyrics by Randy WeinerMusic by Diedre MurrayCo-...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kati MitchellApril 15, 2009 617-496-2000x8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory Theater Announces Three Festivals for 2009/10 Season: Festival #1 SHAKESPEARE...

Search form

October

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 
 

Run time

2 hours with one intermission.

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

High-res image:
High-res image:
Venue Map

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs