Best of Both Worlds

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  • NOV 21, 2009 - JAN 3, 2010

  • Loeb Drama Center

  • Run Time: 2 hours with one intermission.

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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.



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