TMC TO LICENSE SHAINA TAUB’S AS YOU LIKE IT AND TWELFTH NIGHT

“There may be no such thing as too much Shaina Taub.” The New York Times

 

All the world’s a stage! Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery‘s As You Like It, which was named one of The New York Times‘ best shows of 2017 after its lauded debut via The Public Theater’s Public Works, is now available for worldwide licensing to professional companies from The Musical Company (TMC). The singer/songwriter’s acclaimed adaptation of Twelfth Night for Public Works will also be available for worldwide licensing from TMC later this year, after its summer return to the Delacorte Theater.

“Shaina is clearly one of the most talented, unique young voices in musical theatre, and we are very proud to represent her work,” said Sean Patrick Flahaven, CEO of TMC. “Her collaborations with Laurie Woolery and Kwame Kwei-Armah bring Shakespeare to a wider audience, and in keeping with the spirit of Public Works, theatre groups and communities around the world will find joy in performing their work.”All the world’s a stage! Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery‘s As You Like It, which was named one of The New York Times‘ best shows of 2017 after its lauded debut via The Public Theater’s Public Works, is now available for worldwide licensing to professional companies from The Musical Company (TMC). The singer/songwriter’s acclaimed adaptation of Twelfth Night for Public Works will also be available for worldwide licensing from TMC later this year, after its summer return to the Delacorte Theater.

“I’m thrilled that TMC will help bring my musical adaptations of these timeless plays to many more communities and audiences over the years,” said Shaina Taub. “I hope new ensembles will find as much power, delight and healing in the stories and songs as we did in our first productions with Public Works.”

“Working with Shaina on As You Like It has been a labor of love. From the earliest moments of collaboration, we wanted to honor Shakespeare’s artistic impulse and create a piece that speaks to the current world we live in,” said Laurie Woolery, Director of Public Works. “We hope this musical will reconnect a new generation to how Shakespeare’s plays are relevant now more than ever.”

As You Like It is a ravishing new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic story of chance encounters and self-discovery. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, the show is an immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise. Featuring an exquisite, folk-pop score, with a flexible cast and running 90-minutes long, As You Like It is appropriate for all audiences and groups.

As You Like It made its world premiere kicking off The Public Theater’s Public Works 2017-18 season at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Directed by Laurie Woolery and choreographed by Emmy nominee Sonya Tayeh, the musical adaptation starred Ato Blankson-Wood, Darius de Haas, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Joel Perez and Shaina Taub, along with over 100 actors and community members.

Twelfth Night, which was also a New York Times Critic’s Pick, made its world premiere as part of Public Works’ 2016-17 program at the Delacorte, where it will play again in summer 2018. Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, the enchanting original production was directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, with choreography by Lorin Latarro. Starring Nikki M. James, Andrew Kober, Jose Llana, Jacob Ming-Trent and Shaina Taub, the musical fever dream about love in all its many disguises, and transformative power of walking a mile in another’s shoes, garnered rave reviews. Jesse Green for New York Magazine called it a “specially rollicking and coherent Twelfth Night.” The New York Times proclaimed the show was a “free-spirited, thoroughly delightful gloss on Shakespeare’s beloved comedy…Ms. Taub’s songs are a continual delight, with their slangy, funny lyrics.”

Interested professional groups should contact Caroline Barnard, TMC’s Vice President of Professional Licensing (caroline.barnard@themusicalcompany.com or 212 598 2251). Amateurs should contact Kim Rogers, TMC’s Vice President of Amateur Licensing (kim.rogers@themusicalcompany.com or 212 598 2238). More information about As You Like It can be found here (https://themusicalcompany.com/show/as-you-like-it/).

 

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Shaina Taub was raised in the green mountains of Vermont and is a New York-based songwriter and performer.

Her concert work includes a Lincoln Center solo evening in the acclaimed American Songbook series, as well as residencies at Ars Nova and Rockwood Music Hall. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut performing her music with the New York Pops. Taub has independently released two EPs and a full-length album Visitors. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub,  where she plays a monthly concert. Her next album will be out this spring.

As a songwriter, she is a winner of the Jonathan Larson Grant, the Fred Ebb Award and the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for her musical theater songwriting. Taub is also the first female recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Lucille and Jack Yellen Award. She writes tunes for Sesame Street and wrote the theme song for Julie Andrews’ Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom, sung on the show by Sara Bareilles. Taub’s songs have also been performed by Broadway stars Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster and Phillipa Soo.

Taub’s original musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and As You Like It were              commissioned by the Public Theater as part of the groundbreaking Public Works initiative and both received critically acclaimed productions at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in which she also starred. Her original soul-folk opera, The Daughters, was featured in workshop productions at CAP21 Theater Company, and New York University’s mainstage season. Taub is currently writing a new musical about Alice Paul and the American women’s suffrage movement in the decade leading up to the passage of the 19th amendment.

As a performer, Taub has traveled the world as a vocalist, actor and musician. She starred in the west coast premiere and New York re-mounting of the Signature Theatre’s hit production Old Hats, created by Bill Irwin and David Shiner and directed by Tina Landau, featuring Taub’s original songs. She earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her portrayal of Princess Mary in the Kazino production of Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, directed by Rachel Chavkin. She sang back-up for Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in O’s psycho-opera, Stop the Virgens at St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Sydney Opera House, and arranged/played the songs of Tom Waits in the American Repertory Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Taub was in the original Off-Broadway cast of Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop, and is featured on the live cast album. She played the role of Emma Goldman in the Ragtime on Ellis Island concert, and performed in Jeanine Tesori’s 2016 Off Center Jamboree.

A fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Colony, the Sundance Institute and the Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project, winner of a MAC John Wallowitch Award, a TEDx conference speaker, Taub served on the music theatre faculty at Pace University, and is a University Scholar alumnus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

 

Laurie Woolery is a director, playwright, educator, facilitator and producer. She has worked at the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory, Trinity Repertory, Goodman Theater, Cornerstone Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Denver Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic, East West Players, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Inge Center for the Arts, Plaza de la Raza/RedCAT, Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Deaf-West Theatre, Highways Performance Space and Sundance Playwrights Lab as well as the Sundance Children’s Theater. Woolery has directed world premieres of plays by Tanya Saracho, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Marisela Trevino Orta, Aditi Kapil, K.J. Sanchez, Julie Marie Myatt, Cody Henderson, Allison Carey and others.

Currently, Woolery is the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater, an initiative that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Recently, she launched a new program called ACTivate (Artist, Citizen, Theater maker) that takes an ensemble of community members and puts them in the “artistic driver’s seat” by partnering with a professional playwright and devising an original play. With collaborators Shaina Taub and Sonya Tayeh, Woolery co-adapted and directed a new musical adaptation of As You Like It, which debuted at the Delacorte Theater with 200 New Yorkers and was named one of The New York Times best shows of 2017.

Woolery develops and directs new works with diverse communities ranging from incarcerated women to residents of a small Kansas town devastated by a tornado. She has created site-specific work in parking lots, sawmills, to the banks of the Los Angeles River. Woolery curated and produced a two-week festival in Los Angeles that explored issues of hunger that brought artists, activists, community and thought leaders together. In keeping with her lifelong commitment to community engagement, Woolery is partnering with Trinity Repertory Theater to deepen their artistic work with the Latinx community in the larger Rhode Island area. As a playwright, Woolery’s plays have been produced throughout California. Her solo play “Salvadorian Moon/African Sky” was commissioned by Cornerstone Theater Company and performed in their citywide Festival of Faith.

Woolery is the former Associate Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, Conservatory Director at South Coast Repertory and former artist-in-residence at Hollygrove Children’s Home in Los Angeles. Woolery teaches at Princeton, NYU, Brown, USC, Cal Arts, Citrus College, California State University at Northridge, California State University at Los Angeles. Woolery serves on the Board of the Latino Producers Action Network, Latinx Theatre Commons and is the founding member of The Sol Project in New York. Woolery is a proud recipient of the Fuller Road Fellowship for Women Directors of Color.

Woolery is a graduate from University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Kwame Kwei-Armah, born in 1967, is the Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre, London. He was previously Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage where he directed: Jazz, Marley, One Night in Miami, Amadeus, Dance of the holy ghosts, The Mountaintop, An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man and Things of Dry Hours. Other work as a director includes: Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Detroit’67 (Public Theatre, New York), The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre, New York and Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Porgy and Bess (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) the Olivier Nominated One night in Miami for Best New Play 2016 (Donmar Warehouse) and One Love (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). 

As a playwright his credits include One Love (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Beneatha’s Place (Baltimore Center Stage) Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, Statement of Regret (National Theatre) Let There Be Love and Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre). 

Kwame was Artistic Director for the Festival of Black arts and Culture, Senegal, in 2010. He conceived and directed the opening ceremony at Senghor National stadium. He is an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse and has served on the boards of the National Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, and Theatre Communications Group. Kwame was the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London from 2010 to 2015, and in 2012 was awarded an OBE for Services to Drama.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Kwame was named Best Director in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore Awards and in 2015 was nominated for the prestigious Stage Directors and Choreographers Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Regional Artistic Director. In 2016 he was awarded the Urban Visionary Award alongside House Representative Elijah Cummings by the Center for Urban Families for his work in the Baltimore community.

 

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