What Did Critics Think of Off-Broadway’s As You Like It, Starring Ellen Burstyn?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of Off-Broadway’s As You Like It, Starring Ellen Burstyn?
 
John Doyle directs the 100-minute adaptation for Classic Stage Company that features original songs by Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz.

The Classic Stage Company revival of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, featuring an original Jazz Era-inspired score by Wicked and Pippin composer Stephen Schwartz, officially opened Off-Broadway September 28.

Tony Award winner and CSC Artistic Director John Doyle helms the 100-minute adaptation that premiered at Bay Street Theater in August. As is tradition with many of Doyle's stagings, members of the cast also play instruments.

The cast is headed by Oscar, Emmy, and Tony winner Ellen Burstyn as Jacques, Olivier nominee Kyle Scatliffe as Orlando, and Tony nominee André De Shields as Touchstone, with Hannah Cabell as Rosalind, Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Noah Brody as Oliver/Corin, Leenya Rideout as Phoebe, Tony nominee Bob Stillman as Duke Frederick/Duke Sr., Cass Morgan as Old Adam/Audrey, and David Samuel as Silvius.

Read reviews for the production below:

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

New York Theatre News (David Cote)

New York Times (Jesse Green)

The Stage (Nicole Serratore)


Performances are currently scheduled through October 22. For tickets, visit classicstage.org. CSC is located at 136 East 13th Street, NYC.

Doyle (The Color Purple, Sweeney Todd, Company) also designs the sets; additional creative team members include costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, props designer Andrew Diaz, and sound supervisor Shaughn Bryant. Kat West is the production stage manager. Casting is by Stewart/Whitely.

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