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Shakespearean Jazz Show

  Shakespearean texts have been adapted just about every way imaginable. Disney added some lions to Hamlet and came out with The Lion King; Baz Luhrman found the young Leonardo DiCaprio for his modern, political take on Romeo & Juliet…for better or worse, depending on who you ask. The plays have been twisted into theatrical productions ranging from settings in Nazi Germany to the moon. It seems only natural that musicians should tackle the Bard’s…

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  It’s funny, after almost a year and a half of existence, The Shakespearean Jazz Show has lived in two cites. Two very different cities…in two very different regions. However, both cities are crucial to the production’s existence and development: Boston and New Orleans. The piece was born in Boston as a student production at Emerson College, but the streets of New Orleans stirred the initial impulse for the piece –both cities inspired the inception…

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One of the many pleasures of working at Emerson is being surrounded by students focused on creating art. They study the theory too, but they are makers – whether it’s on stage, in a film/video lab or writing poetry. And the extracurricular scene is vital and prolific. Students bond over a particular idea and form ad hoc groups from which emerge amazing works. The Shakespearean Jazz Show is such a group. I had never heard…

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