Shakespeare Meets Mashashimuet

“Under the Stars” 2017 with “Kiss Me, Kate,” photo credit courtesy of Bay Street Theater; poster of R&J Project.

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Next weekend, he’ll be in Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor where Bay Street Theater and Guild Hall, in association with Jamie Cesa and Bel Chiasso Entertainment, are presenting a free concert staged reading of “The Romeo & Juliet Project.”

The new musical will be offered in the park on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17 at 7 p.m. It features the music of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, with book by Bradley Bredeweg, and is the latest installment of Bay Street’s ongoing Under the Stars Community Outreach Program.

“The Romeo & Juliet Project” reimagines the story of our star-crossed lovers using the power of Benatar and Giraldo’s music to remind us what happens when we forget the impact of love, equality, and acceptance.

The show brings the audience into the modern, war-torn metropolis of Verona as the newly minted Chancellor Paris takes control and promises to return the city to its traditional roots and destroy the progressive resistance. This new musical is an intricate weaving emotional rock anthems and new songs, exploring the question — what does it take to regain a world where peace is possible?

Directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s artistic director, admission is free and no tickets are required. So bring chairs, blankets and picnics for a night of new musical theater on a balmy summer evening.

Reserved VIP seating is available for Friday’s show at $85 ($150 per pair). Bay Street will provide a chair, a charcuterie box, and a choice of wine or water … just make sure you drink from the right cup because we all know how “Romeo and Juliet” ends.

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