Shakespeare to vaudeville to Broadway

Critic's Corner//Theater

At Center Stage, `The Boys from Syracuse' traces a line back through the history of theater

theater review

December 14, 2006|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic

William Shakespeare wrote plays for the masses. So if he were alive today, chances are he'd be writing Broadway musicals.

Composer Richard Rodgers, lyricist Lorenz Hart and playwright/director George Abbott blazed the way in 1938 with the first Broadway musical based on a Shakespeare play. Abbott adapted the script for The Boys from Syracuse from Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, and Rodgers and Hart filled it with such gems as "Falling in Love With Love" and "This Can't Be Love."

The Boys from Syracuse runs through Jan. 14 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. $10-$65. 410-332-0033 or

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