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Encyclopedia > The Boys from Syracuse

The Boys from Syracuse is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, based on William Shakespeare's play, The Comedy of Errors, as adapted by librettist George Abbott, who also directed. The original production opened at the Alvin Theater in New York on November 23, 1938, and ran for 235 performances, and starred Jimmy Savo, Eddie Albert, Muriel Angelus, and Marcy Westcott. The show was successfully revived Off-Broadway in 1963 and, less successfully, on Broadway again in 2002. There have also been London productions and a film version (1940). (For work done with Oscar Hammerstein II, see Rodgers and Hammerstein) Richard Rodgers (June 18, 1902 - December 30, 1979) was one of the great composers of musical theater, best known for his song writing partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. He received countless awards including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars... Lorenz Hart (May 2, 1895 - November 22, 1943) was the lyricist half of the famed Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Comedy of Errors is an early play by William Shakespeare. ... George Abbott (June 25, 1887 - January 31, 1995) was among the greatest of Broadway showmen. ... Eddie Albert (born Edward Albert Heimberger on April 22, 1908) is an American actor. ... Off-Broadway refers to plays or musicals performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music Events January 1 - The Beatles start a 5 day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, Love Me Do. January 7 - Gary U.S... This article is about the street in New York City. ... See also: 2001 in music, 2002 in music (UK), other events of 2002, 2003 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music Events 2002 was marked by significant trends in Rock Music. ...


Following Shakespeare's play closely, the plot details the adventures and romantic mix-ups of long-separated identical twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, whose servants, the two Dromios, are also long-separated identical twins. The witty and melodic score, one of the best by Rodgers and Hart, often leaves period behind to indulge in swing and other contemporary rhythms, and includes the songs "I Had Twins"; "Dear Old Syracuse"; "What Do You Do With a Man?"; "Falling In Love With Love"; "The Shortest Day of the Year"; "This Can't Be Love"; "Ladies of the Evening"; "He and She"; "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea"; "Come With Me"; "Sing For Your Supper"; and "Oh, Diogenes!" Ephesus was one one of the great cities of the Ionian Greeks in Asia Minor, located in Lydia where the Cayster river flows into the Aegean Sea (in modern day Turkey). ... Syracuse, Italy Syracuse, New York Syracuse is the name of two major cities in the world. ... Rodgers and Hart was the songwriting team consisting of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. ... The term Swing has several meanings: Swing (dance), a kind of dance, including West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing. ...


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The boys from Syracuse 1938 - Lyrics by Lorenz Hart (1594 words)
Sure enough, an aged merchant from Syracuse has been found and brought before the Duke, but all we hear of them, in a brilliant bit of musical theater, are two clarinets, an E flat and a bass (backed with other orchestration here).
The unhappiest couple in Ephesus are now Luciana, in love with a man she believes is her sister's husband, and Antipholus of Syracuse, in love with a woman who pushes him away, pursued by another who claims to be his wife, and generally lost in the Twilight Zone.
The Boys From Syracuse - Revival - 2002
Talkin' Broadway Review: The Boys From Syracuse (881 words)
Though it is also surprisingly uncommon for revivals to maintain the true spirit of the original piece, despite whatever changes may have been made in the material.
The new Roundabout production of The Boys From Syracuse at the American Airlines Theatre is a fairly happy example of the latter.
Even if this production is an imperfect vehicle for the songs, this Boys From Syracuse is a perfectly acceptable vehicle for giving its audience an old-fashioned good time.
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