From creator, Bob Mason
The two theatrical passions of my life have been musical theater and Shakespeare. At first glance they may seem unlikely bedfellows, but they hold the same attraction to me: they are expressions of the world bursting at the seams with emotion—whether it be the joy of first love or the heartache of a dream lost. And the masters of the American musical theater—Loesser, Rodgers, Sondheim—drink from the same well as Shakespeare, and with their own theatrical form of song give our passions full reign. As a performer, music theater made me feel more fully alive, and as an audience member, great Shakespeare gives me the same vibrant and exuberant experience. Shakespeare Tonight! is an evening of celebration and song inspired by the world’s greatest playwright through the talents of American’s greatest songwriters—a combination forged in theatrical heaven!
Bob Mason, director