Like You Like It

A New Musical

Book and Lyrics by Sammy Buck
Music by Daniel S. Acquisto
October 18 – November 9, 2008

“Grab your Metrocards, because this season’s best new musical isn’t on the Great White Way — it’s in Brooklyn!”
-Mark Peikert, Backstage

Like You Like It is a fun filled show and is perfect for when you want something Shakespeare but with an 80’s beat and a teenage vibe. Everything about the show is delightful, from the cast to the music to the source material.”
-Amy Freeman, offoffonline.com

“[This] is one of those productions where you find yourself actually laughing out loud without realizing it. The cast members, singing without microphones, belt out the numbers and put on a performance as grand as if they were in a much bigger theater, both in size and scale. I got so mixed up in their drama that I lost all sense of being anywhere but in Arden Mall.”
-Sarah Portlock, The Brooklyn Paper

Producer: Heather Siobhan Curran/The Gallery Players
Director: Igor Goldin
Choreographer: Keith Andrews
Musical Director: Jeffrey Campos
Set Designer: Carl Tallent
Costume Designer: Hunter Kaczorowski
Lighting Designer: Dan Jobbins
Production Stage Manager: Kayla Shriner-Cahn
Assoc. Producer: Marissa Rosenblum
Assistant Stage Manager: Estie S. Sarvasy

The cast of <cite>Like You Like It</cite>.  Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.

The cast of Like You Like It. Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.

Cast:

Rosalind Duke: Alison Luff
Orlando Bateman: Nathan Johnson
Celia Duke: Hollis Scarborough*
Jackie West: Jennifer Blood*
Eddie van Beethoven: Lance Olds*
Oliver Bateman: Clint Morris*
Audrey Shepherd: Caitlin Kent
Walter “Touchtone” James: Trey Compton*
Sylvie Feldman: Brynn Curry
Phil Lipschitz: Michael Lowney*

Jock: Richard Connelly
Foreign Exchange Student: Roy Flores
Jock: André Jordan
Freshman: Jeff Barba
Goth Girl: Lena Moy-Borgen
Neckbrace Girl: Elisabeth Ness
Mallory: Rebecca Dealy
Tiffany: Carly Vernon

*denotes member AEA

Pictured (l to r): Hollis Scarborough* as Celia, Trey Compton* as Touchtone and Alison Luff as Rosalind in <cite>Like You Like It</cite>.   Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.

Pictured (l to r): Hollis Scarborough* as Celia, Trey Compton* as Touchtone and Alison Luff as Rosalind in Like You Like It. Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.

All the world’s a mall in this popular musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Sammy Buck and Daniel S. Acquisto’s 1980s-style Like You Like It. A totally awesome mix of Shakespeare and John Hughes, this romantic musical comedy enjoys its second chance at a first full New York production after being an audience favorite at NYMF in 2004. With all the excitement of High School Musical, Like You Like It is filled with memorable tunes, a hip sense of humor, pure joy and a huge heart. The show is directed by Igor Goldin, who directed a recent production of Like You Like It at Theater Under The Stars and last year’s heralded production of Yank! at The Gallery Players.

Theatremania’s Peter Filichia stated, “Like You Like It deserves great success, too, and will wind up being produced extensively in high schools – but not for years, for a boffo Broadway run will undoubtedly come first.”

Like You Like It is set in 1985, and the brand new Arden Mall is hosting a high school dance. Bookworm babe Rosalind wants to go with varsity wrestler Orlando, but she’s never had the guts to talk to him. Rosalind disguises herself as a frat dude named Corey and learns Orlando’s true feelings for her. But things get tricky when “Corey” complicates the lives of three other couples at Arden. Rosalind will do anything to get Orlando, even if it means showing up at the dance as both herself and Corey. With twists and turns to the very end, it all works out Like You Like It!

Pictured:  Alison Luff as Rosalind (disguised as Corey) with cast members of <cite>Like You Like It</cite>.   Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.

Pictured: Alison Luff as Rosalind (disguised as Corey) with cast members of Like You Like It. Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.

Performance Schedule Extended by popular demand!
Saturday, October 18th at 8 pm – opening night- sold out!
Sunday, October 19th at 3 pm – matinee
Thursday, October 23rd at 8 pm
Friday, October 24th at 8 pm
Saturday, October 25th at 8 pm
Sunday, October 26th at 3 pm – matinee
Thursday, October 30th at 8 pm
Friday, October 31st at 8 pm – Halloween- wear a costume!
Saturday, November 1st at 2 pm – matinee w/author talkback
Saturday, November 1st at 8 pm
Sunday, November 2nd at 3 pm – matinee
Thursday, November 6th at 8 pm
Friday, November 7th at 8 pm
Saturday, November 8th at 2 pm – matinee
Saturday, November 8th at 8 pm
Sunday, November 9th at 3 pm- final performance!

Jennifer Blood* as Jackie West (center) and the cast of <cite>Like You Like It</cite>.  Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.

Jennifer Blood* as Jackie West (center) and the cast of Like You Like It. Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.

Click below to hear the podcast from Broadway Bullet featuring the authors, the director and a special podcast performance by cast members Alison Luff and Nathan Johnson!
Listen to the Broadway Bullet podcast featuring Like You Like It.

Sammy Buck (bookwriter & lyricist) and Daniel S. Acquisto (composer) are the 2007 winners of a Talking Broadway Summer Theatre Festival citation for Outstanding New Musical for their show The Seven-Year B*tch and the 2004 winners of The National Music Theater Network and The Theater for the American Musicals’ inaugural New Voices Prize for Like You Like It.

Like You Like It was most recently produced at Theatre Under The Stars in Houston, TX, in collaboration with Sam Houston State University. The show was also an official selection of the 2006 Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre and an audience favorite at the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Sammy and Daniel have developed Like You Like It at the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and the Dramatists Guild’s Jonathan Larson Musical Theatre Fellowship Program, working under the invaluable tutelage of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and mentors David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. Like You Like It has been workshopped at NYU and the McCadden Theatre in LA, and has had readings at the York Theatre, the Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in Issaquah, WA, and Musical Mondays at the Century Center in New York. “Bucquisto” songs have been performed at the N.E.O. Benefit at the York Theatre, Broadway Bound at Merkin Hall, NAMT/ASCAP’s “In The Wings” at the NAMT Festival, and Any Minute Now’s “A Beat Ahead” series. Their song “Be With Me” is featured on the N.E.O. at the York Theatre CD, performed by Matt Cavenaugh, and was recently sung by Anthony Rapp in the New Globe Theater’s Variations on Shakespeare: An Evening of Songs Inspired by the Bard benefit.