‘Illyria’ turns Bard’s ‘Twelfth Night’ into a Pleasant Musical: Pittburgh Playhouse Earns Kudos from the Post-Gazette

“What should I do in Illyria?” asks the plucky Viola of the kindly Captain, in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette theatre critic Christopher Rawson might have a few ideas for our young heroine in his review of  Pittsburgh Playhouse’s current production of ILLYRIA. Rawson wrote,  “Illyria” is now having its local premiere at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, nicely realized by the Point Park University conservatory students. It well justifies the considerable skills involved, but it runs just through this weekend, so hurry up if you want to add it to your lifelong list of Shakespearean musicals alongside its more famous kin, such as “Kiss Me, Kate,” “West Side Story” and “The Boys From Syracuse.”

ILLYRIA features Book, Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills and was adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT. The Pittsburgh production is directed by Scott Wise and choreographed by Jeremy Czarniak. The show is currently running through November 20, 2011.

To read the Post-Gazette’s review click HERE. And watch the fantastic promo video of this beautifully designed production by clicking HERE.

ILLYRIA is the musical re-telling of TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, captures both the rollicking energy of the play’s hilarious hijinks and its deeply felt emotions of loss and unrequited love.

For information on producing YOUR production of ILLYRIA, click HERE to visit the show’s homepage at www.theatricalrights.com.