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WHAT YOU WILL

~The Musical~

Based on William Shakespeare's
TWELFTH NIGHT

Book by
JOHN NEVILLE-ANDREWS

Music & Lyrics by
STEVEN CAGAN

Arrangements & Orchestrations by
DOUG WALTER

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy about a cross-dressing, poetry-loving girl who finds herself at the center of a not-so-average love triangle.

Written in 1602, the play is most famous today for being a so-called "Transvestite Comedy," (which just means it's a comedy with one or more cross-dressing characters). In Elizabethan London, all stage plays were performed by male actors who cross-dressed in order to play the parts of women. Twelfth Night is particularly provocative and interesting since the role of its heroine, Viola, would have been played by a boy actor who was cross-dressed as a female character who cross-dresses as a boy. The story line has inspired plenty of remakes and adaptations including the popular teen flick She's the Man starring Amanda Bynes.

Viola's cross-dressing may be no big moral whoop for audiences today but for 16th century Puritans it was a big no-no. Theater critics argued that cross-dressing was sinful, "wicked and monstrous." They argued that it promoted sexual "deviance" and turned women into hermaphrodites. Today, however, Twelfth Night is one of the most popular and beloved of Shakespeare's comedies, perhaps because of its rebellious portrayal of gender ambiguity....................................Happy ending!

We're writing in contemporary language, setting it in the here & now.
In the piece, the addled romantic ORSINO says; "If MUSIC be the food of love, play on!"
We do.