The Public Theater has two shows in the Tony race, Eclipsed and Hamilton. Last night thier annual gala, took place last night at the Decorate Theatre. The United States of Shakespeare, featured performances by F. Murray Abraham, Sasha Allen, Sarah Amengual, Lemon Andersen, Christine Baranski, Kate Burton, Michael Cerveris, Michael Friedman, Bill Irwin, Kevin Kline, Lisa Kron, Michael John LaChiusa, Heather Lind, Hamish Linklater, Suzan-Lori Parks, Steven Pasquale, Lily Rabe, Phylicia Rashad, Jay O. Sanders, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jimmy Smits, Meryl Streep, Jeanine Tesori, and John Douglas Thompson; and the Public’s Shakespeare Scholar in Residence, Jim Shapiro. Musical direction will be by Chris Fenwick.
The highlight of the night came when Meryl Streep joined Christine Baranski in Brush Up Your Shakespeare. ‘You’ll let me know, why all the women say no,’ Streep sang.
The United States of Shakespeare was directed by Jeremy McCarter and will include scenes from Shakespeare’s greatest works and the American poems, songs, and stories they inspired. Andi Bernstein and Ashley Leeds will serve as gala cochairs for this one-night-only special event that will honor Bank of America for 10 years of leadership and support of free Shakespeare in the Park.