Onstage: Two Gentleman of Verona

Don’t let this title throw you off: It’s a musical at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, not another production at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. In fact, Two Gents, as it’s affectionately called, is based on Shakespeare’s early comedy, but it has cred

Don’t let this title throw you off: It’s a musical at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, not another production at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. In fact, Two Gents, as it’s affectionately called, is based on Shakespeare’s early comedy, but it has credentials all its own. It’s a 1971 work by the same composer, Galt MacDermot, who created the legendary Rock musical Hair in 1968 and it was intended to capitalize on the success of that wild and wooly show. It’s being staged at CCM in all its glorious hippiedom by Andrew Palermo, a 1995 musical theater grad whose specialty was and still is dancing. In fact, he’s on hiatus from dre.dance, the New York City-based contemporary dance company he founded with his childhood friend, actor Taye Diggs. Palermo is glad to be back on campus, commenting, “Working on this production reminds me of why we do what we do, exemplified by CCM’s brimming young student talent as well as its seasoned academic professionals.” Palermo promises that the dance numbers in Two Gents will show some clear-cut 1970s influences. Bring it on! Thursday-Sunday through March 8. $15-$28.

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