Funk It Up About Nothin': Hip-Hop Adaptation of Shakespeare's Comedy
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Few Broadway musicals are more beloved than The Sound of Music, and now you can see it live in a production by Lyric Opera of Chicago, with Hollywood star Billy Zane stepping into the role of Captain von Trapp. It's the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess to the widowed Captain von Trapp's seven children. As she gradually earns the heart of the family -- and their father -- the von Trapps are threatened by the rise of the Nazis, and must figure out how to escape Austria. "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "The Lonely Goatherd" and the soaring title song are just a few of the unforgettable melodies in this classic work of musical theater. The cast includes opera stars Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral, Jenn Gambatese of Broadway's Wicked and All Shook Up, and Edward Hibbert of Frasier. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Linda Lenz
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You don't have to speak "hip hop" to get it. Much fun.
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I attended this show with friends. Everyone enjoyed the event, even those who didn't know the original storyline. It was a very fast paced and funny show. However, I would not recommend this as a family event, due to the profanity.
Quotes & Highlights
“A bawdy and fun remix! Exceedingly smart and funny… It’s clever stuff. This lively and well-performed show will greatly amuse. When it comes to funking up the Bard, the Q’s are your guys.” —Chicago Tribune
“I defy you, whatever your age or rhythmic persuasion, to go to this ‘ad-rap-tation’… and come out without a gigantic grin on your face. This show… glides and pops its way onto the stage with a self-confidence that would be brazen if it weren’t 100 percent justified. The rhymes—and the energy—just don’t stop. —TimeOut London
“Downright irresistible… its cast of six actors are so physically and verbally agile, and so savvy in their ability to adapt to a whole new meter and method, that it’s a pleasure just to watch them mix it up with such complete brilliance.” —Chicago Sun-Times
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Funk It Up About Nothin’
a “hip-hoptation” of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Created and directed by GQ and JQ
A fresh urban take on a story as old skool as love itself, and complete with a live DJ, B-boys and girls, MCs and divas, Funk It Up About Nothin’ is more than a rom-com street party with bangin’ bass. It’s an outrageous “hip-hoptation” based on the Bard’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Whether you’re looking for a great night of hip hop or a new way to think about Shakespeare, Funk It Up About Nothin’ delivers an intense, high-energy story like no other.