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July 19, 2017

The Joys of PSF's Three Musketeers

Congratulations to the cast, crew and creative team of The Three Musketeers, which opened last week at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. I hear audiences are loving it. Here’s a link to some of the reviews.

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One of the highlights of the year for me has been working with this terrific group of professionals and friends at PSF on this production. PSF produced Lend Me A Tenor a few years back and I heard it was a really fine production. This time around I got to join the team for opening day of rehearsals, and the experience has also gave me the opportunity to work with two old friends in new ways.

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Director Rick Sordelet and I have known each other for a long while. Up till now, I’ve known him as a fight director – on my musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Broadway and many other projects. This time he’s doing the directing, and he’s done a remarkable job. At Rick’s suggestion, I’ve made a few changes in the text of the play – I’ve even added a new scene for d’Artagnan and Constance, which I’m hoping to add to the Samuel French script going forward.

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Rick has assembled a wonderfully talented team of actors and designers for the show, including one of my best friends in the theater, Ian Merrill Peaks, who plays Athos. I directed Ian as Sherlock Holmes in the world premiere reading of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, and he’s about to play the role full-on at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia – and on tour – this winter. In the spring I saw his performance as Timon in Timon of Athens at the Folger Theatre and it was – no hype here, just the truth – jaw-droppingly great. He’s one of the major actors in the American theatre and it’s a thrill to be working with him again.


I’m very grateful to the entire PSF team for their dedicated work on The Three Musketeers, and I can’t wait to see everyone again in an few weeks when I head up north to see the show.