Smart Bets: Shakespeare Sings! at the Altamont

If you thought all the Bard could do was recite sonnets and soliloquies, here's a new take on the age-old playwright. Shakespeare Sings!, conceived by theatrical director Francis Cullinan, highlights "Shakespeare's words alongside famous operatic settings of Shakespeare by great composers … seamlessly weaving together spoken word with musical interpretations of such works as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing by composers such as Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Leonard Bernstein." A trio including Cullinan as host, operatic singer/actor Scott Joiner and pianist Daniel Weiser performs the program at The Altamont Theatre. Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. http://www.myaltamont.com.

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