The Boys from Syracuse
Twins! More twins! Lovers – chased and chaste! The first musical ever adapted from Shakespeare remains one of the most madcap musical farces ever to animate the stage. Featuring American standards like “Falling in Love with Love,” “Sing for Your Supper” and “This Can’t Be Love,” The Boys from Syracuse remains a treasure in the canon of the American Songbook.
Based on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, with a book by George Abbott, the musical opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on November 23, 1938. The show was critically revered as “the finest and most satisfying musical comedy that has reached New York in many a season.” The original production ran for seven months and, after a film adaptation in 1940 starring Allan Jones and Martha Raye, the 1963 New York revival ran twice as long as its original and received even more enthusiastic notices. In 2002, The Boys from Syracuse returned to Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre, notably featuring Georgia Engel, Deidre Goodwin, Jackée Harry and Chip Zien.