Springsteen Tribute Concert to Raise Money for Shakespeare in Carroll Park

By Nikhita Venugopal on February 14, 2013 8:54am 

CARROLL GARDENS — Even Macbeth will be dancing in the dark. 

Smith Street Stage, a Carroll Gardens theater group, will be playing a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to help raise money for their summer 'Shakespeare in Carroll Park' performance.

The Boss will be represented in true style through classic hits like 'Thunder Road', 'Philadelphia', 'Dancing in the Dark', and 'Atlantic City', as well as songs from his newer album 'Wrecking Ball.' The group has highlighted other "timeless and classic" musicians in the past, like Bob Dylan, through tribute shows. 

The concert will feature about twenty musicians throughout the night, as the house band, 13th Alibi, "takes us on a stroll down E Street."

Beth Ann Hopkins, artistic director of Smith Street Stage, started the theater group in 2010 with "the dream of bringing Shakespeare to Brooklyn." So far, they've taken on 'Twelfth Night', 'Macbeth', and 'Romeo and Juliet', all performed in Carroll Park.

This summer will include 12 performances of the Bard's story of power and betrayal, 'Julius Caesar.' 

The outdoor plays use live music and the actors try to make Shakespeare's often complicated work accessible to all audiences. 

As a former resident of Carroll Gardens, Hopkins said she "wanted to give something back to it." The group wanted to reach out to the community by giving the family-oriented neighborhood a show that was just "down the street." 

"The neighborhood has really embraced us," said Hopkins. "This is where home is."

'A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band' will be held at The Living Room (154 Ludlow Street) on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $20 and $30 and can be purchased here.

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