Cultural Cross-Pollination Results in Rock Musical with 16th Century Plot at Norristown Theatre  

Head over Heels
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Head over Heels is a Broadway musical adaptation of "The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia."

Head over Heels, the Broadway adaptation of a 16th Century long-prose pastoral romance, is coming to Norristown. The show is a mash-up of the narrative from English poet Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586) and a 1980s score from the legendary all-woman rock band The Go-Go’s. Justin Udo detailed these disparate sources for KYW Newsradio.

The unique presentation is at Norristown’s Theatre Horizon Feb. 8 to Mar. 12.

Set in ancient Greece, the show includes fan favorites that include We Got the Beat.

Playwright James Magruder prides the production for its embrace of the LGBTQ community.

“As with Shakespearean comedy, there is a young man who dresses up as a woman to infiltrate the royal family and then discovers by the end of the show, ‘I kind of like having my female side explored, I’d like to keep her around, too,’” he told KYW.

The musical saw its debut at the 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and its pre-Broadway run was in San Francisco three years later.

In 2018, it transferred to New York, where it received a favorable review from Entertainment Weekly.

More about Head over Heels Broadway musical making its way to Norristown on KYW Newsradio.

This trailer for Head over Heels highlights its Broadway performers, which includes actress Rachel York;
the musical is coming to Norristown Feb. 8 with a local cast.

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