Turner and Grusecki’s first musical is a seven-character contemporary take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. In this musical adaptation, Beatrice, a novelist with writer’s block, is staying at the Italian villa of her cousin, Hero (a young American heiress) when the irrepressible Benedick and his boisterous friends invade their peaceful seaside retreat. The ensuing disturbance jolts Beatrice out of her lethargy and catapults her into the world of her imagination. We follow the lives of Beatrice and Benedick, Hero and Claudio, Pedro and John, and Margaret. Are we in Beatrice’s novel or are we in the real world? After much ado, the truth is revealed.
After All was named finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It was subsequently produced as a concert reading Off-Broadway by the York Theatre Company and was directed by Thommie Walsh. Featured in the cast were Chris Ghelfi (John), John Herrera (Pedro), Sara Inbar (Hero), Michael Philip O’Brien (Claudio), Kristen Lee Kelly (Margaret), Guy Stroman (Benedick), and Anya Turner (Beatrice).