Tanglin’ Hearts

A Country Western Musical Comedy based on Shakespeare’s As You Like It
July 25 – August 25, 2013

Book and Lyrics by Zora Margolis
Music by Peter Spelman
Story by Zora Margolis & Charlotte Houghton
Directed and Choreographed by Allison Bibicoff
Produced by David Hunt Stafford


This charming musical adaptation of As You Like It takes Shakespeare’s characters out to the country. In Theatre 40’s version, Ben Fredericks is out to steal the Double W Ranch from Jesse Wells and his knucklehead brother, former rodeo rider Webb Wells. Ben plans on using the ranch to hide toxic waste under the disguise of a massive theme park. But Ben’s daughter and her cousin don’t want any part of his crooked plan and hit the road with plans to become country singers where they meet up with heartthrob singer Jesse. Tanglin’ Hearts features cowboys and cowgirls falling in and out of love, along with fun country tunes and a whole mess of Texas fun.


Brielle Batino • Susan Brindley • Madison Cassaday
Nick Denning • Trip Langley • Kevin Michael Moran • Cailan Rose
Sarah Schulte • Bruce Schroffel • Sean Smith

What critics were saying:

“witty and charming”
—Rich Borowy for Accessibly Live Off-Line

“Those who know Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It” will certainly appreciate this modern adaptation.”
—Shari Barrett for Broadway World

Read the full press coverage of the show.