We were all charmed and disarmed when, at the beginning of the second half of The Merry Wives of Windsor rehearsal, Falstaff and Mistress Quickly came onto stage and started to sing their own version of Ingrid Michaelson’s ‘You and I.’ The lyrics strangely suit the play: money can buy you love and attract others to you – with a little room for romance.
Whether or not the song makes it through to the first night (‘the final cut’), listening to the company sing it in the Winedale barn is a moment that has already started to haunt our road trip. We hope you like listening to them sing it as much as we did.
‘What say you to young Master Fenton? he capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he speaks holiday, he smells April and May: he will carry’t, he will carry’t; ’tis in his buttons; he will carry’t.’ (3.2.56-60)