Theatre preview: Shadowbox Live’s “Back to the Garden” musical reimagines Woodstock

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From the May 22, 2014 edition

Spending an afternoon outside — with some good tunes — is always a great way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, and Shadowbox Live’s “Back to the Garden” musical at Columbus Commons is exactly that; a re-imagining of the legendary Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.

Centered on New York Times reporter Rodney Benton, a fictitious character loosely based on Barnard Collier, who actually covered the three days of peace and music for the newspaper, “Back to the Garden” is a sight-and-soundscape of the late ’60s. Seminal tracks from artists who performed at the festival — Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and, of course, Jimi Hendrix’s version of the National Anthem — will be heard during the show.

This year’s “Back to the Garden” will be an all-day affair with local acts beginning at 5:25 p.m., and the Commons’ bar and food trucks opening at the same time. “Back to the Garden” begins at 8:30 p.m.