Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater
By Karen Isaacs
Woody Sez: The show about the life of Woody Guthrie now playing at TheaterWorks has proved so successful, its run has been extended to Sept. 21. This show features terrific performances as the talented cast of four recount the life of Guthrie, who helped create the folk music revival in the ’50s and influenced singers from then until now. For tickets call 860-527-7838 or visit http://www.theaterworkshartford.org.
Connecticut Repertory Season: The Connecticut Repertory Theater at UConn at Storrs will offer both new plays and well-known ones in their up-coming season. The opening play, Olives and Blood is by UConn professor Michael Bradford and is about Spain after the Spanish Civil War. It runs Oct. 2 to 12. From Nov. 20 to Dec. 7 is the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes runs Feb. 26 to March 8 and the season ends with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, April 23- May 3. In the smaller, second theater, the season includes British playwright Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine, Oct. 23-Nov. 2 and the Split Knuckle Theatre Company’s Band of the Black Hand, March 26 – April 5. For tickets call 860-486-2113 or visit http://www.crt.uconn.edu.
Still Time: Westport Country Playhouse is presenting a fine production of the British comedy Things We Do for Love through Sept.7. It’s unpredictable and beautifully directed and acted. For tickets call 203-227-4177 or visit http://www.westportplayhouse.org. A full review is posted on my blog: 2ontheaisle.wordpress.com.
Hartford Stage Discounts: Hartford Stage offers StagePass, a subscription program geared to young adults, 21-35. The season subscription is just $99 for all six shows plus A Christmas Carol. In addition, StagePass subscribers can bring up to three guests to each show for just $20 each. To take advantage of StagePass, call 860-527-5151 or complete an online form at www.hartfordstage.org. All StagePass subscription purchases require valid state identification.
Evita: The Bushnell Broadway series opens with the touring company of the recent Broadway revival of Evita from Sept. 23 to 28. Caroline Bowman, who was in the original cast of Kinky Boots stars as Eva Peron with Tony nominee Josh Young as Che and Sean MacLaughlin as Peron. 860-987-5900 or visit http://www.bushnell.org
Broadway News: August saw the musicals Rocky, Newsies and Bullets Over Broadway close. Only Newsies could have been considered a hit. Emma Stone will take over the role of Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret on Nov. 11 playing through Feb. 1 Stone had been rumored to play the role for the opening. The show has extended through March 29. For tickets visit http://www.RoundaboutTheatre.org. One of the big box office hits for the new season is the Terrence McNallly comedy It’s Only a Play which has racked up multi-millions in presale tickets. The reason: It reunites Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick (The Producers) as well as an all-star cast including Rupert Grint, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Megan Mulally. Previews have begun and it only runs 18 week. Tickets are available at http://www.telecharge.com. Audra McDonald will now close Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill to Oct. 5. At that point, the show must make way for Hugh Jackman and the play The River. For tickets to Lady Day visit Telecharge. McDonald won not only a Tony but the completing recording of the hit show has been very successful.
Live from… You can now see Broadway and London shows on television and in local movie theaters. Following the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts in local theaters, The Royal Shakespeare Company, England’s National Theater and even Broadway is following suit. Here are some up-coming productions. From London you can see the Royal Shakespeare production of Two Gentlemen of Verona on Sept 3 (check http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/), the National Theater production of Medea on Sept. 4, Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire with an air-date of Sept. 16 and Skylight (Oct. 23) Check http://www.NationalTheatreLive.org.UK for specifics. The new musical From Here to Eternity will air Oct. 3. Check http://www.fathomevents.com. PBS will air Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Sept. 26, Nathan Lane in The Nance on Oct. 10 and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on Oct. 17. Check http://www.cptv.org or http://www.thirteen.org for exact dates and times.
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