“Newsies” in Waterbury, “Intimate Exchange” in Westport, “Annapurna” in Hartford

Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater

By Karen Isaacs

Newsies: The touring company of Newsies is making a Connecticut stop at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Oct. 23-25.  The show opened on Broadway in 2012 and won the Tony for choreography.  Based on the Disney film of the same name, it tells the story of turn of the 20th century New York City newsboys who fight the newspaper publishers when they try to raise prices to the boys.  Alan Menken and Jack Feldman wrote the music and lyrics. For tickets visit http://www.palacetheaterct.org.

Tale of Romance and Fakery:  Winding up the season at Westport Country Playhouse is Intimate Apparel by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage.  The play tells the story of Esther, a gifted African-American seamstress in the early 20th century and her dilemma about love. Mary B. Robinson is directing the cast which is headed by Nikki E. Walker.  The shows runs Oct. 7 to Nov. 1. For tickets call 888-927-7529 or visit http://www.westportplayhouse.org.

 Humorous with a Twist: The press materials on Annapurna which is opening the TheaterWorks season describes it as both healing and humorous and it says it is a story “about the longevity of love.”  Playwright Sharr White wrote last season’s well received The Other Place. In this story, after 20 years apart, a woman tracks down her ex-husband to find him a poet living in a Colorado trailer park. Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero directs the two person cast: Debra Jo Rupp who played Dr. Ruth last season and Vasili Bogazianos. The show runs to Nov. 9.  For tickets call 860-527-7838 or visit http://www.theaterworkshartford.org.

The Only Show This Year: The Circus in Winter is the only show being produced at the Norma Terris Theater in Chester by Goodspeed this year.  The reason?  The other shows that were being considered just weren’t ready for even a limited workshop.  The Circus in Winter runs Oct. 23 to Nov. 16. According to the press material, ” Love, lust, betrayal, and tragedy unfold in a series of interwoven stories that reveal the private lives of a death-defying acrobat, sideshow African queen, lonely circus owner, disheveled clowns, and more.”  The music and lyrics are by Ben Clark who is writing his first full-length musical.  He has received awards from the Kennedy Center (for outstanding musical composition) and a fellowship at the O’Neill Center. He also worked on the musical at the Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed. The book is by Hunter Foster and Beth Turcott, both experienced book writers. Teal Wicks who was Julie Jordan in Goodspeed’s Carousel plays Jennie Dixiana.  For tickets visit http://www.goodspeed.org or call 860-873-8668.

Replacing Bing and Fred: The cast of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn which is now at Goodspeed though not yet reviewed by the critics, has already extended its run to Dec. 7.  Noah Racey– who is both a terrific dancer and a choreographer — plays the role of Ted which was originated by Fred Astaire.  Racey starred in Where’s Charley? at Goodspeed.  In the role originated by Bing Crosby is Corey Mach who has appeared on Broadway in Godspell and Hands on a Hardbody. For tickets visit http://www.goodspeed.org or call 860-873-8668.  Goodspeed offers a variety of special events including a Friday dinner theater package, meet the cast nights and other activities.

Theater Close-Up: You should check your TV listings but Channel 13 is presenting a series of shows on Thursdays at 10 p.m. beginning Oct. 2 featuring off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions.  The first show is the Mint Theater Company’s production of London Wall. The Mint specializes in rediscovering and producing lesser known works of America and England from the first half of the 20th century.  This play is by John Van Druten  (he wrote The Fourposter, Bell,Book and Candle, and I Am a Camera on which Cabaret was based.)

This content courtesy of Shore Publications and http://www.zip06.com

 

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