Kander & Ebb, More ‘Holiday Inn’ and New York Notes.

By Karen Isaacs

 Kander & Ebb:  MTC (more formally known as the Music Theater of Connecticut) opens its 2014-15 season in its new home.  The company has moved from a miniscule space in Westport down the block from the Westport Country Playhouse to larger digs in  Norwalk: 509 Westport Ave. (Route 1).  The opening show is the delightful review of Kander & Ebb music, And the World Goes Round. Included in the show which runs Nov. 7 to 23 are not only songs from Kander & Ebb’s hit musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago and others, but songs from lesser known shows plus some of the specialty material they wrote from Liza Minelli and other nightclub/cabaret stars.  For tickets call 203-454-9889 or visit http://www.musictheatreofct.com.

Extended Again: Goodspeed’s world premier musical, Holiday Inn, had not even opened to the critics, when the production was extended for a second time due to high ticket demand. The show — which I found charming — will now run to December 21.  Tickets for all performances are on sale at 860-873-8668 or at http://www.goodspeed.org.

Comedy in Storrs: The Connecticut Repertory Theatre is presenting Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine in its studio theater through Nov. 2.. The press release says, “In the wilds of 19th century Africa, the colonizers are restless in more ways than one.  Friends and family flirt and fumble with power, gender, and sexuality, hilariously pushing against the boundaries of Victorian imperialism.  Fast forward 100 years to the concrete jungle of London, where the Victorian legacy finally explodes in a blast of sexual awakening, self-acceptance and delectable humor.” For tickets and information, call 860-486-2113 and visit www.crt.uconn.edu

New York Notes:  Tickets are now on sale for the Lincoln Center revival of The King and I which begins previews on March 12.  Kelli O’Hara stars as Anna with Ken Watanabe as the King. Bartlett Sher directs. For tickets visit http://www.lct.org. Three musicals are headed to Broadway this Spring: one is a stage adaptation of a musical film, one is a revision of a earlier staged adaptation of a musical film and the third is a musical based on a dramatic film. An American in Paris will debut in Paris before heading to Broadway in March. The press material says it is “inspired” by the 1950s film that starred Gene Kelly.  Christopher Wheeddon, a former member of the NY City Ballet is choreographing. The revised musical version of Gigi is also headed for Broadway. The original Broadway version ran in 1973. It plays Washington’s Kennedy Center beginning in January. Vanessa Hudgens will play the title character with Howard McGillin also in the cast.  A musical version of Dr. Zhivago plans on an April opening. An earlier version of the show played at La Jolla Playhouse in 2006 and a revised version played in Australia in 2010. Des McAnuff will direct.

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

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