‘Wicked,’ Yale World Premier, Martin Comedy and Kids Night on Broadway.

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Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater

By Karen Isaacs

 Now at the Bushnell:  The hit Broadway musical, Wicked is making a return visit to the Bushnell in Hartford through Nov. 23.  The musical tells the story of Oz before Dorothy landed there.  For tickets, call 860-987-5900 or www.bushnell.org.

World Premier at Yale:  Next up on the Yale Rep stage is a play commissioned by Yale. War runs Nov.21 to Dec. 13.  It is written by Branden Jacobs Jenkins and according to the press materials centers on the tensions between Tate and Joanne while they are at their mother’s bedside. During the disagreements, two strangers accost them and make a shocking claim about the grandfather’s WWII duty.  For tickets call 203-432-1234 or visit www.yalerep.org.

Jekyll & Hyde:  The Frank Wildhorn/Leslie Bricusse musical telling of the Jekyll & Hyde story will launch its 5th national tour at Waterbury’s Palace Theatre, Dec. 6 and 7. Before the Sunday evening performance Riverhouse Catering will prepare a pre-fixe dinner served in the theater’s Poli Club.  The musical soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy.  For tickets call 203-346-2000 or www.palacetheaterct.org.

How Do You Spell It? The Connecticut Repertory Theater on the UConn campus in Storrs is presenting the popular musical The 25th Annual Putnum Country Spelling Bee, Nov. 20- 22 and Dec. 3 to Dec. 7. William Finn wrote the music for the show about a group of young teens or pre-teens competing in the annual spelling bee. Each night some members of the audience — including some celebrities and political figures will be asked to participate. For tickets call 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

Comedy at Long Wharf:  Steve Martin’s hit comedy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile will run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 21. The premise?   What would happen if in 1903 Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso are in the same small bar in Paris.  According to the press release, “The two young geniuses, joined by an eccentric cast of characters, spar over art and science, their respective libdos, where inspiration comes from, and the promise and dreams of the 20th century.”  For tickets call 203-787-4282 or visit www.longwharf.org.

 Another New Musical: Goodspeed’s 2015 season features two classic musicals and a world premier of a musical based on a classic TV sitcom.  The season will open with Frank Loesser’s Guys & Dolls directed by Don Stephenson from April 10 to June 20. Following that will be the Tony-winning La Cage aux Folles directed by Rob Ruggiero from June 26 to Sept. 6.  The Sept. 18 -Nov. 29 slot will feature the world premier of a musical based on  The Honeymooners. John Rando, who has directed the Broadway productions of Urinetown, A Christmas Story and the current On the Town will direct. The musical has been in the works with various workshops and readings for several years. Season subscriptions are now on sale at 860-873-8668 or www.goodspeed.org.  Tickets for individual shows go on sale in February.

Take a Child or Teen to Broadway:  The annual Kids Night on Broadway will be Jan.9-15.  Many Broadway shows offer a “purchase an adult ticket and get a FREE ticket for a child 6 – 18.”  The shows dates available vary, so plan early and check out the web site, www.kidsnightonbroadway.com.  It  make a great holiday gift.

Timeline: As part of its 50th anniversary celebration Long Wharf Theater has created an online historical archive.  It includes information on the productions and performers from its history.  The theater says that the timeline is an on-going project and additional historical material will be added. To visit it, go to www.longwharf.org/timeline.

Country Music: Always…Patsy Cline featuring the music of the legendary country singer is at Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury through Dec. 7. The popular show is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with one of her most devoted fans, Louise Seger.  It includes more than 25 of Cline’s most popular songs. For tickets visit www.SevenAngelsTheatre.org or call 203-757-4676.

 For More Connecticut Reviews To see how other Connecticut critics feel about various productions, visit www.ctcritics.org.

This content courtesy of Shore Publications and www.zip06.com

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