Special Sensory-Friendly “Carol,” Yale’s “No Boundaries,” Patti Lupone at the Shubert

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By Karen Isaacs

 Special Performance: Hartford Stage will present a special sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol– A Ghost Story of Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 9. According to the press materials, “sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families of children with autism or other disabilities which create sensory sensitivities.” To help prepare, families have access to free resource materials including a social story (a visual guide designed to detail the various social interactions, situations, and behaviors that will occur during the show) and a comprehensive performance guide, available on the Hartford Stage website.  For tickets call 860-527-5151 or visit http://www.hartfordstage.org/sensory-friendly.

Celebrating the 100th: As part of the Shubert Theater’s 100th anniversary celebration,  Broadway star and Tony winner Patti LuPone presents a concert on Dec. 11, the day the theater first opened. LuPone originated the role of Eva Peron in Evita on Broadway as well as starring in Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy and other shows. For information or tickets visit www.shubert.com or call 203-562-5666.

Yale’s No Boundaries: Yale Rep’s No Boundaries series begins Dec. 4-10 with Now Now Oh Now. The No Boundaries series brings to New Haven theater, dance, music and multi-media performances from throughout the world. Now Now Oh Now is billed as an interactive theater piece with only 30 participants at each performance.  The press description says it  “takes a locked-room puzzle, a lecture on evolutionary biology and the world’s weirdest night of Dungeons & Dragons and weaves them all together to paint a picture of how choice and chance impact our lives.”  On Dec. 20, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host with Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass features radio interviews from This American Life and restages them as dance pieces. The three performers will also include personal stories. The third offering in the series is Songs of Lear on Feb. 26-28 presented by the Polish ensemble Songs of Goat Theater.  For tickets to all or some of the productions, visit www.yalerep.org or call 203-432-1234.

Holbrook’s 90th: Hal Holbrook will celebrate his 90th birthday performing at the Bushnell Theater on Feb. 17.  He will perform his solo show, Mark Twain Tonight! under the auspices of the Mark Twain House & Museum. Tickets are available at www.bushnell.org or 860-987-5900.

 Is This the Casting?  Goodspeed presented a workshop in New York of the new musical The Honeymooners which will make its world premier next fall.  While casting has not been announced, it was interesting that Michael McGrath who has been associated with the project played the Ralph Kramden role with Hank Azaria as Ed Norton, Leslie Kritzer as Alice and Megan Hilty as Trixie.

New York News: Matthew Morrison will play J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan and Kelsie Grammar will return to Broadway to play producer Charles Frohman in the new musical Finding Neverland which is scheduled to open in the Spring.  Tickets go on sale Dec. 7 for the musical An American in Paris which will open in March.  Call 800-745-3000 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.  It looks like It’s Only a Play, the backstage comedy that has been starring Nathan Lane and a host of other stars, will continue when Lane leaves the cast on Jan. 4. Apparently Martin Short will take over the role. Tickets are available at http://www.telecharge.com. After the successful run at City Center of the Encores! production of The Band Wagon starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Tony Sheldon, Michael McKean, Michael Beresse, Don Stephenson and Tracy Ullman, there is talk the show with the revised book by Douglas Carter Beane may make the transition to  Broadway.  I certainly enjoyed it though the plot is silly; the Dietz and Schwartz songs are fabulous.

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

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