‘Camelot’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ Hartford Stage & Long Wharf Next Year and More.

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Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater

By Karen Isaacs

A Plant Gone Wild: MTC in Norwalk is closing its season with the musical, Little Shop of Horrors about a plant gone wild. It runs April 17 to May 3 and is a great musical to introduce kids (probably 11 and up) to the theater.  The music is rock, the story is fun and MTC is offering a “kid’s night” on April 24 — subject to availability, kids 11 to 18 can see the show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.  For tickets visit MTC.

World Premier at Yale: The Yale Rep closes its season with Elevada a world premier by Sheila Callaghan, April 24 to May 16. According to the press materials, Elevada is described ” New York City. Right now. Ramona’s going on lots of first dates but is intentionally sabotaging her chances for a second. Khalil, a social media superstar, is about to close a huge deal that will take him completely off the market. They’ll do anything to float above their own lives, even as fate tries to pull them both back down to earth. Elevada is a warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy about the fear of being alone—and the fear of not being alone.”  For tickets visit Yale Rep or call 203-432-1234.

Next Year at Long Wharf:  Four plays have been selected for productions at Long Wharf next year.  Opening Oct. 14 (and running to Nov. 8) is Disgraced, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama.  From Jan. 6 to  Feb. 7 will be The Lion billed as a “wholly original musical experience; Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Emily Man will run Feb. 17 to March 18 in a co-production with Hartford Stage.  The final production announced at this time is Lewiston, a world premier from April 6 to May 1.

Hartford Stage in 2015-16:  Hartford Stage has announced three selections for next year.  The fall will bring the world premier of An Opening in Time by Christopher Shinn, a Connecticut native;  also artistic director Darko Tresnjak will direct Romeo and Juliet.  In January, The Body of An American, which has won several awards gets Connecticut production. That production will then transfer to Primary Stages, off-Broadway.  In addition, the ever popular A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas will return with some additional up-datings. Subscriptions are now available at Hartford Stage or 860-527-5151.

An Ideal Place: Camelot, the Lerner-Loewe musical has depicted the story of King Arthur, the Knights of the Roundtable,  and how the ideal place called Camelot was destroyed.  Now the musical will make a stop at the Bushnell in Hartford, April 21-26.  For tickets contact Bushnell  or call 860-967-5900.

Chester Tickets: Individual show tickets are now on sale for the three new musicals Goodspeed will produce at the Norma Terris Theater in Chester. The shows are The Theory of Relativity  (May 7 to 31), My Paris, from July 23 – Aug 16 and Indian Joe, Oct. 22-Nov. 15. For tickets contact Goodspeed or call 860-873-8668.

New York Notes:   Jason Robert Brown, the talented composer/lyricist, just can’t get a hit.  Last year, The Bridges of Madison County closed after only a few months, though it won awards for his score.  Now Honeymoon in Vegas is repeating the process;  it got great reviews last year in a try out production and excellent reviews by the NY media.  Unfortunately despite a terrific score, very good performances by Tony Danza and Rob McClure and name recognition from the hit film,  audiences just did not buy tickets.  In the good news category,  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which began life at Hartford Stage, has recouped its investment in 17 months.  This was a show that struggled in the fall and winter of 2014, but became a hit when it received numerous awards including the Tony award for best musical.

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