Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater
By Karen Isaacs
Bushnell Next Year: The Bushnell Theater in Hartford is promoting its 2015-16 Broadway series as “family friendly” and it certainly does feature several shows for the younger audience members. The season begins with a magic show, The Illusionists 9Spet. 22-27) that played briefly on Broadway. Up next is the Disney musical Newsies running Oct. 13-18. A non-subscription Mamma Mia will make a brief return to Hartford, Oct. 20-Nov. 1. In 2016, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will play Jan 12 -17, followed by a rare non-musical, Love Letters with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal (remember them from the film, A Love Story?), Feb. 9-16. Then comes Motown, the Musical (March 22-27) and a show April 26 to May 1 that will be announced soon. The season will end with Dirty Dancing, May 24-29. The theater is also bringing back Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the holidays. Subscription renewals new subscriptions are available at 860-985-5900. Dates for purchasing individual tickets will be announced. For more information check out Bushnell.
Next Year at the Shubert: New Haven’s venerable Shubert Theater has also announced its 2015-16 season. First of up is the national tour of Book of Mormon from Oct. 13 to 18. From Nov. 11 to 15 is “I Love Lucy” Live on Stage from Nov. 11 to 15; The Tony-winning musical Once makes a return visit Jan. 29-31. Annie will play March 29 -April 3 and Jersey Boys also has return visit planned, May 3 to 8. The season ends with Kinky Boots June 8-12. Several shows are running longer than the usual 3-day (4 performance) schedule. Subscribers renew in April, new subscribers can sign up in May and tickets for individual shows go on sale in June. For information visit Shubert or call 203-562-5666.
New Associate: Elizabeth Williamson is the new associate artistic director at Hartford Stage, replacing Maxwell Williams who is now artistic director of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré in New Orleans. Williamson has been with the Stage since 2014 as senior dramaturg playing a major role in new play development. Before coming to Hartford, she was associate artistic director and literary manager for the Pioneer Theatre Company of Salt Lake City.
Yale Announces Its Next Season: For the 2015-16 season, Yale Rep will continue to offer five plays including three world premiers. The season opens with a new play by Paula Vogel created by her and Rebecca Taichman. Indecent will run Oct. 2 -24. Vogel is not only a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright but has taught at Yale Drama School. Peerless which runs from Nov. 27 too Dec. 19 is another world premier; it is a comedy about two sisters and their college admissions odyssey. Starting 2015 is The Moors, another world premier, from Jan. 29-Feb. 20. The publicity indicates the play is influenced by 19th century gothic romances. From March 26 to April 16 is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, produced at the Rep for the first time. The season ends with Diane Weist returning to the Rep to play in Happy Days by Samuel Beckett from April 29 to May 21. She had played by Hedda Galbler and A Doll’s House at the Rep. For subscriptions or information contact Yale Rep or call 203-432-1234. Tickets for individual productions goes on sale Aug. 31.
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