“Calendar Girls” at Ivoryton, Next Season at TW and MTC, “And a Nightingale Sings” at Westport

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Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater

By Karen Isaacs

From Film to London to Ivoryton: Ivoryton Playhouse is presenting the US premier of the stage comedy version of the popular film Calendar Girls. The show runs June 3 to 21.  If you remember the film, it is about a group of ordinary, small town older women who decided to pose “au naturale” in a calendar to raise funds for charity.  Their success garners international attention, and has, in fact, inspired other groups to similar projects.  By the way, a musical of the film is in the works. For tickets call 860-767-7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.  Opening night is billed as Cancer Survivor Night with half price tickets available for survivors.

Remember Elizabeth Wilson: Certainly Long Wharf and audiences at many other area theaters had the pleasure of seeing Elizabeth Wilson perform.  The longtime Branford resident passed away recently at the age of 94.  She won a Tony for her performance in David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones, and won a Drama Desk for Mornings at Seven, in a  production that I believe began at Long Wharf, and was Roz Keith in the film 9 to 5 and Dustin Hoffman’s mother in The Graduate.

TheaterWorks Season: The TheaterWorks season begin in October with Wendy Wasserstein’s last play, Third through Nov. 8.  After the holiday season production of Christmas on the Rocks from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23 (for the third year), the off-Broadway hit Buyer and Cellar will Jan. 8 to Feb. 14. Then comes Sex with Strangers, March 11 to April 17, The Call from May 13 to June 19 and concludes with Midsummer, billed as a play with songs from July 16 to Aug. 21. For subscriptions call 860-527-7838.

Next Year in Norwalk: MTC will celebrate its second season at its new theater in Norwalk with Evita from Oct. 16 to Nov. 1. During the holidays the theater will present The Santaland Diaries from Dec. 11-20. From Feb. 26 to March 13 is the Tony winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The season will conclude with the Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years, April 8 to 24.  For information or subscriptions visit www.musictheatreofct.org or call 203-454-3883.

Looking Back Over 50 Years: Long Wharf is concluding its 50th anniversary celebration with an event featuring all four of the artistic directors in its history from founder Jon Jory to Arvin Brown, Doug Hughes and Gordon Edelstein, the current director. It will be held on June 7 at 2 and be hosted by WNPR’s Colin McEnroe. For visit longwharf.org.

Sweet WWII Play at Westport:  A Nightingale Sang is next up at Westport Country Playhouse, June 9 to 27.  The title refers to the popular WWII song “And A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”  It’s a love story about a working class British family and the coming of war.  David Kennedy will direct.  An interesting fact: the play got its premier at Hartford Stage when Mark Lamos was artistic director — I believe he directed it.  Now he is the artistic director at Westport and says he has always been fond of the work. For tickets call 888-927-7529 or westportplayouse.org.

A Coup for Ivoryton: Former area resident and opera singer and actor David Pittsinger will star as Emile deBecque in the theater’s production of South Pacific this summer. Pittsinger took over the role from Paulo Szot in the award winning LIncoln Center production.

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