By Karen Isaacs It’s the year of Hamilton arriving in Connecticut. That’s the big news. As ever year, certain productions planned for Connecticut theaters pique my interest. I circle their dates on my calendar in anticipation. Here’s my list for this year. Connecticut is blessed with an abundance of fine professional theaters – from the major regional companies (Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed, … Continue reading 2018-19 Connecticut Theater Season Looks Interesting. “Hamilton” Is Coming!
Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater By Karen Isaacs New Musical at Chester: Goodspeed is concluding its season of new musicals at the Norma Terris Theater in Chester with Indian Joe to, Nov. 15. The musical, inspired by true events, tells the story of a Texas beauty queen, a homeless Native American, and their blossoming friendship. Elizabeth A. Davis, who … Continue reading Next Year at Goodspeed, What’s New in NYC, Coming to 7 Angels and More News
By Karen Isaacs The Connecticut Critics Circle has announced nominations for its annual awards which honor outstanding productions, performances and creative work at Connecticut’s professional theaters. The winners will be honored at an award ceremony, Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Iseman Theater on Chapel Street in New Haven. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. In the major … Continue reading CT Critics Circle Give Multiple Award Nominations to Hamlet, Fiddler on the Roof, Arcadia, Kiss Me Kate and The Liar
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 … Continue reading “Calendar Girls” at Ivoryton, Next Season at TW and MTC, “And a Nightingale Sings” at Westport
By Karen Isaacs Jukebox musicals are popular because they give audiences a wide range of songs associated with a particular composer or performer. They are divided into three categories: those that use the songs to advance a story (All Shook Up uses music associated with Elvis Presley), those that are a straight revue with no real story (Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a stellar example of this), … Continue reading Country-Western Fans Will Love Ivoryton’s ‘Stand By Your Man’
Theater News for July 23 Individual Show Tickets: Tickets for individual shows/performances are now on sale at both Hartford Stage and The Bushnell while subscriptions are still available. The Hartford Stage season starts with Ether Dome (Sept. 11 -Oct. 5), Hamlet (Oct. 16 – Nov. 9), Private Lives (Jan. 8 – Feb. 1), Reverberation (Feb. 19 – March 15), The Pianist of Willesden Lane (March … Continue reading Shakespeare Outdoors, Williamstown, Hartford Stage and Bushnell Tickets
All Shook Up now at Ivoryton Playhouse through July 27 is one of those jukebox musicals that gives you hope for the genre. While it is not in the class of Jersey Boys or the current Broadway hit Beautiful-the Carol King Musical, it a big step ahead of many of the jukebox shows I’ve seen. It uses the music of Elvis to tell a story … Continue reading Terrific Cast at Ivoryton Makes “All Shook Up” a Delight