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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 12/16/2012 ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR
HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL OF NEW ENGLAND
12/19-12/19/2012
With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean flavored score, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. is a feast for the heart, mind, and soul. The highlyoriginal and theatrical Caribbean adaptationof the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight Tony nominationsfor its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. In almostnon-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasantgirl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the otherside of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical godswho rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her loveagainst the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.Equally effective regardless of its cast size, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. features minimal--though colorful--sets and costumes that capture the imagination of the audience. Creative movement is also part of the show's style, calling upon performers to portray trees, wild animals and even a fierce rainstorm. Its catchy, contemporary, and Caribbean-flavored score by theTonyŽ Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIMEand the animated film Anastasia) includes tender ballads and rousingcelebratory numbers for an ensemble cast of strong singers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 12/16/2012 SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA
12/15-12/21/2012
One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study of the enigmatic painter Georges Seurat won a Pulitzer Prize for its deeply insightful and highly personal examination of life through art and the artist.Act One follows the inarticulate Seurat as he fights a losing battle to maintain a relationship with his mistress Dot as he creates his painting ?A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte? amid the scorn of the artistic community. The second act takes place 100 years later, introducing us to his American descendant, also an artist, burned out and uncertain of the path he must take.An ensemble of strong singing actors performs this challenging and heartbreaking work about our need to connect to the past, present and future. The show features two coveted starring roles made famous by the Broadway performances of Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. The groundbreaking book and score by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, the authors of INTO THE WOODS and PASSION, contain some of their most beautiful and stirring work.The show may be staged simply as in its original workshop production or with the grandeur of Seurat?s masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 12/16/2012 GLITZ! THE LITTLE MISS CHRISTMAS PAGEANT MUSICAL
Milford Center for the Arts
12/7-12/22/2012
Pantochino Productions Inc, Connecticut's award-winning theatre for family audiences presents "Glitz! The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical" by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg. Everything's coming up tinsel and tiaras in this ridiculously funny new holiday musical with a heartwarming ending where ten girls vie for the title and one lucky girl wins the crown. December 7-22. Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2 & 5:30pm and Sundays at 2pm (Note: no performances Dec 15). Tickets available online at www.pantochino.com
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 12/16/2012 A TAFFETA CHRISTMAS
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
11/23-12/22/2012
The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is pleased to announce its production of the 1950's bubble gum pop-inspired musical, "A TAFFETA CHRISTMAS". Full of both 1950's pop and Christmas classics, this musical is meant to bring back the way a hometown Christmas used to be. This is a tribute to the girl groups of the 50's featuring 4 down-home girls from Indiana and they're here to celebrate the holidays in style, on TV no less! Starring JENNIFER AUGERI, KELLY BOURKE, JESSICA FRYE and Sandra Lee, 4 beautiful and extremely talented women whose talent individually is amazing, but together is absolutely extraordinary! You do not want to miss this lively, energetic, feel good holiday show. Artistic Director Kris McMurray's creative team includes Pawel Jura, Musical Director and James J. Moran, Asst. Choreogrpaher and Lighting Sound Technician. THE TAFFETA CHRISTMAS runs every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm from November 23rd thru December 22nd, 2012. Doors open at 7:15pm. Tickets are now on sale. $30 per person. MasterCard and Visa and other major credit cards are accepted. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 860-829-1248. Reservations are highly recommended. Or for more information, visit our website: www.ctcabaret.com The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is located just off Route 9 (exit 22: Mill Street) and the Berlin Turnpike. Visit the website for detailed directions. The theatre celebrating 15 years of quality entertainment has but one motto..."BRING YOUR OWN". Presented cabaret-style, patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. They also can enjoy a dessert bar that has a variety of treats to purchase.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 12/16/2012 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
CENTER STAGE
12/1-12/22/2012
Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL gets the full Broadway treatment by Alan MenkenLynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent.This spectacular musical extravaganza ran for ten years at Madison Square Garden. In 2004, this version became the basis of an NBC Hallmark Entertainment special (teleplay adaptation by Lynn Ahrens) featuring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge, and an array of stars including Jason Alexander, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski, Geraldine Chaplin, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ruthie Henshall. But even without starry casts and spectacular trappings, this A CHRISTMAS CAROL retains its emotional power and pure joy thanks to the marvelously told story and beautiful score.
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