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Yale University Office of Undergraduate Productions
4/23-4/25/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 LES MISERABLES
IMMACULATE HIGH SCHOOL
4/24-4/26/2014
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 TARZAN
GRISWOLD HIGH SCHOOL
4/23-4/26/2014
Based on Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time.  TARZAN features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart", and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 SPRING AWAKENING
HARTT SCHOOL
4/22-4/27/2014
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.It's Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz -- a boy so traumatized by puberty he can't concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the flexibility to creatively use costumes, set pieces, and lighting. Featuring a pop-rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities.
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THE SHADOW OF THE HUMMINGBIRD
Long Wharf Theatre
3/26-4/27/2014
Stage II:Athol Fugard; dir: Gordon Edelstein.
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SOMEWHERE
Hartford Stage
4/3-4/27/2014
Matthew Lopez; dir: Giovanna Sardelli.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 RENT
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
4/23-4/27/2014
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.This is theatre at its best -- exuberant, passionate, and joyous. Regional theatres will love the freedom and flexibility that RENT offers; minimal costuming and sets are required. RENT RETURNSVisit the official "Site for Rent" for NYC ticketing and more information on this new production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 GREAT EXPECTATIONS
New Britain Youth Theater
4/25-4/27/2014
Great Expectations, adapted by Barbara Field, is a large-cast adaptation closely based on Dickens' classic novel about young orphan Pip who rises from being a blacksmith's apprentice to a London gentleman, but learns in the end that nothing was as he thought it would be. Dickens' gallery of characters from rogues and prisoners to the privileged but flawed are all portrayed. The production is directed by Todd Santa Maria and Jim Williams. Great Expectations stars young actors ages 10 through 20 and is appropriate for audiences of all ages. The cast of twenty-four has come together from New Britain, Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bristol, Glastonbury, Middletown, Newington, Plainville, Southington, and Wolcott. Great Expectations will be performed at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, located at 69 Main Street in downtown New Britain. Performances are Friday, April 25, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online through a link at www.nbyt.org.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 URINETOWN
WESTHILL HIGH SCHOOL
4/25-5/3/2014
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
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LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
4/24-5/4/2014
adapt: Heather Hach; lyrics: Laurence O?Keefe, Nell Benjamin; dir: Jerry McIntyre.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 THE FANTASTICKS
MUSIC THEATRE OF CONNECTICUT
4/11-5/4/2014
Talk about a time-provenaudience-pleaser! "Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmerwasn't enchanting audiences around the world. THE FANTASTICKS is thelongest-running production of any kind in the world, and with good reason: atthe heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is apurity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is atimeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the sametime.With its minimal costumes, small band and virtually non-existent set, THE FANTASTICKS is an intimate show which may be performed in virtually any space,engaging the audience's imagination and showcasing a strong ensemble cast. Itsmoving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a moremature, meaningful love is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy,memorable songs, many of which have become standards.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
CAST INCORPORATED
4/25-5/4/2014
Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Roles are plentiful, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters. Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. is a fast-paced stage adaptation of featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 HAIRSPRAY
NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL
4/25-5/4/2014
The 1950's are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!HAIRSPRAY is ideal for a large cast of strong singers and dancers. It provides great opportunities in terms of set design, costuming, and lighting choices.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 LEGALLY BLONDE
UNIV OF CONNECTICUT-STORRS
4/24-5/4/2014
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 RENT
ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE ACT 2
4/25-5/10/2014
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.This is theatre at its best -- exuberant, passionate, and joyous. Regional theatres will love the freedom and flexibility that RENT offers; minimal costuming and sets are required. RENT RETURNSVisit the official "Site for Rent" for NYC ticketing and more information on this new production.
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THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
Yale Repertory Theatre
4/18-5/10/2014
Marcus Gardley; dir: Patricia McGregor.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 A CUP OF JOE AT THE IFFY FISH
Hole in the Wall Theater
4/18-5/10/2014
Submitted for your approval: Mike and Jesse are just looking for a place to rest, grab a bite, maybe a nice cup of java. But what they get instead is a trip that will bring them face to face with their darkest fears, homicidal government agents, a blood-thirsty lady of the night, and much more in this twisted, hilarious homage to the "Twilight Zone" by Scott Stephen Kegler, the playwright of "Whacked".
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 A CUP OF JOE AT THE IFFY FISH
Hole in the Wall Theater
4/18-5/10/2014
Submitted for your approval: Mike and Jesse are just looking for a place to rest, grab a bite, maybe a nice cup of java. But what they get instead is a trip that will bring them face to face with their darkest fears, homicidal government agents, a blood-thirsty lady of the night, and much more in this twisted, hilarious homage to the "Twilight Zone" by Scott Stephen Kegler, the playwright of "Whacked".
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 A CUP OF JOE AT THE IFFY FISH
Hole in the Wall Theater
4/18-5/10/2014
Submitted for your approval: Mike and Jesse are just looking for a place to rest, grab a bite, maybe a nice cup of java. But what they get instead is a trip that will bring them face to face with their darkest fears, homicidal government agents, a blood-thirsty lady of the night, and much more in this twisted, hilarious homage to the "Twilight Zone" by Scott Stephen Kegler, the playwright of "Whacked".
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A CUP OF JOE AT THE IFFY FISH
Hole in the Wall Theater
4/18-5/10/2014
Submitted for your approval: Mike and Jesse are just looking for a place to rest, grab a bite, maybe a nice cup of java. But what they get instead is a trip that will bring them face to face with their darkest fears, homicidal government agents, a blood-thirsty lady of the night, and much more in this twisted, hilarious homage to the "Twilight Zone" by Scott Stephen Kegler, the playwright of "Whacked."
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A SONG AT TWILIGHT
Westport Country Playhouse
4/29-5/17/2014
Noel Coward; dir: Mark Lamos.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS
GLASTONBURY YOUTH SERVICES
4/15-6/6/2014
The jungle is jumpin' with jazz is this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like "The Bare Necessities," and "I Wan'na Be Like You." With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 4/20/2014 DAMN YANKEES
GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE
4/11-6/21/2014
Faust meets professional baseball in the Broadway classic DAMN YANKEES. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, DAMN YANKEES is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor. The perfect choice for a high school's spring musical or community theatre production, DAMN YANKEES is sure to please. 
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