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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR
WORTHINGTON HOOKER MIDDLE SCHOOL
5/6-5/7/2014
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in Disney's ALADDIN JR., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 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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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 CAROUSEL
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
5/1-5/10/2014
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar; As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
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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 5/04/2014 THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
STAMFORD HIGH SCHOOL
5/2-5/10/2014
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a high-spirited musicalromp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. It's the zany new1920's musical that has taken Broadway by storm, winning the TONY Award for BEST MUSICAL!Taking place in New York City in 1922, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIEtells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to thecity in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full ofintrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce andthe rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based onthe popular movie, the stage version of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIEis a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. And with therole of Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine forthe ages in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 GODSPELL
PLAINVILLE CHORAL SOCIETY
5/3-5/10/2014
Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life.Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL RETURNSVisit the official Godpell on Broadway site for tickets and more information on this new production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 DEAR EDWINA JR
HADDAM KILLINGWORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL
5/9-5/10/2014
At last a musical that features a cast of nearly all girl performers! Follow the adventures of advice- giver extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple as she directs the kids in the neighborhood in production number after hilarious production number in her "Advice-A-Palooza" extravaganza. Written in the style of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, DEAR EDWINA JR. is the perfect girl power musical for a new generation.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 HAIRSPRAY
NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
5/9-5/10/2014
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 5/04/2014 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 5/04/2014 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 5/04/2014 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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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 13
WINDSOR YOUTH THEATRE
5/9-5/11/2014
A grown-up story about growing up!When his parents get divorced and he's forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. Easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won't talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.
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ALL SHOOK UP
Warner Theatre
5/3-5/11/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR
SEDGWICK MIDDLE SCHOOL
5/9-5/11/2014
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA JR., featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences.This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, your production will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!
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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 5/04/2014 LES MISERABLES
Broad Brook Opera House
5/2-5/18/2014
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel of hope and sacrifice,this lavish musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil tells the story of former convict Jean Valjean and his struggle to be the good man he's always wanted to be.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
CAST INCORPORATED
5/9-5/18/2014
It's princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday, and Flora, Fauna and Merryweather must use their fairy magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent! This classic fairytale told Disney-style has many roles for a large chorus, from King Stefan and Queen Stefanie's Loyal Subjects to Maleficent's slimy goons. Songs from the beloved film, including "Once Upon a Dream," accompany fun new songs like "Maleficent!" and "A Little Magic Now" to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of kids and families.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 LES MISERABLES
OPERA HOUSE PLAYERS
5/2-5/18/2014
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 5/04/2014 ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR
ST JAMES SCHOOL
5/1-5/30/2014
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA JR., featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences.This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, your production will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 THE LAST FIVE YEARS
LONG WHARF THEATRE
5/7-6/1/2014
THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up... or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. Written by Jason Robert Brown (PARADE, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD), THE LAST FIVE YEARS is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view. This intimate musical is perfect for small theatre companies and black box venues. With its two-person cast, acting stamina is a must. 
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 5/04/2014 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 5/04/2014 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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