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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Neighborhood Music School
7/29-7/31/2014
If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer
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JASON ROBARDS THEATER:
Westport Country Playhouse
7/15-8/2/2014
NoraIngmar Bergman; dir: David Kennedy.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 SHREK
CAST INCORPORATED
7/31-8/2/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 CAROUSEL
Simsbury Summer Theatre
7/30-8/2/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 LES MISERABLES
CENTER STAGE
7/25-8/2/2014
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 7/27/2014 YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
Castle Craig Players
7/25-8/3/2014
GOOD GRIEF! The Peanuts characters come to life on stage, as the Castle Craig Players revive their acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning hit YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Based on the classic comic strips PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz, this heart-warming musical is the perfect summer treat for the entire family! The show runs for two weekends only - July 25-August 3 - at the Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse in Meriden! "How can anything go wrong on a day like this?" asks Charlie Brown as the curtain goes up. YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN answers this question and many more, as Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder and Snoopy join the fun on "A day in the life of Charlie Brown." Full of music, humor, and insight, the stage musical tackles childhood's memorable moments that made the famous Peanuts gang a part of all our lives. Will this be the day that Charlie Brown actually flies his kite? Can Linus give up his blanket? Will Schroeder give in to Lucy's romantic advances? Will Snoopy ever defeat the Red Baron a top his doghouse? With book, music, and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner, Castle Craig's production features new music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and additional dialogue by Michael Mayer. The result is a musical family entertainment that could only have sprung from the mind of the one-and-only Charles M. Schulz. "This is a family show, not necessarily a children's show," says director Melanie Del Sole. "The Peanuts characters are kids, of course, and kids love them. But they deal with philosophy, psychology, sibling-rivalry, and even blanket-separation-anxiety! Trust me, there's plenty for adults to enjoy, too - there's a bit of these characters in every one of us!" The cast features Ian Galligan (Charlie Brown), Simone McMahon (Lucy), Art Canova (Linus), Jenny Del Sole (Sally), Jorge Melendez (Schroeder) and Wesley Tack (Snoopy). The show features music direction by Andrew Gadwah. YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN will be presented for six performances only - July 25-August 3 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm) at The Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse, 59 West Main Street, Meriden, CT. Tickets are $20, and seating is extremely limited. Tickets may be purchased online at www.CastleCraig.org or over the phone by calling toll-free 1-800-838-3006.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 SPRING AWAKENING
TRI ARTS
8/1-8/3/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 MARY POPPINS
LANDMARK COMMUNITY THEATRE
7/19-8/3/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 LES MISERABLES
WEST WOODSTOCK COMMUNITY PLAYERS
8/1-8/3/2014
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 7/27/2014 GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION
CIRILLO SUMMER THEATRE
8/1-8/9/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 THE IMPRACTICALITY OF MODERN-DAY MASTODONS
Hole in the Wall Theater
8/1-8/23/2014
When everyone becomes what they wanted to be when they grew up, the world is suddenly full of astronauts, ballerinas, and one bewildered mastodon. A brand-new, off-beat comedy about ambition, vocation, and impractical beasts by Rachel Teagle, featuring a kinetic sculpture by Anne Cubberly.
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
7/25-8/30/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/27/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE
6/27-9/13/2014
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.
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