BWW: Top Picks for November/December 2017

BWW: Top Picks for November/December 2017
Samantha Massell and
Christian Michael Camporin
in Goodspeed Musicals' RAGS.
Photo: Diane Sobolewski

By Lauren Yarger
The year might be winding to a finish, but offerings on Connecticut stages show no signs of slowing down in terms of dramatic impact. Catch some great productions - too many to just list a few Top Picks for November and December -- this holiday season:

MUSIC THEATRE OF CONNECTICUT

Director Kevin Connors brings Iowa to Connecticut with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, featuring a sumptuous score by Jason Robert Brown.

Through Nov. 19; musictheatreofct.com

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Live Radio Play follows Dec. 1-20; musictheatreofct.com

HARTFORD STAGE

SEDER by Sarah Gancher. Mia Dillon shines in the story of a different kind of family gathering, where the past haunts the present.

Through Nov. 12; hartfordstage.org

Meanwhile, Michael Preston steps into the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge in the 2oth anniversary production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, running Nov. 24-Dec. 30.

YALE REPERTORY

Nambi E. Kelley's adaptation of NATIVE SON, Richard Wright's novel about oppression, freedom and justice, takes us to Chicago's South Side in the 1930s.

Nov. 24-Dec. 16; yalerep.org

GOODSPEED

With Songs by Charles Strouse and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, RAGS is an inspiring American musical following the experience of immigrants at the turn of the 20th Century.

Through Dec 10; goodspeed.org

Meanwhile, catch a developmental production of A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL, with Music and Lyrics by Goodspeed's Michael O'Flaherty at the Norma Terris Theatre Nov. 17-Dec. 24.

IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE

Murder and slapstick take center stage in a mystery comedy set in Connecticut's Gillette Castle in Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot.

Through Nov. 19; ivorytonplayhouse.org

Westport Country Playhouse

ROMEO AND JULIET, William Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, gets a production directed by Mark Lamos.

Through Nov. 19; westportplayhouse.org

PLAYHOUSE ON PARK

Isabelle Barbier inspires as the young girl hiding from Nazis in Wendy Kesselman's brilliant adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Through Nov. 19; playhouseonpark.org

SEVEN ANGELS THEATER

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins have a once-in-a-lifetime jam session in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.

Extended through Nov. 26; sevenangelstheatre.org

THE BUSHNELL

The Bushnell presents a triple threat of sorts:

  • A return of A Christmas Story, the Musical Nov. 24-26
  • A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Dec. 1-3
  • and a stop of the tour of the Broadway musical THE COLOR PURPLE Dec. 5-10; bushnell.org

THE PALACE THEATER

The much-anticipated stop of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA appears in Waterbury.

Nov. 15-26; palacetheaterct.org

CONNECTICUT REPERTORY

Late 18th-Century Australia is the setting for the historical drama OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD.

Nov. 30-Dec.10; crt.uconn.edu

Long Wharf Theatre

THE CHOSEN is a moving family drama adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from Potok's novel.

Nov. 22-Dec. 17; longwharf.org

THEATERWORKS

Childhood friends from Christmas cartoon classics are all grown up now and get another run in TheaterWorks' zany CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS This year's production features a new story.

Nov. 28-Dec. 23; theaterworkshartford.org


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