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National Theatre of London ENCORE in HD: Frankenstein in Broadway NATIONAL THEATRE OF LONDON ENCORE IN HD: FRANKENSTEIN
The Ridgefield Playhouse
10/31-10/31/2016
Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs), this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by over half a million people in cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
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The Doo Wop Project in Broadway THE DOO WOP PROJECT
The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/4-11/4/2016
Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical with their hot band, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate – and in some cases entirely reimagine – some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. You will enjoy a night filled with harmonies and classic ‘60s hits such as Randy & The Rainbows’ “Denise”, Thurston Harris’ “Little Bitty Pretty One”, The Skyliners “Since I Don’t Have You”, The Capris’ “Morse Code of Love”, and many more! The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Throughout the show DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.
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A Night of Comedy Gold in Broadway A NIGHT OF COMEDY GOLD
The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/4-11/4/2016
An amazing night of comedy with Emmy Award winning actress and comedian, Judy Gold and friends! Judy is well known as the star of her two critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit shows. Judy’s most recent show, The Judy Show – My Life as A Sitcom ran to sold-out audiences. Judy was nominated for the 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award for The Judy Show, as well as a 2006 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance for her previous show, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. In addition, the show won the 2007 GLAAD award for “Outstanding New York Theater.” The New York Times called her one-woman show “fiercely funny, honest and moving.”
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Bolshoi Ballet ENCORE in HD: The Golden Age in Broadway BOLSHOI BALLET ENCORE IN HD: THE GOLDEN AGE
The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/5-11/5/2016
n a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster… A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, The Golden Age makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. This ballet that can only be seen at the Bolshoi has everything to it: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes, and decadent cabaret numbers. With its passionate love story featuring beautiful duets between Boris and Rita, the Bolshoi dancers plunge into every stylized step and gesture magnificently.
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WE WILL ROCK YOU SCHOOL EDITION
The Marvelwood School
11/4-11/5/2016

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WE WILL ROCK YOU SCHOOL EDITION
The Marvelwood School
11/4-11/5/2016

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The Oldest Profession in Broadway THE OLDEST PROFESSION
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
10/7-11/5/2016
Five aging practitioners of the oldest profession are faced with a diminishing clientele, increased competition for their niche market, and aching joints. With wit, compassion, and humor, they struggle to find and learn new tricks as they fight to stay in the Life. The Oldest Profession runs every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm from October 7th thru November 5th, 2016. Doors open at 7:15pm. Tickets are now on sale. ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS are accepted. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 860-829-1248. Reservations are recommended. Ticket price $30.00 (plus tax). For more information, visit our website: www.ctcabaret.com The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is located at 31 Webster Square Road, just off Route 9 (exit 22: Mill Street) and the Berlin Turnpike. Visit the website for detailed directions. The theatre’s motto is “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. A Comedy Written by Paula Vogel Directed by Kris McMurray
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NUEVO CALIFORNIA
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
10/27-11/6/2016
Allan Havis, Bernardo Solano; dir: Richard Ruiz.
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NUEVO CALIFORNIA
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
10/27-11/6/2016
Allan Havis, Bernardo Solano; dir: Richard Ruiz.
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GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (ALL FEMALE CAST) in Broadway GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (ALL FEMALE CAST)
Dressing Room Theatre
10/20-11/6/2016
The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts—from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary—to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers. It is based on Mamet's experience having previously worked in a similar office. The language of the play is raw according to Ursone - definitely rated R. Additionally, this fast-paced play will be presented without intermission - running time 85 minutes.
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Nuevo California in Broadway NUEVO CALIFORNIA
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
10/27-11/6/2016
The wall between Mexico and the United States may seem like it is ripped from today’s headlines, but clear back in 1998, playwrights Solano and Havis interviewed over 200 residents of San Diego, Tijuana, and Mexicali asking a simple question, “Would we be better off with or without a wall between the two countries?” The result is this prescient futuristic fantasy. It’s 2028, an earthquake has wiped out L.A. and Orange County. A Mexican-American pope comes to the region to bless the demolition of the border wall inspiring murder; mystery and a budding bicultural romance. Is it possible that this community born fantasy is becoming tomorrow’s reality?
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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
Palace Theatre
10/21-11/12/2016

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ZELLER & SQUIRES- DELIGHTFUL DIFFERENCES,AN EVENING OF CT SHORT PLAYS
Lyric Hall Theater
10/14-11/12/2016
"Zeller & Squires - Delightful Differences: An Evening of One-Act Plays by Ct. Playwrights" at the historical Lyric Hall in New Haven, CT., 827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT. Oct 14 & 15 and Nov 4 & 5, 11 & 12 at 8:00pm Cabaret-style Seating. Tickets: (203) 389-8885 www.lyrichallnewhaven.com
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TENDERLY
Ivoryton Playhouse
10/26-11/13/2016

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AUGUST WILSON'S THE PIANO LESSON
Hartford Stage
10/13-11/13/2016
August Wilson; dir: Jade King Carroll.
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AUGUST WILSON'S THE PIANO LESSON
Hartford Stage
10/13-11/13/2016
August Wilson; dir: Jade King Carroll.
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The Game's AFoot in Broadway THE GAME'S AFOOT
Windham Theatre Guild
11/4-11/13/2016
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to Gillette Castle in Connecticut for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.
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Pedro, the Great Pretender in Broadway PEDRO, THE GREAT PRETENDER
Proscenium Thrust Theater
11/8-11/13/2016
The Performing Arts Department Theatre program at Eastern Connecticut State University will be presenting Pedro, The Great Pretender (Pedro de Urdemalas) written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in a new translation by Philip Osment. The Spanish comedy will be presented in the new Fine Arts Instructional Center’s Proscenium Theater on November 8-13, 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm; early performances on Thursday at 5:30pm; Friday at 11am; Sunday at 4pm). This marks the premiere Theatre production in this extraordinary state-of-the-art venue. The choice of this show is to honor the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes who is considered one of the world’s greatest writers. The production also hopes to honor the Spanish heritage of residents of Eastern’s community-at-large. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is best known for his novel Don Quixote. Now contemporary audiences will delightfully discover that Cervantes was also a prolific playwright. Unfortunately, most of his plays have not survived nor have many been translated into English. Pedro, The Great Pretender is considered one of Cervantes most innovative and entertaining works. Interestingly, after extensive research into the life and times of Cervantes, the show director, Ellen Faith Brodie, sees clear connections between Pedro’s life quest and the fascinating real life circumstances of the author. As David Whetstone of The Evening Chronicle stated, the show is filled with “bite-sized episodes in the life of Pedro, a genial rogue and our guide on a journey through a series of misadventures… (with) the cast of shepherds, gypsies, rogue officials, gullible widows and royalty… It's tremendous fun.” Peter Lathan of The British Theatre Guide stated that “the hero is not a ‘man of honour’ but, as translator Osment describes him, a ‘rascal drawn from folklore and picaresque literature’… (and) It's great fun, too, and gives all the actors a chance to shine.” As directed by Ellen Faith Brodie, director of Theatre at Eastern, the show will also feature Spanish dance and music presented by colorful characters in stunning costumes designed by Anya Sokolovskaya in the midst of ingenious scenic effects designed by Kristen Morgan. Audiences will have an opportunity to experience the thrust arrangement of the Proscenium Theater as well as its state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and fly systems as overseen by Chase Rozelle, technical director, and Jen Rock, lighting supervisor, along with the support of Travis Houldcroft, media technology specialist. Pedro, The Great Pretender offers a unique opportunity to highlight and celebrate Cervantes, a Spanish writer of major importance, along with highlighting and celebrating the official premiere Theatre production in the new FAIC Proscenium Theater. Tickets are free for Eastern students; $5 for other students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens; and $15 for the general public. For ticket information and reservations, please call the FAIC box office at 860-465-5123 or email theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 10/30/2016 "SPEED-THE-PLOW"
The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
11/4-11/19/2016
Revived on Broadway in 2008, the original production starred Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna in this hilarious satire of Hollywood, a culture as corrupt as the society it claims to reflect. Charlie Fox has a terrific vehicle for a currently hot client. Bringing the script to his friend Bobby Gould, the newly appointed Head of Production at a major studio, both see the work as their ticket to the Big Time. The star wants to do it; as they prepare their pitch to the studio boss, Bobby wagers Charlie that he can seduce the temp/secretary, Karen. As a ruse, he gives her a novel by “some Eastern sissy” writer that needs a courtesy read before being dismissed out of hand. Karen slyly determines the novel, not the movie-star script, should be the company’s next film. She sleeps with Bobby who is so smitten with Karen and her ideals that he pleads with Charlie to drop the star project and and pitch the “Eastern sissy” writer’s book.
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Tony Award-Winning Thriller TONY AWARD-WINNING THRILLER "SLEUTH" AT MTC MAINSTAGE IN NORWALK, CT
Music Theatre of Connecticut
11/4-11/20/2016
WHAT: "Sleuth," a thriller by Anthony Shaffer. Think of the perfect crime... Then go one step further. The ultimate game of cat-and-mouse is played out in a cozy English country house owned by a celebrated mystery writer. A Tony Award winning whodunnit with twists at every turn, this spell-binder will keep you on the edge of your seat! Starring Scott Bryce (Showtime's "Homeland") and John Little (HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"). WHEN: November 4-20. Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. WHERE: MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Avenue (behind the Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk, CT. TICKETS: $30-$55. Reservations suggested. RESERVATIONS/ INFO: Call 203.454.3883 or visit www.musictheatreofct.com/sleuth
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OKLAHOMA!
Little Theatre of Manchester
11/4-11/20/2016
Community Theater
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OKLAHOMA!
Little Theatre of Manchester
11/4-11/20/2016
Community Theater
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Relativity in Broadway RELATIVITY
TheaterWorks
10/7-11/20/2016
Starring ACADEMY AWARD WINNER RICHARD DREYFUSS AS ALBERT EINSTEIN In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. RELATIVITY explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you FREUD’S LAST SESSION, DANCING LESSONS, and BECOMING DR. RUTH.
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Relativity in Broadway RELATIVITY
TheaterWorks
10/7-11/20/2016
In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. RELATIVITY explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you FREUD’S LAST SESSION, DANCING LESSONS, and BECOMING DR. RUTH.
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Chasing Rainbows in Broadway CHASING RAINBOWS
The Goodspeed
9/16-11/27/2016
An awkward girl with a golden voice blossoms into Judy Garland in the inspirational new musical about the bumpy road to "Oz." The future superstar's complicated childhood comes alive with heartbreak, hope and the music that made her famous. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "You Made Me Love You" and "Over the Rainbow" sweeten the story of Judy striving to hold onto her family. A love letter to gifted underdogs who reach high—and how the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.
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