Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 6/12/2016

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JAY LENO
Ridgefield Playhouse
6/14-6/14/2016
See Jay Leno in a rare intimate performance. The longtime Tonight Show host and hardest working man in showbiz, is coming to Ridgefield to perform in a small theater- a rare, one of a kind experience, that only Ridgefield, CT will be privy to!!! Catch this stand-up comedian, pioneering car builder and mechanic as he returns to his comedy roots for one special night!
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MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA
Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall
6/15-6/15/2016
Winner of multiple Grammy Awards including 2016 Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their latest album “The Thompson Fields” and Best Arrangement for “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” recorded with David Bowie, Maria Schneider and her orchestra will perform her new work co-commissioned by the Festival. Her music blurs the lines between big band jazz, poetry, and chamber music. The orchestra comprises some of the finest jazz musicians working today. “Maria Schneider is a national treasure. The jazz orchestra she formed 20 years ago has proved her a worthy heir to greats like Duke Ellington and Gil Evans.” NPR
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ANYTHING GOES
The Goodspeed
4/8-6/16/2016
Bon voyage! Set sail on a "de-lovely" cruise through some of Cole Porter's most famous songs. A brassy nightclub singer, a starry-eyed stowaway and Public Enemy No. 13 are booked on a transatlantic luxury liner bound for romance and laughter. Hum along with an easy-to-love score packed with hits including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and more! A tap-happy classic docks at Goodspeed for the first time.
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ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION
University Theater
6/14-6/16/2016
Kyle Abraham, Bessie award-winning choreographer and MacArthur Fellow, and his company Abraham.In.Motion will present works that combine refined movement with compelling themes of identity and race. “The Gettin’” features live music (a first for Abraham) with Grammy-winning jazz artist Robert Glasper and his trio re-imagining “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite.” “Absent Matter” is a new work created in collaboration with Blue Note recording artist Otis Brown III, multimedia artist Tahir Hemphill, and costume designer Karen Young. “Absent Matter draws from a fusion of techniques—contemporary dance, ballet, West African, hip hop—charging through his dancers with liquidity and flash.” Time Out New York
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G2K CINDERELLA
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
6/17-6/17/2016

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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Windsor Jesters
6/9-6/18/2016
Tickets are now available for the Windsor Jesters Spring 2016 Production, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. This is the first show in the group’s 65th season; Connecticut’s oldest continuously performing Community Theater. Show dates are June 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18. All shows start at 7:30 PM, in the comfortably appointed auditorium at the LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095.
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STEEL HAMMER
Long Wharf Theater
6/16-6/18/2016
“Steel Hammer” is the latest collaboration from acclaimed composer Julia Wolfe, Obie-winning SITI Company, and the celebrated ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars. The play inventively examines key contemporary social issues through the folk song "John Henry," the legendary steel-driver who challenged a steam drill in a man versus machine contest. It serves as a potent vehicle for examining the African American experience and the malleability of myth and fact. Music and the spoken word woven with movement, dance, and percussion on a variety of surfaces, including the performers’ bodies, create a highly original theatrical experience. “’Steel Hammer’ bangs out a spectacularly inventive social message.” The Los Angeles Times “alternately clamorous, haunting, exhilarating” The New York Times
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ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S AIDA
SQUARE FOOT THEATRE
6/10-6/19/2016

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ANNIE JR
ADORO TE
6/18-6/19/2016

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THE CALL
TheaterWorks
5/12-6/19/2016
Annie and Peter have decided to adopt a baby from Africa. When they receive surprising news from the adoption agency, an unexpected choice puts their marriage to the test as they struggle with their fears and understanding of parenthood. A startling account of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.
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THE BOOKBINDER
Yale Center for British Art
6/17-6/19/2016
From the award-winning New Zealand-based company Trick of the Light Theatre, comes a story of mystery, magic, and mayhem. Inspired by the works of Chris Van Allsburg (“The Polar Express”) and Neil Gaiman (“Coraline”), “The Bookbinder” weaves shadow-play, paper art, puppetry, and music into an inventive performance for curious children and adventurous adults. “Spell-binding storytelling at its purest and best.” Theatre Review New Zealand
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OFF THE CHARTS: INTERNATIONAL JAZZ COLLIDES WITH BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
University Theater
6/19-6/19/2016
The Bang on a Can All-Stars are joined by three hot ensembles from the Polish jazz scene for an afternoon of music. Jazztopad Festival Presents in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Obara International Quartet, and Piotr Damasiewicz Quintet. The three bands make their U.S. premiere blending tradition with contemporary sound. The Bang on a Can All-Stars freely cross boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world, and experimental music, taking music into uncharted territories.
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OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
Yale Repertory Theater
6/10-6/25/2016
Named by The Guardian as one of the top ten stage plays in the U.K. last year, the delightfully raucous “Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour” is produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and adapted by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”) from the cult novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner. An exhilarating musical play that is both hilariously funny and poignant, is about six schoolgirls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy, and death all spiral out of control in a single day when they venture to Edinburgh for a singing competition. With a soundtrack of classical music and 70s pop rock, featuring music by Handel, Bach, Bob Marley, and Electric Light Orchestra, “Our Ladies” is a life-affirming piece of musical theater.
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NO SEX PLEASE WE'RE BRITISH
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
5/13-6/25/2016
A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband, who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple. The matter is considerably complicated by the man's mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending.
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HELLO DOLLY
Musicals at Richter
6/10-6/25/2016
Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, a record held for 35 years. The show album Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.[1] The album reached number one on the Billboard album chart on June 6, 1964 and was replaced the next week by Louis Armstrong's album Hello, Dolly! [2]
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THE MONEY
The Quinnipiack Club
6/18-6/25/2016
In this immersive theater experience, audience members opt to buy in to participate as a benefactor or observe among silent witnesses. As the clock ticks, the benefactors have 90 minutes to decide unanimously how to spend a pot of money. If they don’t agree, the money rolls over to the next audience. A Kaleider production, every outcome of “The Money” is unique. This is the play's U.S. Premiere. “Brilliant” The Guardian ????
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AIR PLAY
University Theater
6/21-6/25/2016
“Air Play” is a comic adventure of an epic scale for audiences of all ages. It follows the surreal journey of a brother and a sister as they encounter flying umbrellas, massive balloons, kites, and a monumental snow globe. Created by Acrobuffos and performed by the comedy duo Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, “Air Play” uses spectacular sets featuring Daniel Wurtzel’s air sculptures. The show also spins the radio dial to create auditory air play, including Balkan gypsy music, Nordic boys’ choirs, symphony orchestras, Italian avant-garde, and Appalachian ballads.
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THE SQUARE ROOT OF THREE SISTERS
Iseman Theater
6/21-6/25/2016
Theater artists from the Dmitry Krymov Lab and Yale School of Drama join forces for the world premiere of “The Square Root of Three Sisters,” a dazzling remix of Chekhovian themes. In his first English language production, internationally acclaimed director Dmitry Krymov conjures a world in which love can sweep dishes off a table, memory can make a train roar past, and a single command can change a world forever. “The Square Root of Three Sisters” is a deeply funny and achingly bittersweet meditation on home and human endurance.
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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS
Multiple Venues
6/10-6/25/2016
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas (IFAI) June 10 through 25, in New Haven, CT will feature two world premieres, eight U.S. premieres, and three original Festival commissions with internationally celebrated artists. The 2016 Festival program showcases thrilling performances by musical innovators from the region and around the globe. The rollicking musical play “Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour,” a critically acclaimed production from the National Theatre of Scotland, will have its U.S. premiere and run through the entire Festival, as previously announced. Among the stellar artists for the 2016 season are: • George Clinton and his Parliament Funkadelic band; • Lila Downs and her multi-faceted band; • Festival commissions of new work by Maria Schneider and her Orchestra, Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks with Brooklyn Rider, and Yang Hao; • Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion; and • Julie Wolfe, SITI Company, and Bang on a Can All Stars in “Steel Hammer.”
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CLYBOURNE PARK
Little Theatre of Manchester
6/10-6/26/2016
Race and real estate collide in this outrageously funny and provocative Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning new play. A spinoff of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, CLYBOURNE PARK explodes in two acts set fifty years apart. The first act is set in a white 1959 Chicago neighborhood where the community splinters over the black family about to move in. Act II fast-forwards to 2009 when the same community, now a mostly black neighborhood, splinters over a white family's renovation plans for the now historic home. Contains adult themes and strong language. *Show Dates: June 10-26 *Show Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM / Sundays at 2:00 PM *Ticket Prices: $25 for VIP / $19 for General Seating (Student & Senior Discounts Available) *Purchase www.cheneyhall.org/purchase or (860) 647-9824
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THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD
The Terris Theatre
5/20-6/26/2016
In a world turned upside down, a rag-tag group relies on humor, song and dance to try to build a new life. But can show tunes and music hall merriment revive the human spirit? On the highway of life, hope is just around the bend in this arresting reinvention of the vivacious Broadway hit. Their world may have ended, but songs like "Who Can I Turn To?," "The Joker," "Feeling Good" and "A Wonderful Day Like Today" echo on, welcoming new love and another dawn.
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BUYER AND CELLAR
Westport Country Playhouse
6/14-7/3/2016
Lucille Lortel Award-Winner for Outstanding Solo Show Did you know that a woman called Barbra has a mall in the basement of her Malibu mansion? Alex More does and he has a story to tell! As a struggling L.A. actor he finds himself with the odd job of her resident (read personal) shopkeeper. In this outrageous comedy, Alex takes you on a rollercoaster ride of fame and friendship at the outer reaches of American celebrity.
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DISNEY'S THE LION KING KIDS
FARMINGTON EXTENDED CARE & LEARNING
4/29-7/29/2016

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SHREK THE MUSICAL-TYA VERSION
KING LOW HEYWOOD THOMAS SCHOOL
5/19-8/11/2016

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