Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 6/19/2016

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MET OPERA IN HD SUMMER ENCORE: PUCCINI’S TOSCA
Ridgefield Playhouse
6/23-6/23/2016
Metropolitan Opera in HD Summer Encore Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have also made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Running time: 2 hours, 18 minutes Ticket Price $25 | Members & Seniors $20 | Students $15 Ridgefield Library card holders receive member prices for this show. AAA members receive a 20% discount! FREE tickets for students 18 & under! Must show ID at the box office. Underwritten by Lori and John Berisford, Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nicholas Donofrio, Liz and Steven Goldstone, Sabina and Walter Slavin? With Support from The Ridgefield Press and Whistle Stop Bakery
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MET OPERA IN HD SUMMER ENCORE: PUCCINI’S TOSCA
The Ridgefield Playhouse
6/23-6/23/2016
Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have also made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. For tickets ($15-25), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
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D.L. HUGHLEY
Ridgefield Playhouse
6/23-6/23/2016
Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley is one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today. He’s been on the New York airwaves, as host of the morning show on WRKS-FM or on the nationally syndicated radio show, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.” He’s a standup comedian to the core, showcasing his comedy on his own one-hour special for HBO entitled “Unapologetic,” on the NBC series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” , as well as the BET series “S.O.B: Socially Offensive Behavior”. He starred in and produced the hit TV show “The Hughleys,” and was one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film The Original Kings of Comedy. Don’t miss a great night of comedy as Hughley riffs on everything from the value of having nosy white neighbors to current political state!
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WENDY WHELAN & BRIAN BROOKS WITH BROOKLYN RIDER
Shubert Theater
6/23-6/24/2016
Co-commissioned by International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The Joyce Theater, and Modlin Center for the Arts a the University of Richmond, this new full-length work was created by Wendy Whelan, former New York City Ballet principal and dancer/choreographer Brian Brooks. Whelan and Brooks previously collaborated on the duet “First Fall” for “Restless Creature,” each taking creative risks in unfamiliar territory; classical and contemporary dance, respectively. This new work of solos and duets represents a continuation and extension of their exploration. Brooklyn Rider, the New York City-based string quartet, will perform live. “Everything about her (Whelan) is riveting, interesting, unusual, and intelligent.” The New York Times
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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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CAROUSEL, A CONCERT
Shoreline Theatrical Arts
6/25-6/26/2016

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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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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
CONNECTICUT THEATRE COMPANY
6/24-7/10/2016

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DISNEY'S THE LION KING KIDS
FARMINGTON EXTENDED CARE & LEARNING
4/29-7/29/2016

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH- PRESENTED BY SUMMER THEATRE OF NEW CANAAN
Summer Theatre of New Canaan
6/25-7/31/2016
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald Music & Lyrics by by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Based on the book 'James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach - and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James'quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. Production features puppets and exciting shadow puppetry.Great for all ages, especially elementary & middle school. This new theatre for a young audience show features a wickedly tuneful score by the TONY Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (Dogfight and A Christmas Story the Musical) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures Of Flat Stanley), critics rave James And The Giant Peach is a "masterpeach!" For more information, including additional performance times, please visit: http://stonc.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=285&Disp=Cal
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SHREK THE MUSICAL-TYA VERSION
KING LOW HEYWOOD THOMAS SCHOOL
5/19-8/11/2016

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BYE BYE BIRDIE
The Goodspeed
6/24-9/4/2016
Put on a happy face! Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie's farewell appearance in Sweet Apple, Ohio is the talk of the town. But it's a teenage crisis for new "steadies" Hugo and Kim: she just won the chance to give Birdie one last kiss before boot camp. Kids, parents and show folk collide in the Goodspeed debut of the hip-swiveling musical comedy set at the dawn of the sensational '60s. Bring the entire family to discover we've got a lot of livin' to do!
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