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THE MET OPERA SUMMER ENCORE IN HD: BIZET’S CARMEN
The Ridgefield Playhouse
7/19-7/19/2017
French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine stars as Bizet’s immortal Gypsy heroine. Tenor Marcelo Álvarez is her hapless soldier Don José, and newcomer Maria Agresta—a sensation in her debut in La Bohème last season—is the devoted Micaëla, who fights to save him. Asher Fisch, Louis Langrée, and Derrick Inouye share conducting duties. Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. Run time: 3 hours, 17 minutes
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DISNEY'S THE LION KING JR
COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL INC
7/21-7/21/2017

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BYE BYE BIRDIE (YPE)
Mead School
7/21-7/21/2017

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BYE BYE BIRDIE
Wethersfield Teen Theater
7/20-7/22/2017

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WEST SIDE STORY
MUSICALS AT RICHTER
7/7-7/22/2017

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West Side Story in Broadway WEST SIDE STORY
Musicals at Richter
7/7-7/22/2017
Musicals at Richter (MAR), celebrating its 33rd season as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, continues its summer season with “West Side Story,” the explosive musical retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story set against the backdrop of rival street gangs in 1950s New York City. Staged on the grounds of the Richter Arts Center in Danbury, performances take place outdoors under the stars Friday through Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m., with additional specially discounted performances on Thursday, July 13 and 20. Grounds open at 7:15 p.m. for picnicking, with the show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students (with ID) and $10 for children 10 and under. For the Thursday performances (July 13 and 20), tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children 10 and under. Group rates and chair rentals are available, and a snack/soft drink concession is on site. For tickets and further information, visit the website at www.musicalsatrichter.org, leave a message at 203-748-6873 or e-mail info@musicalsatrichter.org.
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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Connecticut Theatre Company
7/7-7/23/2017

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Milk in Broadway MILK
Thrown Stone Theatre Company
7/14-7/30/2017
Three couples struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to either catastrophe or redemption. Funny, dark and provocative, Milk explores the universal need to feed and to be fed; physically, emotionally, spiritually. It is an emotive and heartfelt play about what sustains us, what makes us sick and what we just can’t get enough of. For more information about Thrown Stone or MILK, please read: Ridgefield Press Article    
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HAIR
Sherman Playhouse
6/30-7/30/2017

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WEST SIDE STORY
IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE FOUNDATION
7/5-7/30/2017

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Madison Lyric Stage
7/19-7/30/2017

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Singin' in the Rain in Broadway SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Summer Theatre of New Canaan
7/6-7/30/2017
Tickets Go on Sale Mid May Performances July 6 - 30 Thu - Sat 8pm, Sun at 4pm Preview Performances July 6, 7 Opening Night July 8 Professional Equity Theatre Broadway & Regional Talent Performances in Open Air State of the Art Tent Theatre Waveny Park, New Canaan CT Screenplay By BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN Songs By NACIO HERB BROWN and ARTHUR FREED Directed By Melody Meitrott Libonati Music Director Kenneth Gartman Choreographer Doug Shankman Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) Produced by Arrangement With Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc. Singin' in the Rain is considered the "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" by many musical theatre critics. This stage version is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin' in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals. A great feel good time will be had by all!
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Damn Yankees in Broadway DAMN YANKEES
Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
7/14-8/5/2017
"DAMN YANKEES" Words and Music by RICHARD ADLER and JERRY ROSS, Book by GEORGE ABBOTT and DOUGLASS WALLOP Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant", Damn Yankees the Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, hits it out of the park! The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot have made this sporty musical comedy a true American classic.
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DAMN YANKEES
BROOKFIELD THEATRE FOR THE ARTS INC
7/13-8/5/2017

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Zombit Prom in Broadway ZOMBIT PROM
TheatreWorks New Milford
7/14-8/5/2017
This girl-loves-ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.
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My Way: A Musical Trubute to Frank Sinatra in Broadway MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRUBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
7/7-8/5/2017
This musical revue will take you from his early beginnings as a crooner in New York, to the bright lights of Las Vegas with the Rat Pack, to his final performances. It’s a celebration just as Ol’ Blue Eyes would have wanted it – a few stories, a few drinks, and plenty of knockout tunes. Featuring over fifty of Sinatra’s greatest hits including, “Strangers in the Night”, “Chicago”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, “That’s Life”, and, of course, “New York, New York”. Performed in our fabulous cabaret setting, My Way is an evening of unforgettable music that proves that “The Best is Yet to Come”. Grab your best guy or gal and join us for a classy tribute, a little romance with dynamic crooners, and a swingin’ three-piece jazz band. My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra runs every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm from July 7th thru August 5th, 2017. 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.
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Damn Yankees in Broadway DAMN YANKEES
Brookfield Theatre
7/14-8/6/2017
BATTER UP!!! Brookfield Theatre presents "DAMN YANKEES" Words and Music by RICHARD ADLER and JERRY ROSS Book by GEORGE ABBOTT and DOUGLASS WALLOP Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant" July 14 - Aug. 6 Fri. & Sat. at 8PM on July 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, Aug. 4, 5 and Sun., July 23, 30, Aug. 6 at 2PM directed by Don Bovingloh musical director Nathaniel Baker choreographer Doreen Rafferty set design Bill Cone • costume design Molly Farrell-Savage • sound design/vocal coach David Jurman • lighting design Stephen Cihanek • costuming team Marian Miller, Beverly Regan, Bill Possidento • stage manager Ginger Cutter & Hayley Moretti • assistant stage manager Purvi Dudhedia • produced by Lou Okell • interns: Deb Vlangas, Adelle Deakin, Kylie Deakin Free preview for senior citizens on Thurs., July 13 at 8PM Bring together a middle-age baseball fan longing to become a homerun-hitting superstar, a debonair Devil and his alluring female assistant, you have a spirited revival of the musical sensation “Damn Yankees” beginning at Brookfield Theatre on July 14. A mega-hit when it first appeared on Broadway, it captured seven prestigious Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Starring in the Brookfield production are Janina Rosa as Lola, Bob Filipowich as Applegate, Nic Calabro as Joe Hardy and Ted Schwartz as Joe Boyd, and featuring Rebecca Polorski as Meg Boyd and Gloria Thorpe as Rachel Lotstein along with a cast 16 ballplayers and fans. In his directorial debut at Brookfied Don Bovingloh brings a lifetime of theater and film experience as writer, actor and director in New York and Hollywood. “Damn Yankees” marks the third production in Brookfield Theatre’s 60th Anniversary season, which began with a renewed energy and expertise under the guidance of President Lou Okell and Artistic Director Will Jeffries. New also is The Gallery adjacent to the theater, curated by Anne Marie Foran, that features established and emerging professional artists, many from around Connecticut. Performances of “Damn Yankees” are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. from July 14 through August 5, with Sunday matinees on July 23, 30, and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. There will be a free preview for seniors citizens on Thurs., July 13 at 8 p.m. OUR CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM: Lola - Janina Rosa Applegate - Bob Filipowic Joe Hardy - Nic Calabro Meg Boyd/Dance Swing - Rebecca Pokorski Joe Boyd/Van Buren - Ted Schwartz Gloria Thorpe - Rachel Lotstein Ian Arbues Joe Bagala Tony Benedetti Paul Landman Andrew Olson Jeff Owens Eli Patton Tim Vlangas Brandon Zenevitch Doris - Barbara Kessler Sister - Wendy Mitchell Danielle Calabrese Daisy Lowe Emma Okell Eden Schwanke Morgana Kate Watson ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Don Bovingloh's multifaceted 40 year professional career in show business includes: writer, theatre director, acting coach, television producer, as well as an experienced performer in more than 300 appearances in film, television, and theatre in Los Angeles, New York. For 12 years, Bovingloh was one of the original performing members at the influential GROUNDLING IMPROV THEATRE in Hollywood. Don has appeared on shows as disparate as The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, The Jeffersons, Law and Order, General Hospital, Newhart, Benson, and Alice. A few of his stage acting roles were in Our Town, The Visit, How to Succeed, Phantom of the Opera, Music Man, 42nd Street, Jekyll and Hyde, Love Letters, A Funny Thing...Forum, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Diary of Anne Frank, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fantasticks, and Company. Some of Don's directing projects include: Hello, Dolly!, Other Peoples Money, Mame, Sylvia, Mornings at Seven, Funny Girl, Berlin to Broadway, Once Upon a Mattress, Fiddler, Cabaret, Baby at the Pasadena Playhouse, Into The Woods, The Odd Couple, Forum, Inherit the Wind, Jacques Brel, and a record breaking production La Cage aux Folles in Mendocino CA. while also serving as the artistic director. "Damn Yankees" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (mtishows.com).
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Singin' in the Rain Jr. in Broadway SINGIN' IN THE RAIN JR.
TheatreWorks New Milford
7/24-8/13/2017
Led by instructor Anthony DePoto, students ages 7 to 18 will rehearse and perform this well-loved comedic movie musical, adapted for the stage. All skill levels will have the opportunity to learn and hone the craft of live musical theatre. This three-week program runs Monday through Friday beginning Monday, July 24 from 9am to 3pm each day. Performances will take place the weekend of August 11-13.
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OKLAHOMA!
Goodspeed Opera House
7/14-10/1/2017

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