Goodspeed Announces 2019 Season

The Goodspeed Opera House announced their 2019 season, which, according to Michael Gennaro, Goodspeed’s Executive Director, will include “a beloved classic, a heartwarming new musical and a dance-filled tale of triumph.”

The three productions are Meredith Willson’s The Music Man which will run April 12 – June 16; followed by a heartwarming new musical Because of Winn Dixie featuring book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and music by Duncan Sheik and based on the award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo which will run from June 28 – September 1; closing the season will be The Goodspeed production of Billy Elliot – The Musical featuring book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John and originally directed by Stephen Daldry — this 10-time Tony Award-winner will run from September 13– November 24, 2019.

The Norma Terris theater in Chester, CT will host My Name is Ben, the true story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary life featuring book and lyrics by Scott Gilmour and music by Claire McKenzie will run will run May 17 – June 9; then the inspiring hit musical of Goodspeed’s 2018 Festival of New Musicals, Passing Through featuring music and lyrics by Brett Ryback and book by Eric Ulloa which will run July 26 – August 18, 2019.

An exciting new dimension in Goodspeed’s mission of developing musicals is the collaboration with Dundee Rep of Dundee Scotland on My Name is Ben. While Goodspeed has collaborated with many international artists, this collaboration with Dundee Rep marks our first collaboration with a theatre outside of the United States and we believe is an important step in the growth of Goodspeed Musicals and its mission.

Theaterworks to Stage Two Shows at Wadsworth Atheneum

Theaterworks will perform 2 full productions this season at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The theater company anticipates being off-site for the latter part of the 2018 – 2019 season due to previously announced renovations to City Arts on Pearl, its home at 233 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford. Actually by Anna Zeigler (May 23 – June 23, 2019) and Fully Committed by Becky Mode ( August 1- September 1) will both be performed in the Wadsworth theater.

Rob Ruggiero, Producing Artistic Director, said “ We are so excited to partner with the Wadsworth Atheneum. Tom (Tom Loughman, Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art) and his staff have been incredibly generous and gracious in accommodating our needs. When we realized the scope and impact the renovations would have on our building, we were very concerned about finding the right home for our audience. Collaborating with the Wadsworth created a perfect fit and an awesome opportunity for both organizations. Some of our audiences may even remember that a few of our earliest productions were performed on the museum’s historic stage.”

“TheaterWorks and the Wadsworth are in the same business, bringing people closer to their humanity,” said Tom Loughman, Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Ruggiero went on to say that “We know how our audience feels about the intimacy of our space but t aking up residency at the Wadsworth will give us a chance to connect with our community in new ways and will give us dynamic opportunities to stretch ourselves. We can – because we must – reimagine our shows this season and that’s creatively energizing. We are excited to bring TheaterWorks audiences full circle back to the Wadsworth and to embrace and stretch into the possibilities.”

Before ‘Hamilton,’ There Was ‘In the Heights’ — Now Re-Issued

Ten years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail and many others from the creative team behind Hamilton had their first Broadway hit with their Tony and Grammy Award-winning In the Heights. The pleasure of that musical — which began as a student production when Miranda was a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Middletown and later developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford — was splendidly on display this summer at West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park.

To celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary, Ghostlight Records is releasing a three-LP soundtrack exclusively through Barnes & Noble, marking the first time the show has been offered on vinyl. The set features newly remastered audio, 21 tracks and 90 minutes of music, and a 12-inch-by-12-inch booklet with full lyrics, original Broadway show photos, a synopsis and a liner note from Kail. An MP3 download card is also included.

“[The anniversary] acts as a reminder of the things you’re proud of with people you love,” says Kail, 41. “That’s what this show represents for me, especially in a week where I can tell people I’m working with some of these same collaborators on a completely new project.”

Kail is referring to the limited television series he will direct and co-produce with Miranda based on the lives and careers of choreographer-director Bob Fosse and Broadway legend Gwen Verdon. Andy Blankenbuehler will choreograph the series coming to FX next year, with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams attached as series leads. “One of the things that brings so much joy in my life is that I’ve been able to keep some of the most inspiring, thoughtful, kind human beings — who also happen to be exceptionally talented — in my life. “

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Where National Theatre Live! Films Are Playing In Connecticut…A Guide

Frustrated at not knowing exactly where National Theatre Live films are playing in Connecticut: when and where and what?

Me, too.

So with the help of my husband Bill Kux  I’m going to try to have a master list of what the films are and where they are playing posted on this website —  as best we can.

So hopefully now you can just check in here to find out about these remarkable films, presented live from London (usually matinee shows here; evening shows there with the time difference) or as “encore” presentations.

 

KATHARINE HEPBURN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, OLD SAYBROOK

“Julie” – Sept.6 at 7 p.m.

“King Lear” – Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

“Frankenstein” – Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

“The Madness of King George” – Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

 

QUICK CENTER, FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY

“Julie” – Sept. 25 at 2 and 7

“King Lear” starring Ian McKellen – Oct. 17 at 1 and 6 p.m.

“The Madness Of King George” – Dec. 2 at 2 and 7 p.m.

“Anthony and Cleopatra” – Jan. 28  at 7 p.m.

“I’m Not Running” by David Hare – Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

 

CINE STUDIO, HARTFORD

“Julie” – Sept. 6 and 9

“King Lear” -Sept. 27 and 30

“Frankenstein” starring Benedict Cumberbach – Oct. 22 and 29

“The Madness of King George” – Nov. 20 and 25

“Anthony and Cleopatra”- Dec. 6 and 9

 

NORTH HAVEN 12, NORTH HAVEN

BRANFORD 12, BRANFORD

BRASS MILL 12, WATERBURY

METRO MOVIES 12, MIDDLETOWN

“Frankenstein” – Oct. 22 and 29 at 7 p.m.