‘Twelfth Night,’ ‘The Music Man’ Top Connecticut Critics Circle Nominations

Yale Repertory Theatre’s Afro-futuristic “Twelfth Night” and Goodspeed Musical’s nostalgic “The Music Man” lead the shows nominated for the 29th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards.

The awards event, which celebrates the best in professional theater in the state, will be held Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. Jennifer Cody, who stars in “Mamma Mia!” at Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Nutmeg Summer Series next month, will preside over the show which is free and open to the public.

“Twelfth Night” earned nine nominations, including outstanding play production, projections, sound, lighting, costumes, director, two featured actresses and another for featured actor. “The Music Man” received eight nods, including outstanding musical production, leading actor and actress, director, choreographer, set, lights and costumes.

Other outstanding play nominees are Westport Country Playhouse’s “A Flea in Her Ear;’ “Yale Rep’s “el Huracan;” Hartford Stage’s “The Engagement Party” and Hartford Stage’s “Make Believe.”

Also earning outstanding musical nods are Playhouse on Park’s “In the Heights;” Westport Country Playhouse’s “Man of La Mancha;” Ivoryton Playhouse’s “Once;” and Westport Country Playhouse’s “In the Heights.” Read more…

‘Mamma Mia!”’s Jennifer Cody To Host Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

EAST HADDAM — Theater, film and television actor Jennifer Cody, will be the m.c. of the 29th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards June 3, at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, this year’s hosting theater.

The 7 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, honors outstanding work by the state’s professional theater during the 2018-19 season.

Among the honorees will be Tony Award-winning set designer Michael Yeargan who will be the recipient of this years’s Tom Killen Award, which pays tribute to longtime excellence and service on behalf of Connecticut theater.

Cody will be starring in “Mamma Mia!” at Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Nutmeg Summer Series June 6 to 22, directed by three-time Tony Award-nominee Terrence Mann at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the UConn campus in Storrs. Read more…