WONDERFUL MUSICALS OFFERED FOR SUMMER FUN

If your hair is shellacked to an inch of an Egyptian pyramid and piled high like a Dairy Queen ice cream cone, you are clearly sporting a beehive hairdo. No need to visit your stylist because Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury is offering a grand musical tour of the 1960’s, with historical commentary, until Sunday, August 19, “Beehive The 60’s Musical.”

Come swing and sing with Amy Bentley, Brittany Mulcahy, Chelsea Dacey, Samantha Rae Bass, Erin West Reed and Patricia Paganucci as they play teenyboppers in a swirl of pastel prettiness. All your favorites from the past, like Brenda Lee to Petula Clark to Connie Francis and Tina Turner, the beat goes merrily along. These gals move with enthusiasm and energy as they deliver tunes like an exploding jukebox for your listening pleasure.

Favorites such as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Respect,” “It’s My Party,” “Where the Boys Are,” and “You Don’t Own Me “ are vocally energized as the platters spin. With almost three dozen tunes in all, you are sure to hear all the ones you treasure from the past and maybe learn a new line or three. As they sing, Erin keeps up a running monologue about current events, from JFK’s assassination to the civil rights movement to the invasion by the Beatles and women advancing their cause.

For tickets ($30) to this creation by Larry Gallagher, directed and choreographed by Foster Reese, call the Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Hamilton Park, Waterbury at (203)757-4676 (off I-84). Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Come rock one fine day and discover where the boys are downtown when you make your own kind of music.

If you are into the 60’s scene, then Seven Angels has another special night for you as “The Sixties Show” comes to the stage on Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m.. Billed as the Greatest 1960’s Re Creation Show in the World,” it is sure to transport you on a magical journey back in time to the hottest hits of the era, complete with narration and film clips. The members of the band are all rock ’n roll royalty and have played with all the greatest like Sir Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen, to name drop just a few. Tickets are $47.50. Don’t miss it!

Peter Dinklage Takes On Cyrano. What Would Cersei Think?

Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister — one of the most popular characters on HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones — is taking on another fascinating character with physical challenges: Cyrano.

Dinklage, 49, stars in Cyrano, the new musical that his wife Erica Schmidt is directing at Goodspeed Musicals’ Norma Terris Theatre in Chester from her adaptation based on Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac. Also starring Haley Bennett (The Girl on the TrainThe Magnificent Seven) as Roxanne, the play is a “developmental production” (meaning not ready for critics) and runs Aug. 3 to Sept. 9.

For this production, it’s not about the nose.

A Well-Felt Role For Nick LaMedica in TheaterWorks ‘Hand to God’

When Nick LaMedica first played the lead character of the anxiety-ridden Jason in Robert Askins’ Hand to God, his co-star, Tyrone, would often steal scenes.

But LaMedica really couldn’t complain because he was the one manipulating Tyrone, a hand-rod, Elmo-like puppet and the dangerously irreverent character in the Christian Puppet Ministry.

“There’s no opportunity to blame your scene partner for letting you down,” he says of his dual duties, adding “from a technical point of view, it’s great because I can rehearse whenever I want.”

Now he’s returning to the role in a production that Tracy Brigden will return to again direct at Hartford’s TheaterWorks. The show runs July 20 to Aug. 19.

“It can be really confusing to be in two completely different states of mind at once,” LaMedica says of the acting challenge of playing alter egos. “Tyrone is just buried deep within Jason so it’s funny to be playing things that are simultaneously coming from different places but are part of the same person.”

Does he have his own inner Tyrone?

“Mine is getting closer and closer to the surface because of the various difficulties and frustrations of living in New York City. Just go on a walk through Times Square and you’ll get a sense of my Tyrone. There’s so much to marvel at but there are so many little things that prod you and poke you that unleashes the animal inside you.”

Is he ever jealous of his more outrageous co-star?

“Yeah. It’s weird when you read a review talking about Tyrone’s performance and you’re thinking, ‘It’s me. It’s me.’ ”

First The Artful Dodger, Now Fagin For Donald Corren

Donald Corren remembers his first professional musical when, at the age of 10, his Uncle Ira took him to see a touring production of Oliver! in San Francisco, near his hometown of Stockton.

“Watching a bunch of young boys sing and dance and having a great time, it was my ‘I want to do that’ moment,” Corren says. He subsequently played the musical’s Artful Dodger in a high school production and now he has the lead as Fagin in Goodspeed Musical’s Oliver! which plays through Sept. 8.

“You have to love him,” he says of his rogue character that teaches a band of street kids to “pick a pocket or two.” “But Fagin in the [Charles Dickens] book is not particularly lovable.”

But in a musical, he says, the audience has to find something to like in a leading character. So does the actor.

“It’s his sense of humor,” Corren says, “and a sense that maybe he knows deep inside that he could be doing something better. You’ve got to touch that piece of heart in him because musicals are all about heart.”

And yes, he says, Uncle Ira will be there to see him in the starring role at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, coming full circle, after all these years.

Pillow Talking’s Video Interview with TERRENCE MANN

Terrence Man is a true Renaissance Man (no pun intended). Actor, singer, dancer, director, producer, teacher — you name it, he’s done it — film, television, and of course, theatre. Terry graciously took time out of his busy schedule as Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s 2018 Nutmeg Summer Series where he is soon to be starring in Sweeney Todd (and later directing Jesus Christ Superstar) to chat with us about “show business” as well as “the business of show.”