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Friday, October 20, 7pm Passage By Christopher Chen Directed by Saheem Ali
A riff on A Passage to India, E.M. Forster's eerily prescient 1924 novel on the British occupation of India, Passage recasts the novel as a minimalist contemporary fable on the clash of two imagined cultures, creating an ominous meditation on perception, prejudice, and power.
Saturday, October 21, 7pm Poor Edward By Jonathan Payne Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Opal and Eddie are together. She'd call it survival, he'd call it penance. As night descends around their hovel, they grapple to find a way to forge a new life. Inspired by the destruction of a homeless community in San Jose, California, Poor Edward tells a darkly theatrical story of intimacy and survival, and the seductive power of hope.
Sunday, October 22, 3pm All the Roads Home By Jen Silverman Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Three generations of headstrong women must discover the threads of unspoken secrets, shared dreams, and unflinching determination that bind them together. A funny, poignant play with live music about legacy, sacrifice, and fighting for your dreams.
This hysterical and relatable show tells the story of Princeton, a recent college graduate, after he moves into an apartment on Avenue Q. This roller coaster of a comedy dives into work, relationships, and purpose through witty dialogue and charming music.
A wild hellhound prowls the moors of Devonshire, dispatching the male heirs of the Baskerville line one by one. Fortunately, Sherlock Holmes is on the case. To solve it, he and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.
Tony Award-winner Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Watch as the intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Baskerville is a fast-paced and joyful comedy teeming with theatrical inventiveness. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be!
Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox!
Former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics, including "Queen of the Night," "So Emotional," "One Moment in Time," "Saving All My Love for You," "Run to You," "I Have Nothing," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, "I Will Always Love You."
Brilliant young men from rival yeshivas, Reuven and Danny first meet on a baseball diamond. When Danny fells Reuven with a line drive in the heat of competition, the two boys start a tentative and unique friendship. Growing up in the shadows of imposing and impressive fathers, the young men question their places in the world. Set against the backdrop of 1940s Brooklyn and the specter of war, Aaron Posner's adaptation of Chaim Potok's award-winning novel is a story of fathers and sons, tradition, modernity, and the difficult choices one must make to achieve understanding.
From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A Christmas Story – The Musical brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.
The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival! With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don't miss this stunning reimagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South.
Some of the most beloved storytellers in Connecticut history come alive for a yuletide gathering you won't forget. Famed actor and local legend William Gillette leaves his castle on the Connecticut River to adapt Dickens' holiday classic in the 1920s. Local heroes Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and P.T. Barnum make spirited appearances opposite Gillette's Scrooge in a highly theatrical twist on a family favorite. Custom-made for Goodspeed with all original music, here's a tuneful, heartfelt confection spiced with enough Nutmeg State flavor to sweeten your season.
Yolonda is a tough girl from Brooklyn who's proud of her status as a true New Yorker. However, a family tragedy sends her to live in South Carolina with her grandmother, Mother Shaw. Surrounded by a circle of powerful women, Yolonda learns the "hat queen rules," awakening in her a deep sense of who she is and where she comes from. Crowns weaves together compelling stories and glorious gospel music to create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place.
Forget the princesses you think you know — the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold‐out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not‐for the-kiddies musical to you — and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!
The "storybook" journey for Disenchanted! began with a sold‐out, award‐winning run at Orlando's International Fringe Festival in 2011. Disenchanted! was nominated for a 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off‐Broadway Musical and a 2015 Off‐Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. In addition to the sold‐out New York engagement, this fairy tale has gone international.
A small Norwegian town is banking on its medicinal baths to bring prosperity. But its economic growth and moral health are threatened when Dr. Thomas Stockmann uncovers a toxic secret that pits him against his brother, Mayor Peter Stockmann. In Henrik Ibsen's thrilling political masterpiece, a family in power struggles over its obligations to one another and to society: Who is the enemy of the people, and who is their benefactor?
In the astonishing first installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' American Odyssey, set during the Civil War, Hero is offered his freedom from slavery in exchange for joining his master in the ranks of the Confederacy. Father Comes Home From the Wars is an epic new work filled with music, wit, and lyricism.
With breakneck speed and endless invention, Field Guide skates through one of the greatest — and longest! — novels ever written: The Brothers Karamazov. Rude Mechs takes a page (or several hundred) from Fyodor Dostoevsky's powerful meditation on faith, meaning, and morality and mischievously adds standup comedy, pop music dance numbers, a cardboard bear, and a talking bird to it.
Eleanor Bannister, a retired schoolteacher, lives a sleepy life in tiny Groverdell, Texas. She's taught almost everyone in town. She even has her own shelf at the town library — "Miss Bannister Recommends." She is, in a word, orderly. That is, until one night, when walking alone barefoot through the brambles, she encounters Abel Brown, a mysterious drifter. He's been wandering around town, looking for houses to fix and, rumor has it, widows to talk to. He may just be a drifter, but despite their obvious differences, Abel and Eleanor find themselves drawn to each other. This beautiful new romance by Matthew Barber, the Tony Award-nominated author of Enchanted April, shows that connection can be found in the unlikeliest of places and in the unlikeliest of ways.
Raymonde has everything a turn-of-the-century Parisian housewife could want. Everything, that is, except for a husband who lavishes her with attention in bed. Doubting his fidelity, she gets a "flea in her ear," sending all involved on a wild ride of accusations, mistaken identities, and riotous confusions.
Set in 1898 when the Civil War is still a living memory, the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas, offers a refuge for many former slaves. At one homestead lives a family of courageous and sharp-witted women determined to make a place for themselves. They overcome tremendous odds in a heroic effort to escape the scars of the past in this uplifting story of bravery, pride, and sisterhood.
Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. asks the question "are you a good witch or a bad witch?" in this fantastical new musical. When a magical book opens, wild, wonderful, and wizardly witchcraft unfolds! Follow an adorable little witch ready to cast a spell of goodness on all things Halloween! Featuring book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and an original score by Justin Rugg.
Direct from Broadway, the world's best-selling magic show is coming to the Bushnell.
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists – Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
A standing double date in Damascus quickly escalates into farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But as civil war rages outside, nothing is really what it seems to be. Kiss is a politically charged and emotionally resonant exploration of what gets lost in translation: the unfathomable human toll taken on a nation in chaos.
Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's legendary musical, Les Misérables, with glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has already been acclaimed by critics, fans, and new audiences, and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score includes the classic songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master of the House," and many more.
The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has a new life in New York where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Christine Daaé, now one of the world's finest sopranos, is coming to perform in New York. In a final bid to win back Christine's love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island, not knowing what is in store for them…
Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and based on Cervantes' masterpiece, this "Impossible Dream" comes to life in an imaginative journey with Don Quixote as he tilts at windmills and battles for good and the love of his fair maiden Aldonza.
Chicago's South Side, the 1930s. Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seals his fate. Native Son is an unforgettable theatrical experience that captures the power of Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice.
A college student hides behind dark glasses, a baseball cap pulled low, and writings that disturb and provoke. Is he just venting, or is he really troubled? Gina, his writing professor, is the only one willing to get close, to try to understand what he's going through. But at what peril to herself? The newest play from Obie Award-winning playwright Julia Cho is a thrilling ride through the psyches of two people learning to empathize with one another.
Cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey are taking their sweet time falling in love. Can these stubborn romantics admit their feelings before it's too late? Passion, laughter, and high-kicking choreography blossom in a land where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain. The legendary score — including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," and the rousing title tune — is by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics). Speaking of legendary, the original dances are by Agnes de Mille.
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.
On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Welcome to the new world! Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for lost family and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons. The streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side may not be paved with gold, but they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism and hope. A ravishing score by the songwriters of Wicked and Annie colors a sweeping saga of America's immigrant past. Celebrate our rich roots in Goodspeed's new adaptation of a neglected masterpiece of the musical theatre.
Can love survive all? Shakespeare's most famous play transcends time and generations to tell the story of two star-crossed teenagers who fight to love each other in a violent world. Their families are at war, but their love cannot be torn apart. In the sure hands of Mark Lamos, you will experience this classic story anew, and find fresh truths no matter your age.
Fannie Lou Hamer grew up poor. She was uneducated. As an African-American living in the rural South during the early part of the 20th century, her life choices were decidedly limited. But she was determined to make a better life for herself and for others like her. She realized that a major way to forge a path of self-determination was the power of the vote. In the latter part of her adult life, she tirelessly fought to secure voting rights for those who otherwise would be without a voice. This event celebrates the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer during this, the centennial of her birth, with a number of featured presentations: a riveting panel discussion with a group of experts; a dynamic performance by actors, singers, and musicians from the acclaimed original musical Fannie Lou; introductory remarks by New Haven mayor Toni Harp; and more.
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater's first-ever kids' rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
When Ethan, a young sex blogger-turned-New York Times bestselling author, meets Olivia, an obscure thirty-something novelist, lust turns to sex, and dating turns to something more complicated. This important and exhilarating new play follows the unexpected twists and turns of modern relationships as ambitions turn dark and self-reinvention is just a click away.
Set in the '90s — the 1590s — this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway's Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical.
Stomp is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique — an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show.
Thanksgiving feels hollow this year to the families of a small suburban town where the memories are still too fresh. Nothing is the same since the day when Thousand Pines Junior High School was on every news channel and in everyone's hearts. This important and uplifting tale of redemption shows that everyone is the same in wanting to feel safe and in wanting to heal.
Thread City is a multimedia performance co-devised at Eastern Connecticut State University by professors Kristen Morgan and Alycia Bright Holland, in collaboration with students, residents of Windham, Eastern's Center for Community Engagement and Center for Connecticut Studies, the Windham Textile & History Museum, members of the Eastern faculty, and other contributors.
Interviews with community members and archival oral histories of Windham residents inspired the stories told in Thread City. The play's narrative was developed through two integrated theater courses in spring of 2017: Experimental Theatre and Public Dialogue. The choreography and design of Thread City was developed in class and workshopped several times for public audiences. The creators hope that the community will feel empowered by seeing their personal narrative celebrated, and will develop a deeper connection with Eastern Connecticut State University.
Audiences mob the theater when a Hollywood action star takes the Broadway stage in a recently discovered play by Franz Kafka. But what if he can't go on? Enter Harry, the understudy, a journeyman actor who has the chops but not the résumé. This hilarious look at life backstage gets even crazier when Harry reunites with the stage manager (his ex-fiancée) and dukes it out with the film star as obstacles mount and tensions rise.
There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into Hartford, Connecticut! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don't miss the chance to travel over the rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.