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Born to Lead: Jim Calhoun, provides a unique inside look into the 40-year coaching legacy of one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history and one of Connecticut's most influential and colorful personalities. Calhoun pushed and prodded players to exceed limits and self-imposed barriers to become champions. His motivational tactics and leadership styles are the stuff of legends. Relishing the role of the underdog and combining a relentless quest for perfection with a tough love commitment to his players, Calhoun won three NCAA titles in 12 years and elevated the UConn program to a place among the elite in the country. This documentary also unveils a softer, more vulnerable side of the private Calhoun that fans and followers have yet to see or understand and that he hid from public view.
Award-winning Pantochino Productions presents a high energy, musical panto version of Cinderella, set in Italy. Perfect for all ages, this big fat Italian house party of fun features Prince Spaghetti, The Godmother and 'bella, bella Cinderella.' Ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom, it's a ball!
Amir and his beautiful wife Emily enjoy their charmed life in New York—he's poised to make partner at a white-shoe law firm while her painting is being considered for a prestigious gallery exhibit. When Amir's teenaged nephew asks for help in defending an imam accused of funding terrorists, a series of emotionally shattering events upends their perfect world, and forces them to confront the compromises they endured to stake out their own piece of the American dream. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Disgraced is a compelling and provocative tale about the consequences of denying one's own identity.
Georgie - The Life and Death of George Rose is Ed Dixon's one man play about his mentor, George Rose, the well known Broadway character actor. During their quarter of a century friendship, Mr. Rose gave Ed impersonations of Laurence Olivier, John Guilgud, Ralph Richardson, Edith Evans and a host of theater luminaries. Mr. Dixon becomes Mr. Rose and at least fifty other fabulous characters during the 90 minute play.
From Agnes de Mille to Bob Fosse to Jerome Robbins, iconic choreography has made stars of dancers and forged the path of Broadway musical theatre. Gotta Dance! features six leading Broadway dancers - backed up by two Broadway vocalists and a live band - performing Broadway's most sensational show-off dances of all time. Celebrity and Tony Award Winning choreographers make video appearances to share backstage stories and their favorite clips of blockbuster dance performances. Join us for a dazzling romp through Broadway musicals and the great dance numbers that made musical theatre history!
Luck be a lady tonight! Times Square's most colorful characters make their first appearance at Goodspeed in a brassy new staging of the American musical comedy classic. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Save-a-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," "A Bushel and a Peck," "If I Were a Bell" and more. Bring your dice along!
Come listen to an amazing story. 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany have welcomed us into their Mount Vernon, New York, home. Making dinner to celebrate their long deceased father's birthday, they tell us about their lives, how they fought injustices big and small, overcoming the racial strife of the 20th century with their charm, warmth, and dignity intact. They tell a personal, family tale of people who yearned to do the right thing, and strove towards it with every ounce of their beings. Come have dinner with the Delanys, and hear the story of our nation.
I Love Lucy Live on Stage is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history!
It's 1952, and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I Love Lucy episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called "television," the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and the side-splitting antics of America's favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time!
Appearing to all as a responsible upstanding gentleman, Earnest's protagonist, Jack Worthing, leads a double life where his passions are played out in London, far from his home in the countryside. Joining with his best friend Algernon Moncrieff, the pair set out to win the hearts of the women who have stolen their hearts. Nothing, of course, goes as planned; with each act it becomes apparent to all, including amused observers, that "the truth is rarely pure and never simple." Audience members will be enchanted and romanced from start to finish with mystique, folly and playful deception.
This brand new musical tells the unlikely story of a homeless Native American man and a Texas beauty queen who never should have been friends. He's looking for a fight. She's looking for a cause. As they stumble toward friendship, both ultimately discover that the look of a family is not always what you think. Inspired by true events, it's a uniquely American story with an Americana beat. You'll never forget Indian Joe.
Jerry Herman's glittering show tunes overflow in the outrageous tale of a family of cabaret performers led by partners George and Albin. When their son brings home his fiancée and the future in-laws, the limits of love, parenthood and mascara are put to the test. Tender romance and wild laughter are center stage as the Riviera's most delicious drag nightclub bursts to life in its Goodspeed debut. Expect "The Best of Times" from the Tony Award-winning composer of Hello, Dolly! and Mame.
Come get your gearhead fix and support The Playhouse!
Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 kilometers of cordoned country road. Every few hours the two drivers per car alternate - but it's still a challenge for concentration and material. In the focus is the duel between the German Stahler in Ferrari 512LM and the American Delaney in Gulf Team Porsche 917. Delaney is under extraordinary pressure, because the year before he caused a severe accident, in which his friend Lisa's husband was killed.
Friends Alice and Connor sit by their roadside stand in Lewiston, Idaho, selling cheap fireworks, while developers swallow the land around them. Promised a condo by a pool in the new development, they feel their future is secure. Enter Marnie, Alice's long lost granddaughter—a young woman who unexpectedly arrives, proposing to buy the land to save a piece of her family legacy. Deeply held secrets, uncertain pasts and hopeful futures are all at stake when Marnie and Alice get to know each other. Hunter, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, imbues his most recent work with deep human affection, poignancy, and a profound sense of empathy. Lewiston explores the emotional frontiers of a family struggling to make a home in the vastness of the American landscape.
Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar—actually, six guitars—in The Lion, a wholly original musical experience of one man's gripping coming-of-age story. The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on his heartfelt journey to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover redemption through the power of music. His surprising story is about courage. His songs are how he finds it. Much like its hero, The Lion mixes power and beauty in a one of a kind experience. His story is about courage. His music is about finding it. Much like its hero, The Lion roars.
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of audiences for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. This affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies centers on a down-and out skid row floral shop employee who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite!
Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece is performed in Sharon for the first time! Franklin Shepard, a talented Broadway composer, leaves his New York City friends and career to become a hotshot Hollywood producer. The show gained acclaim not only for its celebrated composer, Mr. Sondheim, but also because of the unique storytelling – the musical begins at the height of Franklin's Hollywood fame and moves backwards through his life, showing the most important moments that led him to where he is. A glorious score leads the way in this compelling story of friendship, compromise, and the high price of success.
Opera's most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Often called "the perfect musical," this classic story is born anew. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins so that she may pass as a lady. Winner of 6 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), the original production set the record for longest running major musical in history and the original cast recording was the best-selling album in America. Whether you have seen the show once or ten times, prepare to fall in love with it all over again!
A new musical about the life and times of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist who captured the gaiety, color and heartbreak of Montmartre, Le Can-Can, and the world of Le Moulin Rouge. Inhabited by the colorful people he painted, it's the story of a great artist who loved a world that never quite loved him back. Music and lyrics are by legendary French performer Charles Aznavour. The book is by Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner, Alfred Uhry, with English lyrics by three time Tony winner, Jason Robert Brown. Tony winning director/choreographer, Kathleen Marshall, brings it all to whirling, spinning and sassy life. C'est magnifique!
Don't miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic's 'magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold' production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent's top theatre pick of 2014.
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie's jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.
Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.
Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.
Joe Pantoliano makes his documentary directorial debut with No Kidding! Me Too!! as part of his fight against the stigma and shame of mental/brain "dis-ease" (or disease). This empowering film sheds light on what nearly 100 million Americans suffer in isolation. Through candid, often humorous discussions with Pantoliano and his family on their struggle with his own clinical depression, as well as the compelling stories of six other people from all walks of life, all affected differently by mental illness, including a brain surgeon with bipolar disorder and three high school students managing bipolar disorder and clinical depression. Each frankly discusses the struggle before they were diagnosed, including attempts at self-medication and other destructive behavior, as well as the hope and encouragement they discover when managing their own recovery and realizing they are not alone. The result is an inspiring vision of a society that "stomps the stigma,"
Peter and the Starcatcher is the grownup prequel to Peter Pan. In this 5-time Tony Award winning play, an ensemble cast of actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This hilarious evening of madcap fun will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight!
Decades ago, NFL star Frank Baker was dubbed "The Assassin" for his brutal tackles. Now, down on his luck, he's offered the chance of a lifetime — an interview on CBS before the Super Bowl. But just when he thinks his luck has changed, Baker and his interviewer are blindsided by secrets and revelations. Inspired by a true story, this new play tackles the NFL's thorniest issues: race, hero worship, violence and its repercussions.
Originally designed for and presented to Ira Gershwin more than 20 years ago, this is Goodspeed's most prestigious honor. Goodspeed is pleased to bestow this annual award upon a member of the theatre community in recognition of their extraordinary talent.
In the aftermath of World War I, First Lady Edith Wilson believes her new husband, President Woodrow Wilson, was put on earth by God to prevent future cataclysms and build a League of Nations, assuring peace across the globe. When her husband's health is threatened, Edith takes unprecedented steps, including keeping the Vice President and the Congress at bay, to assure that their dream will come to pass. Asserting her own will in the old boys' club of Washington, D.C., the First Lady protects her husband while claiming a slice of power for herself. The Second Mrs. Wilson chronicles a unique incident in United States history with intrigue and excitement.
This unconventional new musical by Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. Whether you're allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe, or simply a unique individual, you're sure to find yourself in this fresh new musical!
A new musical that is an affectionate tribute to the legendary romance comics of the 1940's and 1950's, True Love is a valentine to a long lost but never to be forgotten era when the concept of eternally perfect love was every girl's dream. Set to a melodic original score, True Love is a whirlwind course in the hard won lessons of getting love right. Journey with us through a love comic whose characters go from honeymoon to heartbreak and all the stops in between. Enjoy ads for Sea Monkeys, bust enhancers and elevator shoes that assure popularity. Hear confessional letters from readers, get tips on choosing the right man and oh so much more. Agonizing love - Is there any other kind?
With Special Guest Keith Robinson
Emmy® Award-winning actor/writer/comedian Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand-up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. She works regularly with the likes of Larry David, Chris Rock and Gary Trudeau on such shows and films as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Chris Rock Show, Pootie Tang and the Amazon Prime series Alpha House. Her HBO stand up special I'ma Be Me was nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards.
With Special Guest Tom Briscoe
Whitney Cummings is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and producer. Cummings co-created and co-wrote, along with Michael Patrick King, the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which will return this Fall for a 3rd season. She also wrote, produced and starred in her autobiographical sitcom Whitney, which aired on NBC for 2 seasons between September 2011 – April 2013. Cummings appears regularly on E!'s, Chelsea Lately and has appeared on Comedy Central's Roasts. Her one-hour stand up special, Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central in August 2010 and was nominated for an American Comedy Award later that year.
Bedford Falls comes alive as never before with the Goodspeed premiere of the magical tale of finding hope in your own hometown. In a tuneful re-imagining of the classic film It's a Wonderful Life, a would-be angel swoops to the rescue of desperate banker George Bailey on Christmas Eve. From the Tony-winning co-creator of Fiddler on the Roof, it's a heartwarming family musical that celebrates the power of love and the goodness in all of us. Remember: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!"