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Every family has its secrets. When the Lafayette children gather to catalogue their recently deceased father's Arkansas estate, a gruesome relic of his haunted past is unearthed. As a family feud erupts, they struggle to come to terms with their shameful and uncomfortable legacy. In the great American tradition of family dramas, from Long Day's Journey Into Night to August: Osage County, this bitingly funny and subversive award-winning play unleashes a series of jaw-dropping surprises.
The perfect Girls' Night Outback! Thunder From Down Under hits an intimate Vegas stage every night of the week showing off chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm that you won't be able to resist! This isn't the type of show you just sit and watch. Thunder is a fully interactive experience.
Ben Vereen's legendary performances transcend time and are woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. In this special evening you will take a whirlwind trip through Vereen's career and favorite songs – including numbers from Pippin (for which he won the Tony Award) and Jesus Christ Superstar, interspersed with loving and sometimes hilarious anecdotes about some of the Broadway greats he has worked with. The night winds its way through various autobiographically-inspired segments.
Ben Vereen's legendary performances transcend time and are woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. In this special evening, you will take a whirlwind trip through Vereen's career and favorite songs — including numbers from Pippin (for which he won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award) and Jesus Christ Superstar, interspersed with loving and sometimes hilarious anecdotes about some of the Broadway greats he has worked with. The night winds its way through various autobiographically inspired segments.
Vereen has also starred in Wicked, Hair, Fosse, I'm Not Rappaport, Grind, Jelly's Last Jam, The Prodigal Son, Sweet Charity, Golden Boy, Gurton's Apocalyptic Needle, No Place to Be Somebody, Chicago, The Exonerated and A Christmas Carol.
The producers of the world's biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with award‐winning puppeteers from Warhorse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular!
Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more! Discover the golden age of circus this April as Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus sets to captivate audiences of all ages.
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.
Meet fun-loving jingle composer Harry. In modern Manhattan, his charmed life with girlfriend Louise, brother Paul and beloved Labrador Retriever (also Paul!) sparkles with the fizz of romantic comedies and the whimsy of MGM musicals. But will it all go flat when reality interrupts Harry's tenderly orchestrated fantasia? A rich contemporary score explores the friction between romance and reality, bitter and sweet, high and low. Raise a glass to a musical serving something magical, moving and boldly new.
The Serling family is taking its annual road trip to Niagara Falls, but this time they're saying goodbye to mom. Along the way, memories of past trips, old wounds and family secrets are navigated in a not-too-distant future where no one dies of disease. For daughter Hayley, the journey means facing the big questions of life and death. Travel with unforgettable characters on the brink of discovering that living forever may not be as wonderful as it sounds.
Dog Sees God is Bert V. Royal's unauthorized parody of the beloved comic strip. Take everything you know about these characters, scrape off the innocence, reimagine them as high school students, and add an unhealthy dose of angst.
When his dog dies from rabies, (yes, that dog) CB begins to ponder the question the afterlife's existence. He turns to his friends in an effort to find an answer. Sadly, these friends are not the rock he thinks they will be. His best friend is too burnt out, his little sister has gone goth (this month), his ex has anger issues, and his other friends are too self-centered to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with a bullied artistic kid offers CB peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push his teen angst to the limit.
All the struggles of high school (drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sexual identity) collide as the play careens toward an ending that's haunting and hopeful.
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat In The Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home...? Dr. Seuss's The Cat In The Hat is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" for young children. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
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 Far Away, Caryl Churchill's fable about a world where the line has disappeared between the normal and the fantastic, beauty and horror, plain talk and poetry, Joan has just seen something she shouldn't have. Far from home, she hears screams in the night. She's uncovered a terrible secret that will change the course of her life. Churchill confronts our deepest fears, depicting a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds in the trees or the river below can be trusted.
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.
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town in Texas, Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the local laws — including a ban on dancing — which are the brainchild of a local preacher bent on exercising control over the town's teens. When the reverend's beautiful, rebellious daughter sets her heart on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid. This musical adaptation of the hit film bursts onstage with an Oscar-nominated score, which includes such hit songs as "Footloose," "Holding Out for a Hero," and "Let's Hear It for the Boy."
Note: This show is presented by the 13- to 19-year-old students of the Sharon Playhouse Youth Theater.
Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
She hunts terrorists by day and is haunted by terrors at night. An ace fighter pilot finds herself grounded by an unexpected pregnancy, and her world flips from top gun to top mom. No longer able to fly, she's reassigned as a drone pilot, working at a facility near Las Vegas. When the desert through her viewfinder starts to look eerily similar to the desert in which she lives, the realities of war and suburban comfort collide. Current and contemporary, this thrilling tale offers a glimpse into one soldier's struggle to define herself in the modern world.
Set in Bangkok in the 1860s, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.
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.
"Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!" Miss Lettice Douffet can't help but exaggerate the dreary history of Fustian House, one of the least stately of Britain's stately homes. But when she's caught creating outrageous stories about the house's historical past, she incurs the wrath of Miss Lotte Schon, an inspector for the Preservation Trust. Neither woman will meekly step aside as their battle rapidly turns into a devilish friendship and a series of escapades that make Lettice's original fancies pale in comparison. This hit comedy by the author of Amadeus is delectable.
As Mary Jane navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. Mary Jane is Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog's remarkably powerful and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American woman striving for grace.
The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss's grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met's recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera's subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.
Concerning the older and alluring Marschallian, a grand princess who finds solace in the arms of her much younger lover Octavian until the entrance of her hot-blooded and churlish cousin Baron Ochs. Setting his sights on wealthy and beautiful merchant's daughter Sophie, he enlists the help of Octavian as his rose bearer. Of course, once they set eyes on each other, all is lost for both Marshchallian and Baron Ochs. The former accepts her fate elegantly, the latter, well, not so much…
Minor Character: Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, is an irreverent mash-up of six different English-language translations — from the dusty 1916 edition to Google Translate's wack results. A kaleidoscopic amplification of Chekhov's tragic comedy, each character is interpreted by multiple actors and through multiple translations in an athletic attempt to say one true thing.
From the brilliant minds of New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and award-winning composer David Shire (Academy Award winner and multi-Tony and Emmy nominee) comes a joyful new musical about a tiny family restaurant. David Kaplan is a chef's chef, making beautiful, simple food of uncompromising quality in his lovely Union Square restaurant. But in the crowded, cutthroat, and expensive Manhattan food scene, is that enough to survive and compete with the next big thing? Enter Sergio: an old friend, rival, and possible savior. This hotshot celebrity chef has offered David the opportunity to make over his restaurant. Will David sacrifice his pride to save his beloved establishment?
The Music Man, a classic musical written by Meredith Willson, has reached its 60th year. In this production under the direction of Morgan Green, Sharon Playhouse invites you to experience the story of a lovable con man who warms his way into the heart of small-town America.
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.
Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. presents a new musical about a lovable, sharp-witted Italian grandmother. She'll make you laugh. She'll make you cry. She'll make you lasagna. Meet her and the entire Italian-American family in this hilarious, big-hearted new musical about friends, family and food! For this production, all performances will be 'cafe style' with seating at tables and chairs! Bring your own food and drink to enjoy during the show.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that changed American musicals forever dawns at Goodspeed for the very first time. 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. A legendary score — including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" and the rousing title tune — will put you in a brand new state!
Celebrating 60 Years of Hits – His Way
After a sold-out 2015 performance, Paul Anka makes his triumphant return to the Playhouse stage! Sing along as this pop heartthrob swings through his classic hits — "Diana," "You Are My Destiny," "Lonely Boy," "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," "Having My Baby," "Puppy Love" — the list goes on and on. Not just memories, but milestones, Paul Anka's hits defined generations of pop. Celebrate these great songs with this great star, live onstage!
Playwrights on Park Reading Series is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development.
All readings include a talk back with the cast and the playwright and opportunity for audience members to complete a response card.
When Rossi's mother discovers the microwave, home cooked meals become a thing of the past. What starts as Rossi's rebellion against her Orthodox Jewish mom ends with her becoming New York's #1 punk-rock caterer. The playwright behind the hit I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti heads back to the kitchen with this hilarious and heartfelt new comedy. Based on the true life story of Chef Rossi.
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.
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.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
With inspiring songs, beautifully woven harmonies and passionate activism, this legendary trio gave voice to America's urgent call for justice and freedom during a turbulent time of remarkable social and political growth. The story of Peter, Paul and Mary is the story of the conscience of America. The exceptional David Lutken (Woody Sez) returns in this extraordinary play with music.
In 1922 New York, all the modern girls are sporting bobbed hair and heightened hemlines! Newcomer Millie is no exception, jumping headlong into a makeover and a dizzy plan to marry rich — until she falls for a penniless charmer. Her jazz-kissed adventures are crowded with a flurry of flappers, a runaway heiress, a nefarious landlady, and more. A mix of mistaken identity, high-spirited show tunes, and tap-happy dance has more kick than bootleg gin in this Tony Award-winning Best Musical.
Under the Streetlamp, America's hottest new vocal group with two PBS top specials, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment.
You'll hear doo-wop, Motown, old time rock 'n' roll and all of your favorite songs from the Drifters, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and in a "show-stopping" salute to their mentors Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, the guys perform a medley from the Four Seasons catalogue of outstanding hits. Critics have called Under the Streetlamp "a sure-fire sellout!" All the songs are delivered in the inimitable Under the Streetlamp style, with tight harmonies and slick dance moves that will take you back an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars, and martini shakers.