Broadway's Priscilla Lopez to Star in Nephew Matthew Lopez's Somewhere as Part of Hartford Stage's Upcoming Season
The 50th Anniversary season will also feature plays by Steve Martin, Shakespeare, and more.
Hartford Stage has announced a 50th Anniversary season that will feature a world premiere musical comedy and plays by Shakespeare, Steve Martin, and Noël Coward, as well as a new play by Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man) featuring his aunt, Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez.
Matthew Lopez's Somewhere is a dance-filled family saga that will feature, appropriately, Lopez's aunt, Priscilla Lopez (In the Heights). Giovanna Sardelli will direct the play, which will run April 3-27. But first, the season will kick off with Classical Repertory for a New Generation, an initiative that will see the same cast playing in repertory in Marivaux's comedy, La Dispute, and Shakespeare's Macbeth from September 12-November 10.
Other season highlights will include a coproduction with Long Wharf Theatre of Hollywood star Steve Martin's comical adaptation of The Underpants by Carl Sternheim, directed by Gordon Edelstein (The Road to Mecca) from January 9-February 2, and a production of Noël Coward's bittersweet comedy A Song at Twilight. A Song at Twilight will be directed by former Artistic Director Mark Lamos (Cymbeline). This will be a coproduction with Westport Country Playhouse, where Lamos currently serves as artistic director. It will play February 20-March 16.
Hartford Stage's second world premiere musical comedy in as many seasons, Love and Other Fables is a reimagining of Aesop's life with music by John McMahon, and a book and lyrics by Jay Jeffries (Stardust) and John McMahon. Tony Award-winning director John Rando (Urinetown) will direct the May 22-June 15 run.
The season will also feature a remounting of the annual Hartford Stage production of A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas, adapted and originally directed by former artistic director Michael Wilson, who will return to collaborate with Maxwell Williams on this version. Running November 29-December 28, the collaboration will give new life to the show's set, costumes, and special effects.