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Connecticut Local Theater Spring Preview

April 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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Live theater in Connecticut is gearing up for the spring and summer seasons with a diverse range of theatrical events from your childhood Disney favorite to one of Shakespeare’s classics. Catch the best of upcoming theater productions with this guide to the top five must-sees in Connecticut.
winterstale yalerep Connecticut Local Theater Spring Preview

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“The Winter’s Tale”
Yale Repertory Theatre
1120 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-1234
www.yalerep.org

Dates: March 16 through  April 7
Price: $35 for general admission

This production of the Shakespearean play “The Winter’s Tale,” is being directed by OBIE Award-winning director Liz Diamond. Ms. Diamond is a resident director at Yale Repertory Theater and recently received rave reviews for her direction in the premiere of “Happy Now?” by Lucinda Coxon. The story line of this classic is a tragedy combined with romantic intrigue sure to captivate all viewers. Yale Repertory Theater has won a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, and the theater’s productions have garnered a total of over 40 Tony Awards. Furthermore, 11 productions originating here have found their way to the Broadway stage.

bellbookandcandle Connecticut Local Theater Spring Preview

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“Bell, Book and Candle”
Long Wharf Theater
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 787-4282
longwharf.org

Dates: March 7 through April 1
Prices: $42 – $52

“Bell, Book and Candle” was written by John Van Druten, directed by Darko Tresnjak and is a collaborative effort with Hartford Stage Mainstage. Variety’s review included, “The course of true love never runs smooth, but Darko Tresnjak’s stylish exploration of its twisty path, otherwise known as John van Druten’s ‘Bell, Book and Candle’ goes down smooth.” This is a modern-day romantic comedy produced by a theater that has benefitted the New Haven arts community since 1965 when first opened in an abandoned warehouse building on the harbor waterfront.

Related: Top Spot For Cutting-Edge Theater: TheaterWorks Hartford

mame Connecticut Local Theater Spring Preview

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“Mame”
Goodspeed Opera House
6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 873-8668
goodspeed.org

Dates: April 20 to July 1
Prices: $57.50 – $75.50

“Mame,” the classic musical set in the Roaring 20s, is based on the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, which in turn is based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play “Auntie Mame.” This production is directed by Ray Roderick and choreographed by Vince Pesce. With a familiar musical score and story based on the adventures of Auntie Mame and her nephew, audiences will be thoroughly entranced throughout the performance. Packed full with a impressive cast, this performance will unfold as a tragic story using entertaining dance and music as tools to overcome all hardships. The mission of the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation is to “preserve and produce musical theatre of the highest quality,” and has done just this since its founding in 1876.

fiddlerontheroof Connecticut Local Theater Spring Preview

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“Fiddler on the Roof”
The Bushnell
166 Capitol Ave
Hartford CT 06106
(888) 824-2874
bushnell.org

Dates: April 10 through April 15
Prices: $17 – $72

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a festive Broadway musical based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem. It has received unprecedented acclamations since its existence, consistently winning the hearts of audiences worldwide. The music behind this production is among the best. Filled with an animated score including “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Fiddler on the Roof” is a classic. The downtown Hartford venue is well-designed acoustically and visually, and is a joy to attend.

Related: Best Concert Halls & Theaters In Connecticut

shubert Connecticut Local Theater Spring Preview

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“Beauty and the Beast”
Schubert Theater
247 College St
New Haven, CT 06510
(800 )228-6622
shubert.com

Dates: May 11 through May 13
Prices: $15 – $75

“Beauty and the Beast,” the popular Disney production, runs from May 11–13, 2012 following its sold-out 2010 engagement at the Schubert. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this spectacle has been seen by 35 million people worldwide. This love story has unforgettable characters that hold sentimental value for all watching. The music is among the most popular Disney songs including the overarching favorite “Be Our Guest.” Located in downtown New Haven, the Schubert consistently continues to bring quality entertainment to an area in dire need of artistic venues.

Steve Alexander holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Psychology; did graduate work and taught as a Teaching Fellow as a specialist in Arms Control and Disarmament for Boston Universitys Political Science Department; and spent a 30 year career as a human service professional–a counselor, administrator and advocate for people afflicted with mental disabilities. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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