Connecticut Rep’s Nutmeg Series offers three fun-filled offerings this summer on the UConn campus at Storrs. Broadway’s Terrence Mann (Beauty & the Beast, Cats, Les Mis) returns to kick off the series as Don Quixote in Man of LaMancha, the Mitch Leigh/Joe Darion tale of a knight chasing windmills, June 7 to 16. “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak will give his spin on neat freak Felix Unger opposite “Hawaii Five-0” star Joe Moore’s Oscar Madison in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple June 21-July 7. Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera Pirates of Penzance features Bistro and MAC award winner Steve Hayes as the Modern Major General and closes out the series July 12-22. Performances are 7:30pm Tuesday-Thursday; 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. Subscription packages range from $30 to $93; single tickets are $10 to $45. Subscribers can add dining and dessert packages. All performances are in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre with free parking in Lot 9. Info: 860-486-2113. www.crt.uconnn.edu.
Musicians Stew (Passing Strange) and Heidi Rodewald team up to create original music and songs for Director Joanna Settle’s re-envisioned dinner-party Romeo & Juliet for Shakespeare on the Sound, starcrossing at two waterfront venues, Baldwin Park in Greenwich (June 26 to July 8) and Pinkney Park in Rowayton (July 18 to July 29). Bring a jacket, a picnic and a blanket for the front section or lawn chairs (chairs higher than 26 inches, rear section only). Admission is free; A donation of $20 adults / $10 students and seniors is suggested. Reserved seats are available for $50 with an advanced reservation. The parks open at 4pm; performance at 7:30, weather permitting. Parking in nearby train stations. Info: 203-299-1300. www.shakespeareonthesound.org. No dogs.
East Haddam’s Goodspeed Musicals is reviving Carousel, perhaps Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most challenging show. Always innovative in how they manage to telescope large musicals into their intimate space, Goodspeed is entrusting this magical musical into the hands of award-winning director Rob Ruggiero. Running July 13 through September 23, Wednesday and Thursday at 2 and 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3 and 8pm; Sunday at 2 and 6:30pm Tickets $31.50 to $73.50. Info: 860-873-8668. www.goodspeed.org.
What goes into the creative process is part of the one man show, Just Jim Dale. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the English performer who wowed Broadway audiences with Barnum, Scapino, Joe Egg, Me and My Girl, Candide and Three Penny Opera, wrote the lyrics for “Georgy Girl,” appeared in 11 Carry On films, recorded the seven Harry Potter books (and won a record 10 Audie Awards), and was the narrator for the television series, “Pushing Up Daisies.” Just Jim Dale is directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. Performances are at the Long Wharf Theatre Stage II from June 14 to 16 and June 21 to 23 at 8pm and June 17 and 24 at 2pm. Tickets are $32. Call 800-782-8497or visit www.longwharf.org.
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Jacques Lamarre has worked in theatre for over 20 years. As a Public Relations/Marketing professional, he held positions at Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks Hartford and Yale Repertory Theatre/Yale School of Drama. As a playwright, he wrote "Gray Matters" which was premiered by Emerson Theater Collaborative at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (nominee, Outstanding Playwriting). His short play "Stool" was a finalist for the inaugural New Works New Britain Festival and a Top Ten finalist for the NY 15 Minute Play Festival. His short play "The Family Plan" was a finalist for the 2011 Fusion Theatre "The Seven" short play competition. Jacques has co-written seven shows for international drag chanteuse Varla Jean Merman, as well as the screenplay for her feature-length film comedy "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads" (2011). He has written for Theater CT Magazine, Hartford Magazine and Yale Alumni Magazine. Jacques is currently the Director of Communications & Special Projects for The Mark Twain House & Museum. |
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