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'Cyrano' Musical At Goodspeed; 3 Musicals For CT Rep's Nutmeg Series

Goodspeed’s 2018 Norma Terris Season

The National has a big nose.

The acclaimed Brooklyn alt-rock band is involved with a new musical adaptation of the Edmund Rostand classic “Cyrano de Bergerac.” The show will premiere Aug. 3 through Sept. 2 at Goodspeed Musicals’ Norma Terris Theatre in Chester. “Cyrano” will be directed by Erica Schmidt, who also wrote the show’s book.

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Hartford Stage Makes A Change; Ivoryton's 2018 Season; Leslie Odom Jr. At Long Wharf

‘Statement’ Out, ‘Aloes’ In At Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage is replacing its scheduled production of Athol Fugard’s political drama “Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act” with another Fugard play, “A Lesson from Aloes.” The performance dates remain the same, May 17 though June 10.

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The CT Rep 'Crucible' Cast; TheaterWorks' 'Under Consideration' List

Play Time

It’s wintertime, and the plays have gotten shorter.

“A Hunger Artist,” the Sinking Ship company’s Kafka concatenation at HartBeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Feb. 1 to 4, is 70 minutes long. So is the quantum mechanical romance “Constellations” at TheaterWorks through Feb. 18.

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Casting News At Hartford Stage, 'Lion King' Coming To Bushnell

The Scorecard

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard. Here are the (large) casts of a few upcoming Connecticut shows.

When it decided to remount Emily Mann’s McCarter Theatre Center production of the new Ken Ludwig adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express,” Hartford Stage was determined to keep as many of the original cast members as possible.

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A Hootenanny In Westport; A Festive Weekend At Goodspeed

What Would Woody Do?

When illness befell an actor in “Woody Sez,” the Woody Guthrie tribute at Westport Country Playhouse (which plays through Jan. 20), the show’s star David M. Lutken sprang into action. He and the remaining cast members took advantage of the empty stage and organized an impromptu free-of-charge hootenanny.

The 90-minute musical jam session seemed to want to happen.

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New Theater Programs, A Theater Facts Report, And A Retirement

Hartford Stage has been chosen to participate in the new Catalyzing Creative Aging Program created by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and Lifetime Arts. Twenty nonprofit arts organizations were accepted into the program, which supports the development of “innovative programming for an aging population that is living longer, healthier lives.”

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