Hootenannies Follow Sunday 'Woody Sez' Performances

The Hartford Courant

I haven't heard the word "hootenanny" used since Lyndon Johnson was President, but there's some free-wheeling '60s-style jamming going on after Sunday matinee performances of "Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie" at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl St., in downtown Hartford.

You don't need a ticket to the show to participate (but you'd be missing out if you don't catch this tuneful show while it's here through Sept. 14). The cast of four — the very likable David M. Lutken, David Finch, Leenya Rideout and Helen J. Russell — leads the easy-going musical session this Sunday as well as on subsequent Sundays,  Aug. 31, Sept. 7 and 14 at approximately 4:45 p.m. The gathering takes place in the theater's street-level lobby. (The adjacent gallery is presenting a dandy exhibit of instruments and info about the legendary activist folk singer). Food and drink available for purchase, too.

Folks are invited to bring an instrument, sing-along or just clap to the infectious rhythms of whatever music that people are inspired to make. All instruments are welcome (there's a big array used in the show including fiddles. Mandolins, jaw's harp and spoons). "Musical skill not required," says a theater spokesman. Good to know. Now where did I put my clarinet?

"WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE" is at TheaterWorks through Sept. 14, 233 Pearl St., Hartford, 860-527-7838,

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