You can satisfy your musical theater jones, your jazz itch and your pop-idol crush all with one concert this week: Harry Connick Jr. is performing 8 p.m. June 22 at Simsbury Meadows (22 Iron Horse Boulevard, Simsbury). Connick's a skilled pianist who can slide easily from stride to classical to swing. He's led big bands. He's starred in two Broadway revivals (The Pajama Game and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), the 2001 TV version of South Pacific and was nominated for a Tony for composing the Broadway show Thou Shalt Not. He had millions swooning to his renditions of pop classics on the soundtrack of the romance movie classic When Harry Met Sally... The son of a judge and a district attorney, Connick played an Assistant D.A. in several episodes of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." He's also made his mark on sitcoms (as Grace's husband on "Will & Grace") and suspense thrillers (as a serial killer in "Copycat").
Earlier this year he spent some time in New Haven working on a benefit album for those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting. Connick's own new album, Every Man Should Know, features 12 new songs that sound like they might have been written in the 1940s. Tickets to the Simsbury show are $45 to $120.
If Harry Connick conjures up a spirit of old-school pop eclecticism, stay tuned for some turn-of-the-century fol-de-rol to continue the theater/concert spirit. At 2p.m. June 30, the Blue Hill Troupe will bring Infinity Hall (on Route 44 in out-of-the-way Norfolk) back to its roots as a village hall and opera house by doing a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan's culture-clashing comic operetta The Mikado. The venue, first known as Norfolk Village Hall, opened in 1884 with performance of G&S' H.M.S. Pinafore. The Blue Hill Troupe itself has been around since the 1920s. Tickets are $45-$100 (infinityhall.com).
The summer's greatest and most consistent purveyor of updated traditional entertainments, however, remains the Goodspeed Opera House (Main Street, East Haddam), which switches shows this month from its reworking of the 1920s college romp Good News! (closing June 22) to a revival of the Jerry Herman classic Hello, Dolly! (June 28 through September 28, goodspeed.org).