Ivoryton: On March 20th, 2019 The Ivoryton Playhouse opens its doors for a new season - a year full of exciting, affordable professional theatre. Plays for romantics and plays for cynics; shows for families and shows for sweethearts; music from the movies and Broadway as well as zany comedies and classic dramas - the Ivoryton Playhouse 2019 season has something for everyone and more than you ever expected.
The season opens on March 20th with a new musical BURT & ME (Book by Larry McKenna,
Lyrics by Hal David, Music by Burt Bacharach) If you fell in love to the music of Burt Bacharach, then you won’t want to miss this nostalgic romantic musical comedy running through April 7, 2019. Featuring the classics: “What the World Needs Now,” “Walk On By,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” and many more. Runs through April 7th.
A progressive white couple's proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter brings her black fiancé home to meet them in this fresh and relevant stage adaptation of the iconic film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by Todd Kreidler (April 24th - May 12th.) A multi-family clash of racial and generational differences and at the end of the day, will love prevail?
GODSPELL (May 22 - June 16) is the first major musical theater hit from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, and Children of Eden). Loosely based around the Gospel of St. Matthew, GODSPELL features a parade of beloved songs, including ”Day by Day “, "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," and "Learn Your Lessons Well.
July is family musical time and this year is no exception. On June 26th, summer opens with a splash with the blockbuster musical MAMMA MIA, (Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus) Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA the ultimate feel-good show! Set on a Greek island paradise, the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Runs through July 28th.
CABARET (Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Joe Masteroff) takes us back to Broadway on August 7th - Sunday, September 1st. The international classic musical and winner of 8 Tony awards, CABARET is as relevant today as when it first opened on Broadway over 50 years ago. Join us at the Kit Kat Club as the Emcee takes us back to those tumultuous times with unforgettable musical numbers including, “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” and “Two Ladies.”
Shear Madness (Paul Portner) is one of the most popular productions in the world, delighting audiences with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute humor. A murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the mystery. Voted "Best Comedy of the Year" seven times by the Boston Globe and "Best Play of the Year" by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer, "Shear Madness" has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade. Runs from September 18th – October 6th.
David Lutken and his trusty band of musicians will return to the Playhouse from October 23rd to November 10th in a show that will feature an iconic and beloved American musician with songs we have known and loved for years. Songs of a fascinating life filled with love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. Title to be announced soon.
Don’t miss some of the most exciting, entertaining and affordable theatre on the shoreline! Subscriptions and gift certificates are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale February 20th, 2019. Visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org or call (860) 767 7318 for the latest ticket information.
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