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Lineup of the 2014 Summer Nutmeg Series at CRT

Jerry Adler of television's THE GOOD WIFE and THE SOPRANOS, will star in THE SUNSHINE BOYS by Neil Simon.
Jerry Adler of television's THE GOOD WIFE and THE SOPRANOS, will star in THE SUNSHINE BOYS by Neil Simon.

CONNECTICUT REPERTORY THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2014 NUTMEG SUMMER SERIES: A CHORUS LINE, THE SUNSHINE BOYS & GYPSY 

STORRS, CT– Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal is pleased to announce Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s (CRT) 2014 Nutmeg Summer Series.  The three show season celebrates life backstage and behind the curtain.

Two award winning musicals; A Chorus Line and Gypsy are matched with Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, a comedy starring Jerry Adler (The Good Wife) and Richard Kline (Three’s Company).

The Nutmeg Summer Series runs June 5 through July 20, 2014 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the University of Connecticut-Storrs campus.  Subscriptions to all three productions are now on sale.  Single tickets will go on sale April 15, 2014.

The season kicks-off with the Pulitzer Prize-winning American musical, A Chorus Line. This backstage story of 17 aspiring dancers pairs heart-stopping, toe-tapping performances with soaring ballads, all against the backdrop of the ups and downs of a life in show business. 

This nine-time Tony-Award winning musical from the pen of legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch brings to life the dream, the thrill and the hope of anyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line.

Tony Award nominee Jerry Adler returns to the CRT stage, along with TV’s Richard Kline, in his CRT debut, to star in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.  Jerry Adler, of The Soprano’s, Rescue Me, and The Good Wife, was last seen on CRT’s stage in 2012’s hysterical world-premiere of I’m Connecticut.

Richard Kline, best known for playing Larry Dallas on the television sitcom Three’s Company, made his Broadway debut in City of Angels and was featured as The Wizard in the first national tour of WICKED. 

The Sunshine Boys affectionately and hilariously tells the story of Lewis and Clark, vaudeville’s undisputed Kings of Comedy, as they reunite an once-in-a-lifetime television special. 

The only problem is they haven’t spoken in 40 years and the shtick hits the fan when old grudges begin horning in on the act.

The season ends with one of the great masterpieces of musical theatre, Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Soaring with Jule Styne’s melodies and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, GYPSY is based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, and tells the story of Rose, the ultimate stage mother, and her dream to raise her daughters to become stars and thus gain fulfillment for her own failed venture into show business.

In real life, Louise became Gypsy Rose Lee and Baby June, movie star June Havoc. Mama Rose has become arguably the greatest female role in musical theatre due to its emotion, complexity and powerful songs.

PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION

Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription package options range from $30 to $93. Single ticket prices range from $10 to 43.

Please call 860.486.2113 for tickets and additional information. Please call the box office or visit www.crt.uconn.edu for specific show dates and times because performance schedules vary and are subject to change.

The Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs and offers air-conditioned comfort and convenient free parking.

CRT’s Community Partners for the Nutmeg Summer Series include Season Sponsor SI Financial Advisors, Hamilton Sundstrand, the Nathan Hale Inn and the UConn Dairy Bar.

2014 Nutmeg Summer Series  

A CHORUS LINE

June 5-14

Conceived & Originally Directed by Michael Bennett

Music by Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante

A CHORUS LINE, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, tells the story of the unsung heroes of the Broadway musical – the dedicated, talented and overworked chorus dancers.  The drama of their competition for a part in the chorus of a new musical will grab you from the first number.  This nine-time Tony-Award winning musical and dance spectacular brings to life the dream, the thrill and the hope of the Broadway audition.  We’ve all waited fingers crossed, butterflies in our stomach thinking “I hope I get it…” and with one captivating song and dazzling dance after another, it is a brilliant metaphor for all human aspiration. 




THE SUNSHINE BOYS

June 19-29
by Neil Simon

The Sunshine Boys captures the fading days of vaudeville, and provides a hysterical roadmap to the comedy of today.  40 years ago Lewis and Clark were the biggest names lighting up the vaudeville stages. Now they will return to take center stage on television in a CBS special on the history of comedy. The only problem is they haven’t spoken in years. Jerry Adler, last seen on CRT’s stage in the smash hit comedy I’m Connecticut, returns as Willie Clark. Richard Kline of television’s Three’s Company, made his Broadway debut in City of Angels, and makes his CRT debut as Al Lewis. Neil Simon’s writing and sharp one-liners provide non-stop laughs and a nostalgic glimpse of life on and off the stage.

GYPSY: A Musical Fable

July 10-20

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim


 

Based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, GYPSY: A Musical Fable tells the story of the “ultimate stage mother” Rose and her dream to raise her daughters to perform on the vaudeville stage.  Mama Rose has become arguably the greatest female role in musical theatre due to its emotion, complexity and powerful songs.  Filled with an incredible score by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, musical theatre lovers will be enthralled by the songs "Some People," "Rose’s Turn,"  "Let Me Entertain You" and, of course, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”   It is no wonder that GYPSY has been called “one of the top contenders for the title of Best Musical Ever” by Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal

 2014 Subscription Ticket Prices

 PREVIEW SERIES

Adult $75

Senior $75

Student $30


REGULAR SERIES

Adult $93

Senior $84

Student $30


We’ve made bringing the kids more affordable than ever. Add a Child/Student subscription to any adult subscription for just $30 – only $10 per ticket – our lowest price!

 

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Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. A Chorus Line is not suitable for young children.  For additional ticket information or to charge tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change.  Single tickets will go on sale April 15, 2014.



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