Wednesday, September 21, 2011

MTC Westport Announces 25th Anniversary Season

Cabaret, Almost Maine, Tony Bennett Music Featured
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage has announced its 25th Anniversary MainStage Season.

Opening the season and running Nov. 4-20 is Cabaret, a musical with book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and book by Fred Ebb. Based on John Van Druten's 1951 play "I Am a Camera," which in turn was adapted from Christopher Isherwood's novel "Goodbye to Berlin," this Tony Award-winning classic is one of the most popular and beloved American musicals of all time.

Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, Cabaret focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and the relationship between  cabaret performer Sally Bowles and American writer Cliff Bradshaw. The original 1966 Broadway production directed by Hal Prince and starring Joel Grey as the Emcee, won several Tony Awards including Best Musical. Following the 1972 film version directed by Bob Fosse and starring Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli, the musical has since been revived on Broadway twice, with the 1998 revival directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and  becoming the third longest-running revival in Broadway musical history.

The second production of the season, running Feb. 3-19, 2012, is Almost, Maine. This award-winning romantic comedy by John Cariani is composed of nine of short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical place called Almost, Maine.

I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, runs April 20-May 6, 2012. This jazzy new tribute to the man Frank Sinatra called the greatest singer in the world features more than 40 songs recorded by Bennett, including "Because Of You," "Stranger In Paradise," "Top Hat, White Tie And Tails," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "On Green Dolphin Street," "When Will The Bells Ring For Me," "Cold, Cold Heart," "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Rags To Riches," and his best-known hit, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

MTC MainStage 2010/11 Season performances take place Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 4 and 8pm and Sundays at 3 pm at MTC MainStage Studio Theatre 246 Post Road East (Colonial Green, Lower Level) in Westport. Season subscriptions, with tickets for all three productions, start at $60. Single tickets for each production are also currently on sale.

For tickets and more information call 203-454-3883 or visit www.musictheatreofct.com.

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