C O N N E C T I C U T --- A R T S --- C O N N E C T I O N
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Terrence Mann, Pat Sajak on Tap This Summer in Summer Series at UConn
Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s popular Nutmeg Summer Series will feature two award-winning Broadway musicals, Man of La Mancha and Pirates of Penzance, and Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple starring Pat Sajak and Joe Moore. Tickets are available as a subscription or as single tickets by calling 860-486-2113 and visiting www.crt.uconnn.edu.
The season will kick-off with the five-time Tony Award-winning musical, Man of La Mancha. Broadway legend and last season’s Henry Higgins Terrence Mann returns to play the unforgettable Don Quixote. Mann originated the roles of Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Javert in Les Miserables, and the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. He leads a cast which includes last summer’s audience favorite Richard Ruiz who played Alfred Dooliitle in last summer’s My Fair Lady and Alix Paige who played Eliza.
The Odd Couple will star Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak as Felix Unger and veteran news anchor and featured actor in the original "Hawaii Five-0" Joe Moore as Oscar Madison. Sajak and Moore will be joined on stage by Broadway veteran comic actors Patrick Kerr as Vinnie. Kerr is probably best known for his recurring role as Noel Shempsky on TV’s "Frasier" and appearances on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld."
CRT welcomes back master comedian Steve Hayes (Horton the Elephant in last summer’s production of Seussical the Musical) as the Modern Major General in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Hayes is the winner of the Backstage Bistro Award for Comedy Performer of the Year, and three-time winner of the MAC Award for Outstanding Comedian. Liz Larsen, as Ruth, will join him onstage.
PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Evening performances start at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances start at 2 on Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription package options range from $30 to $93. Single ticket prices range from $10 to $45.
All performances will be in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the UConn campus, Storrs. The venue offers air-conditioned comfort and convenient free parking in Lot 9 and paid parking in the North Garage.
Subscribers also have the option of pre-purchasing dinner at the Nathan Hale Inn and ice cream dessert at the UConn Dairy Bar with their subscription packages. Call 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu for specific show dates and times because performance schedules vary and are subject to change.
Lauren Yarger with playwright Alfred Uhry at the Mark Twain House. Photo: Jacques Lamarre)
Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.”
Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.
She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/. She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (http://ctarts.blogspot.com), CT Press Club's award winner of first place for web editing and second place in feature writing for the web in 2012.
She is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com and is a theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. She previously served as Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp.com and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web. Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle (awards committee).
A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.
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