Monday, March 25, 2013

CT Arts Connections for the Week of March 25

Don't Miss These Happenings:

Edgerton Center
Westport Playhouse
The Shubert
The Kate

For the first time ever on stage of the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, three Broadway stars who have shared the same title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera join forces for an evening of incredible song and music while performing with members of the Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra.

Cris Groenendaal, Mark Jacoby and Craig Schulman have collectively worn the ‘Phantom’ mask a few thousand times over a 10-year period. Each tenor brings an average of 20 years of Broadway experience to the stage as well as major roles in numerous regional theatres, television and opera.

Described as an Evening of MASK-uline Broadway Entertainment, Three Phantoms In Concert will take the stage of the Edgerton Center on Saturday, April 6 at 8 pm as an integral part of 2013 Discovery Gala, with proceeds benefitting the Sacred heart University Scholarship Programs. Tickets and info: 203-371-7908;


Melissa Joan Hart, left, a Westport resident and star of television, film, and theater, will be featured in the romantic comedy “Any Wednesday,” a benefit playreading to support Westport Country Playhouse’s Script in Hand series, on one-night-only, Monday, July 29, 7 p.m. Director is Anne Keefe, Playhouse artistic advisor. Tickets to the benefit playreading are $100, $50, and $25. Tickets include the playreading and post-performance “Meet the Cast” reception: 203-227-4177; 1-888-927-7529;


The Shubert Theater kicks-off the second year of its Theater and Arts Summer Camp at Co-Op High School, July 8 through Aug. 2. The four-week summer camp runs Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm with an optional After Care program from 3 to 5 pm. The camp is formatted for middle school children entering grades 6, 7 or 8 and offers two programs to choose from: Theater and Arts Camp or Musical Theater Camp. Applications are available at, or call 203-691-2439 for information. A special Early Bird tuition discount is available for registrations and full payment completed by March 31. Partial financial aid is also available based on need. The final deadline for registration and payment is June 1, 2013


With 10 critically acclaimed albums, Vance Gilbert continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy.Chelsea Berry opens.
Date: Friday, April 5
Time 8 pm
Price: $25
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook: 877-503-1286;

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