Tuesday, July 16, 2013

World Premiere, Classics Round Out Seven Angels' 23rd Season

Award winning Seven Angels Theatre has announced its 23rd Mainstage season for 2013-14 with choices from a musical featuring the songs of Johnny Cash to an emotional play by Arthur Miller. The season also includes a world premiere play, a Chicago favorite and a play making its return Seven Angels.

Ring of Fire-The Music of Johnny Cash
Sept. 26-Oct. 20
Created by Richard Maltby Jr., Conceived by William Meade
From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend! Richard Maltby, re-conceived his Johnny Cash tribute specifically for a five-member ensemble.

The Price
Nov. 7-Dec. 1
From Arthur Miller, author of American classics such as All My Sons, Death of Salesman, and The Crucible,  The Price is set 40 years after the stock market crash of 1929 and explores how economic challenges can impact families and the choices we make.  In an overstuffed attic apartment, two long-estranged brothers, one a cop, the other a doctor, agree to meet to sell off what remains of their deceased father’s furniture and find themselves in an emotional renegotiation of the past.

The Crimson Thread
Feb. 20-March 16
By Mary Hanes

A World Premiere by Mary Hanes returns to Seven Angels where it had its world premiere in 1994. A story of love, loss and survival told through three generations of Irish sisters, the play spans the years from 1869 to 1911, from a poor farm in Ireland to the fishing port of New Bedford, MA and New York City.

Romance Language
March 27-April 27
A new play by Joe Godfrey: Penny Morgan, single and 32, feels her Mom, Kay, widowed and living alone, is letting life pass her by. Things change quickly, though, when Kay agrees to take private Italian lessons with a very charming and attractive teacher, Fiore Benedetto. When the lessons blossom into "something more," Penny, a lawyer who was devoted to her late father, becomes distressed. As in Italian opera, passion, jealousy and perhaps even "vendetta" drive these three people toward a final big decision. Godfrey, a Roxbury resident, is a playwright member of Emerging Artists Theatre and TOSOS in New York City

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
May 8-June 8
by John Powers, James Quinn & Alaric Jans
Audiences flocked to see this musical in Chicago (where it became that city's longest running show), and in Philadelphia (where it broke attendance records). Focusing on eight young people during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s, it captures the funniest aspects of youthful growing pains and the trying moments of adolescence.

Special events:

  • Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding-Sept. 20-22
It’s a wedding. It’s a feast. It’s a show! Actors exchange vows. And you, the audience, play the parts of Tony and Tina’s family and friends, joining them for the reception, feast and hilarious family dramas. One of the longest running shows in Off-Broadway history. Eat, drink, dance, converse, and get caught up in the festivities of this all-inclusive, interactive matrimonial experience. Ticket includes: The ceremony, reception, Italian Baked Ziti Dinner, champagne toast, wedding cake, music, dancing, and much more! This is the original.

  • The Dancing With the Angels Gala will be held on Oct. 26. Plenty of dancing with local “stars”. WTNH’s Teresa LaBarbera will be the show’s host.

  • The smash hit holiday musical Miracle on 34th Street returns for a limited engagement December 13-22.   From Meridith Willson, the composer of The Music Man, this musical adaptation of the classic holiday movie is filled with humor and such beloved songs as “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.”
  • The musical 13, Jan. 10-12
  • Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage Jan 31-Feb. 9, starring Earlene Babcock (a.k.a.Michelle Gotay) as Miss Abigail.
Seven Angels Theatre is located on Plank Road in Waterbury CT. Tickets and info: 203-757-4676; www.SevenAngelsTheatre.org.

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