Connecticut Repertory Theatre announces 2013 Nutmeg Summer Series
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Tue., May. 7, 2013
The 2013 Connecticut Repertory Theatre Nutmeg Summer Series will kick off with "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak, returning from his performance last summer as Felix Ungar in "The Odd Couple." Sajak will play The Man in the Chair in the hit Broadway musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Running from June 6 through June 15, “The Drowsy Chaperone” features Sajak as the fervent musical theatre fan who plays his favorite cast album from the roaring '20s on his record player. As The Man in the Chair, Sajak finds himself in the middle of the jazz-age musical when the characters come to life in his living room.
“'The Drowsy Chaperone' tells the charming, bubbly and slightly wacky tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love,” according to a CRT press release. Joining Sajak as the Drowsy Chaperone is Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen, who appeared as a Pigeon sister in last year’s production of “The Odd Couple.”
“With one show-stopping song and dazzling dance after another, it is no wonder New York Magazine called 'The Drowsy Chaperone' ‘The Perfect Broadway Musical,’” reads a CRT press release.
The second show of the season will be Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” starring another returning CRT favorite, Steve Hayes, as the wily slave Pseudolus. Hayes played the Modern Major General in last summer’s “Pirates of Penzance,” and appeared as Horton in CRT’s 2011 summer production of "Seussical the Musical.”
Running June 20 through June 30, “Forum” stars Hayes as the Roman slave who attempts to win his freedom by helping his master woo the pretty girl next door. "But the road to romance is never smooth, as our crafty hero dodges a riotous succession of stunning surprises, mistaken identities, wild chases, bawdy humor, and zany characters — all in the pursuit of love and freedom,” reads a CRT press release. “’A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ may be a 50-year-old musical based on 2,000-year-old plays, but it remains a breath of fresh comic air, perfect for a summer evening!" reads the release.
The final show of summer will be Meredith Wilson’s legendary musical, “The Music Man,” starring Barrett Foa, who plays Eric Beale in the hit TV series "NCIS: Los Angeles," as band uniform salesman and con artist Harold Hill. “Foa will join the townspeople of River City, Iowa, in one of America’s greatest, most beloved musicals,” reads a CRT release. Running July 11 through July 21, “The Music Man” opens on July 4, 1912, in River City, Iowa. “Oh, there is trouble my friends, right here in River City, and Professor Harold Hill has the antidote - an all-boys marching band,” reads the release. Hill meets his match, and his love interest, in Marian the Librarian.
“Overflowing with a parade of tunes including ‘Goodnight, My Someone,’ ‘Gary, Indiana,’ ‘Till There Was You’ and ‘Seventy-Six Trombones,' ’The Music Man’ is thrillingly and tunefully nostalgic,” reads the release.
Subscriptions and single tickets for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre Nutmeg Summer Series are on sale now. Call 860-486-2113 for tickets or for more information. Call or visit the box office for specific show dates and times because performance schedules vary and are subject to change. Tickets are also available online at www.crt.uconn.edu. Three-show subscription package prices range from $30 to $99. Single ticket prices range from $10 to $45.