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Next on stage….RENT


Five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes
By Jonathan Larson
At the Ivoryton Playhouse

The cast of RENT

The cast of RENT

Ivoryton – Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical RENT opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Wednesday, August 3rd running until August 28th.

Loosely based on Puccini’s opera, La Boheme, RENT details one year in the life of seven artists & musicians, living in New York’s run down “Alphabet City” in the late 1980s.  As this circle of friends struggle with life, love, infidelity, and the usual hopes & fears of modern day life, they must also cope with drug addiction and the rising specter of AIDS.  In the midst of all this, one of them attempts to capture all of their lives on film, hoping to make artistic sense of it all.

Jonathan Larson died in 1996, the day before his musical opened in New York. He never witnessed its phenomenal success. RENT opened on Broadway on April 29, 1996. It went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama.  RENT closed after 5,124 performances and is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.  Over the course of its groundbreaking 12-year New York run, RENT transformed the definition of musical theater – and changed Broadway forever.  The musical has been translated into every major language and been performed on six continents.

The Ivoryton Playhouse welcomes back returning actors Jamal Shuriah*, Sheniquah Trotman*, Collin Howard*, Tim Russell and Grant Benedict as well as Johnny Newcomb*, Alyssa Gomez*, Patrick Clanton*, Jonny Cortes, Maritza Bostic, Stephanie Genito, Ronnie S. Bowman, Jr, Mac Cherny, Sandra Lee, Josephine Gottfried.

This production is directed by Ivoryton Playhouse Artistic / Executive Director Jacqueline Hubbard and is choreographed by Todd Underwood.  Musical director is Michael Morris, with set design by Martin Scott Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Lisa Bebey.

After Larson’s death and the amazing success of his musical, his friends wanted to honor his commitment to his community of people whose lives are a daily struggle for survival. They set aside the first two rows at each performance as $20 seats so that the people the show was about could afford to see it. These special tickets would go on sale at 6:00 p.m. each night and the line usually formed by noon on weekdays and often twenty-four hours in advance on weekends. In honor of Jonathan Larson and the community that we serve, the Ivoryton Playhouse will save 20 seats for every performance at a $25 price.  Those seats will be available at the box office after 6pm every show day (after 1pm for matinees)*.

If you are interested in helping support this program or our Little Wonder program that provides a free night at the theatre for patients and their families dealing with the nightmare of cancer, please give Krista a call at 860 767 9520 ext 205.

RENT opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 3rd and runs for four weeks through August 28th, 2016. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.  Due to popular demand, two additional Saturday matinee performances have been added on August 20th and 27th – both at 2pm.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at

(Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Members of the press are welcome at any performance.  Please call ahead for tickets.

Generously sponsored by Pasta Vita, Sennheiser and Webster Bank

* tickets cannot be reserved in advance and are available from the box office only after 6pm for an evening show and 1pm for a matinee.  Limit of 4 per person.  Seats will be given from an allocation already determined.  Promotion does not apply to tickets already purchased and will not be exchanged for seats already purchased.  Please, no phone calls.

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pg 85The Tony Awards may have all the fame but those of us in the theatre world, along the CT shoreline, remember the days of the PIXIE awards – Henry Josten’s personal picks of the best of Connecticut theatre.  Henry retired his column in 2008 but he certainly has not stopped working and the Ivoryton Playhouse is proud to announce the publication of his memoirs.

“No Dancing, but…Dealing with the Stars at the Ivoryton Playhouse” is a fascinating collection of stories and anecdotes of his years as the publicist for Milton Stiefel at the Ivoryton Playhouse and as a globetrotting Connecticut “Country Editor”.

Henry began as a copy boy in 1941 with the New Haven Register  and more than 65 years later,  he called it quits having been a reporter, columnist, publicist, editor,  and publisher. For generations of readers, Henry Josten chronicled all the southeastern Connecticut news that’s been fit to print and, week after week, his readers would be entertained by his gossipy “Jottings” or “View From Here” or informed by his reporting or persuaded by his editorials.

Front cover of bookHenry’s book begins with his years working with the stars that passed through the Ivoryton Playhouse. From Katharine Hepburn to Marlon Brando, from Tallulah Bankhead to Art Carney, Henry worked with them all and his wry sense of humor and reporter’s attention to detail makes this a fascinating read.

Henry also takes us on a journey around the world and his captivating insights, not only on the places he travelled to but also the people he met and interviewed. Over the years, Josten interviewed several hundred Broadway and Hollywood stars, and political luminaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt who frequently visited Esther Lape in Westbrook where she often wrote her newspaper column, “My Day.”

He had a lengthy interview at the White House with President Jimmy Carter, met or covered Presidents Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and George H.W. Bush.

Josten’s colleagues elected him president of the Connecticut Editorial Association and the New England Press Associations, and in 2000 he was inducted into the New England Newspaper and Press Association Hall of Fame. During his career, he and his newspapers earned over 200 state and national awards for community service and journalistic excellence.

“No Dancing, but…Dealing with the Stars at the Ivoryton Playhouse” is available to purchase at the Ivoryton Playhouse for $10.00 and copies have been donated to area libraries.

For more information, please contact:
Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director
Ivoryton Playhouse
(860) 767-9520 x 202

To read more about Henry Josten and view a short video interview, click on the link below to an article published by The Hartford Courant:

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The Ivoryton Players is an opportunity for adults who love the theatre to have fun, meet new friends and put on a show!

The Ivoryton Players are about to start their Fall Season and fifth production.  All adults are welcome and no previous acting experience is necessary.

The group meets at the Centerbrook Meeting House (51 Main Street, Centerbrook, 06409) every Monday from 1:00pm – 3:30pm and will be starting Monday August 8, 2016.  In addition to producing a show in November, there will also be workshops featuring a range of topics.  After one meeting you’ll be hooked!  The membership fee is $100.

The public performances will take place November 19th and 20th, 2016.

Contact Joyce Beauvais with any questions or just come on August 8th at 1:00pm and meet everyone and learn all about us and what we will be doing for our Fall Show.  It is going to be fabulous!

For more information, please telephone Joyce at 561-506-5523 or email

Joyce BeauvaisThe Ivoryton Players director is Joyce Beauvais.  Joyce, after settling in CT, currently runs this program in Old Saybrook and also starting in East Lyme.  Ms Beauvais brings with her a lifetime in the theater performing her first professional role at age seven.  She lived in NYC for over 25 years as an actress in stage, TV and film, also a Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and 5 years as owner and operator of Chez Beauvais, Restaurant and Cabaret.  Chez Beauvais was a boite on Tenth Ave., NYC offering fine cuisine and the best of New York City jazz.  She partnered with uber agents Jack Rollins and Jane Rollins.  After moving to CT she continued to perform as an actress but also developed The Ivoryton Players.  “The mix of people and experience”, Joyce finds, “turns into the magic one only finds in theater”.

Joyce promises this will be one of the times of your life!

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‘Chicago’ the musical razzle-dazzles at Ivoryton Playhouse CT

By Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Critics On The Aisle


Ivoryton Playhouse
Talkin’ Broadway Regional Reviews
Review by Zander Opper


THE THEATER MIRROR, New England’s LIVE Theater Guide

Reviewed by Tony Annicone


Howard Steven Frydman I BATVTV5 

Theater Review CHICAGO- Ivoryton Playhouse- Connecticut – MUST SEE!


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Take a sneak peak at Ivoryton Playhouse’s dazzling production of CHICAGO and see why actresses Stacey Harris and Lyn Phillistine are thrilled to be playing Velma Kelly and Roxie Heart.

This tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz will have you mesmerized with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Set in prohibition-era Chicago, it brings to life the idea of the “celebrity criminal,” which makes it more than relevant for today. The #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history, CHICAGO won six Tony Awards® in 1997, a Grammy® and was turned into an Oscar®-winning film. Experience all the excitement at the Ivoryton Playhouse’s production.

Our thanks to Outthink for producing yet another terrific video for us!


Stacey Harris interview on WPKN – FM 89.5

Hosted by Richard Pheneger and Peggy Nelson.

This show interviews newsmakers and participants from the world of theater and the arts.


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Music and dancing and all that jazz!

Things are beginning to steam up in Ivoryton as we get ready to open CHICAGO – June 29th – July 24th. (Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse – Music by John Kander – Lyrics by Fred Ebb).  Winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, CHICAGO has everything that makes theatre great;  a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz;  one show-stopping song after another and the most energetic dancing you’ve ever seen!

Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins based on actual criminals and crimes. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” – as timely today as it was when it first opened on Broadway in 1975.

CHICAGO was revived on Broadway in 1996 and holds the record as the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, and is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, behind “The Phantom of the Opera”. The London revival ran for nearly 15 years, becoming the longest-running American musical in West End history.

Christopher Sutton* returns to Ivoryton in the role of Billy Flynn and will be accompanied by his wife, Lynn Philistine* in the role of Roxie Hart. CCC award winning actress, Sheniqua Trotman*, also returns to Ivoryton – this time in the role of Mama Morton. She was last seen here as Effie in DREAMGIRLS. Stacey Harris* will be playing Velma Kelly; Z. Spiegel is Mary Sunshine and Ian Shain is Amos Hart.

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Paul Feyer, with set design by Martin Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Cipollina. Executive Producers are Michael A. Dattilo and Frank Perrotti

Whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic or you’ve been thrilled by the Academy Award-winning film, CHICAGO always delivers.  Don’t miss the experience of this show live on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

CHICAGO opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 29th and runs through July 24th, 2016. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at

(Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Members of the press are welcome at any performance.  Please call ahead for tickets.

Generously sponsored by:   First Niagara; Guilford Savings Bank, Middle Oak and The Shops at Saybrook Country Barn


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Introduce your children to live theatre!  Bring them to the Playhouse to enjoy our Summer Children’s Theatre series – Fridays at 11:00am – details here:



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Ivoryton Village Farmers Market Celebrates its Fifth Year with
More Vendors, More Music, More Fun!

Open Every Saturday until October 15
10:00 am to 1:30 pm on the Ivoryton Green


Farmers Market signThe Ivoryton Village Farmers Market turns 5!  The Ivoryton Green will once again be bustling with vendors showcasing CT grown products and prepared foods, creations from local artisans and crafters, and live music every Saturday.  Each week seasonal produce, meats, fish, cheeses, milk, ice cream, garlic, maple syrup, honey, coffee, flowers, shrubs, jams and jellies, bakery items and more will be available.  Families are invited to visit Ivoryton, shop the market and enjoy live bands playing each week in the Gazebo.


Sponsored by the Ivoryton Village Alliance, and located next to the iconic Ivoryton Playhouse, the mission of this Farmers Market is a simple one – to bring the farm to your table. Market Manager David Sousa says, “We offer fresh, locally grown food to our customers, and it’s a great way for everyone to learn about where their food comes from.” With the array of fabulous foods on offer every week, he goes on to say, “We really just want people to think about supporting local farmers, shopping local, buying local.  Buying local builds strong communities and building a strong community is what the Ivoryton Village Alliance is all about.”

Generous funding provided in part by a Connecticut Department of Agriculture Viability Grant.

CT Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program – WIC/Senior (FMNP) Checks Accepted.

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Congratulations Teren Carter – CCC Award for best featured actor in a musical!

A beautiful ceremony at Hartford stage with stunning performances by Tine Fabrique and David Pittsinger. Nice job, Connecticut Critics Circle!


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