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Actresses Jennifer Roberts and Stephanie Genito talk about the experience of being in a show that hits close to home. Don’t miss A Chorus Line, now playing at Ivoryton Playhouse.

“These characters are based on real-life people. It’s an honor to be able to share their stories and explain to an audience what it’s like to go up in front of a casting director and put yourself out there.” A Chorus Line is the story of 17 dancers competing for spots in the chorus line of a Broadway show. As the audition progresses, the audience learns about each dancer’s past and what led them to the path they’ve chosen.

Winner of 10 Tony Awards® and one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, A Chorus Line is a timeless theater classic that resonates with audiences from all walks of life. Catch it live at Ivoryton Playhouse through September 2.


One Singular Sensation!

at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Opening on August 8th at the Ivoryton Playhouse, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singular sensation, A CHORUS LINE! Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete, and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime and what they’ve worked their whole lives for. A CHORUS LINE brilliantly evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz, and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line.

The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It” and more! With its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage, A CHORUS LINE has earned unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater.

Penned by legendary composer, Marvin Hamlisch, A CHORUS LINE opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received 12 Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by Cats in 1997, and the longest-running Broadway musical originally produced in the U.S., until surpassed in 2011 by Chicago.

Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, A Chorus Line is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest and even today remains one of the best loved Broadway shows ever.

This production showcases many performers who have made the Playhouse their home over the past few years: Schuyler Beeman*, Ronnie Bowman Jr., Andee Buccheri, Cory Candelet, Stephanie Genito*, Sam Given*, Joey Lucherini, Amanda Lupacchino, Natalie Madlon, Alexa Racioppi, Jared Starkey and Max Weinstein. Performers making their Playhouse debut are Kayla Starr Bryan, Matthew Carp, Dakota Hoar, Liv Kurtz, Lina Lee*, Jennifer Roberts, Edward Stanley*, Cassidy Terracciano, Lili Thomas* and Sarah Warrick.

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, with set design by Martin Scott Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Kate Bunce.

A CHORUS LINE opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 8th and runs through September 2nd, 2018. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.  Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, August 18th and Saturday, September 1st.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 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.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after August 9th, 2018

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Photos by Jonathan Steele

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Back by popular demand!

Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas with Holiday Standards & Sacred Songs!

Wednesday, December 5th at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 6th at 2:00pm
Thursday, December 6th at 7:30pm
Friday, December 7th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 8th at 7:30pm

An Ivoryton Playhouse Christmas Hour with David Pittsinger and Friends

The Playhouse is proud to present an old fashioned Christmas celebration of holiday standards and sacred songs featuring David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman, Carly Callahan and more special guests to be announced.

Baby, it’s gonna be cold outside – come to the Ivoryton Playhouse to warm your heart with the wonderful voices of David, Pat and friends.

Tickets are priced at $50 adults; $45 seniors; $22 student (over age 12); $17 children (12 and under) and are on sale now. Groups of 10 or more ticket price is $35.

Please call our box office at 860.767.7318 or visit us on the web at to order your tickets and secure your seats!

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On August 20th for one night only, don’t miss our very own Sam Given in his Summer Cabaret special – DON’T MAKE ME OVER with his alter ego Millie Grams – A glorious pastiche of Bacharach songs and Broadway parodies interspersed with Sam’s unique, wry and occasionally heartbreaking brand of storytelling.

Sam will be playing Bobby in A Chorus Line and was last seen in Ivoryton in I Hate Musicals: The Musical last fall.

Other recent credits include The Boys from Syracuse (Musicals Tonight!), Orange Star (Bard College), and an ongoing national tour of Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives of David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust). Sam’s alter ego, Millie Grams, performs regularly at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC.

Tickets are $25 for all ages (18 and older). Show starts at 7:00pm.

This is one you won’t want to miss.

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Third annual Women Playwrights’ Initiative:

Our mission is to Inspire, Empower, Validate, and Celebrate women playwrights.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative at the Ivoryton Playhouse develops new one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. The workshopping week culminates in a staged reading festival, featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audiences.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Please read the submission policy carefully


  1. Starting May 15, women playwrights are invited to submit one-act plays written solely by women via email in standard Samuel French playwriting format: 12 point font, character name centered, 1” margin all around. Plays should be emailed to Laura Copland
  2. Ten minute plays are acceptable and no play may run longer than one hour—approximately 50 pages. Longer submissions will not be considered.
  3. No one-person plays or musicals will be accepted.
  4. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.
  5. Submissions are limited to the first 150 scripts received. No play will be accepted before May 15.
  6. The title page must include the playwright’s name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number. Resumes must be sent as a separate file and NOT included in the PDF file of the play.
  7. Please do NOT include a synopsis.
  8. The call is open from May 15 to July 31, 2018 OR until we receive 150 plays. Playwrights will be notified if their play was received after receipt of 150 plays or the deadline and thus, not considered.
  9. Submissions will be acknowledged by email. Playwrights will be notified in the fall by email if their play is selected. Playwrights whose plays were not selected will also be notified.
  10. Playwrights will stay for the week of rehearsals beginning Saturday, February 23, 2019 through to the staged readings on Friday, March 1, and Saturday March 2, with a departure day on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
  11. The WPI is a workshop and playwrights are encouraged and should be prepared to work on their play, including rewrites, as needed.
  12. Stipend: $500, plus travel to and from Ivoryton, CT, and housing is provided.

DIRECTORS: The WPI also seeks resumes from directors. Stipend: $300 and housing is provided.

READERS: We seek resumes from readers to evaluate the plays and to email feedback on a form provided.

Play submissions, and Director and Reader resumes should be emailed to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse,

For more information, visit IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE at

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Tell me more! Tell me more!
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Opening on July 5th and running through July 29th, GREASE, BY Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey,  features all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Grease Is The Word”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, “Greased Lightnin’” and many more.

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

GREASE opened Off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on February 14, 1972 but was deemed eligible for the 1972 Tony Awards, and received seven Tony Award nominations The 1994 revival also garnered Tony nominations and the show went on to a successful national tour, featuring our own Micky Dolenz as Vince Fontaine.

The movie that we all know and love opened 40 years ago and it is a testament to the music and the iconic characters that GREASE is still the word today. The best part of this quintessentially American high school story (aside from the music, of course) is what Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy and the rest of the Rydell High gang taught us – that the people who really care about you will stay by your side no matter how different you are from one another, and support you just the same whether you’re a pom-pom-wielding goody-two-shoes, a leather-touting T-Bird or a starry-eyed, pink-haired aspiring beautician who drops out of school months before graduation.

So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!

This production stars Johnny Newcomb* as Danny Zuko and Kimberley Immanuel* as Sandy. Johnny made his Broadway debut in THE LAST SHIP and was part of the national tour of AMERICAN IDIOT. He was last seen in Ivoryton as Roger in RENT. This season’s audience may remember Kimberley for her luminous performance as Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS. Other cast members that may be familiar to Ivoryton audiences are Alyssa V. Gomez* (Rizzo), Amy Buckley (Miss Lynch), Cory Candelet (Eugene), Jonny Cortes (Johnny Casino), Taylor Lloyd (Marty), Alexa Racioppi (Patty Simcox) Max Weinstein (Sonny) and Amanda Lupacchino, Andee Buccheri, and Nathan Russo. Making their Ivoryton debut are Katelyn Bowman (Frenchy) Lawrence Cummings* (Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel), Luke Linsteadt* (Doody), Taylor Morrow (Roger), Natale Pirrotta* (Kenickie), Shalani Taylor (Cha-Cha), Audrey Wilson (Jan), Jamaal Fields-Green, Jared Starkey and Clementine Wurzbach

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Saylor Cippolina.

GREASE opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 5 and runs through July 29, 2018. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, July 7, 14 and 28 at 2pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 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.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after July 5, 2018

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Photos by Jonathan Steele

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Weekly Farmer’s Market with music every Saturday and the Park & Rec Summer Concert Series  – it’s all happening in Ivoryton!!  Come have fun with us!!

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Current Ticket Prices

Single ticket prices for Grease, A Chorus Line and ONCE are:  $55 adult; $50 senior; $25 student; $20 child

Single ticket prices for Queens of the Golden Mask are:  $50 adult / $45 senior / $22 student / $17 children 12 and under

Call the box office 860.767.7318 to secure your seats or book online 24/7 by following this link.

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Actress Paige McNamara talks about keeping the spirit of Janis Joplin alive in one of the hardest rocking shows to take the stage at Ivoryton Playhouse.

“Our job is to honor Janis and honor that energy,” McNamara says of the cast and crew at Ivoryton Playhouse. In A Night with Janis Joplin, she and co-star Francesca Ferrari take turns playing the legendary singer who changed the future of rock ‘n’ roll as one of its pioneering women.

The show is a fun, fervent tribute to the life and music of Janis Joplin as well as the women who inspired her. In addition to the familiar songs of Joplin’s repertoire, the audience will enjoy captivating character appearances from Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. A star who burned so bright for such a short time, Janis forever left her mark on the music world with hits like “Piece of My Heart,” her cover of “Me and Bobby McGee” and many more. Spend an evening getting to know the incredible woman behind the music.

Tickets $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860.767.7318 or by visiting our website


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THE FRONT ROW: A Night with Janis Joplin
By Brooks Appelbaum for the Shoreline Times


From the Desk of Jim R, Take 2
By Jim Ruocco


Connecticut Theater News and Reviews
Posted by Geary Danihy

Paige McNamara as Janis Joplin. Photo by Curtis Brown.

She was born on January 19, 1943 and died on October 4, 1970. Do the math – her life spanned a mere 28 years, yet she is a Rock and Roll and Blues icon whose albums have sold over 15 million copies. Her name is Janis Joplin, and she has come back to life at the Ivoryton Playhouse in an evening of sheer electricity.

Given the vocal requirements of the performance, the role of Joplin is shared on alternate nights by Francesca Ferrari and Paige McNamara. On opening night, it was McNamara who took the stage. McNamara brilliantly captures Joplin’s hyperkinetic stage presence, which was fueled by drugs and alcohol. Her legs can’t stop jerking; her arms shoot up as exclamation points; her body channels the rhythm and beat of the music. There are moments when you think she might just explode out of her skin, that what she is experiencing on stage is sheer synesthesia, a mesh and merger of sight and sound that enflames her mind.

Backed by eight highly talented musicians who make the rafters of the venue shake, rattle and roll, McNamara offers up bits of Joplin biography with numerous references to those artists who influenced her: Bessie Smith and Odetta (Aurianna Angelique), Etta James (Tawny Dolley), Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone (Amma Osei) and the lead Chantel, also billed as the Blues Singer (Jennifer Leigh Warren). Thus, this walk down memory lane captures much of an entire era that embraced Soul, R & B and Rock. Often, as with the number “Summertime,” we are offered the traditional version (compliments, in this case, of Osei) and then Joplin’s more kinetic cover of the number.

A lot of the production has been imported – it’s a co-production – but Ivoryton has adapted what was brought in – essentially sets, blocking and lighting plot – brilliantly. This is especially true of the lighting, which was originally created by Ryan O’Gara. There are numerous cues and effects, and on opening night they seem to have come off without a hitch. Although the show was originally created, written and directed by Randy Johnson, Tyler Rhodes deserves a lot of credit for making the show “fit” the Ivoryton stage.

Joplin was a unique performer, and her brash, sometimes over-the-top presentation, with a voice that often sounded like gravel being dumped from a truck, is there for all to see and hear in McNamara’s performance, including the occasional slugs from bottles of Southern Comfort (one assumes they are props). Although the evening is essentially a juke-box musical, there is a build of sorts, for the second act encompasses the haunting “Stay With Me,” as well as the iconic “Me and Bobby Mcgee” and, finally, “Mercedes Benz,” with the audience chiming in and chanting.

This is somewhat unusual fare for the Playhouse, but the scheduling, based on the opening night audience, seems to have worked, for there was a cross-section of generations in the audience, all of whom responded with stand-up enthusiasm. Think of it this way: your grandfather, who has always been into music, sits you down and gives you a crash course on the music that filled his younger years, putting on LPs (that’s long-playing records, for those of you who are from the “download” generation) and playing cuts and then reminiscing. He plays “My Baby” and “Turtle Blues,” “Spirit in the Dark” and “Kozmic Blues,” and as he does you are transported back to a time when he was young and just a bit wild, and you see him in a different light, a golden (or neon) glow, if you will, that evokes a time and a place (or multiple places) when Janis Joplin was one of the voices that defined an era…and moved multitudes.

A Night With Janis Joplin” runs through June 24. For tickets or more information call 860-767-7318 or go to


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Paige McNamara as Janis Joplin.  Photo by Curtis Brown.

The Queen of Rock and Roll
A Night with Janis Joplin
Opens the summer season at the Ivoryton Playhouse

The Ivoryton Playhouse will present the 2014 Tony Award-nominated 2013 Broadway Musical A Night With Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, from May 30 to June 24, 2018.

Born in Port Arthur, TX in 1943, Janis Lyn Joplin challenged racial and sexual stereotypes and created a sound and a style that has become legendary. She exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock and roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with more than a touch of Southern Comfort made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock Her unique sound, however, was originally created as a result of her love for some of the greatest African-American singers of all time. Now, theatergoers can share an evening with the Queen of Rock and Roll and her musical influences in A Night with Janis Joplin.

Paige McNamara as Janis Joplin.  Photo by Curtis Brown.

On Jan. 12, 1995, when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, her profile proclaimed, “Janis Joplin’s star rose fast, burned bright and burned out too soon. The blues-influenced rocker had one of the most powerful voices of the Sixties. Her voice is equal parts tough and vulnerable, a shout into the void that resonated with a generation.” Joplin biographer Myra Friedman added, “It wasn’t only her voice that thrilled, with its amazing range and strength and awesome wails. To see her was to be sucked into a maelstrom of feeling that words can barely suggest.”

A Night with Janis Joplin made its Broadway debut, under the direction of Randy Johnson, on Oct. 10, 2013 at the Lyceum Theatre, where it played for 140 performances before closing on Feb. 9, 2014. Mary Bridget Davies, who made her Broadway debut in the title role, earned a 2014 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, and won a 2014 Theatre World Award for her critically acclaimed performance.

Sharing the lead role of Janis Joplin in this production are Francesca Ferrari* and Paige McNamara*. The cast also includes Aurianna Angelique*, Jennifer Leigh Warren*, Tawny Dolley*, and Amma Osei* who take on the roles of the many women who influenced Janis – Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone and many more.

Paige McNamara as Janis Joplin.  Photo by Curtis Brown.

A Night with Janis Joplin opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on May 30th and runs through June 24th, 2018. Original direction by Randy Johnson, original set design by Brian Prather, original lighting design by Ryan O’Gara, original projections by Darrel Maloney, original costume designs by Amy Clark and original wig designs by Leah Loukas. This production is co-directed by Tyler Rhodes. Musical Director is Michael Morris.
Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets purchased before June 1st 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

After June 1st, tickets are $55 for adults and $50 for seniors. (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 after May 31st.
Please call ahead for tickets.

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