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

Thursday, December 21st at 2:00pm

Friday, December 22nd at 7:00pm

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, with Carly Callahan, Katie Weiser and Charlie Widmer.

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 each (all ages) and are on sale now. 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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Check out our video for Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT!

Actress Beverley J. Taylor returns to the Ivoryton Playhouse for a loving critique of a comic murder mystery with Connecticut ties. Our thanks to Overabove for producing video clips for all our productions.

After working for the Ivoryton Playhouse for 15 years, Taylor is delighted to return “simply as an actress” to play the much-maligned theatre critic Daria Chase. She looks back fondly on her time with the Playhouse, however, working in many roles and acting in several as well.

Asked to describe The Game’s Afoot, actress Beverley J. Taylor gives a sly grin. “There’s a quick murder, a little bit of body-hiding, a lot of slapstick comedy – thunder, lightning, screaming.” This comedy-thriller hits all the high notes of a murder mystery.

Set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle, this Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning play transports audiences to 1936 for a cast party that quickly turns deadly – and delightfully funny. Writer Ken Ludwig sets up both quick-witted jokes and an engrossing mystery, all in one night on the Ivoryton Playhouse stage.


Press Release

It’s Holmes for the Holidays!

at the Ivoryton Playhouse
November 1 – 19, 2017

Ivoryton – On November 1st, the Ivoryton Playhouse continues the Halloween season with a murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT.

It is December, 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his theatrical portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, the plot takes many twists and turns. The dialogue is witty and face-paced; there’s suspense within the laughter and even when you think you’ve figured out who the bad guy is, you will start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist.

“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” – Cleveland Examiner

THE GAME’S AFOOT is directed by Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard and features Ivoryton favorites Erik Bloomquist, Victoria Bundonis*, Katrina Ferguson*, Michael Iannucci*, Maggie McGlone Jennings and Beverley J. Taylor, as well as Craig McDonald*, making his Playhouse debut as William Gillette and Molly Densmore* as the beautiful Aggie. Set design is by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, sound by Tate R. Burmeister and costume design by Kathleen T. Gephart.

THE GAME’S AFOOT opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on November 1st and runs through November 19th, 2017.  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 after

November 2nd, 2017.  Please call ahead for tickets.


Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

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The Joke’s On Us: Mike Reiss Really Likes Musicals

By Frank Rizzo writing for The Hartford Courant – Hartford Magazine



Click on link to read an interview with Mike Reiss.

I Hate Musicals:  The Musical opens on Wednesday, September 27 and runs until Sunday, October 15.

‘The Simpsons’ Writer Mike Reiss on the Show Predicting Trump’s Presidency


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Thanks to Overabove for producing this video clip for us!

Actor Michael Notardonato dives into the story behind the disco music and flashy costumes of the Ivoryton Playhouse’s latest show.

“It’s a really good story at its heart – it’s going to feel like you’re there in the story with us,” Notardonato explains. In Saturday Night Fever, the audience follows Notardonato’s character, Tony Manero, as he navigates the struggles of 1970s Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. By night, Manero lets off steam by finding romance and a chance for success at his local night club.

First brought to life on screen starring John Travolta, the stage production of Saturday Night Fever recaptures the nostalgic feeling of the film that defined the disco generation. The show features almost all the songs from the original movie’s Grammy Award-winning soundtrack, named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”


It’s a Disco Inferno!
Saturday Night Fever
At the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Put on your “Boogie Shoes” for Saturday Night Fever, one of the most loved dance stories of all time is opening up at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 9th!

The year is 1979 and in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life – to become the disco king. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, they decide to train together for a dance competition and their lives begin to change forever. Based on the 1977 film that became a cultural phenomenon, the electrifying score is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classics: “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talking,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “How Deep is Your Love?”

Originally based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”, this stage adaptation premiered in the West End in 1998 at the London Palladium, and then at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre October 21, 1999, playing 27 previews and 501 regular performances before closing December 30, 2000.

Almost all of the songs from the original movie sound track are included in the stage musical. The album remained 24 weeks on the top of the U.S. album charts and stayed until March 1980 on the charts. In the UK, the album also achieved first place for 18 weeks and it is one of the most successful movie sound tracks of all time. In 1979 it won a Grammy as Album of the Year. In 2003 it reached # 131 of Rolling Stone’s “500 best albums of all time”.

The production stars Michael Notardonato* as Tony and Caroline Lellouche* as Stephanie. Lellouche was seen last year in Ivoryton’s production of CHICAGO. Notardonato is reprising the role of Tony which he has performed twice before to critical acclaim. “At Riverside, the Travolta role of disco-king Tony Manero is taken by Michael Notardonato who has the looks, moves and charms to carry the show handily. Unlike Travolta in the dramatic film which featured dancing to a Bee Gees soundtrack, Notardonato has to sing for his supper, as well as emote and dance the night away. No worries here – Riverside’s Tony has strong and expressive pipes and delivers his five numbers stylishly. He truly embodies the restlessness of the 19-year old stuck in a dead end job, frustrated at how his parents treat him, and who lives for those Saturday night’s at the 2001 Odyssey, the Brooklyn discotheque that serves as his weekly kingdom.” –

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Mike Morris, with set design by Martin Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Lisa Bebey.

Please be advised that Saturday Night Fever, similar to the movie, contains adult language and situations.

Saturday Night Fever opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 9th and runs through September 3rd, 2017. 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 on Saturday, August 19th at 2pm and September 2nd 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




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The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our second annual Women Playwrights Initiative.

Thanks to all participants, our inaugural Initiative was a resounding success. We once again seek submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative 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. It will culminate in a staged reading festival in February/March 2018, Passion, Power, Prose: Women Playwrights’ Initiative featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.

We will be accepting completed manuscripts by email only.

Deadline extended to August 15 to accommodate summer vacation plans!

The week of rehearsal culminating in staged readings on Friday and Saturday nights will be in February/March 2018. Writers whose works are chosen will come to Ivoryton for a week to work with directors and actors on their play.  We will provide housing.  Transportation will not be provided.

Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and CD), bio, and resume, including your telephone number and email address.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative also seeks resumes from directors, and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

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


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American Songbook – An Evening with David Pittsinger

Monday, August 21st at 2pm and 7:30pm

Featuring patriotic anthems and selections from Camelot, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and more.

American bass-baritone David Pittsinger is renowned as a stage performer of the greatest distinction.  He garnered critical praise for playing the role of Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific in 2008 and Ivoryton’s acclaimed production in 2014.  He last graced the Ivoryton stage in the 2016 production of Man of La Mancha.

Mr. Pittsinger has appeared on leading opera and concert stages around the world, he is equally at home in baroque through contemporary operas, as well as musical theater.  His vocal range and color are exceptional, enabling him to perform a variety of repertoire and styles.

We are delighted and honored to welcome David Pittsinger back onto the Ivoryton Playhouse stage for two very special performances to benefit the theatre’s programs.

Arranged and Musical Direction by Ken Clifton.

Tickets $50 all ages

Please call our box office 860.767.7318 to purchase tickets or order online by following this link

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Everything Old is New Again, and Vice Versa

Congratulations to our board member Ralph Guardiano, Principal and co-founder of Overabove in Essex for this full page profile in Sunday’s New York Times.  Overabove are the Strategic Branding and Marketing Partner for the Ivoryton Playhouse!




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Original Broadway Elvis joins MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Eddie Clendening, who originated the role of Elvis in the Broadway production, and Evan Buckley Harris who portrayed Johnny Cash in the National Tour and Las Vegas companies, will both be joining the Ivoryton Playhouse production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for the final week of the run. Jacqueline Hubbard, Producing Artistic Director stated “We are sorry to see both John Rochette and Jeremy Sevelovitz leave our production. They are both stellar performers and unfortunately had conflicts for this final week. However, we are definitely looking forward to the new additions to the family. Even if you have already seen the show, you may want to come back and see it again with our new cast.”

The jukebox MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits including; “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

The Broadway production premiered at the Nederlander Theatre on April 11, 2010, with a cast featuring Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley, Lance Guest as Johnny Cash, Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins and Hunter Foster as Sam Phillips.  The musical transferred to New World Stages in July 2011 and closed on June 24, 2012. A US national tour and International productions followed.
The musical was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. Levi Kreis won the award for Best Featured Actor for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis.

This production is directed by Sherry Lutken, who was last here in 2015 with STAND BY YOUR MAN: THE TAMMY WYNNETTE STORY; Eric Anthony is Musical Director; Set Design is by Martin Scott Marchitto and Lighting by Marcus Abbott. Costume Design is by Rebecca Welles

Our production stars: Luke Darnell* as Carl Perkins, Joe Callahan* as Jerry Lee Lewis, Ben Hope* as Sam Phillips, Jamie Pittle as Fluke, Emily Mattheson as Dyanne and Kroy Presley as Jay Perkins.

Don’t miss the experience of this show live on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse runs through June 25th, 2017. 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

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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