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Monthly Archives: July 2011

We have been astounded by the reaction to our production of The Producers.  One customer booking his ticket for Thursday – after already seeing the production twice –  commented that he thinks the Ivoryton Playhouse production of The Producers is funnier than the Broadway productions he’d seen and even funnier than the movie!  Wow!  Thanks, friend!  Final performances this week.  Don’t miss the sensation of the summer.  Call 860.767.7318 for tickets or book on-line.  Two performances Wed, Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday @ 8pm and Sunday @ 2pm.

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My wife and I saw The Producers Friday night and it was wonderful!  Up till now, my favorite production in the post-River Rep era was The Full Monty.  But, The Producers beats it handily. 

To undertake such an ambitious production and pull it off so successfully with the limited stage that you have is a marvel.  The sets were extraordinary and the cast, especially the leads, were just too good to be true.

Congratulations to you, the director, the cast and all associated with the mounting of such a grand event to mark the hundredth year of the Playhouse.


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Where is the time going???  It seems like we only just started our centennial season and here we are about to start rehearsals for our fifth show!  Actors arrive this week to start rehearsals for Ring of Fire:  The Music of Johnny Cash.   Everyone has been looking forward to this production – who doesn’t love the Man in Black!  Featuring almost 30 songs either written or performed by Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire is sure to satisfy even the most dedicated fan.  So, on your way out of seeing The Producers, pick up some tickets to Ring of Fire (opening August 10)!  It’s an all singing, all dancing summer at the Playhouse – come and have some fun!!!

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After a stellar run, The Producers will be closing this Sunday – July 31.  Don’t miss the show critics and audiences are raving about.  Call 860.767.7318 or go on-line to secure your seats for the final shows this week.

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Dear Playhouse –

I want to let you know how much we all enjoyed The Producers yesterday.  It was as good as any musical I had seen in NYC.  What a show!  Lot of energy and quick actions.  The scenery, costumes and music were delightful.

The talented cast put out their all for the audience.  You get 4 stars. 

Arline Ely, Owner Ely Specialized Tours.

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Did you know???

***  Wednesday‘s are Free Martini Night at the Ivoryton Tavern?  Right across the street from the Playhouse – bring your theatre ticket for The Producers to the Tavern and receive a free martini!  How great is that!!!

***  Thursday is Six Tix night – come to the Ivoryton Playhouse after 6:00pm to buy tickets at the box office for only $20 each.  First come, first served – seats for The Producers are the hottest ticket in town so we recommend you come early.  Six Tix tickets cannot be reserved in advance or purchased before 6pm and this deal is for Thursday night performances only.

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“Ivoryton ROCKS”

Our thanks to Don Church and Anthony Schillaci for this terrific review.  Follow the link below to view the whole article.  Here’s a small sample:

“If “funny is money” then there is no better investment in a good time than going to see to see one of the most ambitious and hilarious musicals ever produced at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Hop clop over and have a gut time!”

Tony goes on to comment:  “This is, by far, one of the FUNNIEST, most insulting and zany shows of all times. If you like Mel Brooks, you will LOVE this production of THE PRODUCERS. BETTER than the movie, by far! Ivoryton ROCKS!”

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Dear Jacqui –

Another smashing success!  We saw Producers last night and were thrilled to see the full house and the audience excitement. And why not?!

It was brilliant! The acting, dancing, singing; the band – sounded very full and wonderfully zippy, kept the tempo moving all the time; the set transformers. . . what more can I say? It was so enjoyable, and a pleasure to see Bruce Connelly again.

Congratulations to you (for selecting it), Julia, and everyone else who had a hand in it.  The centennial season is progressing beautifully!

Lots of love, R.H., New Haven

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This evenings’ cabaret with Michael Cartwright, ” I Hear Music”, is cancelled.  Please contact the box office at 860.767.7318 to refund your tickets.  We do apologize for any inconvenience caused.

The next Cabaret will be Monday, August 15 and will feature Neva Small.  Neva has distinguished herself as a singer and actress in theaters, in concert halls across America, on film, and on television. Her signature role of Chava in the film version of Fiddler on the Roof remains a classic.

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Performances Fridays at 11:00am
All tickets $12.00 available in advance or on the door on the day

July 15th:  THE LOVE BUG’S HUG
Allynn Gooen and Annie Hickman combine their creative talents into an extraordinary theatrical experience.  Allynn uses balloons to create helicopters, airplanes, and more, to the audience on a search to cheer up a sad princess.  Annie’s colorful creatures become their guides. 


Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents Puppets Do Poetry.  A symphony composed entirely by goldfish!  The adventures of “Fearless Flying Hotdogs!”  Dance with the “Funky Snowman”!  A fusion of poetry and puppetry including Jack Prelutsky’s “The Goblin” as well as other poems. 

July 29th:  BEAR TALES
Produced by the Madhatters Theater Company.

August 12th:  BUBBLEMANIA!
Tickets going fast!   Casey Carle performs tricky undulations, manipulations and juggling with bubbles.  This is a bubble show to keep the 5 to 75 year-olds mesmerized.   

August 19th:  CLASS CLOWN
Hartford Children’s Theatre comes to Ivoryton for this special performance.    Lucas is the most rambunctious pupil in Mrs. Hockaday’s fourth grade class. He races pencils, cracks jokes, and always forgets to raise his hand. When his teacher sends home a note, Lucas vows to behave, though most of his good intentions quickly go awry.  Based on the book by Johanna Hurwitz.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 860.767.7318 or visit

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