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Review by Bonnie Goldberg – CT Critics Circle member

EVERLY: The Music of The Everly Brothers      

Open now is the much-anticipated two-person theatrical concert Everly: The Music of the Everly Brothers! Step into the world of timeless melodies and unforgettable harmonies as Ivoryton Playhouse pays homage to the legendary Everly Brothers. Mark your calendars because this musical extravaganza is not to be missed!  

Performance Schedule:   Show Dates: On stage now through April 28th, 2024
Performance Times: Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays – 7:30 p.m.,
Fridays and Saturdays – 8:00 p.m., Sundays – 2:00 p.m.  
Tickets for matinee performances are already limited. Additional Saturday matinee added April 20th at 2pm.

Ivoryton Playhouse is the perfect intimate setting to enjoy this musical journey. Everly features tons of unforgettable songs: “All I Have to Do is Dream,” “Bye Bye, Love, “Wake Up Little Susie,” and dozens more. From the Everly Brothers’ most recognizable hits to some of their deepest tracks, audiences will be thrilled by this celebration of iconic music that has stood the test of time. 

Eric Anthony and Ben Hope, the talented duo who created and star in the show, capture the essence of the Everly Brothers like never before. With their pitch-perfect vocals and undeniable chemistry, they’ll have you singing along from start to finish.   Hope, who also directs the show, says, “We’ve tried to create more than just a concert; something richer than a tribute show or playlist. We want to explore the lives and careers of these two icons of American music and the cultural landscape in which their music thrived. We hope the audience experience includes falling in love with this music again, but we also hope they walk away feeling a deeper connection to Don and Phil.”  

Already extended by popular demand, Everly: The Music of the Everly Brothers is the perfect way to start the season! Tickets continue to sell fast, so don’t wait. Head to the Ivoryton Playhouse website or call the box office to secure your seats. Make new memories while celebrating the nostalgia of the timeless music of the Everly Brothers.
Tickets are $60 for adults, $55 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please contact the box office.)  

For more information, interviews, and press inquiries, please contact: Ben Hope, Executive Producer – 321.303.0110

Photos by Jonathan Steele

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A NOTE FROM JACQUI HUBBARD: Another year is winding down and I am looking out of my window at the glorious reds and golds of autumn. How lucky are we to live here!

Inside our theatre, we have had a veritable rainbow of colors this year – from the sparkles and sequins of GEORGIA MCBRIDE to the cabin colored beauty of ON GOLDEN POND. We climbed the snow-white Alps in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and then slipped out of an alley, under a shadowy streetlight in New Jersey to celebrate the music of the Four Seasons in JERSEY BOYS. Currently, our stage is ablaze with the magnificent passion of THE COLOR PURPLE and we will wind up 2023 with tinsel and mistletoe and a rockin’ rollin’ Christmas celebration with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS.

I can’t wait to share with you our line-up for next year but you can count on the fact that it will be just as colorful and tuneful as this year, plus a little something more!

We hope you will support Ivoryton Playhouse this year with an annual contribution.  Your membership allows us to maintain this beautiful building, provide subsidized tickets for schools and for those that struggle with serious illness, and breath light and life into this little community.

On behalf of the board of trustees, staff, volunteers, and the thousands of theatregoers like you who enjoy the treasure that is Ivoryton Playhouse, thank you for supporting our work with a membership donation. Thank you for being an important part of the magic and helping us bring a little more joy, a little more music and a little more color into our world. 


Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director

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Congratulations to Jacqueline K-D from Newington who won first prize in our Glory Days raffle! She won two tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Mohegan Sun (rescheduled date to be announced).
Also congratulations to Theresa D from Essex who won second prize – two 3-play subscriptions for our 2024 season.
That was fun! Watch this space for info on a raffle next year!
First Prize is two (2) tickets – floor seats – for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for Saturday, September 16th – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena).
E Street Lounge passes have been included so you’ll have a place to go relax and have a drink before the show. The Lounge has a cash bar and opens when the doors open to the venue and will close at showtime.
Second Prize is two x 3-play subscriptions for Playhouse 2024 Season
Ivoryton Playhouse is having an amazing 2023 Season. Our 2024 line-up has not been released yet but – you can be sure – it will be another block buster season. This prize is for two people to come and see three of your favorite main stage productions.
Scan this QR code to purchase raffle tickets to have a chance to win!

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Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. When “Jersey Boys” at Ivoryton Playhouse closes so does this raffle. Entries close September 10, 2023 at 5:00pm. VIP tickets are only valid for performance at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, September 16th.
This is an exceptional opportunity to see one of the final concerts of this tour. Good luck and thank you for supporting Ivoryton Playhouse!!

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Ivoryton Playhouse’s 6th Annual Women Playwrights Festival: Unleashing the Power of Women’s Stories!

Join us for an extraordinary celebration of creativity, inspiration, and the power of Women’s voices in the world of theatre. For six years, Ivoryton Playhouse has proudly hosted the Women Playwright’s Festival, showcasing the immense talent and ingenuity of female identifying playwrights from across the country in a series of staged readings, talkbacks and round table discussions. We are thrilled to invite you to our most exciting and empowering festival yet, as we continue to support gender equity and diversity onstage.

In a historically male-dominated industry, the Women Playwrights Festival aims to highlight the importance of supporting and uplifting women in theater. We believe that by providing a platform exclusively dedicated to showcasing their work, we can help create an inclusive and equitable artistic landscape that reflects a more diverse human experience.

This year’s festival promises to be an unforgettable experience. From over 200 submissions, we have carefully curated a lineup of four trailblazing playwrights whose stories will challenge your perspectives and ignite your imagination. Every year, we are astounded by the depth and breadth of talent displayed by the brave playwrights we feature. Their stories explore the complexities of human emotions, tackle social issues, challenge stereotypes, and illuminate perspectives often overlooked.

Join us at Ivoryton Playhouse on October 28th for an unforgettable day celebrating creativity, empowerment, and the boundless possibilities that arise when women are given the spotlight.

Event Details:

2:00 pm – Staged Readings (To Be Announced), followed by a talkback with the cast, writers and directors

4:00 pm – Round Table Discussion lead by The Dramatist Guild and the League of Professional Theatre Women

5:00 pm – Break

7:00 pm – Staged Readings (To Be Announced), followed by a talkback

Ticket Prices: $30 adult / $25 senior / $20 LPTW / $10 student

Call the box office to secure your seats: 860.767.7318

Tickets are on sale now – click here to purchase online

Our festival is made possible by the generous support of the Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women, The Dramatist Guild, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls, as well as individual donations from: Anonymous, Jacqueline Hubbard, Al and Kathleen Jaffe, David and Linda May. Thank you for your support!

We’d also like to extend a special thanks to our team of discerning play readers. This special group of volunteer community members and theatre professionals helped us curate our festival’s selections and we are truly grateful!

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Get Ready to groove as “Jersey Boys” Hits the Ivoryton Playhouse Stage!

Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce the electrifying arrival of the Tony-winning musical sensation, JERSEY BOYS gracing our stage for a limited engagement! Prepare to be transported back in time to the swinging ’60s and be captivated by the timeless story of four blue-collar boys from New Jersey who skyrocketed to fame as one of the greatest pop bands ever!

Featuring unforgettable hits from the legendary Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, JERSEY BOYS is a journey filled with heart, soul, and the unmistakable sound of an era that defined a generation.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the magic of JERSEY BOYS to the Ivoryton Playhouse,” said Jacqui Hubbard, Executive Director of the Playhouse. “This musical has it all – incredible music, an inspiring rags-to-riches story, and a whole lot of fun. It’s the perfect evening out for theatre lovers and music lovers alike.”

Ivoryton Playhouse promises an experience like no other. Nestled in the charming town of Ivoryton, our historic theater is renowned for its intimate setting, providing an up-close and personal connection between the audience and the performers.

Tickets for JERSEY BOYS are on sale now and are expected to sell out quickly. Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of this iconic production at Ivoryton Playhouse. Be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned for more updates and surprises along the way!

JERSEY BOYS is open now until September 10th. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm; and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.  

Tickets are $60 for adults, $55 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton. 

JERSEY BOYS at Ivoryton Playhouse is directed by Todd L. Underwood, with music directed by Mike Morris. The scenic designer is Cully Long, and the costume design is by Elizabeth Saylor. Jessica Drayton is the lighting designer, Glenn Bassett is the props designer, and the sound designer is Jacob Fisch.  

About Ivoryton Playhouse: Ivoryton Playhouse is a renowned small professional theatre located in South Central Connecticut. For many years, it has been a beacon of creativity, culture, and intimate theatrical engagement. The theatre is committed to presenting exceptional productions and creating unforgettable experiences for audiences of all ages.

For more information, interviews, and press inquiries, please contact:
Ben Hope, Executive Producer: 321.303.0110

Photography by Jonathan Steele.

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