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Runs through September 11th.

The Man in Black is back!  From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical. The show follows a sort of ages-of-man path from green country-boy idealism into the sloughs of a hard-living musician’s disillusionment and on up to the mountains of spiritual redemption and the healing power of home and family. This musical contains 38 of Johnny Cash’s classic hits—including “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Five Feet High and Rising,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” and “The Man in Black” performed by a multi-talented cast.  Ring of Fire paints a musical portrait that is a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique musical legend!

Ticket prices:  $55 adult; $50 senior; $25 students of all ages

The show takes its name from the title of one of the hit tunes of a Country Music icon — singer-songwriter Johnny Cash — but RING OF FIRE, conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby Jr., is more than a biography of The Man in Black. Drawing from the incredible cache of Cash’s songs, Meade and Maltby have crafted a musical mosaic of American experience.

This stunning, moving, uplifting musical that has played to sold-out houses across the country, as well as on international stages. Maltby says, “It’s about home and family and getting together and loving somebody, it’s about what holds you together in the face of a hard life, it’s about the really basic family values.”

RING OF FIRE’s song list includes more than two dozen of Johnny Cash’s unforgettable hits: Folsom Prison Blues, Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down, A Boy Named Sue, Hey Porter, Daddy Sang Bass, I Walk the Line, I’ve Been Everywhere, The Man in Black, Big River, I Still Miss Someone, If I Were a Carpenter, Jackson and more.

The show is directed and choreographed by Sherry Lutken (The Porch on Windy Hill, Million Dollar Quartet, Stand By Your Man). The cast includes Morgan Morse* and Sam Sherwood*, who have both been seen many times in Ivoryton, as well as newcomers, Brittany Brook*, Leenya Rideout*, Nygel D. Robinson* and Spiff Wiegand*.  David M. Lutken*, a member of the original Broadway company of Ring of Fire, and a favorite from his many appearances here, including last season’s premiere of The Porch on Windy Hill, appears in this production and serves as Music Director.

RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH runs through Sunday, September 11th, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Also, a special treat after RING OF FIRE’s Sunday matinees, don’t forget the Hootenannies with the cast — on the patio (weather permitting), free-of-charge at 5:00. Come, sing along, bring your instrument and play along — join in the fun!

This season, the Playhouse is back to full capacity for the first time in two years, yet the safety of our audience remains our primary concern. Masks are optional with proof of vaccination and required for those without a vaccination card.

Our patio bar will now be open from 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights before the show where we will be serving red and white wine, rose, prosecco and beer. Cash and credit cards accepted. Come early to the Playhouse and enjoy a relaxing drink before the show.

SixTix on Thursdays returns this season – half price tickets at the door after 6pm. Call ahead to check availability.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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As of August 10th: Before admittance into the Playhouse, vaccinated patrons are asked to provide proof of vaccination (with photo ID). If you are not vaccinated or cannot provide vaccination cards, you must wear a mask.

If you are not feeling well or are experiencing symptoms of covid, please do not travel to the Playhouse. We will gladly switch tickets to another date within the same show (subject to availability).

The safety of our audience remains our primary concern. These guidelines are subject to change at any time during the show or season.

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AUGUST CABARETS!

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Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

This Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including show-stopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.

“Wildly infectious!” – New York Daily News

“To the baby-boom generation, the songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are as sacrosanct as George Gershwin is to their parents.” – The New York Times

Ticket prices:  $55 adult; $50 senior; $25 student of all ages

Our patio bar will be open from 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights before the show where we will be serving red and white wine, rose, prosecco and beer. Cash and credit cards accepted. Come early to the Playhouse and enjoy a drink before the show.

“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”

June 30th – July 31st, 2022

The music is hot and the jive is jumpin’ all summer long at the Ivoryton Playhouse! Our doors are now open to the glorious sounds of the 50s and 60s with SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. This Grammy Award-winning and Tony nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue.

Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including show-stopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, the Coasters, and the Drifters.

In the 1950s, the rhythm and blues of the black entertainment world, up to then restricted to black clubs, was increasing its audience-share in areas previously reserved for traditional pop music, and the phenomenon now known as “crossover” became apparent. Leiber and Stoller were trailblazers in this genre when, in 1957, they wrote and produced the hit by The Coasters, “Young Blood”/”Searchin'”. In all, Leiber and Stoller wrote or co-wrote over 70 chart hits. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller  is directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director, Todd Underwood and  the creative team includes musical direction by Michael Morris; costume design by Elizabeth Saylor; set design by Cully Long and lighting design by Marcus Abbott.

This stellar cast comes to Ivoryton from as far away as Texas and as close as New York City and includes Joseph Castro, Elvie Ellis, Debra Thais Evans*, Tiffany Frances*, Cameron Loyal, Sandra Marante*,  Warren Nolan*, Gabriella Saramago, and Cartreze Tucker*            

Join the neighborhood gang as they recall love won, lost, and imagined. Whether it is your first time hearing these glorious songs, or whether it takes you on a trip down memory lane, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE will have you shimmying in the aisle.

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller runs through Sunday, July 31st, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.

This season, the Playhouse is back to full capacity for the first time in two years, yet the safety of our audience remains our primary concern. Masks are optional with proof of vaccination and required for those without a vaccination card.

Our patio bar will now be open from 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights before the show where we will be serving red and white wine, rose, prosecco and beer. Cash and credit cards accepted. Come early to the Playhouse and enjoy a relaxing drink before the show.

SixTix on Thursdays returns this season – half price tickets at the door after 6pm. Call ahead to check availability.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*Denotes a member of Actors Equity

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Visit Ivoryton Playhouse tomorrow from 10am – 1pm for Connecticut Open House Day. There will be tours, a display of memorabilia and a chance to win a 2022 season t-shirt. Stop by and see Jim or Steve and make yourself a part of our history.

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A riotous comedy of good intentions and bad manners!

NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarias

at Ivoryton Playhouse

Theatre is alive and well in Ivoryton, as you’ll see when the hilarious comedy, NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarias, opens May 19.

This new comedy of “good intentions and bad manners,” has played coast-to-coast with unparalleled success. NATIVE GARDENS was originally planned, scheduled, and even cast, for Ivoryton’s 2020 season, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The Playhouse is thrilled to finally bring this uproarious play to life in Ivoryton.

NATIVE GARDENS draws its comedy from two sets of feuding neighbors, Virginia and Frank vs. Pablo and Tania. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute. The couples find themselves literarily building fences while breaking down barriers at the same time. NATIVE GARDENS is an entertaining look at what it takes to be good neighbors in America. Spoiler alert: no one comes out smelling like a rose!

The NATIVE GARDENS cast has been waiting in the wings for two years and includes Joseph Dellger* as Frank, Stacia Fernandez* as Virginia, Blanca Grande* as Tania, and Jose-Maria Aguila* as Pablo. The play is directed by Brian J. Feehan and has sets designed by Daniel Nischan, lights and sound by Alan Piotrowicz, and costumes by Elizabeth Saylor.

NATIVE GARDENS runs through Sunday, June 12, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.

This season, the Playhouse is back to full capacity for the first time in two years, yet the safety of our audience remains our primary concern. Masks are not required, though recommended, and provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test result is necessary for admittance. Knowing all audience members are covid-free will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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More praise for STAR OF FREEDOM…

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We had to close STAR OF FREEDOM due to illness in the cast.  There will be no performances this week.

Ticket holders will receive a call from our box office. We’re sorry that you won’t be able to see this wonderful show.

Thanks to everyone who supported us on this journey to launch a new musical.

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A brand-new musical written by Connecticut writers is on stage at Ivoryton Playhouse. STAR OF FREEDOM, with music and lyrics by Jeff Blaney and book by Lawrence Thelen, opens the Playhouse 2022 Season and runs until May 1, 2022.

Based on Blaney’s concept album Exodus, STAR OF FREEDOM takes us on a journey with Sean and Chloe as they search for the meaning of home in 1860s America. The two come from completely different worlds – one an Irish immigrant, the other an African-American slave – but when the Civil War forces their lives to intersect, they show us what it means to be American during the 19th century. At a time when America is struggling with its identity, it’s worth looking back to another difficult time in history that ultimately led to a stronger and more unified nation. Though today we still see the flaws and scars that this history left behind, STAR OF FREEDOM brings us a ray of hope through the lives of these two very different characters.

STAR OF FREEDOM is at times funny and whimsical, while at other times tragically sad. Blaney’s intimate and refreshing score (played by the actors on stage) is steeped in Irish and Southern traditions, making it both contemporary and nostalgic at the same time; while Thelen’s book is timely and theatrical.

Conceived and directed by the Playhouse’s own Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard, this world premiere musical features a terrific line-up of actor/musicians, including Danny Adams as Sean, and Ayla Stackhouse as Chloe. The nearly 30 other characters in the story are handled by Brian Russell Carey*, Luke Darnell*, Richard E. Waits * and Ben Hope* who also musical directs. Karilyn Ashley Surratt joins the creative team as choreographer.

The show has sets and lights designed by Marcus Abbott; costumes by Elizabeth Saylor; and sound by Adam Jackson.

STAR OF FREEDOM runs through Sunday, May 1, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. There will be one Saturday matinee on April 9 at 2:00 pm.

This season, the Playhouse is back to full capacity for the first time in two years, yet the safety of our audience remains our primary concern. Masks are no longer required, though recommended, and patrons must provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test result for admittance. Knowing all audience members are covid-free will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Star of Freedom – Ivoryton Playhouse 2022

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*Denotes a member of Actors Equity

Star of Freedom – Ivoryton Playhouse 2022

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