A Christmas Carol in Concert – December 8th & 9th, 2019

Kathleen Turner & James Naughton in A Christmas Carol in Concert

A special event in partnership with New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ivoryton Playhouse

In December, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ivoryton Playhouse will partner to present a very special production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winner Kathleen Turner in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tony award winner, James Naughton, as Marley and the Ghosts.

Inspired by spoken on-air radio performances that were popular in the early 20th Century, this new imagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale will feature an original score by John Forster performed by musicians of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The script is by Arthur Yorinks and the performance is conceived and directed by Elliott Forrest.

The cast also includes Ivoryton Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard, as well as Erik Bloomquist, Collin L. Howard, Josh Powell, Sarah Jo Provost and Tess Santarsiero. Fred Newman of A Prairie Home Companion, will be the on stage Foley artist, lending his creative talents to add mystery and atmosphere to this well-loved holiday classic.

Performances will be at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Sunday, December 8th at 3pm and Monday, December 9th at 7:30pm.

VIP seating is available for both performances (details below). General admission tickets are $75 and all funds will be used to purchase a new sound board for the Playhouse.

A limited number of center aisle and front row balcony seats are available priced at $100 for the Monday evening performance.

Call the box office at 860.767.7318 to book your tickets now for this very special holiday performance.

A limited number of VIP and sponsorship tickets are available for the Sunday matinee which will include a private reception with the cast. Contact Jacqui at jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org for more details.

Other performances include:

December 13 at 7:30pm at the Lyman Center at Southern Connecticut State University
December 14 at 7:30 at the First Congregational Church of Madison
For tickets and information call 203 787 4282 – NewHavenSymphony.org

December 15 at 3pm at Sacred Heart University.  For tickets and information call 203 371 7908 – EdgertonCenter.org

Kathleen Turner – Among Kathleen Turner’s numerous accolades are Golden Globes for Romancing The Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, an Academy Award nomination for Peggy Sue Got Married, Tony Award nominations for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (for which she also received an Evening Standard Theatre Award in the West End and Drama Desk Award nomination), BAFTA nomination for Body Heat, and two Grammy Award nominations. Her film credits include The Man With Two Brains, Jewel Of The Nile, The Accidental Tourist, The Virgin Suicides, among many others. On Broadway, she has also starred in High, The Graduate and Indiscretions. Additional theater credits include Bakersfield Mist in the West End; Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit Of Molly Ivins at Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Geffen Playhouse, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Mother Courage And Her Children and The Year Of Magical Thinking at Arena Stage. Also a best-selling author, she wrote the books Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts On My Life, Love, and Leading Roles and Kathleen Turner On Acting.

 

James Naughton – From Broadway and regional theater to television and films, James Naughton has won critical acclaim in dramas, comedies and musicals.

He is the winner of two Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of media-savvy lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway hit Chicago (1997) and for his role as a film-noir era detective in City of Angels (1990), which also earned him a Drama Desk Award. He won the 1999 MAC Award as best male vocalist for his one-man concert show, Street of Dreams, presented by Mike Nichols, and recorded his CD, “It’s About Time,” for DRG records. In 2014, he recorded his Live From Lincoln Center Special for PBS, James Naughton Sings Randy Newman.

A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, Naughton made his New York debut in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, with Robert Ryan and Geraldine Fitzgerald, winning immediate recognition with Theatre World, New York Drama Critics and Vernon Rice Awards. On Broadway, he also starred as Willy Brandt in Democracy, and in Whose Life Is It Anyway, and I Love My Wife.

He directed two critically acclaimed Broadway productions: Arthur Miller’s The Price which was nominated for a Tony, and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town starring Paul Newman, which he also shot for Showtime. He has directed extensively in the Berkshires and in Westport, and played off Broadway and in regional theatres for decades.

Naughton’s film credits include Equity, currently at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Factory Girl, playing Sienna Miller’s father, Childless, opposite Barbara Hershey, The Devil Wears Prada, First Wives Club, The Glass Menagerie, with Joanne Woodward, The Good Mother, The Paper Chase, and Cat’s Eye.

On TV, he starred in Planet of the Apes, Who’s The Boss?, Brooklyn Bridge, Making the Grade, Ally McBeal, The Cosby Mysteries, Damages, Gossip Girl, Hostages, and most recently, The Black List and The Affair, and a few voice-overs.

 

Erik Bloomquist*  Ivoryton: The Game’s Afoot, Calendar Girls, The 39 Steps (Director – CCC nomination), Memphis, La Cage Aux Folles, and more. Regional: Rear Window (world premiere w/ Kevin Bacon), Hamlet, Ether Dome, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas (Hartford Stage); Footloose (Ozark Actors Theatre – Director); Bye Bye Birdie (Priscilla Beach Theatre – Director and more Film/TV: Long Lost, The Cobblestone Corridor (series creator), She Came from the Woods, Intermedium, Ghost Tour, Ten Minutes to Midnight (upcoming). Awards: Two-time New England Emmy Award winner (Outstanding Writer and Director), “40 Under 40”: Connecticut Magazine (2019), Top 200 on HBO’s Project Greenlight

 

Collin L. Howard* is happy once again to grace the stage at Ivoryton Playhouse. A graduate of The Hartt School, past shows include: Miss Saigon, Hair, Violet, Showboat (Shubert Theatre), Dreamgirls and Rent (Ivoryton Playhouse), Stop Kiss, Smokey Joe’s Café. Collin has been privileged to work for professional theatre companies in NYC and throughout the country but will always refer to Ivoryton as his theatrical home.

 

 

Jacqueline Hubbard has directed over 65 productions at Ivoryton over the past 28 years from Shakespeare to Ken Ludwig and everything in between. Acting credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Katerina in Taming of the Shrew; Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Annie in Calendar Girls; Stepping Out and Shirley Valentine. Regional theatre appearances include US – Tampa Playmakers; City Lights and Savannah Theatre Company; UK – Leeds Playhouse, The Crucible, Dovecote Theatre.

 

 

Josh Powell* returns to Connecticut having performed with Ivoryton Playhouse (My Way, Love Quest, and Burt & Me), Goodspeed (City of Angels), Connecticut Lyric Opera (The Merry Widow), and Seven Angels (George & Gracie). Most recently he appeared in Penguin Rep’s Art and the new musical Beulah Land at Mabou Mines.

 

 

Sarah Jo Provost* is delighted to be back at Ivoryton Playhouse where she was last seen as Martha Nell in The Queens of the Golden Mask. She has worked with theatre companies around the country and is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA

 

 

 

Tess Santarsiero is thrilled to make her Ivoryton debut and work with this incredible cast! A Connecticut native, she was recently seen in Billy Elliot (Ballet Girl) at the Goodspeed. Other credits include: Because of Winn Dixie (Sweetie Pie u/s), Beauty and the Beast (Chip), Seussical (Who), Shrek (Gingy).

 

 

 

 

 126 years after its inaugural performance, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) continues its legacy of artistically excellent performances, award-winning education programs, and innovative approach to community engagement. The fourth-oldest orchestra in the United States, the NHSO, under the leadership of Music Director Alastair Neale, as well as Principal Pops Conductor Chelsea Tipton, performs for more than 50,000 audience members per season and the NHSO’s education programs reach more than 20,000 students each year.

To learn more about the NHSO, visit NewHavenSymphony.org.

 

Director:  Elliott Forrest

Written by: Arthur Yorinks

Based on the story by Charles Dickens

Music by:  New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Score by:  John Forster

Sound Effects by:  Fred Newman of A Prairie Home Companion

* member of Actors Equity

VIP seating is available for both performances (details below). General admission tickets are $75 and all funds will be used to purchase a new sound board for the Playhouse.

A limited number of center aisle and front row balcony seats are available priced at $100 for the Monday evening performance.

Call the box office at 860.767.7318 to book your tickets now for this very special holiday performance.

A limited number of VIP and sponsorship tickets are available for the Sunday matinee which will include a private reception with the cast. Contact Jacqui at jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org for more details.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Kathleen Turner & James Naughton in A Christmas Carol in Concert

A special event in partnership with New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ivoryton Playhouse.

Ivoryton – In December, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ivoryton Playhouse will partner to present a very special production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winner Kathleen Turner in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tony award winner, James Naughton, as Marley and the Ghosts.

Inspired by spoken on-air radio performances that were popular in the early 20th Century, this new imagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale will feature an original score by John Forster performed by musicians of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The script is by Arthur Yorinks and the performance is conceived and directed by Elliott Forrest.

The cast also includes Ivoryton Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard, as well as Erik Bloomquist, Collin L. Howard, Josh Powell, Sarah Jo Provost and Tess Santarsiero. Fred Newman of A Prairie Home Companion, will be the on stage Foley artist, lending his creative talents to add mystery and atmosphere to this well-loved holiday classic.

Performances will be at the Ivoryton Playhouse on December 8th at 3pm and 9th at 7:30pm (for tickets and information call the box office at 860 767 7318 – ivorytonplayhouse.org)

December 13 at 7:30pm at the Lyman Center at Southern CT State University and December 14 at 7:30 at the First Congregational Church of Madison (for tickets and information call 203 787 4282 – NewHavenSymphony.org)

December 15 at 3pm at Sacred Heart University (for tickets and information call 203 371 7908 – EdgertonCenter.org)

Pictured – Kathleen Turner and James Naughton

 

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