Everly – the music of The Everly Brothers
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Created by Ben Hope and Eric Anthony
SHOW TIMES: Friday, April 5th
- Sunday, April 28, 2024

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm / Fri & Sat 8:00pm
Wed & Sun 2:00pm


Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 1986, and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, The Everly Brothers were pioneers of country rock, known for tight harmonies and steel string acoustic guitar with hits, “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and so many more. Created by, and starring, Ben Hope and Eric Anthony, this show pays homage to these legends, sharing over 30 songs and intimate stories with personal tales of their own influences, music making, and family.

Open now until April 28th.  Some matinee performances are already limited.  New Saturday matinee added on April 20th at 2pm.  Tickets are $60 for adults; $55 for seniors; $25 for students of all ages and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860.767.7318 or by clicking here to buy online: www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Check out some fantastic early reviews for the show:

White Birch Blog – Reviews by Kiersten Bjork

Review by Bonnie Goldberg – CT Critics Circle member

Check out the website for the show by clicking here!

DID YOU KNOW?  Ivoryton Playhouse offers discounted tickets on Thursday nights!  On Thursday nights at 6:00pm, tickets for that night’s 7:30pm performance can be purchased for only $30.  Limit four tickets per person.  Tickets available at the box office only, for that performance only.  Subject to availability. It is a mission of Ivoryton Playhouse to bring affordable, professional, high quality theatre experiences to our community.


Eric Scott Anthony* is very excited to be back at the Ivoryton Playhouse!  You may have seen him here in Stand By Your Man as well as Ring Of Fire. He was last in this beautiful and historic theatre as Music Director for Once. Broadway: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (Eric).  National Tour: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (MD/Norm Petty).  Pump Boys & Dinettes (Jackson). Regional:  Ring of Fire – Flat Rock Playhouse, Merry Go Round Playhouse, and the Arrow Rock Lyceum (MD). Million Dollar Quartet– MSMT, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Brother Jay) Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Lyric Theatre of OK, Westchester B’way, (Joe Mauldin), Flat Rock Playhouse, (Joe Mauldin/MD), and Ogunquit Playhouse (MD). Hank Williams: Lost Highway (MD) at the Flat Rock and Merry Go Round Playhouse(s).  My Mother’s Lesbian, Jewish, Wiccan Wedding (MD) at the Merry Go Round Playhouse.  A Native of St. Louis, Eric was a section leader and soloist with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  Eric lives there with his wife Amanda and son Forrest.

Ben Hope* is thrilled to be back on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Hope, a songwriter, producer, director, and actor, made his Broadway debut in 2012 as the lead in the Tony Award-winning musical Once. He has also traveled the world portraying notable musical greats such as Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, George Jones, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, and other traditional musical theatre roles. Ben and his wife, Katie, relocated to Connecticut this year to join the staff at Ivoryton Playhouse and are excited to be a part of the Ivoryton family. Ben’s NYC-based Honky-Tonk band Ben Hope & The Uptown Outfit released their debut album ‘Ragged & Rowdy’ in 2015. Learn more at benhopemusic.com.

Director:  Ben Hope

Musical Director:  Eric Anthony

Stage Manager:  James Joseph Clark*

Assistant Stage Manager:  Holly Price

Scenic Designer:  Ben Hope

Lighting Designer:  Jessica Drayton

Sound Designer:  Jonathan White

Projection Designers:  Jessica Drayton and Jonathan White

Costume Designer:  Ben Hope

* member of Actors Equity

Join us for an opening night reception following the 8:00pm performance on Friday, April 5th. Light refreshments will be served.

Check back here for photos and video clips!

Check out these fantastic early reviews for EVERLY:

White Birch Blog – Reviews by Kiersten Bjork

Review by Bonnie Goldberg – CT Critics Circle memb


Now open at Ivoryton Playhouse 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.  Additional Saturday matinee added on April 20th at 2pm.  Some matinee performances are already limited.

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 ivorytonplayhouse.org 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 – ben@ivorytonplayhouse.org. 321.303.0110

Photos by Jonathan Steele

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Looking for something to do? Ivoryton Playhouse has been voted best place to see live theatre by readers of The Shoreline Times for three years in a row. Come to Essex and visit our historic, professional theatre – a Connecticut treasure!

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Did You

It all started in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky (USA). Isaac Donald Everly (b.2/1/1937) born in Brownie, KY and Phillip Everly (b.1/19/1939) in Chicago, IL were raised in a musical family, steeped in one of the oldest musical traditions in America. The atmosphere of the coal mining towns of Kentucky and the songs which are the voice of the culture formed The Everly Brothers sound, which has endured for more than six decades. Don and Phil are the sons of Ike and Margaret Everly, who, like their parents before them, were folk and country singers from central Kentucky. Their late father was one of the few "authentic" guitarists in American music. The influence of his thumb picking style can be heard in the music of guitar players such as Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler.