Mystic Pizza
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Book by Sandy Rustin. Based on the MGM motion picture with story and characters by Amy Holden Jones
SHOW TIMES: Thursday, June 27th
- Sunday, July 28, 2024

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

Based on the beloved 1988 MGM rom-com, Mystic Pizza is a new musical about three working-class girls who navigate the complexities of life, love and family in a small-town pizza joint in our very own Mystic, CT. The infectious score features megahits of the 80s and 90s, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “The Power of Love,” “True Colors,” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”

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 visiting our website at

First matinee performance will be on Thursday, June 27th at 2pm.

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.

Developed by Lively McCabe Entertainment and Concord Theatricals.
2021 World Premiere Production Produced by Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit ME.
Bradford T. Kenney, Executive Artistic Director, Kent Bridges, Managing Director.
Subsequently Developed by The Adirondack Theater Festival – Producing Artistic Director: Miriam Weisfeld

Look out for some great partnerships with shops, restaurants and lodging in Mystic.  And don’t forget the original Mystic Pizza is on Main Street in downtown Mystic!


Cory Candelet (Man 2) is so incredibly excited to be returning to the Ivoryton stage! His Ivoryton credits include Saturday Night Fever, Grease, A Chorus Line, The Fantasticks (CT Critics Circle Award), and several Christmas shows. He has performed Off-Broadway, on tours, in regional theaters, and more. Cory coaches Track & Field at Stonington High School when not on stage. Life is short; do what makes you happy. Huge thank yous to Mom and Dad!  SOCIALS:  @ccandelet


Will Clark* (Bill Montijo) is thrilled to be returning to Ivoryton Playhouse, having previously appeared in I Hate Musicals: The MusicalThe Fantasticks, Cabaret and On Golden Pond. Originally hailing from South Eastern Connecticut, Will is a New York based film and theater actor. Will is a Resident Artist  with The CRY HAVOC Company, a new play development company based in Manhattan. With CRY HAVOC, Will has taken part in the development of over 150 new plays, musicals, and screen plays, and has has performed in dozens of CRY HAVOC’s readings and productions, including his performance in Sabbatical for the Lincoln Center Originals series. Other recent stage credits include Three Sisters (Gowanus Arts), realer than that (CRY HAVOC), Wish You Were Here, My Love (Planet Connections Festival), Ectospasms (New York Fringe), The Most Interesting Man in Dave’s Mind (Samuel French OOB Festival), AVoid2Remembr (Interrobang Festival), and a residency with the FSGA Commedia Company.

Olivia Fenton (Woman 1) is thrilled to be performing at Ivoryton Playhouse for the first time!  Favorite credits include Leanne in The Pin-Up Girls (Playhouse on Park), Anne in A Little Night Music (Monomoy Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Rev), Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals. She is a Wethersfield native and proud graduate of The Hartt School. Special thanks to the Mystic Pizza team and endless love to Mom, Dad, & G!


Michael Ferraro* (Tim Travers) Ivoryton debut! Chicago/Regional Credits: Forever Plaid(Frankie), Rock of Ages at Drury Lane Oakbrook, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, It Shoulda Been You (Brian Howard), The Fantasticks (Matt), My Fair Lady at Actors Theatre of Indiana, Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia! at Paramount Theatre, Revisits…Little Me, Dreamgirls at Porchlight Music Theatre, Ghost at Theatre at the Center, Jesus Christ Superstar at Theo Ubique, and Cymbeline at First Folio Theatre. Michael also has toured and traveled the world performing with The Four C Notes, a Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute. BFA musical theatre, Ball State University. Proud member of AEA. SOCIALS: @_michaelferraro


Alyssa Giannetti* (Josephina Barboza) is so excited to be performing at Ivoryton Playhouse for the first time! 1st Nat’l Tour: Love Never Dies (Christine Daaé u/s, Swing). Off-Broadway: Finding Madame Curie (Marie/Irene Standby, Theatre Row). Regional: Sound of Music (Maria u/s, Ogunquit Playhouse), Into The Woods (Rapunzel, PCLO), My Way: A Musical Tribute To Frank Sinatra (Woman 2, Theatre By The Sea), SIX (Rehearsal Swing, Norwegian Cruise Line), Mary Poppins (Ensemble, The Muny), Unmasked (Woman 1, Paper Mill Playhouse), Far From Canterbury (Princess/Candita, Barnstormers Theatre), A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder (Pheobe D’ysquith, Davis Shakespeare Festival). Northwestern University graduate! Endless grateful to those who lift me up. SOCIALS:  @agiannetti22


Carina Hernandez (Kat Arujo) is originally from Miami, Florida, is so excited to be making her professional debut here at the Ivoryton Playhouse! Some of her credits include Fritzie in “Cabaret,” Hope Harcourt in “Anything Goes,” and Rebecca Farjardo in the High School Premiere Production of “On Your Feet!” Carina thanks God and her family for the constant love and support. She also wants to thank every mentor at The Norwalk Conservatory for granting her endless opportunities to help her pursue her dreams.  SOCIALS:  IG:@carinajhernandez


Andrew ‘Pooch’ Johnson (Man 5) is making his Ivoryton Debut! Andrew is an actor/musician currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at The Hartt School. Recent Credits: Violet (Monty), Dance Nation (Dance Teacher Pat), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Footloose (Chuck Cranston, U/S Ren) and Much Ado About Nothing (Balthasar). He has also helped develop new works at both Goodspeed and TheatreWorks Hartford. Special thanks to family, friends, professors, and everyone involved in the show!  SOCIALS:  @andrewpoochjohnson


Taylor Krebuszewski* (Woman 2) is a Connecticut native, thrilled to be joining Ivoryton Playhouse this summer! Broadway National & International Tours: Chicago the Musical since 2015 (June; Velma Kelly U/S). West Side Story (Graziella/Jet Girl). Regional Theatre: Chicago the Musical (Pittsburgh CLO). Dance instructor in CT. Assistant Director of Dance at SHU. Thank you always to Adam, Mom, Family & Friends and the creative team at Ivoryton!  SOCIALS: @taylorkdancer


Ariella Kvashny* (Daisy Arujo) is a SoCal native and recent graduate of the University of California Irvine with a BFA in Musical Theatre and an Honors in Acting. Her most recent professional credits include Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet (Moonlight Stage), Eva Peron in Evita (Cygnet Theatre), Mama Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas 3 ears in a row (The Old Globe), Cindy Lou Huffington in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Welk Theatre), La Gente/Pilar, Victoria (us) in Destiny of Desire (The Old Globe), and Ensemble/Daniela, Camila, Abuela Claudia (us) in In The Heights (Cleveland Playhouse). She would like to thank her agents at HCKR, the team at Ivoryton, and her family for all the love and support. This one is dedicated to her mom, who instilled in her a love for all things 80’s!

Isaac Kueber (Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr.) is thrilled to be making his Ivoryton Playhouse debut in Mystic Pizza! Off-Broadway: Friends the Musical Parody. Select Regional: Melchior (Spring Awakening), Max (The Play That Goes Wrong), Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods). Isaac received a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School. Much love to family, friends, and Jack!  SOCIALS: Instagram: Isaackueber


Liv Kurtz (Woman 3) is thrilled to be back at Ivoryton Playhouse! Previously, she appeared as Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys and Maggie Winslow in A Chorus Line. Other shows: Maria in The Sound of Music (Regional Theatre of the Palouse) Ensemble u/s The Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat (The Sharon Playhouse) Betty Haynes in White Christmas (La Comedia). (she/her) SOCIALS: Please  DM her on Instagram @thelivkurtz with an answer to the question: Pizza or Calzone? For science.  SOCIALS:


Johanna Milani (Woman 4) is thrilled to be making her Ivoryton Playhouse debut this summer in Mystic Pizza! Johanna has her BA in theatre from Ashland University (Ashland, OH) and MAT in Education from CCSU (New Britain, CT). She has performed with countless community theatres throughout CT, where some of her credits include: Falsettos (Trina), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Young Frankenstein (Inga), The Addams Family (Morticia), Shrek (Fiona), and Pirates of Penzance (Mabel). She has also been a principal performer on the North Pole Express for over ten years. Johanna is a SAHM and the owner of Songbird Creative Designs. Thank you to everyone at Ivoryton for this incredible opportunity, to my mom and in-laws for helping with the boys, and to Tullio, Emilio, and Luca for believing in me and your endless, unconditional love.

William Pazdziora* (Man 4) is thrilled to be making his Ivoryton debut! World Tour: Shrek the Musical (Wolf/ Thelonious/ Farquaad u/s). Regional: Evita (PA Shakespeare Festival), Jesus Christ Superstar (Bristol Riverside Theater), Rock of Ages (Eagle Theatre), Spamalot (Media Theatre), Shrek, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (PEG). When he’s not on stage singing and dancing, William is teaching voice in NYC and enjoying quality time with his wife Rebecca and their 8-month-old daughter Magnolia. SOCIALS:  @william.pazdziora


Alex Polzun (Man 3) is making his Ivoryton Playhouse Debut! National Tour: A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage. Regional: Gypsy (Classic Theatre of Maryland); Fiddler on the Roof, Kinky Boots, South Pacific, Footloose (Interlakes Summer Theatre). Film: Hocus Pocus 2, A Holiday in Harlem.



Josh Powell* (Man 1) is thrilled to return to Ivoryton, having previously appeared in My WayLove QuestBurt & Me, and On Golden Pond. He’s performed throughout CT, including with Goodspeed (City of Angels), Connecticut Lyric Opera (The Merry Widow), and Seven Angels, where he recently featured in Grumpy Old Men. He returns to Ivoryton fresh from leading A Little Night Music (Fredrik) at Brooklyn’s Mark O’Donnell Theater. Last season, he appeared in the World Premiere of The Virtuous Life of Joseph Andrews with Penguin Rep, where he also starred in Syncopation and Art. Josh has headlined with numerous opera companies, including El Paso Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Light Opera Oklahoma. Josh’s New York credits include Assassins (Booth), The Cradle Will Rock (Larry Foreman), and various new works. He’s also appeared with Merry-Go-Round (9 to 5), Pittsburgh Public (The Fantasticks), and 42nd Street Moon (The Golden Apple). Josh is the proud recipient of a San Francisco Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award.  SOCIALS: @JustJoshPowell


Leenya Rideout* (Leona Silvia)  Ivoryton Playhouse: Ring of Fire. Broadway: War HorseCyrano de Bergerac; Company; Cabaret. Off-Broadway: Wild Abandon, Irish Rep.; Before We’re Gone, 13th St. Rep.; Fire and Air & As You Like It, Classic Stage; Taming of the Shrew, Public Theaterand Cowgirls, Minetta Lane Theatre.  Regional: Wild Horses, Merrimack Rep.; Into the Woods, HVSF; August Rush, Paramount; That Face, Baltimore Center Stage; Camelot & Secret Garden, Capital Rep; Fairfield, Cleveland Playhouse; Man of La Mancha, Milwaukee Rep; On Golden Pond, Casa Manana; Woody Sez, Theaterworks; Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Hangar Theater; Holidays with the Chalks, Alliance Theatre; Merrily We Roll Along, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  International Tour: My Fair Lady.  Film:  Love, RepeatMona Lisa Smile.  Television: FBI (CBS); Law & Order, SVU (NBC); Bull (CBS); Company (PBS);  Nashville Star (USA). SOCIALS:



Lily Bucko (Understudy) is thrilled to be making her Ivoryton debut. Having grown up in CT, she is so excited to be doing this show in her home state! She is a recent graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Emerson credits include A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Lippa’s The Wild Party, Seussical TYA, Urinetown, and Rock of Ages. Other regional credits: A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage). Lots of thanks to her family and teachers! SOCIALS: @lilybucko Website:


Rae Janeil (Understudy) is excited to be back at Ivoryton Playhouse! She was last seen here as Squeak in The Color Purple, Jo in The Legend of Georgia McBride, and Rosie in Cabaret. Favorite performing credits include Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park (Music Theater of Connecticut), Player & Berthe u/s in Pippin (Playhouse on Park), Joanne in Rent (Opera House Players), The Lady in The Scottsboro Boys (Playhouse on Park), Mae in The Wild Party (Brookfield Theatre), Michelle in Dreamgirls (Fairfield Center Stage), Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone (Castle Craig Players) and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (Windham Theater Guild). (she/they)  SOCIALS:

Patrick O’Konis (Understudy) is thrilled to be returning to Ivoryton Playhouse after working with the Women Playwrights Festival last fall. He was born & raised in the 860 (Broad Brook) and has a deep love for Ann’s Pizza of Enfield, CT. Patrick holds his MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and currently teaches Film/Theatre at his alma mater College of the Holy Cross. Recent Regional credits: BCTA Critics’ Pick (and featured on NPR Boston) Touching the Void – Apollinaire Theatre, John Proctor is the Villain – Huntington Theatre (Elliot Norton Award 2024-Outstanding Ensemble), Indecent – Wilbury Theatre Group, & Escape to Margaritaville – Cumberland Theatre. Upcoming: The Hombres -Gloucester Stage, At the Wedding (Director)-Alternative College Theatre. SOCIALS:

The Band

Keyboard 1/Conductor:  David Madore
Keyboard 2/Saxophone:  Michael Paglione
Guitar 1:  Morgan Brown
Guitar 2:  Nick Zavaglia
Bass:  Mark Gehret
Drums:  Alex Giosa

Creative Team

Director and Choreographer:  Brian Feehan

Musical Director:  David Madore

Stage Manager:  Laura Lynne Knowles*

Assistant Stage Manager:  Jen Fedus

Scenic Designer:  Cully Long

Lighting Designer:  Marcus Abbott

Sound Designer: Shyloh-Symone Bailey

Costume Designer:  Elizabeth Saylor

Props Master:  Melissa Titus

* member of Actors Equity


Ivoryton Playhouse hosting events during the run of Mystic Pizza:

Date: Friday, July 12th
Pre-show event: 6:30pm
Performance: 8PM

Teachers can purchase tickets for the student rate of $25 with their school ID.   Order tickets via phone or in person.  No online sales and not applicable to prior sales. Tickets will be held at the box office, not emailed or mailed.  Patrons purchasing over the phone will need to show their Educators ID when picking up the tickets.

The pre-show event under the tent will feature the ability to purchase beverages at the bar.


Wednesday July 10th is “Mystic Day” at Ivoryton Playhouse where we will be welcoming members from the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.


Check back here for photos and video clips!


Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce the upcoming production of “Mystic Pizza: The Musical,” an exciting new addition to its 2024 season lineup and the first-ever production of this new musical in Connecticut! This highly anticipated musical adaptation of the beloved 1988 film will grace the historic stage until July 28th, promising an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

Performance Schedule:

  • Show Dates: June 27th through July 28th, 2024
  • Performance Times: Wednesdays—2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays—7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays—8 p.m., Sundays—2 p.m.
  • Added Matinees: Saturday, July 6th, and Saturday, July 20th at 2pm.

Mystic Pizza brings to life the heartwarming coming-of-age story of three young women navigating love, friendship, and life in the charming coastal town of Mystic, Connecticut. With a book by Sandy Rustin and music and lyrics by some of the greatest pop and rock stars of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Mystic Pizza captures the spirit of the original film while adding a fresh and vibrant twist. Audiences can expect to be swept away by catchy tunes, dynamic choreography, and an endearing narrative that celebrates the essence of small-town life and the bonds that hold us together.

Under the expert direction of celebrated director and choreographer Brian Feehan, the production boasts a stellar cast featuring Broadway veterans and rising stars. Broadway’s Leenya Rideout* (War Horse, Cabaret revival, Company) plays Leona Silva, the owner of Mystic Pizza. Ariella Kvashny* plays the iconic Daisy Arujo, the role that launched the career of Julia Roberts in the original film. Joining her are rising stars Alyssa Giannetti* playing Jo Barboza, and Carina Hernandez, playing Kat Arujo. Will Clark* returns to the Playhouse as Bill Montijo, with Isaac Kueber as Charles Gordon Windsor Jr. and Michael Ferraro* as Tim Travers. Rounding out the female ensemble are Taylor Krebuszewski*, Olivia Fenton, Liv Kurtz, and Johanna Regan Milani. The male ensemble includes Ivoryton favorites Josh Powell* and Cory Candelet, with Will Pazdziora*, Alex Polzun, and Andrew Johnson. Laura Lynne Gonzalez* is the Stage Manager.

The creative team includes many Ivoryton regulars: David Madore will be the Music Director, with scenic design by Cully Long, Lighting by Marcus Abbott, Costumes by Liz Saylor, Props Design by Melissa Titus, and Sound Design by Shyloh-Symone Bailey.

So, what’s the special sauce in Mystic Pizza? It’s got to be the myriad of recognizable favorites from the ‘80s and ‘90s, including ‘Addicted to Love’, ‘Take My Breath Away’, ‘Into the Mystic’, ‘The Power of Love’, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’, and many more!

Ivoryton Playhouse is proud to produce this story rooted in New England’s culture and heritage. Several events are being planned with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, including Mystic Day at Ivoryton Playhouse on Wednesday, July 10th. These include ticket giveaways, opportunities for discount tickets, and other joint promotions highlighting the region and the Mystic Pizza restaurant.  As a community theater with deep ties to the region, Ivoryton Playhouse is dedicated to showcasing productions that resonate with local audiences while attracting visitors from far and wide.

Tickets for Mystic Pizza are now on sale. They 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.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

About Ivoryton Playhouse: Ivoryton Playhouse is a renowned small professional theatre in South Central Connecticut. It has been a beacon of creativity, culture, and intimate theatrical engagement for many years. 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

For press tickets, please contact:

Susan McCann –

*These actors appear courtesy of the Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 

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

The title of the film (and the musical) was inspired by a pizza shop in Mystic, Connecticut. Screenwriter Amy Holden Jones was summering in the area and chose Mystic Pizza as the focus of her story about the lives of three young waitresses.