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Full Season (Save 25%)
Get the complete season, 18 performances, you choose your performance day/time! Check out the show descriptions below and call our box office to reserve your seat for the 2016-2017 season at Nelson Hall Theater! (Reg. $387 / Senior: $315)
Season Subscriber Benefit: Full Season Subscribers are eligible to become “Friends of Nelson Hall” for an additional $50 donation – entitling them a complimentary ticket to the Nelson Hall Gala on March 25, 2017, for a concert by Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns. (More Info).
Flex Subscription Package (Save 20%)
Can’t make it to all the season performances? Our flex subscription package gives you a great deal on 6 performances. Choose all six (6) from the main “Music Theater” series or all six (6) from the Tribute Series, or pick a total of six (6) performances between the two series. Buy Now. (Reg. $182.40 / Senior: $148.80) Want to add a little bit more music to your package? Include the option to add Vintage shows for just $10 each.
Welcome to the 2016-2017 Season at
Nelson Hall Theater!
This season, we are thrilled to bring you three full series of entertainment, ranging from a dramatic one-man play to concert events and solo performances, to full stage variety productions.
Become a Friend of Nelson Hall today and be eligible to attend our elegant Gala Event as a sponsor of our performing arts series. Your $100 gift entitles you to one (1) complimentary ticket to our gala featuring a concert by Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns.
Special thanks to our corporate and community sponsors, whose generous support makes these amazing productions possible. Our intimate box-style theater is conveniently located on the beautiful campus of Elim Park retirement community in Cheshire, Connecticut.
We look forward to your visit!
Nelson Hall Theater Manager
Winner of 3 out of 5 major awards at the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival, this poignant and humorous one-man play will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone.
Bob Stromberg returns to Nelson Hall in That Wonder Boy, an exploration of life and art through the eyes of a youngster who “overcame a happy childhood to become a comedic artist.” Comic storyteller Bob Stromberg’s (co-author of Triple Espresso) utterly charming tale begins with a flying baby and soars on a creative flight of laughter, joy and wonder. Laugh- out-loud funny, but also reflective and moving, the show is a satisfying journey for any audience.
Writer: Bob Stromberg • Director: Risa Brainin • Music and Soundscape: Michael Pearce Donley • Executive Producer: Dennis Babcock. Buy Tickets.
Imagine Christmastime in Ireland—a rousing sing-along by the hearth, favorite Christmas songs and hymns, laughter as everyone gathers for a sampling of Irish wit and wisdom, and the joyfulness of youthful dancing in celebration of the holidays. Tony Kenny, Ireland’s Premier Entertainer, and his all-star cast will take you there. Also starring: Trish O’Brien, The Dublin Trinity Band, the Dublin City Dancers and Ireland’s King of Blarney, comedian George Casey. Get tickets to one of the four performance times.
Franc D’Ambrosio has joined the ranks of the famed Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as only a handful of Phantom alumni to successfully crossover to solo careers. Franc is best known for his role as the “Phantom” (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera). With over 2,300 performances, he held the title “World’s Longest Running Phantom” for a decade.
Franc is also known for his role as “Anthony Corleone” in the Academy Award nominated film The Godfather III. Franc sang the Academy Award winning theme song from the film trilogy and his performance has garnered over one million hits on YouTube. Get tickets.
Lets Hang On!, the nation’s premier Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Tribute Show, is a full blown stage production complete with that Four Season’s sound, crisp choreography, and a 7-piece live band. You’ll see four great looking guys and two beautiful girls sing and dance their way through some of the best songs of all time. The guys of Let’s Hang On! cover all of the great Four Seasons Hits complete with that awesome falsetto supported by superb harmonies. Buy tickets to a Performance
Two On Tap brings audiences back in time to an era when couples like Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony, and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in a two-act show that has entertained tens of thousands worldwide.Two On Tap is a high-energy song and dance act, featuring Broadway’s Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano, accompanied by a live jazz ensemble. Get your tickets to the high-energy show!
As musical icons go, Elton John and Billy Joel would have to be at the top of anybody’s billboard chart. The tribute bands of “Benny and the Jets” with Greg Ransom (as Elton John) and “Storm Front” with Mike O’Brien (as Billy Joel) are paying homage with Face2Face, capturing the energy and spirit of these two legends with songs like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Your Song” and “Blue Eyes,” and “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “New York State Of Mind,” and “Piano Man,” plus many more.
Each band will perform a solo set then join together for a high-octane spectacle of sound! Get Tickets to a performance.
Connecticut Transit Authority faithfully recreates the music of one of the greatest American bands ever, Chicago, with focus on the early years of Chicago, better known as the “Terry Kath Era,” when the band was raw with emotion, heart and soul. Bringing vocals which closely resemble the original singers and an impeccable horn section, this band delivers a sound true to the originals.
Hear the hits “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Make Me Smile,” “Just You ‘n Me,” “Old Days,” and many more. Get tickets.
Tapestry, the Carole King Songbook, featuring Suzanne O’Davis, is the Premier musical tribute to Carole King. This show recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970’s Carole King concert experience following her legendary album, Tapestry. You will be transported back to the iconic image of her multi-million selling album of 1971.
Impeccable attention to detail is taken in recreating a respectful and accurate musical presentation of piano and vocals, just as they were. Suzanne’s performance will take you on a journey back to those great recordings. Buy tickets to a performance.
Mike Smith, Dave Fazio, and Bill Desanty, have been performing professionally in numerous bands all over the east coast for over three decades. This acoustic-rock trio is well known in the Western Massachusetts area for their emphasis on strong vocals, with all three members contributing as lead singers and each contributing to the three-part harmonies found in most songs they perform.
An acoustic throwback to the folk rock songs of James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel, audiences of all ages will enjoy these classic songs we all know and love. Get tickets.
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS- TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver’s music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today’s top performer of Denver’s vast legacy of multi-platinum hits.
Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to Denver’s music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. Jim will perform a full length concert with live band, guitar, flute, mandolin and bass. Get tickets.
7 Bridges Road is a tribute to the music of the Eagles, made up of six singers and instrumentalists. Unlike some tribute bands, they don’t play the individual members of the Eagles. Instead, they perform the music as it was meant to be performed; with passion, expertise, and a lot of attention to detail. The result is an astoundingly great sounding live band, recreating the vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements that comprise the Eagles’ body of work.
7 Bridges Road presents an all-acoustic show, utilizing acoustic guitars, piano, and a mix of hand drums and percussion. The soft atmosphere of acoustic music allows the band to perform a less formal, more intimate show. Don’t miss this encore performance by 7 Bridges Road at Nelson Hall Theater!
The Euclid Quartet is one of the most well- regarded chamber ensembles of its generation, known for performances filled with passion, virtuosity, and sensitivity. Captivating audiences and critics ranging from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms to radio and television broadcasts, the quartet has performed to great acclaim across the country. The members are a multinational mix representing four continents of the world: violinist Jameson Cooper (Great Britain), violinist Jacob Murphy (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), and cellist Si-Yan Darren Li (China). Get Tickets.
American organist Katelyn Emerson performs throughout the United States and Europe, showcasing repertoire spanning from the 14th- 20th centuries and giving “superlative performance with musical precision” (Worcester Chapter, American Guild of Organists [AGO]). She has performed in numerous venues, notably including the Cathédrale Poitiers (France), Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Hall (Russia), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York, NY, U.S.A.), the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ of Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME, U.S.A.), Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.), Reith Recital Hall at Goshen College (IN, U.S.A.), and others. Get tickets.
Pianist Arthur Villar was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in June 1984. He started his studies in piano, chamber music, theory and conducting in 2004, at the age of 21, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and joined the piano studio of Miriam Grossman, a renowned Brazilian pianist and pedagogue.
Among his achievements, he won first prize in the Souza Lima National Piano Competition in Sao Paulo (Brazil) in 2007, and performed in 2009 Bach’s twenty-four preludes and fugues at the Forum Internacional del Piano de Barcelona. Get Tickets.
With a baritone voice some have described as “coming along once in a generation,” Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs! Get Tickets.
Opera Theater of Connecticut has been presenting successful, sold out performances at Nelson Hall since 2012. While many venues are presenting broadcasts of live opera, we have the opportunity to offer our audience a unique and intimate live opera experience with professional opera singers, music director, raconteur, and supertitles. With a variety of song selections from a myriad of classic operas, this program appeals to everyone from cantata connoisseurs to first-time opera goers. Get tickets.
Virtuoso harpist Grace Cloutier trained at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and in France. She gave her solo Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2006, an encore solo recital in 2008, and a “Grace and Friends” concert there in 2014. Grace has performed for audiences across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. She has performed on Broadway, has given solo concerts for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Donald Trump, and was honored to perform for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. On television, Grace has appeared on NBC, CNN, and CBS, and the national television networks of Germany, France, and Ukraine. Get tickets.