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January 2020

Connecticut College Playwright Showcase

January 24-25, 2020 | 8:00 PM


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“Free Will” by Timothy Michael Gadomski - Will wasn’t supposed to die. Yet, here he is at Heaven’s Gate. Laugh along as God and Death argue about the concept of free will all the while our friend Will is stuck at the pearly gates. “The Harsh Reality of Dating a Poet” by Timothy M. Gadomski - Though she loves Freddie, Mary has begun to find out what it's like to truly love an artist. Being someone's muse can be heart-warming but, the meanings become twisted when it's your life that is being portrayed on stage. As a playwright Freddie is always looking for inspiration and fortunately/unfortunately his life is filled with plenty. In this 3-Scene One-Act musical you will be taken on a journey that many lovers of artists know too well. “Acid Scum” by Zach Fontanez - In a humble Irish Pub in a sleepy Connecticut town, drum machine-backed punk rock duo Acid Scum prepare to play one of their usual scantily-populated Friday night sets. Things get uncomfortable when lead singer Alex's ex-girlfriend shows up with her new boyfriend who works at the Tesla dealership. Oh, jeez! What follows is a tale of isolation, wasted potential, and what it…


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Nelson Hall Theater, 150 Cook Hill Road
Cheshire, 06410 United States
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Full Season Package

Spring/Summer 2020


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FULL PACKAGES: Choose either (7) matinee or (7) evening performances from the MAIN SEVEN or all (4) of the SPRING SINGLES. Main Seven Include: Shows with 2 Performances Benny Meets Artie | Sat. March 7, 2020 3:00 PM / 7:30 PM The Linda Ronstadt | Experience Fri. March 20, 2020 2:00 PM / 7:30 PM Tapestry - The Carole King Songbook | Fri. April 3, 2020 2:00 PM / 7:30 PM The Jersey Tenors | Fri. April 17, 2020 2:00 PM / 7:30 PM Rob Surette Hero Art (speed painting) | Thur. April 30, 2020 2:00 PM / 7:30 PM The Music of John Denver- Jim Curry | Thur. May 7, 2020 2:00 PM / 7:30 PM Tribute to Elvis- Travis LaDoyt | Fri. May 15, 2020 2:00 PM / 7:30 PM The Singles Shows with one performance only Sounds of Ireland with Charlie Zahm | Sat. March 14, 2020 7:30 PM Running on Empty (Jackson Browne music) | Fri. March 27, 2020 7:30 PM Lovers, Divas & Demons of Opera & Music Theater (Opera Theater of CT) | Sat. May 30, 2020 2:00 PM Moondance- Tribute to Van Morrison | Fri. June 12, 2020 7:30 PM


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February 2020

Nelson Hall Theater, 150 Cook Hill Road
Cheshire, 06410 United States
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Amore – The Love Songs
February 1 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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Love songs by Anthony Nunziata, with the Ted Firth Trio. Singer, songwriter, entertainer and Carnegie Hall headliner, Anthony Nunziata, brings his soulful, lyrical voice to the greatest love songs ever written (American and Italian!)


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Connecticut Transit Authority
February 22 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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Connecticut Transit Authority faithfully recreates the music of one of the greatest American bands ever— Chicago. CTA focuses on the early years of Chicago, better known as the “Terry Kath Era”, when the band was raw with emotion, heart and soul.


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March 2020

Nelson Hall Theater, 150 Cook Hill Road
Cheshire, 06410 United States
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Benny Meets Artie
March 7 @ 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times), Grammy-winning identical twins and Juilliard grads Peter and Will Anderson hail from Bethesda, Maryland. They've performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. They’ve headlined at The Blue Note, Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, and live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Radio Program. On Saturday, March 7th, the Andersons will present "Benny Meets Artie" at Nelson Hall. They will explore the lives and music of two American cultural icons, clarinetists Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw, with their jazz sextet featuring vocalist Molly Ryan, as well as an informative narrative and entertaining video presentation. Songs will include swing era hits “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Stardust,” and “Moonglow.” Raised in poverty in Chicago, Benny Goodman was a classical clarinet prodigy who soon sparked an international swing craze in the 1930s, and premiered the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938. Artie Shaw was a composer, author, and master clarinetist, pushing musical boundaries by blending American swing with European and Latin…


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Cheshire, 06410 United States
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Sounds of Ireland
March 14 @ 7:30 pm

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NHT one again welcomes Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks and Steve Hobbs to the stage, for the Sounds of Ireland. A great combination of voice, fiddle and guitar is the perfect combination to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a host of traditional Irish tunes!


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Cheshire, 06410 United States
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The Linda Ronstadt Experience
March 20 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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Cheshire, 06410 United States
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Running on Empty
March 27 @ 7:30 pm

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April 2020

Tapestry
April 3 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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The Jersey Tenors
April 17 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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Rob Surette Hero Art
April 30 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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May 2020

The Music of John Denver
May 7 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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Travis LeDoyt | A Tribute to the King
May 15 @ 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm

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