Little Theatre brings 'Songs for a New World' to the stage

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Oct. 28—MANCHESTER — Little Theatre of Manchester, one of Connecticut's oldest community theaters still in operation, will present "Songs for a New World," featuring a a far-ranging score, Nov. 5-21.

The musical, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown ("Parade," "Bridges of Madison County"), takes its audience on a journey to unexpected places, choices, and consequences.

"Songs for a New World," which premiered off Broadway in 1995, features a collection of powerful songs that examine life, love, and the choices we make.

The crew includes Tracy Funke of Coventry, director Jane Cerosky of Glastonbury, and music direction by Kim Aliczi of Vernon.

Cerosky said, "More than a musical revue, the play weaves together the lives of four nameless individuals at the moment of critical life decisions. It's about the consequences of choices. And we can't treat them like they're songs. We have to tell them like they're stories. There's a lot of spirituality in this. I think there's a lot of hopefulness."

"Songs for a New World" runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $32 for VIP seating in the first six rows and $24 for remaining seats. There is a $2 per ticket discount for seniors, students, and military.

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 860-647-9824, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or go to:

The musical will be staged in Cheney Hall, a national historic landmark, 177 Hartford Road.

COVID safety protocols will be enforced. Details are on the website.

Somers Village Players

Somers Village Players will present the comedy "I Hate Hamlet" weekends at Sonny's Place, 348 Main St., Somers, starting Nov. 5.

Show dates are Nov. 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dessert served at 7 p.m. and the show at 8. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $28 and can be ordered online at:

This is a new venue for the theater group.

The play, by Paul Rudnick, centers around a TV actor scheduled to play Hamlet in New York, even though he dislikes the show. A visit by the ghost of John Barrymore adds to his distress.

The Bushnell

The Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Rent" will make a tour stop at The Bushnell Friday, Nov. 5; Saturday, Nov. 6; and Sunday, Nov. 7. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Nov. 5; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 6; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

"Rent" follows a year in the lives of a diverse group of artists and friends struggling to follow their dreams, without selling out.

This is the 25th anniversary "Farewell Season of Love," and a final chance to see the touring production.

Tickets range from $32 to $122, depending on day and time

For information, call The Bushnell box office, 166 Capitol Ave., at 860-987-5900, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours before curtain time, or visit:

—The Bushnell will host "An Evening with C.S. Lewis" in its Belding Theater on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m.

In this show starring David Payne, C.S. Lewis hosts a group of American writers at his home near Oxford in 1963. Throughout the evening he recalls people and events that inspired his thought and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien; why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles; how he came to embrace Christianity; and of the American woman who turned his life upside down.

Tickets are $70.50; use code LION to get half off the price.

Playhouse on Park

WEST HARTFORD — Playhouse on Park's 2021-22 Comedy Night series opens Saturday night at 8 p.m. with Coleman Green.

Other comedy nights will be held Jan. 8, April 2, April 30, and June 18.

Green is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer of his own animation series, and is familiar to the Philadelphia comedy scene.

In his routine, he finds the common link between races, ethnicities, cultures, and incomes.

Also appearing will be Krystal Dyer, who has a funny spin on divorce, dating in her 40s, and raising boys.

She has won and placed in comedy contests at the Hartford Funny Bone and is a regular at Comix Roadhouse at Mohegan Sun.

Tickets are $15, all seats reserved. Playhouse follows a COVID-19 policy; details are on its website.

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 860-523-5900, ext. 10, or go to:

Playhouse on Park is at 244 Park Road, West Hartford.

—Playhouse on Park will present "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" Dec. 1-19.

A sequel to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," set two years after the novel ends, "Miss Bennet" has bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.

Tickets are now on sale and range from $40-$50; discounts for students and seniors. Student rush tickets are $10 (cash only), available 15 minutes prior to curtain.

Previews are Dec. 1 and 2, with all tickets at $20.

Showtimes are Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m; Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.

Playhouse on Park has for sale a gift box in honor of Jane Austen's birthday throughout the run of the show for $30. Additionally, costume night will be on Friday, Dec. 17. Come to "Miss Bennet" wearing a Jane Austen-inspired costume

The River Bend Bookshop of Glastonbury will be on site during the run, selling classic novels and Jane Austen-themed gifts; 20% of proceeds will be donated to Playhouse on Park.

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