How Connecticut Theaters Fared With Storm's Wrath

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Hurricane Sandy was very theater-friendly.

Things didn't get really ominous until Sunday night, long after the curtain came down on most shows at theaters throughout Connecticut.

Then on Monday when the storm's fury -- and tides -- were at their highest, most theaters were "dark."

By the time showtime would begin again on Tuesday, the storm had long gone.

Here's a breakdown of some theaters:

Downtown Westport had major storm issues but the Westport Country Playhouse, located on the Boston Post Road, reports just some tree branches down on their site.

School performances have been canceled today and Wednesday for its extended production of "A Raisin in the Sun." Those students who missed that performance can catch the 10:30 a.m. show on Thursday.

The first general public performance of the extended week will be Thursday night.

Yale Repertory Theatre in downtown New Haven is the only major theater in the state to regularly have performances on Mondays. It canceled last night's preview performance of the world premiere of "Marie Antoinette." Performances will resume tonight. The show opens on Thursday.

However, its School of Drama production of "Iphigenia Among the Stars" will not be performed tonight at the University Theatre on 222 York St. Performances are expected to begin Wednesday night. The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 3.

TheaterWorks in Hartford was not affected by the storm with the last performance of "Venus in Fur" happening Sunday afternoon and the next performance slated for tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Goodspeed Opera House production of the musical "Something's Afoot" in East Haddam doesn't have performances until Wednesday.

A spokesman reported that no damage occurred to the theater, which is located on the banks of the Connecticut River or on its low-lying new artist housing..

There were no rehearsals scheduled for Monday for the workshop production of "The Great American Mousical" which is slated to begin performances Nov. 8 at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in Chester. Rehearsals for the show, directed by Julie Andrews, resume today.

Choreographer Christopher Gattelli posted on his Facebook page Monday:  "We are all about to go over to Julie's house and sing "My Favorite Things". I've already turned my curtains into a sweat suit."

Long Wharf Theater's Stage II returns to its run of "Satchmo at the Waldorf" tonight.

The theater located just off Long Island Sound in New Haven appears to be intact.

A theater spokesman reports that after a Tuesday morning inspection there appears to be no leaks or damage due to Hurricane Sandy which caused tidal surges in New Haven Monday at midnight.

The theater's facilities are raised about five feet on a concrete foundation. Lonmg Wharf Theater is undergoing interior and exterior renovations.

There was some problems with the telephone system but it unclear whether the trouble is storm related.

The front end of the New Haven Food Terminal complex -- where the theater has been located for almost 50 years -- received some damage but none towards the back where the theater is set. A new roof was recently installed for the theater by the building's owner as part of the theater's renovation project.

Rehearsals set for today to begin for "The Killing of Sister George," starring and directed by Kathleen Turner, is now slated to start Wednesday.

 The touring company of the musical "Chicago" starring Cristie Brinkley left the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford just in time Sunday afternoon. But because of school closings it canceled its children's show, "A Brown Bear, A Moon and a Caterpillar" yesterday and today. The next show slated at the arts center is slated for Nov. 8, The Bushnell's box office is closed today and will reopen Wednesday.

Hartford Stage re-opens its office and box office this afternoon and the new musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" will be performed tonight.

The Ivoryton Playhouse canceled the first two preview performances of  "The Kitchen Witches," slated for Wednesday and is expected to present a preview of nthe show on Thursday followed by the opening on Friday, Nov. 2.

 

 

 

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