Arts and Leisure
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Large Levitt Crowd for Magic of Lyn
Lyn Dillies, who bills herself as “America’s premier female illusionist,” lived up to her reputation of being one of the Levitt Pavilion’s most popular shows each year as she brought her Magic of Lyn show to Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School tonight. The show was moved indoors because the temporary stage at the Levitt could not handle some of the technical aspects of the show, according to organizers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Honoring “tick, tick…Boom!” Players
Westporters Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler, patrons of the arts and sponsors of the current Westport Country Playhouse production of “tick, tick…Boom!,” hosted a party at their waterfront home tonight to thank the cast and production staff for its current successful run which continues through July 18. Actors Wilson Cruz (2nd l), Pearl Sun (2nd r) and Colin Hanlon (far r) pose with (l-r) Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director, host Ann Sheffer, Sheffer’s son Eduard and daughter Betty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Weather Forces Mariachi Sounds Indoors
Former Westporter David Giardina (3rd r) led the Fiesta del Norte Mariachi Band tonight at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. A late afternoon thundershower forced a venue change from the Levitt Pavilion to indoors. Despite a sparse turnout, the audience was enthusiastic and clapped hands to the rhythm of the south of the border beat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Westport Community Band Delights Levitt Crowd
The Westport Community Band, whose scheduled Levitt Pavilion concert was rained out last week, finally got to perform tonight much to the delight of the assembled crowd. The band was under the direction of Sal LaRusso, band conductor at Weston High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Henry Stanley, a recent graduate of Weston High School, played a trombone solo during tonight’s Westport Community Band performance at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Fireworks to Feature For The Heart Musical Revue
Westport’s Independence Day fireworks this year will have a new feature—the Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) will present the musical revue ensemble For The Heart.
The For the Heart ensemble from the Connecticut Music Theatre will perform before the fireworks on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The group will perform from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday by the cannons at Compo Beach. The fireworks will go off at 9:15 p.m. Car passes at $30 are available at Westport police headquarters and the Parls & Rec Department office at Longshore.
Founded in 2005 by MTC student Caley Beretta, For The Heart is a community service group that has been performing classic Broadway show tunes at elderly assisted living facilities as well as special performances for events, including Westport/Weston First Night.
The group started with eight friends and has grown to feature more than 40 performers. Friday’s performance will mark For The Heart’s 25th show.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Flying at the Levitt
Westport’s The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its 36th season tonight with a performance by The Flying Karamazov Brothers, a juggling and comedy troupe who have been performing since 1973. They learned their trade while performing as street artists in Santa Cruz, Calif., and take their name from the Fyodor Dostoevsky novel “The Brothers Karamazov” because they see similarities between themselves and the characters of the novel. None of them, however, is actually blood relatives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Melissa and Doug Enjoy the Show
Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein, principals of the sponsor toy company Melissa & Doug, with children Nate, 1 1/2, and Audrey, 6 1/2, settle in before the start of tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Levitt Debuts 36th Season With Flying Karamazov Brothers
A large crowd attended tonight’s Levitt Pavilion opening of its 36th season with a performance by the Flying Karamazov Brothers, a juggling and comedy troupe. It was the first of 50 nights of free entertainment through the summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Insider Arts: How Big Did You Dream?
By Ina B. ChadwickSpecial to WestportNow
Native Westporter Tommy Greenwald, now 47, acknowledges that at age 31 he was as close to winning the fame and fortune lottery as any Broadway musician/writer ever gets.
Back then, he was a copywriter moonlighting in theater when his critically acclaimed musical, “John & Jen,” co-written with Andrew Lippa, debuted in 1993 at Goodspeed Opera House. It moved to the off-Broadway Lambs Theater two years later.
“It was a long shot on the money end,” he says. “In movies, you can sell something and make a bundle, but not in live theater.”
“I’m still a creative,” says Greenwald, now a superstar at Spotco, the preeminent advertising agency for productions such as “Billy Elliot” and “August Osage County,” to name just a few.
Warm Reception for Playhouse’s “Tick, Tick…BOOM!”
There was a warm reception tonight for the first preview performance of the Westport Country Playhouse’s “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” The cast includes (l-r) Pearl Sun, Colin Hanlon and Wilson Cruz. The director, Scott Schwartz, directed the original off-Broadway production as well as the national tour, London and Los Angeles productions. The play runs through July 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tom Jones Target of Audience Admiration
Singer Tom Jones, who rose to fame in the 1960s with an exuberant live act noted for its overt sexuality, showed a Westport audience at the Levitt Pavilion tonight that at age 69 he can still stir up passions. Panties and bras flew on stage as Jones belted out his old standards “She’s a Lady” and “It’s Not Unusual” as well as new songs. The fund-raiser will enable 50 free nights at the Levitt beginning Sunday, June 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tom Jones Entertains at the Levitt
Tom Jones entertained a large crowd at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight in a fund-raiser to provide more than 50 nights of free entertainment at the Levitt this summer. The crowd didn’t seem to mind the muddy aisles as Jones performed for more than 90 minutes a medley of his hits and new songs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff chats with Mimi Levitt (c), philanthropist and patron of the arts, and film critic Susan Granger at a cocktail party before tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion gala starring Tom Jones. Levitt’s late husband Mortimer was a millionaire businessman/patron of the arts and benefactor of the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Playhouse Announces Fifth Play of 2009 Season
Mark Lamos: Artistic director will be play’s director. Contributed photoThe Westport Country Playhouse today announced that its fifth play of the six-play 2009 season will be “That Championship Season,” a 1972 play by Jason Miller that won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award.
The play, which also won a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and debuted off-Broadway and later moved to Broadway for an almost two-year run, will be directed by Mark Lamos, the Playhouse artistic director. It will be his directing debut as artistic director.
Lamos and Michael Ross, managing director, took over in January and made some revisions to the 2009 season starters announced earlier. They said at the time that the name of the fifth and sixth plays of the season would be determined later.
“That Champsionship Season” will run Aug. 25 through Sept. 12 while the sixth play still to be announced will run Sept. 29 through Oct. 17.