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Announcing our 2016-17 Mainstage Season!
Announcing Our 26th Innovative Mainstage Season.
Come join Seven Angels Theatre in one of it’s most inspiring and exciting seasons ever. Dynamic, Innovative, Funny, Inspiring.
The 26th professional season of incredible plays and musicals.
SEPTEMBER 22 – OCTOBER 16
A ROOM OF MY OWN
By Charles Messina
CT PREMIERE – Directed by Charles Messina
Charles Messina’s semi-autobiographical comedy, ‘A Room of My Own,’ revolves around a writer who grows up in a wacky Italian-American family. Set in a small tenement apartment in late 1970s Greenwich Village, the play follows in the grand tradition of playwrights like Neil Simon, who used their own early family lives as inspiration to create indelible and uniquely American Broadway hits.
Carl Morelli is a writer who reminisces about his adolescence, and childhood dreams of the world outside his crowded downtown tenement. Wishing for his own room—and an Atari video game—young Carl shares the tiny studio in a five-flight crumbling walk-up apartment with his unemployed father, older sister, and strong-willed mother. Other relatives include an estranged aunt and a high-strung uncle.
The sold out off-Broadway run at The Abingdon Theatre in NYC earlier this year garnered wonderful reviews and the support of general audiences and celebrities alike. Among the stars who came out to see the show were Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Danza, Chazz Palmintieri, Meredith Vieira, Lance Bass, Raven Simone, Joy Behar, Joe Mantello, and Burt Young. The show was covered by The Today Show, Extra, The Meredith Vieira Show, The New York Times, The Daily News, and just about every other major media outlet in America. Following the run, Whoopi Goldberg and her production company came on board to help develop and produce the show as a television series. The play will also be moving back into NYC for a larger, open-ended run in NYC next year.
Come see it at Seven Angels with members of the NY cast! Adult language.
“Brash….wondrous…..a story of ferocious devotion.” New York Times; “Hilarious…Raunchy….Raucous.” Rex Reed; “A truly hilarious, exquisitely detailed memoir of growing up Italian-American in New York City. That doesn’t mean it isn’t also heartbreaking. Messina introduces us to a world in which comedy and tragedy go hand n hand.” Theatremania; “Direction by Charles Messina is remarkable. So convincing you’ll feel like a fly on the wall.” WomanAroundTown.com; “Uproariously funny. Messina directs his own work with humor and perspective. The effect is wistful, sometimes penetrating, but always capturing our interest.” Wolf Entertainment Guide
“Fabulously funny. Messina sculpts with honesty and wit.” – Broadway Blog
HE WROTE GOOD SONGS
Conceived and written by Jon Peterson
Jon Peterson, veteran of many Broadway and West End shows, returns to Seven Angels Theatre stage with his new hit musical. HE WROTE GOOD SONGS. Starting its’ life at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival, HE WROTE GOOD SONGS is the story of Anthony Newley, the British actor, singer, song-writer, director, who created songs like GOLDFINGER, WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I, WHO CAN I TURN TO?, GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN, and CANDY MAN. Newley – His turbulent life, his many loves, his marriage to Joan Collins, the highs, the lows, the desperation of a man innately wise to the charade that is show business – a man possessed with too many talents.
Written and performed by Mr. Peterson HE WROTE GOOD SONGS includes 20 of Newley’s incredible songs driving home this tale of a man inspired, a show business legend. Peterson ignited Seven Angels Theatre with his performances in GEORGE M. COHEN TONIGHT and SONG MAN DANCE MAN. Don’t miss his return in this extraordinary new show.
“…His body – in continual motion, mind and emotional instruments are channeled into Newley all the way. Songs were well chosen and the writing is funny with intensely dramatic moments, and…Peterson savors every single one of them. Like Newley before him he possesses a genius……It is a tour-de-force performance…..” Don Grigwire, Broadway World.
“Peterson’s acting and singing is genius… It is a consummate performance that deserves to be seen again.” Joe Regan, Jr. NY Review
“Jon Peterson’s dazzling performance in HE WROTE GOOD SONGS will enthrall admirers of Anthony Newley and joyously enlighten those interested in show business that are unfamiliar with him.” Darryl Reilly, Cabaret Music
Peterson takes power house ballads such as “What kind of Fool Am I” and “Who Can I Turn To” and knocks them out of the Music Hall.” Tony Frankel, Theatre Los Angeles Peterson is a phenominom. He vamps, he slithers and burns energy like a comet plummeting to earth.” Detroit News.
FEBRUARY 9 – MARCH 5
GEORGE AND GRACIE: THE EARLY YEARS
A nostalgic and hilarious look back at the early years of the famous husband and wife comedy team: George Burns and Gracie Allen.
After sending audiences into hysterical laughter in IT HAD TO BE YOU (Seven Angels Season ’08-09) R. Bruce Connelly (Say Goodnight Gracie) and Semina De Laurentis (the original Sr. Mary Amnesia – Nunsense) reunite on Seven Angels stage to bring to life the unique comedy of George Burns and Gracie Allen in this special theatrical event just for Seven Angels.
George and Gracie were one of the most successful comedy teams of all time. George, one of comedy’s best straight men who ever walked the earth, and Gracie, the ditzy lady with her own sense of logic delighted audiences for years on radio and TV. Countless such acts came before them and plenty after them, but few are as memorable as this pair.
Come join George and Gracie, their neighbors Blanche and Harry and other memorable guests as Bruce, Semina and cast pay homage to the comedic idols who influenced and inspired them with their impeccable comic timing and zaniness
The production of GEORGE AND GRACIE: THE EARLY YEARS is to benefit Seven Angels Theatre educational and the High School HALO Awards programs.
Don’t miss one of the most delightful and entertaining events of the season.
MARCH 23 – APRIL 23
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Lyrics by Tim Rice | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
The global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSAR is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.
MAY 11 – JUNE 11
TRAV’LIN – THE 1930’S HARLEM MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by J.C.Johnson Book by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro
TRAV’LIN is a high-octane, jazzy-soul fest that takes you back to Harlem in the 1930’s when the music was swinging, big bands ruled and the Harlem Renaissance was in high gear.
This jazz infused musical follows the romantic escapades of three couples of different ages: the young lovers new to love and oh so innocent, the seen-it-all lovers who bicker and fight but darn it they love each other, and the mature folk who wonder if it’s too late to fall in love one more time.
Playing the game of love, they learn enduring lessons when George, a retired Pullman porter and church deacon, meets his match in the guise of a down-and-out stranger who is not the person she pretends to be.
TRAV’LIN rediscovers the music of Harlem Renaissance composer J.C. Johnson.
Johnson wrote Bessie Smiths’ signature song “Empty Bed Blues” and collaborated with such artists as Fats Waller, Chick Webb, and George Whiting. His songs were recorded by such icons as Billie Holliday, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. The Broadway musicals BESSIE and ME, and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ reprised his music for a new generation
The sold out hit of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. “Keep your eye open for the return of this fantastic musical.” Ron Scott – New York Amsterdam News; “TRAV’LIN is a pure delight.” Michael Glitz – Huffington Post; “You’ll be entranced. “Oscar E. Moore – TALKENTERTANMENT.com – New York; “This show is pitch perfect and will have you enamored from start to finish.. “ BRYAN-KEYTH WILSON – Broadway World;
“Go for any reason – just go see TRAV’LIN…”Kristy Blackmon – The Column – Fort Worth; “…. So for someone who doesn’t like musicals, TRAV’LIN made me a fan.” Nicholas Linnehan – NYTHEATRE.com
Season subscriptions are available now by stopping in or calling the Seven Angels Theatre box office at 203-757-4676. Seven Angels Theatre is located on Plank Road in Waterbury, Connecticut, with plenty of free parking. Just off I-84. SevenAngelsTheatre.org.