Off Broadway. Theater in Eastern Connecticut.

It’s an awesome theater season around here, so get in line to buy your tickets! With new shows at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (also known as The Kate) in Old Saybrook, the Garde Arts Center in New London, and The Bradley Playhouse in Putnam, you’ll feel like you’re on Broadway – you just have a little more distance between the shows if you’re trying to catch them all.

Goodspeed’s new show, My One and Only, will transport you back to the 1920s in a flurry of tap dancing feet. If you like funny, romance and dance, this one should be on your list. Now through June 25, so don’t wait!

The Kate always has an eclectic variety of shows, and this season is no different. From music to comedy to Nora Ephron and Rebecca Traister talking about politics to The Importance of Being Earnest, there’s always something here to entice one family member or another. Check out their event listing – you might decide you can’t choose just one!

Heading east to New London, Beauty and the Beast will grace the Garde’s stage this year as part of their Broadway series. This is a must-see musical, and a great venue.
And on the road north, make a pit stop at The Bradley Playhouse. You won’t find a musical here, but Doubt is commanding attention for its serious look at truth and consequences in a 1960s Catholic school setting. This one is on my list.

Also noteworthy are the fab productions at Cornerstone Playhouse in Olde MistickVillage, Mystic. “Sunny Side Up” and “Puttin on the Ritz” are more adult-oriented shows. “Luna’s Sea” is all about the kids.

You don’t have to be on Broadway to enjoy great theater around here. We’ve got it covered. Break a leg!

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