The Knights of The Round Table in Curtain Call's season-opener, SPAMALOT, playing in The Kweskin Theatre September 13 through October 5. Seen here are (left to right) Back row: Joe Efferen, Richard Cummings, Brian Meltzer and Brian Maher. Kneeling front: Mathew Martin.
While one of the most memorable songs from the award-winning musical comedy - GYPSY - may be "You've Gotta Get a Gimmick", Curtain Call's 2013-14 season has no gimmicks - just great local theatre. OK, there is one gimmick: the aforementioned song will be heard in the final show of Curtain Call's 23rd season when GYPSY plays The Kweskin Theatre in June 2014.
Stamford's longest-running and only year 'round producing theatre company (Curtain Call) will light up The Kweskin Theatre stage with five full-scale musicals beginning in September with the area premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT. Beginning in November and continuing through the holiday season will be another Tony winner: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. In February, one of the best-loved musicals of all time - LES MISERABLES - will take the stage and play through early March. Next season's big Spring musical will be the stage adaptation of the MGM classic film, THE WIZARD OF OZ. And, as mentioned, closing out the main stage season will be another multiple award winner, GYPSY.
Curtain Call will also be presenting several shows in their smaller, cabaret-style space, The Dressing Room Theatre. Beginning October 18, the Tennessee Williams masterpiece, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE will play for three weekends followed by a limited run production of the Kaufman and Hart classic comedy, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU in late November. Kicking off the New Year and opening on January 10 will be the charming comedy, THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS, written by the same team who brought this year's sell-out smash, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB. March will bring a quirky contemporary comedy, DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE, written by award-winning author Sarah Ruehl.
Musical Mondays - Curtain Call's program of presenting new musicals in a concert reading format will return as well. The February presentation will showcase the winner of next year's American Harmony Prize. Additionally, Curtain Call will host a variety of special event programs including: interactive murder mysteries, comedy nights with Michael "Motts" Pelazza and friends, concerts by Stamford resident and Broadway veteran Frank Mastrone, as well as a POLICE tribute band, THE POLICE FILES. Also, returning for a second year will be Michael Jovovich and friends.
All in all, Curtain Call will present 138 nights (or days) of entertainment over 42 weekends making them one of the busiest arts organization in Fairfield County. This local arts group has been consistently recognized for outstanding programming for many years: in August 2012 they were noted as the Most Popular Theatre in Connecticut in a state-wide Facebook poll run by the CT Department of Tourism; in 2011 they received The Governor's Award for Excellence in Culture & Tourism; and every year since 2005 they have been named Fairfield County's Best Local Theatre (and Best Venue, Best Local Arts Organization) in a variety of other polls.
Single tickets for the entire season are now on sale through the Box Office at 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com. Discounted five, seven and ten-ticket FLEX PASSES are also available and offer savings of more than 40% off regular ticket prices.Tickets for most events are $29 for adults, $22 for senior citizens, $14.50 for students and children.
Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. After school, evening and weekend educational workshops in the performing arts are also offered year-round for ages five through adult.