Huge things are happening at Connecticut Repertory Theatre this summer, as CRT’s 2015 Nutmeg Summer Series will put on three musicals at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Stage: “Les Misérables,” “Peter Pan” and “Xanadu.”
Broadway icon Terrence Mann directed, as well as reprised his role as the antagonistic Javert in “Les Misérables”, the very show that placed him in the Broadway pantheon. He has also appeared in “Man of Lamancha” during the 2012 Nutmeg Summer Series and “My Fair Lady,” in 2011.
Besides Mann, Broadway’s Liz Larson from the musical “Beautiful” will come to the stage as Madame Thenardier along with Ariana DeBose as Eponine. DeBose was a cast mate of Mann in the Broadway musical “Pippin” and recently starred in the musical “Hamilton” at The Public Theatre in New York.
Following “Les Misérables” will be “Peter Pan,” which will be directed and choreographed by Cassie Abate, who choreographed last summer’s “A Chorus Line.”
CRT is bringing the professional flying company Hall Associates for all the mid-air somersaulting, flying and acrobatic special effects. For those who saw CRT’s fall production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and flying effects of that show, take that and multiply it by 1,000 as far as special effect aesthetics are concerned.
Closing out CRT’s summer will be “Xanadu.” Originally a movie-musical and largely regarded as being a cult classic known for being bad, “Xanadu” was a smash hit when it came to Broadway in 2007.
“Xanadu” will be directed by CRT Artistic Director Vince Cardinal and will star Luke Hamilton, Amandina Altomare, Steve Hayes and Ariana Shore. Hamilton and Altomare respectively play the roles of Tulsa and Gypsy Rose Lee. Meanwhile, Hayes returns to the CRT stage having performed in both “The Sunshine Boys” and “Gypsy” respectively in last years shows, the latter which also starred Leslie Uggams from the television show “Roots.”
CRT is certainly pulling out all the stops for its summer season, bringing to the stage Broadway stars and captivating special effects and designs as well as making it affordable for audiences in the area with student tickets costing $12.