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Andrews Charms As “Mousical” Opens

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Actress/singer/director/author Julie Andrews admitted she was “very, very nervous” minutes before “The Great American Mousical” opened at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre Thursday night.

Thanks to Storm Sandy, the more-than-expected nor’easter, and the not-weather-related problem with the septic system at the theater earlier in the week, there had been no full run through of the play directed by Andrews and based on the book written with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.

Despite the pre-opening butterflies however, Andrews was gracious, enthused and kind, assuring some young visitors that she was indeed the movie’s “Mary Poppins” and proving it by handily spouting off the film’s most famous word, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious both forward and backward, docious-ali-expi-istic-fragil-cali-rupus, just as her movie character had done in the 1964 film.

“Just no pictures in the paper,” she said smiling, adjusting her signature baseball cap and waiting for the show to begin. “It has been a really long day.”

Her concerns over the show about a band of mice who love to perform in a Broadway theater cellar, seemed unfounded as it had already been extended to Dec. 9 even before it opened.

“People must be crazy or very kind,” she said modestly about the additional dates.  Her daughter and book co-author is scheduled to come to Saturday’s show.

Andrews wasn’t the only star power in the house. Also attending was actor/singer John Davidson, best known for his own variety show, guest appearances on a slew of tv shows, his work on Broadway , his career as a quiz show host and then there was that Cosmopolitan centerfold.

“I’m here to see a friend who is in the show,” said Davidson who soon attracted fans who recognized him from television. Davidson’s friend, Jeremiah James, plays Sky in the production.

Getting ready to open in an off- Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, Davidson will play Bellamy.

Davidson, who has performed on Broadway in the musical classic before, attended the local show with wife Rhonda.

“This show is so inventive and so entertaining,” enthused Davidson during the intermission. “It is wonderful.”

It was a wonderful night for Zina Goldrich who wrote the music and Marcy Heisler who wrote the lyrics for Mousical, too.

It was also a great night for Heilser’s father, Jerry, who traveled from California to see the show.

“I am just so proud of her,” he said grinning. “She did a fabulous job.”

Elections Done, Storm Over, More Time To Party Hartford

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Only a couple of weeks before the “official” holiday season begins. But in the meantime there are a slew of choices to ease you into “busy” mode.

 Iconic actress and now director  Julie Andrews is in Chester where her play “The Great American Mousical” opens Thursday at the Gooodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre. The musical is based on the best-selling book by Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton . The show has been extended through Dec. 9. Information: www.goodspeed.org

The Chrysalis Center, a Hartford agency that provides social services and develops affordable housing, will hold its “2012 Butterfly Bash” Thursday  at the Hartford Marriott beginning at 6 p.m. Go to www.chrysaliscenter.org for ticket information. 

On Friday the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters will honor Liberty Bank president and chair Chandler Howard at its “Start Something Big” event at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. The evening includes food, a program and live auction with WFSB personality Scot Haney. Information: www.bbbsnutmeg.org or 1-800-237-5437.

HARC will host its annual gala, “A League of Our Own, Let’s Have A Ball” on Saturday at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott in Windsor beginning at 6:L30p.m. Proceeds benefit the organization that provides services and assistance to the disabled. WTIC personality Ray Dunaway, NBC Connecticut’s Dianna Russini, and auctioneer Paul Stansel will be hosts.

Also on Saturday, Bristol Hospital will hold its annual ball “Baja Breezes” at the Aqua Turf Clubin Plantsville. The evening includes reception, dinner, auction and dancing. WDRC personality Jerry Kristafer is emcee. For information call 860-585-3000.

It will be a “knight” to remember Saturday at  the Mark Twain House & Museum where its annual gala. “Joust Do It” gets started at 6 p.m. at The Hartford Club. Guests are invited to get into the them by wearing medieval costumes or  cocktail attire. The gala, which benefits the Mark Twain House,  includes “a hearty feast for kings and queens, market faire with wondrous wares for auction  and the finest mead and ales to add to the merriment.” Information: 860-883-9016 or www.marktwainhouse.org


Enjoy the Goodspeed And Help Someone Else

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It’s that time of year, time to help others and look for the deals. This from The Goodspeed…:

“On Monday, November 19, Goodspeed Musicals will hold their Annual Food Drive to benefit the East Haddam Food Bank. Goodspeed will be collecting donations in the hopes that they will have another record-breaking year for participation. The need is even greater this year as the number of households served by the East Haddam Food Bank has grown once again to record levels.

Goodspeed Musicals is offering a special buy one ticket, get one free to patrons who bring a generous donation of non-perishable foods to the November 19th 2:00 matinee or the 7:30 p.m. performance of Something’s Afoot  at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam  OR the 7:30 p.m. performance of The Great American Mousical at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn.

The East Haddam Food Bank is in need of many non-perishable food items, especially “the basics” such as soups, pastas, canned fruits and vegetables, and cereals, as well as paper goods and personal toiletries.

“This holiday season the Goodspeed family acknowledges the tremendous need right here in our community,” explains Michael P. Price, “we encourage all of our visitors to participate in this wonderful opportunity to share with our neighbors in the spirit of giving.”

During Thanksgiving week, performances will take place on Monday, November 19, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm; Friday, November 23, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm; Saturday, November 24, at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, November 25, at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm.  Donations will be accepted at both venues through November 25th.   Tickets for Something’s Afoot and The Great American Mousical including the food drive performances are available through the Goodspeed Box Office at 860.873.8668 or at www.goodspeed.org. Advance reservations are recommended. This offer is subject to availability, with no adjustments for prior sale.”