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Wha If You Ost A Etter? Ad he Aoher? ‘LMNOP’ Opens At Terris Theatre

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lmnopImagine a world where the letters you use every day to communicate are suddenly banned.

That was the thought-provoking premise of the new and unusually serious new musical, “LMNOP,”  that is getting a test run this summer at the Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre.

And among those at its opening night were its creators, Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel.

 “It’s an adult fable,” explained Burkell, lyricist for the tale of a fantasy community whose trouble begins when letters start falling off a monument and government officials decide to ban them one by one. “The theme is loss of choice.”

The musical is based on the book, “Ella Minnow Pea,” by Mark Dunn.

And the more serious than usual play did take regular audience members a bit by surprise. 

“I come here each year expecting more upbeat, entertaining kind of theater,” said Mary Virginia Malone, who attended with friends from Old Saybrook. “But this show was different in a good way,” she said. “It had the great music and choreography you expect when you come to a show here, but it also touched on the importance of freedom of speech, and that was something that definitely had me thinking.”

Spring Has Sprung…Get Out There Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]So many choices, so little time is the mantra for this weekend. Not only is it Mother’s Day Sunday but also a weekend of choices when it comes to theater, galas, food events and awards.

 It all starts Thursday at the Hartford Hilton where singer and tv personality Vikki Carr will be the featured guest at the 10th annual “Latinas & Power Symposium.”

More than 500 Latinas are expected at the lunch and business expo that includes seminars and networking. Information: emsbusiness.com

lipitonesAlso on Thursday, The Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre opens its first production of the season,  “The Lipitones ” the tale of a “not so traditional barbershop quartet.”  The show, part of Goodspeed’s 50th anniversary celebration,  continues through June 2 at the Chester theater. Information: goodspeed.org

The Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services will hold its 30th anniversary gala Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Ave., Hartford . First Lady Cathy Malloy will be the host committee chairwoman for the event benefiting the statewide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs. Information: connsacs.org 

On Friday from 6 to 9p.m. , head to St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, for the “Taste of the World” a benefit for Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corp. Beginning at 6 p.m. the fundraiser will include an international assortment of food, wine and beer tastings and music. Tickets are $75. Information: icshc.org 

scott-pelley[1]Also on Friday, Quinnipiac University will present is 20th Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to CBS evening news anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The award is given each year to a person “who has shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.” The award is named after Fred Friendly, a former CBS News president and champion of freedom of speech. Information: quinnipiac.edu

lundenIt’s Mother’s Day weekend and that means it is “Race In the Park ” day Saturday at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. It is the 10th anniversary for the 5K race and walk to raise money for breast cancer research, services  and programming. Held rain or shine, the day also feature food, displays and a survivor’s brunch that this year will feature Joan Lunden as the guest speaker. Information: ctraceinthepark.org

Also on Saturday, the JDRF will hold its annual “Promise Ball” at the Connecticut Convention Center. Ball honorees are Stanley Black & Decker CEO John Lundgren and Yale University professor Dr. Kevan C. Herold. Theme for this year’s event is “Building Toward A Cure” with proceeds benefiting  juvenile diabetes research and programming.

Information: jdrfctmapromiseball.org

 stars1[1]Saturday will also be the day for the 14th  annual Mayor’s Charity Ball in West Hartford. Held in a tent on the town hall green, The evening, themed “Lights, Camera,  Hollywood,” will include food, music, and dancing . Beneficiaries of this year’s event are Playhouse on Park and Hopeworks Inc.

Information: themayorscharityball.org

 

 

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.”