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Chestnut Street Playhouse
24 Chestnut Street, Norwich, CT 06360 | 860-886-2378
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Mainstage 2019

Next to Normal

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.  The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness and its management have had on her family. The show is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

(Director: Hunter Parker)

DATES: February 7-24, 2019 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)

August: Osage County

Written by Tracy Letts. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County centers around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling,” is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers, who harbor their own deep secrets, her sister Mattie Fae and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.

(Director: Derek Corriveau)

DATES:  April 4 - 14, 2019 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)

 

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

A country-rock and blues musical about agoraphobia, adultery, '80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan, and disco, The Great American Trailer Park Musical centers around regular guy Norbert and his agoraphobic wife, Jeannie, whose marriage is threatened by Armadillo Acres' newcomer, the hot young stripper Pippi. The trailer park also plays home to a Greek-chorus-like trio of women Linoleum, Betty and Pickles, each dysfunctional in her own right.

 

Music and lyrics, David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso

(Director: Lisa Foss  )

Dates: June 6 - 23, 2019 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)

 

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes alive in the musical retelling. Joseph -- the favorite son of Jacob -- is blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph endures a series of adventures which challenge him to his core. Soon he finds himself belonging to Potiphar, whose wife makes advances toward Joseph and ultimately land him behind bars. However, news of Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams sparks the interest of the hilariously Elvis-like Pharaoh. Soon, Joseph is out of jail and well on his way to second-in-command. Eventually Joseph’s brothers find themselves unknowingly groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed. As they fail to even recognize him, Joseph tests their integrity. He ultimately reveals himself and the brothers are reconciled. A truly timeless Old Testament tale, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to a multitude of musical genres, spanning from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock and roll.

(Director: Brandon Gregoire)

Dates: August 1 - 18, 2019 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)

 

Church and State

 

Three days before his bid for re-election, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter”, calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

(Director: Bobby Schultz)

DATES: October 10 - 20, 2019 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)

 

A Christmas Carol

 

Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty And The Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) & Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island) breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that he discovers truly mean the most to him.

(Directed by Lisa Foss)

Dates: November 30 – December 21, 2019 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays