Keeping the Joint Jumping, a world premiere, a family comedy and more

By Karen Isaacs/ • 06/30/2022 04:00 AM EST

Swing in Ivoryton: Smokey Joe’s Cafe takes the stage in Ivoryton until Sunday, July 31 and the temperature will rise. This review of Lieber and Stoller songs will keep the joint jumping with songs like “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” and more. For tickets, visit

world premiere: After being delayed by the pandemic, the world premiere of the musical Anne of Green Gables will open at Goodspeed on Friday, July 15 and run through Sunday, September 4. Although there have been other musicalizations of these well-known books, this version reimagines the story as a folk-rock musical. For tickets, visit Press materials say it will inspire and entertain audiences of all ages.

Family Comedy: Westport Country Playhouse focuses its season on the family. The next step is Kim’s Convenience based on the Netflix series about a Korean family who run a convenience store in Toronto. While the parents expect the son and daughter to take over the store, the children have other ideas. The son runs away and the daughter wants a totally different career. He plays from Tuesday July 5 to Sunday July 17. For tickets, visit

Tony winning musical: Playhouse on Park presents Steven Schwartz’ musical Pippin apple from Wednesday 6 July to Sunday 21 August. The award-winning show chronicles young Prince Pippin’s search for the secret to true happiness and fulfillment, much to the astonishment of his father, Charlemagne. For tickets, visit

Long Quay Update: Still trying to absorb the announcement of next season of Long Wharf, which appears to include play readings, “work in progress sharing”, community events and a single staged production, lives from the edge Next spring. A concert of the musical Jelly’s Last Jam is scheduled for August 26-28 plus a benefit reading of the crucible Next spring.

Thoughts on the Tony Award: Few of the winners of the recent Tony Awards ceremony surprised me. I knew it A strange loop and The Lehman Trilogy would be the big winners, although it was a small surprise that A strange loop did not win more awards. I wasn’t that excited about the show, but everyone seemed to be. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Dierdre O’Connell’s win as Best Actress in a Play for Dana H. It was well deserved, but other nominees were in bigger plays. I was also disappointed with the TV show as a whole. Angela Lansbury’s lifetime achievement award should have been on the national broadcast, not the earlier part of the streaming show; it was perfect for a production number that didn’t happen. Sondheim deserved more, and the usual In Memoriam section seemed to downplay the many theater people who died. The good news was that the ratings were up.

New York banknotes: If the Tonys have piqued your interest in certain pieces, you’re out of luck. take me out, How I learned to drive, For girls of color…, Skin of our teethand North Country Girl have closed. Executioner, American buffalo, Square Suiteand POTUS will close this summer. Three long-running shows also announced closing dates: Tina-the musical Tina Turner will close on August 14; Dear Evan Hansen will close on September 18 and come from afar will close on October 2.

After the lackluster reviews, it’s perhaps no surprise that Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch are both leaving the cast of the revival of funny girl September 25. Big name artists such as Lynch and Feldstein usually have one-year contracts. Neither the performer nor the show received any award nominations. Replacements have not been named, but Lea Michelle (of Joy) is rumored to want the role of Fanny Brice.

Karen Isaacs is a resident of East Haven. To read his reviews of the New York and Connecticut shows, visit She is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle, the Outer Critics Circle of New York, the League of Professional Theater Women and the American Theater Critics Association.

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