The Shubert’s finally officially announced its 2104-15 season, and it’s just as I reported back on April 26 (when it was public information communicated via giant posters in the theater lobby), with one addition.
As previously noted, there’ll be Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Dec. 30 through Jan. 4, Peter and the Starcatcher Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast March 5-8 and Matilda the Musical (technically a pre-tour technical rehearsal/preview run which is open to the public) May 16-23.
The new item, tagged onto the tail end of the season June 11-14, is the latest Connecticut visit for the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet, the Elvis/Jerry Lee/Man in Black/Blue Suede Shoes jamboree. The show’s been seen in Hartford is playing the Waterbury Palace this weekend (June 6-8), and one of the guys who played Elvis brought his own band to Cafe Nine a couple of times. But the show’s off the road all summer with likely cast changes between now and next June, so it should seem fresh. Pity the Shubert didn’t have the tour when it featured Christopher Ryan Grant, who understudied the Johnny Cash role on Broadway and then assumed the Sam Phillips part on the first national tour. Grant was a 2007 graduate of the Yale School of Drama, who did exemplary comic-ensemble work in various Yale Cabaret shows and in Tea Alagic’s Zero Hour. But honestly, if there are decent Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins impersonators up there, I’m not about to quibble about who’s playing Sam Phiilips.
Nice to have things to look forward to at the Shubert, since the building is dark all summer due to the first phase of extensive renovations. When it opens up again, it won’t just be about the Broadway season and assorted concerts—it’s the Shubbert’s 100th anniversary season.