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Saturday, November 16 Living

‘Grease’ is the word at the Kweskin Theatre

The original rock ’n’ roll musical, “Grease,” will play for the first time in the Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford.

This long-running musical smash opened on Broadway in 1972, just a few months before the Kweskin Theatre opened. Playing Sept. 12 through Oct. 12, several dates are already sold out.

Most of us know “Grease” from the movie, but the play is a little edgier. In Rydell High’s class of 1959, the duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, bring the 1950s back to life.

Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and “good” girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to rekindle the romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances their way through the songs “Greased Lightnin’,” “We Go Together,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Born to Hand Jive” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”

“I am so excited to offer this much-loved, Broadway musical for the first time here,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call’s executive director and producer. “Having one of our most successful directors, Meredith Walker, working on the show, has made this a terrific rehearsal process, so I know audiences will be thrilled.”

Music direction is by Peter Randazzo and choreography by Jennifer Silverman. Set design is by Peter Barbieri Jr., costumes by Megan Latte Ormond and lighting design by Adam Lobelson.

The cast includes Will Armstrong, Chris Balestriere, Sandra Benedetto, Alanna Delgado, Tommy DeSalvo, Jaclyn DiDonato, Meaghan Elliot, Stephen Emerick, Robert Geils, Frankie Isola, Kevin Kiley, Cara Kramer, Savannah Belle Miller, Kelly Nayden, Adriana Nocco, Michael Okulski, Zully Ramos, Gregorio Santa, Dan Travers, Candice Sisbarro and John Varamo.

The opening night benefit performance includes a casual pre-show dinner provided by Trackside Bar & Grill and a 1950s car show on site. A post-show meet and greet with cast and crew will offer desserts provided by DiMare Pastry Shop and Chocolate Works of Darien.

“Grease,” with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Music Company and ran for more than 3,300 performances during its original run. The 1978 film adaptation remained the highest-grossing live-action musical until 2012 when it was overtaken by Les Misérables.

Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2. The Kweskin Theatre is at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Doors open one half hour before show time. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 senior citizens and $17.50 for children. Visit www.curtaincallinc.com.

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Ragtime on the way

The MainStage at the Music Theatre of Connecticut begins its 33rd Season with “Ragtime,” book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty.

“Ragtime” takes place at the turn of the century in New York, a time when everything is changing and anything is possible.

The musical will run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13, Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 and Sundays at 2 at 509 Westport Ave., Norwalk. Tickets, ($35-$65) can be purhased at www.musictheatreofct.com or by calling the box office at 203-454-3883.

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