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2019 Season at the Playhouse

Dear Friends,

If you’re looking for something cool to do to escape this awful heatwave we are having, we’d like to recommend you look at your local theatre for some great summer theatre!
Of course, having run The Westport Playhouse for years, it is always our go-to for summer theatre.

Below is the list of plays in production this season, along with a short summary (which we pulled from their website).

Hershey Felder as IRVING BERLIN
July 16 – August 3, 2019
From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side to Broadway, Irving Berlin’s uplifting immigrant story epitomizes the American Dream. His songs captured our hearts. Featuring Berlin’s most popular standards including the Great American Songbook classics “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more, Felder’s one-man show celebrates Irving Berlin, the composer, and reveals the inspiration for Berlin’s countless hit songs.

MLIMA’S TALE
October 1 – 19, 2019
Mlima’s Tale is a powerful, theatrical fable about a magnificent and beloved Kenyan elephant named Mlima hunted for his coveted ivory tusks. As traffickers maneuver the illicit ivory market, the animal’s invincible spirit follows their path of desire, greed, crime, and corruption.

DON JUAN
November 5 – 23, 2019
Meet the legendary Don Juan as you’ve never seen him in this darkly comic take on a classic tale. Wherever he goes, the notorious seducer and antihero leaves behind a trail of broken hearts and society scandals, relying on his trusty sidekick, Sganarelle, to clean up his unruly messes. When an unearthly visitor arrives, Don Juan may finally be forced to confront his wicked ways. Sex, politics, religion — nothing is sacred in Molière’s brilliant comedy.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here: https://www.westportplayhouse.org/

Enjoy!

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Dreaming Of Warmer Days To Come!

Dear Friends,

 

As we are preparing to hunker down in the impending Thursday snowstorm, we thought it would be a great time to share with you that tickets are now on sale for the 2017 season at the Westport Playhouse, which will be starting its season at the end of May featuring the play Lettice & Lovage by Peter Shaffer.

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To order your season tickets for The Playhouse, or see this year’s set of plays, please click here http://www.westportplayhouse.org/2017-season

 

And we hope if you are in the path of this storm that you stay safe and warm!

 

Best regards,

 

Philip & Marilyn

 

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Goodbye Tammy

Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate the life of a beautiful and wonderful friend, actress Tammy Grimes, who died on Sunday.

We first knew Tammy when she was an apprentice at our Westport Country Playhouse in 1949.  She was always outstanding, funny, and brilliant!

She starred in our musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, on Broadway—for which she won a Tony.

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Here is a brief look at the projects that Tammy worked on over the years:

Filmography

Three Bites of the Apple (1966), Arthur? Arthur! (1969), Play It as It Lays (1972), The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973), The Borrowers (1973), Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978), The Runner Stumbles (1979), Can’t Stop the Music (1980), The Last Unicorn (1982), The Stuff (1985), America (1986), Mr. North (1988), Slaves of New York (1989), Backstreet Justice (1994), A Modern Affair (1995), Trouble on the Corner (1997), High Art (1998)

Stage

The Littlest Revue (1959), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1960), Rattle of a Simple Man (1963), High Spirits (1964), The Only Game in Town (1968), Private Lives (revival) (1969), A Musical Jubilee (1975), California Suite (1976), Tartuffe (revival)(1977), Trick (1979), 42nd Street (1980), Sunset (1983), Orpheus Descending (revival) (1989), Wit & Wisdom (2003)

Here is the article in today’s New York Times:

Tammy Grimes, the Original ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown,’ Dies at 82

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Click on the title or the picture above to link to the full article.

We knew her so well—she was so charming and fun, and we will miss her so much.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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An American Theatre

Dear Friends,

Today we want to tell you about a book that we absolutely love!

It’s called An American Theatre: The Story of the Westport Country Playhouse by Richard Somerset-Ward.  It has a forward by Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

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We are absolutely amazed by this book because it has thousands of details about the Westport Country Playhouse.  We cannot imagine how anyone could have found so many events that happened over a 70-year period!  It even tells a story about how one certain Philip Langner forgot his lines in The Girl of the Golden West, which starred June Havoc!

While we certainly have an emotional tie to the Westport Country Playhouse, we think that anyone interested in theatre or theatre history will appreciate how detailed this book is about the story of summer theatre from the second oldest summer playhouse in the country.

You can order your copy from Amazon.

Westport was wonderful—the most fun we’ve ever had!

Also if you’re interested in visiting the Playhouse this summer, here is their list of shows:

The Invisible Hand (July 19-August 6)

What the Butler Saw (August 23-Sepember 10)

Camelot (October 4-10)

Click here to order tickets!

Happy summer theatre-ing!

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Westport Playhouse

Dear Friends,

Last weekend a friend of ours took a trip to Cape Cod.  Along the way, she saw the signs for the Westport Playhouse—and mentioned it to us, knowing that we ran the Playhouse for many years.

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This, of course, brings to mind that it’s Spring!, and their new season will starting soon!  We wanted to urge those of you who live in Connecticut (or willing to make the drive to  this picturesque town!) that now is the best time to purchase season tickets to this amazing and historical playhouse—or know what this season’s plays are.

On the line-up for the 2016 season is:

Art/Red in Repertory (May 3-29)

Buyer and Cellar (June 14—July 3)

The Invisible Hand (July 19—August 6)

What the Butler Saw (August 23—September 10)

Camelot (October 4-30)

There are several options available for ordering season tickets.  To read more about each play or order tickets, go here.

Best regards,

Philip and Marilyn Langner

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Summers Are For Theatre!

I feel that summer theatres are hidden gems, located all over the country, just waiting to be discovered. The happiest time in my life was spent at the Westport Country Playhouse, where I acted with Tyrone Power in Lilliom in 1941. And then ran the Playhouse from 1949 for a number of seasons.

Summer theatre is so great, because you can do anything—there are no limitations!

Here is a list we found of theatres throughout the country with some fantastic shows you’ll likely want to see this summer. Because the list is so long (16 pages!), you can access or download it here:

http://www.cengage.com/resource_uploads/static_resources/0495898074/24674/summer_theatre_companies.html

It’s great because you can search by state, so you can see what’s going on in your state or any states that you may have plans to visit this summer!

Here’s a sample of what you will find:

Alabama

California

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