Mon­heit per­forms on stage tonight

Bill Ha­ley Jr., fam­ily shows also on tap

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bon­nie Gold­berg

The Katharine Hep­burn Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter is busy as a bee­hive these days, cre­at­ing a honey of a har­vest of won­der­ful en­ter­tain­ment of­fer­ings, and the ten days at the end of April are no ex­cep­tion.

Any day or night, look for com­edy, movies, song fests, opera and the­ater pre­sen­ta­tions that are sure to please.

Call­ing all Ella Fitzger­ald fans at 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, April 20, when mas­ter­ful vo­cal­ist-mu­si­cian Jane Mon­heit takes cen­ter stage. With her new al­bum “The Song­book Ses­sions: Ella Fitzger­ald” just re­leased, Mon­heit will be fly­ing high with the sul­try sounds that make her trib­ute to the queen of jazz so spe­cial. Tick­ets are $48.

Get ready to have your socks blown off as the son of rock ’n’ roll Hall of Famer, Bill Ha­ley Jr. and the Comets, revs up the fever pitch of en­ergy and fer­vor at 8 p.m. Fri­day, April 21, The rafters of the Kate will vi­brate with all the great sounds that mark this mu­si­cal era we love so much. Tick­ets are $45 to $48.

Opera lovers unite as the opera Eu­gene One­gin is pre­sented from the Met in HD, on Satur­day, April 22, at 12:55 p.m. ($28) and again at 12:55 p.m. on Tues­day, April 25 ($25). Tchaikovsky’s mu­sic and Pushkin’s words will de­tail this tale of self­ish­ness, re­grets, re­jected love and fatal du­els.

Satur­day, April 22, at 8 p.m. will wel­come the lively and en­ter­tain­ing combo of Matt Nakoa and Seth Glier, both known na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally as great singer-song writ­ers. As true troubadours, they will leave you breath­less and want­ing more. Tick­ets are $18 to $25.

Ready for a heart warm­ing fam­ily mu­si­cal? Set­tle in on Sun­day, April 23, at 1 p.m. for the live Art­sPower’s pre­sen­ta­tion of the clas­sic “Anne of Green Gables,” as or­phan Anne searches for the home she al­ways wanted and will have to work hard to be ac­cepted

in and loved. Tick­ets are $12-20.

For a lit­tle com­edy in a Shake­spear­ian vein, come see the film “Rosen­crantz and Gilden­stern are Dead,” star­ring Daniel Rad­cliffe (yes, the Daniel Rad­cliffe of Harry Pot­ter fame) and David Haig, on Thurs­day, April 27 at 7 p.m.. This Tom Stop­pard play weaves com­edy and tragedy with two of the Bard’s mi­nor min­ions. Tick­ets are $20.

Ready for smooth sounds with roots strictly home grown Amer­i­cana, come Fri­day, April 28 at 8 p.m. to hear the peren­nial blues fa­vorite Johnny Ni­cholas and his leg­endary tunes. Tick­ets are $25-28.

The merry month of April ends in a lovely place of blooms and buds as the film “The Artist’s Gar­den: Amer­i­can Im­pres­sion­ism” is pre­sented at 1 p.m. on both Satur­day, April 29 and Sun­day, April 30. The Florence Gris­wold Mu­seum in Old Lyme is fea­tured as it fo­cuses on Amer­i­can artists like Mary Cas­satt. Tick­ets are $15.

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion to any of these shows, call 877-503-1286 or go on­line at www.katharine­hep­burnthe­ater.org. The Kate is lo­cated at 300 Main Street, Old Say­brook.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Singer Jane Mon­heit per­forms Thurs­day at the Kate.

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