Monheit performs on stage tonight
Bill Haley Jr., family shows also on tap
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.
Singer Jane Monheit performs Thursday at the Kate.