Top 10 Things to Do and See in Connecticut Arts and Music April 17-23 – Hartford Courant

Dance in warmer weather with a favorite “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, a Broadway favorite and a carnivorous plant.

Two internationally acclaimed movement/dance troupes that have called Connecticut home for decades, Momix and Pilobolus, are both having performances in the state this week. Between them, they elevated body clinging, sliding, clumping, climbing and intertwining to the rank of superior art. Momix, conducted by Moses Pendleton, is at UConn’s Jorgensen Auditorium, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs ( on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. for $15-$35 as well as Shubert, 247 College St. , New Haven on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. for $41 to $83 ( Washington Depot-based Pilobolus is hosting their Rupaul’s Drag RaceRupaul’s Drag Race 50th Anniversary Tour (delayed a year or two by COVID) at Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield ( on ​​April 22 for $60-$65 , with shows scheduled for Waterbury in May.

“BenDeLaCreme is…Ready to Commit,” in a relationship sense, as the famous drag queen (a contestant from Season 6 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) visits the Oneglia Auditorium at the Warner Theatre, 68 Main St ., Torrington, April 20 at 8 p.m. $45-$55; $120 for a VIP meeting.

Aimee Mann recently made headlines when she couldn’t film with Steely Dan, but who wouldn’t go see her headlining? She is a fascinating live performer and pioneering independent artist who has now released eight solo albums after two major label CDs in the 1990s and three in the 80s with her former band ‘Til Tuesday. She performs April 20 at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. $60 to $65.

Connecticut Repertory Theater’s “Little Shop of Horrors” was a long time coming. This new production of the play about a flesh-eating plant from outer space is a divinely inspired collaboration between the UConn Theater Department and its acclaimed puppet program. The spooky alien musical (based on the cheesy 1960 Roger Corman movie) was originally slated for CT Rep in 2020, but COVID killed it. Now it’s happening with a different director and a different student cast, April 21 through May 1 at the Nafe Katter Theater, 802 Bolton Road, on the University of Connecticut campus, Storrs. Performances are April 21 at 7:30 p.m., April 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., April 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., April 29 at 8 p.m., April 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. and May 1 at 2:30 p.m., $10 students.



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The “waitress” is always happy to help. The final national tour of the heartwarming and uplifting musical with songs by Sara Bareilles will take place at the Palace Theatre, 100 East Main St., Waterbury on April 22 at 8 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $49 at $89.

“Who lives anyway?” is a live variant of improv comedy contest like “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, featuring three veterans of that TV show – Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops and Jeff B. Davis – as well as comedic actor Joel Murray (who played Freddie Rumsen on “Mad Men” and is the subject of the “Leave me alone, you milkman scum!” curse in the cult classic “Shakes the Clown”). April 23 at 8 p.m. at Garde Arts Centre, 325 State St., New London, $38 to $

Keyboardist Melvin Seals was a longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band, and he carries on his legacy through a band with the same initials, JGB. Dozens of musicians roamed the band when Garcia led it from 1975 to 1995, and dozens more served with Seals in the 27 years since Garcia’s death. The songs are still those associated with Garcia from his Grateful Dead days and otherwise. April 23 at 8 p.m. at Infinity Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford. $38 – $48.

West Hartford’s Ballet Theater Company puts “Arabian Nights” hero “Aladdin” on incredible ballet adventures on April 23 at 2 and 7 p.m. and April 24 at 3 p.m. at Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $43 to $78.

“The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog” is the spring children’s show at Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, West Hartford, from April 23 to May 1. It’s written by Lauren Gunderson, who’s had two of her adult shows staged at the theatre: ‘The Revolutionists’ and last year’s hit ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’. “TAAoDWaHD” is an hour-long musical, with lyrics by Gunderson and music by Bree Lowdermilk, about a girl and her canine companion who use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) principles to navigate the system. solar and, uh, elsewhere. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. $25, $22.50 students and seniors.

During COVID, HartBeat Ensemble presented a reading of an important new piece, “Bee Trapped in the Window” by Saviana Stanescu. The three-character drama about modern slavery, set in Westport, is now receiving a full live production at HartBeat’s Carriage House performance space at 360 Farmington Ave., Hartford, from April 24 to May 8. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $25; $20 students, seniors and Let’s Go Arts members. “No one is left behind for lack of funds.”

Christopher Arnott can be reached at [email protected].

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