Fall 2017 Theater Season in Connecticut Last Updated 11/17

Drama! Music! Tap dancing! The fall theater season is in full swing at Connecticut’s performing arts theaters. From Broadway shows you know, to stunning new plays you’ll love, to holiday favorites come to life, you’ll find great options for theater all over the state. Here are just a few of the many theaters and their larger productions running now through December. Follow each theater’s link for ticket information.

The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, Hartford

Warriors Don’t Cry
November 14-16, 2017
A Bushnell original production, Warriors Don’t Cry is a one-woman play adapted verbatim from the memoir of the same name by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the "Little Rock Nine” who integrated Central High School in Arkansas in 1957.

A Christmas Story The Musical
November 24-26, 2017
Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine‐Action 200‐shot Range Model Air Rifle!

The Color Purple
December 5-10, 2017
With a soul‐raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize‐winning story.


Downtown Cabaret, Bridgeport

November 17 - December 10, 2017
Not to be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 mega-musical, the Yeston and Kopit version, more operetta-like in musical style, seeks to more closely reflect the Leroux novel and offers a deeper exploration of the phantom’s past.

Christmas Elf
November 11-Decmber 28, 2017
Find out what happens when one clever elf is met by some concerned toys who are worried about being replaced in this brand new musical where fun and imagination come to life this holiday season.


Hartford Stage, Hartford

October 19-November 12, 2017
A retired typist for the Hungarian KGB visits her former workplace, now a museum devoted to Communist atrocities. She’s aghast to find her picture on the museum’s Wall of Murderers—even before she learns her estranged daughter works for the museum. As her family celebrates its first Seder, she relives the horrors that led to a lifetime of dark secrets. Inspired by a true story.

A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas
November 24 - December 30, 2017
The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 20th season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment!


The Goodspeed, East Haddam

Rags: An American Musical
October 6-December 10, 2017
Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for a new life and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons. The streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side may not be paved with gold, but they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism and hope. A ravishing score by the songwriters of Wicked and Annie colors a sweeping saga of America’s immigrant past.


Goodspeed Musicals — The Norma Terris Theatre, Chester

A Connecticut Christmas Carol
November 17-December 24, 2017
Some of the most beloved storytellers in Connecticut history come alive for a yuletide gathering you won’t forget. Famed actor and local legend William Gillette leaves his castle on the Connecticut River to adapt Dickens’ holiday classic in the 1920s. Local heroes Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and P.T. Barnum make spirited appearances opposite Gillette’s Scrooge in a highly theatrical twist on a family favorite. 


Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton

The Game’s Afoot!  
November 1-19, 2017
A murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit. Come and join us for this wild and wacky ride! By Ken Ludwig. 


Little Theater of Manchester, Manchester

The Addams Family
November 3-19, 2017
Not much scares Gomez Addams, but when his daughter Wednesday falls in love with a “normal” young man, he finds himself in a personal nightmare. It’s a macabre family gathering full of unbridled fun, exuberant music and dance, and spooky spectacles for your whole family to enjoy!


Long Wharf Theater, New Haven

Fireflies A World Premiere
October 11-November 5, 2017
This beautiful new romance by Matthew Barber, Tony Award-nominated author of Enchanted April, shows that connection can be found in the unlikeliest of places and in the unlikeliest of ways.

The Chosen
November 22 – December 17, 2017
Set against the backdrop of 1940s Brooklyn and the specter of war, Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s award-winning novel is a story of fathers and sons, tradition, modernity, and the difficult choices one must make to achieve understanding.


Palace Theater, Waterbury

The Phantom of the Opera
November 15-26, 2017
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will come to Waterbury as part of a brand new North American Tour. 


Shubert Theatre, New Haven

The Sound of Music
November 8-12, 2017
One of the world's most beloved musicals returns home to the legendary Shubert Stage where the original production made its World Premiere in 1959.

Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story
November 17-18, 2017
Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, "That'll Be The Day," "Not Fade Away," "Oh Boy," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and many more. This show is just Peggy Sue-perb!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
December 8-10, 2017
Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life.


Warner Theater, Torrington

Avenue Q
November 4-12, 2017
This puppet-filled comedy follows a group of twenty-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. Contains adult language and situations.

The Game’s Afoot!  
December 9-17, 2017
A murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit. Come and join us for this wild and wacky ride! By Ken Ludwig. 


Westport Country Playhouse, Westport

 Romeo & Juliet
October 31-November 19, 2017
Shakespeare’s most famous play transcends time and generations with the story of two star-crossed teenagers who fight to love each other in a violent world. Their families are at war, but their love cannot be torn apart. Experience this classic anew in the sure hands of Mark Lamos and find fresh truths no matter your age.


Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven

Native Son
November 24-December 16, 2017
Chicago’s South Side, the 1930s. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, Bigger Thomas unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Native Son is an unforgettable theatrical experience that captures the power of Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice.