The 2019 Baby Grand Jazz Series at Hartford Public Library will feature the Ray Gonzalez Quintet, Firey String Sistas!, the Simona Premazzi Quartet Dream Team and many other local and regional jazz artists. The series runs Jan. 6 through April 28.
January 2019 best bets
"Christmas on the Rocks" breaks in a new actor, Randy Harrison, and is as strong and strange as ever in the show's sixth season at TheaterWorks. The show, which mocks Christmas icons through a series of one-acts by well-known American playwrights, was conceived and directed by Rob Ruggiero.
Hartford Stage's "A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas" maintains a fresh spirit of Christmas joy, more than 20 years after this holiday theater tradition began. Michael Preston is now in his second season as Scrooge.
The seasonal circus spectacle "Cirque Dreams Holidaze," features aerialists, acrobats, balancing acts and other fine circus arts. It celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Oakdale Dec. 14 to 16.
The Ivoryton Playhouse has announced its 2019 season. Of the seven shows, five are musicals, including "Cabaret," Godspell" and "Mamma Mia."
"Brilliant Idiots"s Andrew Schulz does stand-up at Mohegan Sun's Comix club Dec. 20-22.
Three new musicals about addiction, marriage and a lethal gambling club will be read at the 14th annual Festival of New Musicals, hosted Jan. 18 to 20 at Goodspeed.
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk performs his one-man "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 21 at the Bradley Playhouse.
UConn professor of musical composition Kenneth Fuchs has receded a Grammy nomination for his latest album “Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’/Poems of Life/Glacier/Rush.”
TheaterWorks holds a special "Chaos, Curls and Cocktails" event Dec. 17, celebrating the sixth season of its irreverent holiday perennial "Christmas on the Rocks."
This week in Stage Notes: The last Tyler Perry Madea play is coming to the Oakdale, "In the Heights" is opening Westport Playhouse's 2019 season, presidential show tunes get played on WRTC, and other theater news from Connecticut and elsewhere.
Paula Vogel's historical epic "A Civil War Christmas" is at UConn's Connecticut Repertory Theatre though Dec. 9.
"Paradise Blue" is the first of several Dominique Morisseau dramas to be seen at Connecticut theaters in the coming months. This entry in her "Detroit Trilogy" is set in a jazz club in the Black Bottom section of the city in the 1940s.
This week in Stage Notes: Hershey Felder's Irving Berlin show playing Hartford as well as Westport, the latest cast changes at Broadway's "Anastasia," and more theater news from Connecticut and elsewhere.