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Shubert Signature Sangria Recipe – Sparkling White Cranberry

December 21st, 2015 by admin

In celebration of the Holiday season, Diane, our talented Concessions Coordinator, created our signature Shubert Sangria recipe,   This delicious beverage was enjoyed by Staff & Volunteers at our Annual holiday gathering this year, and in the spirit of the season, we would like to share this gift with you.  Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!


Sparkling White Cranberry Sangria

¼ cup Sugar

1 cup Rum (Diane uses Bacardi brand)

1 cup White Cranberry Juice (chilled)

1 bottle Chardonnay (chilled)

1 cup Red Apple

1 cup Green Apple

1 cup Frozen Cranberries

2 cups Club Soda


Combine sugar and rum to dissolve. Add remaining ingredients. Refrigerate overnight.



Interesting Facts about Guest Artists in The Nutcracker presented by New Haven Ballet

December 9th, 2015 by admin
  1. Sugar Plum Fairy, Simone Messmer, is the cover model on the December issue of Dance Magazine.
  2. Cavalier, Rainer Krenstetter, won first place at the Prix de Lausanne in 1999.
  3. Snow King, Jeremy Cox, debuted on Broadway as “Marty” in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away.
  4. Ms. Messmer, Mr. Krenstetter and Mr. Cox are all current or former Principal Dancers with Miami City Ballet.

Nutcracker Guest Principal Dancer Bios


The Nutcracker will be performed by The New Haven Ballet

December 18-20, 2015. Tickets now on sale!




Check out this CT Style interview with Al Jarreau – coming to the Shubert THIS Thursday October 22nd

October 20th, 2015 by admin


Click on the link below to see Jocelyn Maminta’s interview with Al Jarreau on CT Style.

This Thursday, October 22nd performance is a benefit for Christian Community Action.














New Haven Register archives: JOHNNY CASH COMES FULL CIRCLE: Yale Whiffenpoofs flock to singer’s side for Toad’s show

June 8th, 2015 by admin

As the Shubert gets ready to rock out this week with Million Dollar Quartet (June 11-14)  — a show inspired by the famed 1956 recording session with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins, we thought we’d share this great article by columnist Fran Fried from an interview he did with Johnny Cash


New Haven Register archives: JOHNNY CASH COMES FULL CIRCLE: Yale Whiffenpoofs flock to singer’s side for Toad’s show

Johnny Cash played two sold-out shows at Toad’s Place on York Street in July of 1990.

(This story ran on Page 15, in the Living section, of the New Haven Register Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1992. It was the preview to a scheduled show that Thursday at Toad’s Place in New Haven by Johnny Cash. He was to have performed a couple of songs with Yale’s famed Whiffenpoofs, whose longtime home, the supper club Mory’s, stands next to Toad’s. Unfortunately, the shows were canceled, but I did get to see him that Saturday, sans Whiffs, at the Garde Arts Center in New London.johnny Cash

This tour came at the low point of his recording career. His late-’80s albums for Mercury went nowhere and he seemed to have fizzled out, and was trying to figure his next move. A year and a half later, he shocked us with the stark simplicity of the first of his Rick Rubin albums, which re-established him for good and sustained him the rest of his life.

Johnny called me one morning a few days before, just before he left for the funeral of his longtime agent, who died the same day as Johnny’s good buddy Roger Miller. I did apologize right off and tell him I felt badly that he called me at such a trying time. His response, in that voice: “Well, you got me.” I was eternally grateful that he took time to talk to a stranger, especially given the circumstances.)

By Fran Fried, Register Entertainment Editor

This is the type of trivia question that starts bar arguments: What was the first song Johnny Cash ever sang in public?

“Hey Porter”? “I Walk the Line”? Some Hank Williams number? A hymn? Don’t knock yourself out. You will never guess; I guarantee it. So let the man tell you himself:

“The first song I ever sang in public, in front of a large audience, was at commencement exercises at my high school when I was in 11th grade. It was ‘The Whiffenpoof Song,’“ he said last week.

Of all the songs.

Thus, Cash, on his return visit to Toad’s Thursday night — he played there in July 1990 — will open his new tour by singing at least that song on stage with another American musical institution — Yale’s Whiffenpoofs.

They’ll sing “The Whiffenpoof Song” and Cash’s timeless “Ring of Fire” at the second show, scheduled to start at 10:30. Whether they perform more depends on how quickly Cash can make it up to New Haven from Nashville after Wednesday’s memorial service for old friend Roger Miller.


Cash said Country Music magazine editor Russ Bernard, a Yale alumnus, was the one who lined up this seemingly unlikeliest of musical pairings.

“He called me up and said ‘You’re playing Toad’s, at Yale. Mory’s … (is next door),’ “ Cash said from Los Angeles, where he was preparing for the funeral of his agent, Marty Klein. “I said ‘You mean as in “From the tables at Mory’s to the place where Louie dwells?”‘

“He sent me a brochure on (the Whiffenpoofs). They began in 1909 and sang at some of the greatest occasions in history. I realized what a class act they are. To sing with them would be the ultimate kick for me.”

One of the Whiffs, Jody Gold, said the feeling is mutual.

“It’s incredible,” he said. “It’s really funny in a way. I don’t think I know too many people who listen to his music, but he’s a legend. Combining our kind of music with his is incredible.”

Whiffenpoofs aside, this is a period of returning to roots for Cash. He’s about to re-enter the recording studio, and save for a duet with wife June Carter Cash on Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life,” he plans to turn the clock back musically to 1955 – to the pre-country rockabilly days with the Tennessee Two, when he recorded for Sam Phillips at Sun Records.

This is a man whose multi-million-selling albums pre-date the much-hyped Garth Brooks and Billy Ray Cyrus by over two decades; in 1969 — at the heyday of the smash hit “A Boy Named Sue” and the “Live at San Quentin” album, Variety magazine estimated he was bringing in a quarter of the revenues at Columbia Records, the world’s largest label.

Yet Cash isn’t sure where he belongs in the scheme of present-day country music, with much of it sounding like adult top 40 with pedal steel. But he said he does like the idea of this latest country resurgence.

“I don’t know where I fit in,” he said. “But I’m gonna do the things I always have. I’m not gonna sound like anybody else.”

As if anyone will mistake one of the most recognizable voices in the English-speaking world for anyone else.

Back when he started this 37-year circle, Cash had a decidedly narrower view of fame: “Back then, my idea of stardom was to get to sing on the radio. I never thought past the range of the broadcasting stations in Memphis. Then one day I was turning the knob on my radio and heard my record (his first, “Hey Porter”/”Cry Cry Cry”) on a station in Shreveport, La. I couldn’t believe it.”

He’s a much smarter man than the first time around, having survived the pratfalls of drinking and drugs, finding the Lord, and becoming a beloved public figure.

And if the circle needed to close any tighter, the deaths of Miller and Klein, both on Oct. 25, have made Cash, who turned 60 Feb. 26, reflect a little more deeply about his own mortality.

“I get up every morning thinking just for today, because (life’s) so fleeting,” he said. “Everyone knew Roger’s time was coming (he had throat cancer), but my agent died suddenly of a massive heart attack. He was only 51 years old. It gave me reason for deep thought.”


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“Fans Wild Over Elvis In Show At Coliseum” by Dick Conrad, New Haven Courier-Journal July 17, 1975

June 4th, 2015 by admin

Our upcoming show Million Dollar Quartet is inspired by the famed 1956 Memphis recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.   In honor of Elvis, we share with you this concert review from his 1975 performance at the New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Elvis in new haven 1975


“Elvis: I Love You,” said the sign hanging from the railing in back of the stage at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Wednesday night.


The signature of Debbie Persano, and the appropriate XOX, were at the bottom of the love note, but it became obvious later that many of the 10,000 plus in attendance would have been glad to add their names.


Gurgling in to the microphone, swaying like the Elvis of old and singing at least as well, Presley more than satisfied the faithful who paid $10, $7.50 and $5 to get in.

The crowd was a mixture of “teens and persons in the 20 to 35 age range. Everyone brought a camera.


Presley came on only after the audience endured a mel singing group and a comedian and enjoyed “Sweet Inspiration,” a female group.


The master of ceremonies patiently asked everyone to take his or her seat, and then, to the strains of the famous opening of the movie “Space Odyssey,” Elvis charged onto the stage.


So much for staying in the seats. The flash bulbs popped and thousands screamed. About a hundred charged the stage as Elvis went into “See See Rider.”


For many of the others who risked their ribs, there was a good supply of spare articles of clothing, which Presley distributed after a cursory wrap around the neck.


He accepted several bouquets of roses, but rejected a bottle of champagne.

“Amen” came next, and then some assorted gurgling that sent shock waves through the crowd.


“Play rock and roll” and “I love you , Elvis” came from everywhere in the house. But next was the popular “If You Love Me Let Me Know” before a lot of the old favorites.


Presley finally asked the throngs to sit down, just before a few persons almost managed to get on the stage.


The show was a success. Police reported little trouble despite the frenzy inside.

Courtesy of Scott


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SCSU freshman working on setup of ‘Matilda’ touring show

May 11th, 2015 by admin

Shubert Theatre official Anthony Lupinacci said he was excited recently to see someone who recently went through the theater’s management internship program sitting among the pros helping assemble the national touring production of Broadway hit “Matilda the Musical.”Rachel

That would be Rachel Zwick, 19, a Southern Connecticut State University freshman from Northford who attended city magnet schools. She’s been working as a paid production assistant for about six weeks with the company that is building the tour at the storied theater.

“It’s so rewarding for us to see her actually sitting in the theater with the production people from the first national tour of the show. The way I’m viewing it, this is a rather unusal opportunity for someone so young.”

Kelly Wuzzardo, director of education for Shubert operator CAPA, said the theater partners with school officials to offer programs such as the management internship. And Zwick has also been an usher intern, tech apprentice at summer camp (working on rental shows at Co-Op) and a teaching assistant for summer camp. Advertisement

Zwick, in a phone chat during a break from work at the theater, described the scene of many laptops, cables and tables (which Lupinacci at one point said looked like “mission control”) in the theater audience area.

“There’s lighting and sound and projections, production management,” said Zwick, “and we all have our tables.”

Talk about a great experience, said Wuzzardo.

“She’s sitting in a room with people who have Tony Awards, you know what I mean?” said Wuzzardo. “It’s a huge deal for someone like her to get this kind of experience. And it’s going to be a huge deal on her resume to say… I worked the beginning of a national tour and worked with all these people.”

Zwick has been going on Home Depot and Lowe’s runs, doing other errands and working on purchasing orders and doing filing for the production, she said.

Wuzzardo recommended Zwick to show staffers who were looking for a PA.

“Because she’s been through the different internships, our management staff knows her, the tech guys know her. All the adults here have seen her come through as a kid… We all take pride in that, that everybody’s been able to contribute a little bit to her education and then, with full confidence, be able to recommend her to this real-deal show.”

“I didn’t even think that was something I could do,” Zwick said. “I thought you had to have a college degree for it. And for this to be my second semester of college and take on something like this is just so incredible, and I’m so grateful.”

Tony Award-winning “Matilda the Musical,” the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life, opens Saturday and runs through May 23 at the College Street theater, known as the “birthplace of the nation’s greatest hits.”

Zwick said she’s “trying to network and make connections and meet people, since this is something I want to be doing for the rest of my life.”

Zwick did shows every year at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven, serving as assistant director on one. She also did costuming and stage managing there and at community theater.

Being in the middle of it all for six weeks is an eye-opener.

“It’s definitely given me such a deeper appreciation of everything thay goes into building a national tour of a Broadway musical.”

In the management internship program, which at three to four weeks is more of an extended job shadow, Lupinacci said “we try to explain to them (that) if you really have a love for this business, don’t just give it up if you don’t become the next Barbra Streisand. You could do the technical work on the show, you could be a company manager, you could be a stage manager… work in the office.”

Wuzzardo said that at the 100th anniversary gala recently, the Shubert honored Eastern Connecticut State University student Jacari Santiago, who also has worked his way through Shubert programs and done some professional work.

“They’re both examples of kids,” said Wuzzardo of Zwick and Santiago, “who, when given these opportunities, have taken … full advantage. And it’s paying off. This is exactly why we do these things, because we want to introduce these kids to jobs that they may not have had access to.”

Zwick is no expert yet, but she said that based on seeing some “Matilda” tech rehearsals, “It is absolutely phenomenal. I highly recommend.”

In the fall, Zwick will spend a semester with the National Music Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford.

About the Author – Joe Amarante, New Haven Register

Joe has been the TV editor, features writer, columnist, general assignment reporter and copy editor for some 35 years in New Haven, first with the Journal-Courier and then the New Haven Register. Follow Joe on Twitter: @joeammo.


05/11/15 – reprinted with permission of Joe Amarante, New Haven Register


Three times the charm! – A Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camper says his experience just keeps getting better each year!

April 27th, 2015 by admin

There are many things that I consider fun and memorable about the Shubert Co-Op camp. There are many great things I can say, but there is not enough time or space.  My first summer at the Shubert Co-Op Camp was fantastic!  I was always made to feel very welcome. Faculty and my fellow campers were always very positive and encouraged me to pursue various roles and characters. I made many friends. The teachers were very supportive. The teachers were very funny and clever and never Aladdin 1boring. I enjoyed the early morning exercises and fun gimmicks that woke me up. I remember very vividly a teacher’s assistant named David that led student activities. I really liked him. He was funny and smart and full of life and humor.

I was much more comfortable my second year at the camp and I loved how a lot of people from the year before came back.  This included teachers, assistants, and campers. I always felt that the camp went out of its way to make sure that no student felt unhappy or unwelcome. In some ways the camp was like one big family and everybody was adopted into it. I enjoyed each brief period after lunch time when the camp would split into groups and do different activities. These would be activities such as dodgeball or watching a movie. This provided campers the opportunity to make friends among the other campers and meet new people.

pb&jI enjoyed the field trips and the independence of attending camp in the city of New Haven. I never felt that I was treated like a baby. I like feeling like a big kid. I really look forward to returning this summer for another fun and action packed experience!

                         Matthew L.


The Shubert, The Stagehands and Me!

February 26th, 2015 by admin

So…10 years ago, in 2005, when I was just a wee lass…

I walked onto the stage of the Shubert Theatre. I was a member of The Nebraska Theater Caravan’s A Christmas Carol.   I was the second Electrician and Follow Spot Operator, a year out of college and touring the states for the first time. Though not originally from New Haven, I had visited friends who worked at Long Wharf and Yale Repertory in previous years and learned about the Shubert Theater – its legendary shows and artists. Then the realization hit me: I was walking into one of my first Theatrical Union operated houses – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, specifically Local 74, which has been associated with the Shubert Theatre since it’s inception in 1914.   At the end of my 3-day visit, I was lucky enough to be able to sign the basement halls of the Shubert, where many touring companies have signed their names before me. I traveled on home to Iowa, but quickly found myself back in New Haven working for Regional Theaters around Connecticut and found some familiar faces along my journey, those of the Members of Local 74.

Fast forward to 2015, when A Broken Umbrella Theater is scheduled to perform an original work onstage at the Shubert. I quickly jumped at the opportunity to design scenery for this world premiere production. Though various creation workshops and rehearsals a show quickly formed. We wanted to share the inner workings of what happens in the life of theater artists and technicians. And, it occurred to me that theater-goers never get the chance to see the behind-the-scenes work that goes into each production. When the audience walks into the Shubert, or any other theater in the world, they are treated to a well-oiled and polished spectacle; actors flit in and out of light while scenery magically shifts from one location to another. There is a form of magic produced in front of their very eyes. The Shubert walls disappear and the audience is transported into the world of the show onstage. This magic performed at the Shubert is produced and perfected by the men and women backstage, the Stagehands of Local 74. I have had the pleasure to witness the endless talent of these folks backstage and my goal was to figure out a way to share what I see with the audiences of SEEN CHANGE!. I want to share the feeling I had when I first walked onto the stage at the Shubert. To see the walls of the Shubert Theater as it waits for the start of a performance. To share how the stage transforms into what audiences expects to see – a finished production filled with magic. To see the stage at the end of the night – put to sleep, waiting for it’s next group of weary travelers.

Through this production we have been able to pay homage to the work that goes into all aspects of the theatrical world. To share the lives of the Stagehands who have worked tirelessly to perfect their art along side the actors who perform nightly. I am lucky to have learned from them and look forward to learning more. I am amazed to be onstage at the Shubert, where so many great artists have come before me. I would like to say thank you to the Stagehands of Local 74 – without you we could not have performed our magic.


Janie Alexander, A Broken Umbrella Theatre


A Confession from the lyricist of “Seen Change”

February 17th, 2015 by admin

I have a confession: I’ve never seen a show at the Shubert Theatre! In fact, I hadn’t been inside until a few weeks ago for a rehearsal.I am, however, reminded on a daily basis of the importance of the Shubert and the role it has played in the history of musical theater. You see, I’m a musical theatre writer, and also work for Rodgers & Hammerstein, the licensing and publishing company founded by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. And, on my way to the copy machine shubertseatsatR&Hthroughout the day, I pass four red-cushioned seats from the original Shubert Theatre, on display in our office. So, when I had the opportunity to write lyrics for A Broken Umbrella Theatre’s Scene Change! – a show inspired by and staged at the Shubert – well…”I cain’t say no.”

Scene Change! is a love letter to the Shubert Theatre and the history of musical theatre. The back-stage story involves a creative team in 2015 putting on a forgotten musical that was written in 1944. One of the fun challenges for me was to create lyrics that might have been written in the 1940s as well as present day. Since we also wanted to celebrate the Shubert, the majority of songs were designed to harken back to composers and lyricists who premiered shows in New Haven.

Songs by Rodgers and Hart, who made their Shubert debut in 1925 with Poor Little Rich Girl, inspired lyrics for our tap dance number. The structure of our ballad was based on a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from South Pacific, which had its world premiere at the Shubert in 1949. Other lyrics take inspiration from Cole Porter, Jerry Herman, Lerner and Loewe and Irving Berlin, to name a few. Will Aronson then composed the music, crafting his own blend of pastiche and modern musical styles. Hailing from Guilford, Will has had the good fortune to see many shows at the Shubert.

It is wonderfully strange to think that the first show I see at the Shubert will be my own. I hope that Scene Change! pays tribute to this theater’s brilliant legacy and honors all the artists who inspired me to become one.

Blog Post: Rob Shapiro

Lyricist, SEEN CHANGE!

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Behind the scenes – The Shubert holiday window paper sculpture tribute along Chapel Street

January 5th, 2015 by admin

I was very excited to be approached by the Shubert Theatre to continue the paper sculpture project on Chapel Street for the second year. The project involved 12 different shops and clients, and we were only given three weeks to complete the work. I called a meeting of Paier College students and explained to them that this would be a very unusual three weeks, but anyone DSCN2880 DSCN2881who wanted to be involved in the project was welcome to sign on. We had 30 people who joined in, dedicating the majority of their time to the project for that period.   Figuring out which show would fit which client was very challenging … and interesting. After we had meetings with every owner, we jumped to the drawing stage, creating thumbnails of ideas. Hull’s was very helpful in providing art materials. We bought all the glue they had and piles of paper; then the cutting began!100th in lobby 1

The three weeks went by as if it were one day. Some students were even sleeping at school. After a lot of coffee and pizza and paper cuts, the work was finally done 15 minutes before we had to install it. Now, it is all history, and you can see the result of our collaboration along the streets of New Haven!


— Vlad Shpitalnik


Vladimir Shpitalnik – Professor in Illustration – Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT