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The Show Goes On, at Sharon Playhouse


As COVID-19 concerns continue, Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, Conn., has decided to move its 2020 season forward by one year, to 2021.

The original Playhouse plan (before the coronavirus) had been to open the 2020 season with “Singin’ in the Rain” on June 12 and continue with “Brigadoon” (July 10), “Mamma Mia” (July 31), “Million Dollar Quartet” (Aug. 21) and Divas Go Hollywood (to end the season with a big bang of music and fun).

Managing Director Robert Levinstein and Artistic Director Alan M-L Wager had announced in April that they would delay this summer’s Playhouse season, and open with “Mamma Mia!,” based on the songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA, on Aug. 7.

Last week, Levinstein and Wager sent out a video by email saying, “We had hoped to still offer ‘Mamma Mia,’ ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ and ‘Divas Go Hollywood’ this year, but with all that’s going on, we thought it safer and more practical to move everything to next year.

“However, this does NOT mean that the Sharon Playhouse will be dark this summer. We are still planning on opening our Patio Bar in July, to offer the community a place to come and socialize with social distancing, food trucks and entertainment.

“We will be literally ‘thinking outside of the Bok’ and turning our parking lot into a drive-in theater with live entertainment — specifically, concerts and possibly a laser show; we’re still working out the possibilities.

“The Bok Gallery space itself is also an option for live entertainment with social distancing procedures.”

To keep up to date as Playhouse plans come together, subscribe to the Sharon Playhouse on Facebook or Instagram, and go to the theater’s website at www.sharonplayhouse.org for more information, to purchase tickets and/or make a donation.

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