Tri-Arts Theatre’s Patio Cabarets July 21-27

Fun at TriArts New Venue – Photo credit: Sean Bemand

TriArts Sharon Playhouse has announced a new venue for summer fun…Patio Cabarets! The entertainment will take place on the new covered patio attached to the Sharon Playhouse. Patio cabarets will feature the talented production cast members from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Altar Boyz. Cabarets will commence after the regular main stage performance on selected dates. The performers will be singing material of their own: Broadway, standards, pop, country…you’ll hear it all!

Tri-Arts is always looking for new ways to make the Sharon Playhouse a place that people can enjoy and with this new beautiful patio and bar area it is a winning combination. Patrons are encouraged to arrive at the Playhouse early for a bite to eat and then (on certain nights) stay late to enjoy the tremendous talents of the casts. As all theatre goers know, sometimes actors don’t have the ability to showcase their full talents in any given production role. The conviviality inspired by patio cabarets will both allow incredible performers to impress with their myriad skills, as well as continue to find ways for audiences and artists to mingle.”

Photo credit: Sean Bemand

The environment is casual and the bar will be open; stay for a few minutes or for the entire hour.

Patio Cabarets will take place on Saturday July 21st, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 25th; 26th and 27th. There is no charge and you will have the chance to meet the cast.

Upcoming Shows

The 2012 Summer Season at TriArts Sharon Playhouse continues with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Adinah Alexander, the award-winning musical Altar Boyz (July 20-29) and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (August 9-26).

About TriArts Sharon Playhouse

TriArts Sharon Playhouse (Alice Bemand, Executive Director; Michael Berkeley and John Simpkins, Artistic Directors) is a not-for-profit theatre, located in Litchfield Hills, Sharon, CT. In addition to producing mainstage musicals and many special events each summer season, TriArts also offers a summer youth theatre program, workshops and readings of new musicals, concerts, and special events throughout the year in its Bok Gallery. For more information on TriArts Sharon Playhouse, please visit or call 860-364-SHOW (7469).

Downtown Cabaret Theatre Presents GARY PUCKETT and The Union Gap March 31

Gary Puckkett

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap will take the stage of the Downtown Cabaret Theatre for two performances (5pm & 8pm) ONLY on Saturday, March 31 (2012). The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is at the located at 263 Golden Hill Street in downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap is one of the most successful musical groups of the 1960s and over the years achieved worldwide prominence. With Gary’s powerful and unmistakable signature voice, the group garnered six consecutive Gold Records and Top 10 Billboard hits and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act…including The Beatles. In addition, Gary is one of the few artists whose first five releases went gold…not even Elvis accomplished this.

Among the group’s hit singles are “Woman Woman,” “Young Girl,” “Lady Willpower,” “Over You,” “Don’t Give Into Him” and “The Girl Is a Woman Now,” among numerous others.

“Young Girl” was re-issued by popular demand in England where it reached #1 and achieved a Silver Record Award for the second time…a full six years after the song was initially released.

Gary Puckett performs at the Musicians Hall of Fame awards show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The group’s “Greatest Hits” album continues to be one of CBS Records’ best-selling “Collector’s Series” albums today.

Gary was a founding member of the incredibly successful “Happy Together” tour that played to sold-out performances in over 100 cities nationwide. Later, Gary was invited to tour with The Monkees on their national reunion tour, which established itself as the major box office success of the 1986 touring season.

In 1992, Gary went to Europe and recorded “In Europe,” which was released there almost immediately, but was not released in the US until 2001.

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap are schedule for two performances ONLY on Saturday, March 31 at 5pm and 8pm.

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is located at 263 Golden Hill Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Reserved tickets are $39-$49-$59-$69. Tickets can be reserved: By Phone: Box Office: 203.576.1636 In Person: at box office located 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut Online at

About Downtown Cabaret Theatre:

Box Office Hours: 11am to 5pm – Tuesdays thru Fridays. The Box Office is open 90 minutes prior to performance times
Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays – Closed

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is a direct descendent of the Sacred Heart University Cabaret. After several successful seasons in an academic setting, the entire company, under the artistic direction of Claude McNeal, moved to its present home in 1975. Alexander Hawley, Samuel Hawley, Norwick Goodspeed, Mayor Nicholas Panuzio, Leete Doty, and other business and civic leaders believed that a professional theatre company in a resident home was essential to the development of the downtown area. As part of this move, the assembly room of the former YWCA was converted to a theatre, including the addition of a balcony and air conditioning.

Since the Theatre’s official opening with VAUDEVILLE TROUPE on February 27, 1976, over one million adults and children have enjoyed musical productions in the unique “Bring Your Own Picnic” cabaret atmosphere. It is now recognized as an important regional theatre and cultural resource.

Drawing upon both Connecticut and New York talent, the Downtown Cabaret has proven to be a marvelous opportunity for theatre professionals to showcase their talents and it has created a perfect environment for the seasoned and up-and-coming artist.

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is incorporated as a not-for-profit tax-exempt regional theatre that offers year-round musical theatre and entertainment. As with all non-profit arts organizations, the Downtown Cabaret must rely on the support of the public and private sectors.

In 1995 the Cabaret underwent a $1.3 million renovation to the facility. Renovations included the construction of a fly house over the stage, the remodeling of the backstage bathrooms, lobby and house, as well as major upgrades to lighting, sound, and air conditioning equipment. These renovations were funded by a $900,000 grant from the State and a capital campaign the Theatre undertook. The newly renovated theatre now holds 290 people.