July 18 - 20, 2024
“They Made It a Musical!”
A concert celebrating Broadway’s greatest musicals and the works that inspired them.
Recommended for all ages!
Running Time: approximately 90 minutes

A concert celebrating Broadway’s greatest musicals and the works that inspired them!

Thursday, July 18 at 8PM; Friday, July 19 at 8PM; Saturday, July 20 at 3PM & 8PM

Get ready for a night of pure Broadway magic!

“THEY MADE IT A MUSICAL!” pulls back the curtain on the Broadway shows you love, shining the spotlight on the plays, novels, works of art, short stories and historical events that inspired them!

From Romeo and Juliet sparking the idea for West Side Story, to Shaw’s Pygmalion laying the groundwork for My Fair Lady, the history of musical theater has always looked to adapt from the very best- and sometimes found inspiration from the most unlikely sources.

Join a cast of Broadway veterans backed by a live band as they take the Playhouse stage with songs and stories about the origins of Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Titanic, Hamilton, and many more. 

Whether you’re steeped in Broadway history or just love humming a good showtune, this concert will keep your toes tapping and your heart singing as we celebrate the remarkable stories behind the creation of your favorite musicals.

And who knows? You might even find the inspiration you need to write the next great musical!

Have you ever wondered how the genius composers and writers of your favorite musicals got the idea for their work? You’ll be delighted to join us as we examine the inspirations for many of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. Broadway historian Larry Maslon has compiled a treasure trove of anecdotes and surprising tales to share- and our remarkable cast of Broadway veterans will fill the Playhouse with their extraordinary talent. THEY MADE IT A MUSICAL! is sure to be a perfect, fun filled, moving night of summer entertainment at the Playhouse!"

Mark Shanahan
Artistic Director

Pre-Show offering

Together at the Table Family Dinner
Thurs, July 18 at 6:30pm
An evening for families and groups to enjoy a communal dinner and casual conversation before attending the Thurs 6/18 8PM performance, all for just $15 per ticket! To participate, call the box office at 203.227.4177
   

MEET THE CAST - coming soon!

meet the creative team - coming soon!

Thank You

To our Event Sponsors: The Maurer Family Foundation

To our Event Supporters: Alison & Mark Smith

2024 Programming & Season Sponsorship is generously provided by Barbara Streicker.

Media Sponsorship for the 2024 season is generously provided by Moffly Media and  WSHU Public Radio.

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All titles, dates, and artists are subject to change.
July 18 - 20, 2024
“They Made It a Musical!”
A concert celebrating Broadway’s greatest musicals and the works that inspired them.
Recommended for all ages!
Running Time: approximately 90 minutes
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