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This Season of New Haven Theater Features New Works on Old Stages
The Shubert in New Haven prides itself on its historical significance. This was the theater where Rodgers & Hammerstein, Neil Simon and many other theater legends chose to try out their new works before they went to Broadway. The 2013-14 Shubert "Best of Broadway" season, however, is the most "modern" line-up of touring musicals that the theater's booked in years: Mamma Mia (Nov. 22-24), Bring It On — The Musical (Jan. 16-18), Once (Feb. 26-March 2), Stomp (March 28-30) and We Will Rock You (April 25-27). OK, some of those titles are 20 years old, or are fueled by 35-year-old pop hits. But for a venue that's almost always had a classic like West Side Story or South Pacific in the mix, this is a reminder that the Shubert also has kept up with the times. Occasionally the Shubert still gets tapped as a try-out house: national tours of Hair and Jersey Boys had their shakedowns here, and last year the Shubert stop on The Addams Family tour was used to revise and sharpen the show's script.
By Christopher Arnott
September 5, 2013