Lindsay Mendez, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Kyle Barisich Will Headline TriArts' 25th Anniversary Gala

By Michael Gioia
05 May 2014

Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Dogfight), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Encores! The Most Happy Fella, NY Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd) and Kyle Barisich (The Phantom of the Opera) will headline TriArts Sharon Playhouse's 25th Anniversary Season Gala May 24 on the TriArts Mainstage.



The evening is set to begin at 5:30 PM with cocktails on the terrace, followed by a 6:30 PM performance, which will feature "material from the Broadway canon of yesterday — as well as exciting new theatre songs performed by three of Broadway's hottest performers."

John Simpkins directs, with music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.

"Our 25th Anniversary has given us a chance to look back with great affection on the artists, audiences, and supporters who have contributed to the Sharon Playhouse over the years," said artistic director Simpkins in a statement. "While we celebrate that heritage, we also look forward with great anticipation to the future. With a new energy, a terrific and supportive audience and Board of Directors, and a new management team, we are very excited to begin the next 25 years. We thought there was no better way to look to that future than to welcome three of Broadway's brightest stars to Sharon for an evening of songs and celebration."

There will be a post-show "Grazing dinner," featuring small plates from various local restaurants including The Woodland, Boathouse, Hathaway Young, Pastorale, Salisbury Breads, Country Bistro, Serevan, Sweet William’s Bakery and When Pigs Fly as well as dancing to DJ Joe Kool.

TriArts 25th season (under the leadership of artistic director John Simpkins and managing director Justin Ball) includes Les Misérables (June 18-29), Falsettos (July 11-20) and Disney's The Little Mermaid (Aug. 13-24) on the Mainstage. Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie (July 3-6) and Douglas J. Cohen and Dan Elish's new musical Nine Wives (July 24-27) will play Stage 2 in the Bok Gallery. The Youth Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening (Aug. 1-3).

Gala tickets are $125 (cocktails and performance) and $250 (cocktails, performance, dinner and dancing). For Gala tickets, visit TriArts.net or call (860) 364-7469. The TriArts Sharon Playhouse is located at 49 Amenia Road in Sharon, CT.