The season will launch with a revival of Henrik Ibsen's classic Hedda Gabler, running Aug. 30-Sept. 23.
Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Pygmalion) will lead the cast of the new musical A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder, directed by Hartford Stage artistic director Darko Tresnjak Oct. 11-Nov. 4. It has a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak.
The work is based on the novel "Israel Rank" by Roy Horniman. Here's how Hartford characterizes the musical: "Set in the elegant Edwardian era, A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder traces the brilliant trajectory of Monty Navarro — a charmer, seducer and avenger — on his quest for recognition and family fortune."
Beaty (Through the Night) will be represented with Breath & Imagination-The Story of Roland Hayes, also staged by Tresnjak, Jan. 10-Feb. 3, 2013. According to Hartford Stage, "Before Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was Roland Hayes — the first world-renowned African-American classical vocalist. Born the son of a slave, Roland discovered his voice as a young boy singing spirituals in church. This play chronicles his amazing journey from the plantation the plantation in Georgia, to singing before kings and queens in Europe. Breath and Imagination explores the life of an American pioneer through words, movement, spirituals and classical music."
Elliot Norton Award-winner Kate MacCluggage will star in Tresnjak's staging of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which will run May 16-June 16, 2013.
The annual holiday production of A Christmas Carol will return Nov. 23-Dec. 29.
An additional title is expected to be announced.
For tickets and more information, phone (860) 527-5151 or visit hartfordstage.org.