The Flamingo Kid Musical, Dominique Morisseau, Bess Wohl, and More Tapped for Hartford Stage

Regional News   The Flamingo Kid Musical, Dominique Morisseau, Bess Wohl, and More Tapped for Hartford Stage
The Connecticut theatre unveils five of its upcoming six productions.
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The Flamingo Kid

Hartford Stage in Connecticut has revealed five of the six shows that will make up its 2018–2019 season. The lineup includes the world premiere of The Flamingo Kid, a new musical adaptation of Garry Marshall’s 1984 film comedy by Robert L. Freedman and Scott Frankel, new plays by Small Mouth Sounds playwright Bess Wohl and playwright and screenwriter Samuel Baum, as well as Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67.

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The season will kick off with Wohl’s play Make Believe, a 1980s-set tale of four young siblings whose childhood is upended by the mysterious lives of the adults around them. Jackson Gay is directing.

Next up, Hartford will present Shakespeare’s Henry V, directed by Elizabeth Williamson, followed by Baum’s play The Engagement Party, directed by outgoing artistic director Darko Tresnjak. The play takes place during a young couple’s engagement party, where a spilled glass of wine leads of a gradual unraveling of the evening. As previously reported, Tony winner Tresnjak will conclude his eight years at the helm of the theatre in June 2019.


Later in the season, Hartford Stage will present Morisseau's 2013 play Detroit '67, directed by Jade King Carroll, followed by The Flamingo Kid. The coming-of-age story, whose movie version helped solidify the career of Matt Dillon, features a book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Robert L. Freedman (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and music by Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens, War Paint).

Set in the summer of ’63, The Flamingo Kid follow Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Winnick as he leaves behind his blue-collar roots for an exciting job working as a cabana boy at the colorful El Flamingo—a posh private club on Long Island. Tresnjak will helm the production.

Casting, production dates, and a sixth production will be announced at a later date.

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