Quick Center's New Season features Brilliant Comedy, Sizzling Jazz
Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts raises the curtain on its bold, dynamic new 2014-2015 season with an opening weekend filled with brilliant comedy and sizzling jazz.
Opening night honors go to Broadway's Next Hit Musical, a laugh-out-loud musical comedy improv performance taking place at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014. Hailed as “brilliant” by TheaterWeek and “hilarious” by The New York Times, Broadway's Next Hit Musical is an award-winning unscripted show performed by a talented troupe of New York City-based actors, each a master improviser, who collect suggested hit song ideas from the audience, and then present a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. Comedy fans and musical theatre lovers alike will enjoy this hilarious show, where every song is fresh, every scene is new, and every night is different. Reserved tickets are $45, $40, and $35; Fairfield University students: $5.
Opening weekend continues with the sizzling spicy jazz sounds of The Hot Sardines, performing at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The band invokes the music of a near-century ago with straight-up, foot-stomping jazz that stays resolutely in step with the current age. With nods to the styles of Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller, the Sardines have a sound steeped in hot jazz spiced with salty stride piano. Their jazz roots run deep and intertwine with French influences via their frontwoman, “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, who was born and raised in Paris and writes songs in both languages. The band was born when Bougerol met stride piano player, bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, at a jam session they found on Craigslist. Above a noodle shop on Manhattan’s 49th Street, they discovered a mutual love for songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. In a short time, the Hot Sardines went from their first gig – at a coffee shop on the last Q train stop in Queens – to selling out Joe’s Pub 11 times in a year, headlining at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, and opening for the Bad Plus, Lulu Gainsbourg and French gypsy-jazz artist Zaz. Through it all they’ve become regulars at the Shanghai Mermaid speakeasy and turned The Standard, where they play regularly, into their own “saloon in the sky” (The Wall Street Journal) – complete with tap dancing on the bar – honing a live persona that’s been called “unforgettably wild” and “consistently electrifying” (Popmatters). Jazz fans of music icons Pink Martini and the Squirrel Nut Zippers will love the Hot Sardines. Reserved tickets are $45, $40, and $35; Fairfield University students: $5.
Photo: The Hot Sardines (photo by Harry Fellows).
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Tickets and subscriptions are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.