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Ridgefield Playhouse

80 E. Ridge Rd., Ridgefield, CT

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Adam Ant

Pop,Punk

Adam Ant is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of new wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist.

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• Sun 7/22/18 at - 8:00 PM

Shakespeare on the Green & Green Expo: Hamlet

Play,Shakespeare,For the Family,Expo/Trade Show,Green/Environmental

People’s United Bank presents Shakespeare on the Green & Green Expo, a free family friendly outdoor performance by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Expo with the Green Community. This haunting tragedy begs the devastating question: Where should a young man turn when his father is killed, his mother remarries, and the life he knew has been taken from him? At its heart, "Hamlet" is a play about young men and women struggling with loss, death, and the inescapable feeling that they don’t fit into the world around them. Offering audiences the opportunity to see themselves reflected in Shakespeare’s brooding language, this 90-minute production brings an intimacy and immediacy to Prince Hamlet’s iconic story of murder and madness.

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• Sun 7/22/18 at - 12:00 PM

The Bacon Brothers

Rock,Pop

Kevin and Michael Bacon have been writing songs and playing music together since about the same time they may have been fighting over Lincoln Logs or little green Army guys. In fact, the cover of their first album, 'Forosoco,' shows as much; the picture, taken in 1972, shows Kevin and Michael onstage playing congas and guitar, respectively. The look of communication between the two is telling: although the Bacon Brothers have only been a working band since 1995, they too, run decades deep. Between Kevin's award-winning acting career and Michael's noted work as a film and television composer, the duo has released four studio releases and one live album, 'The No Food Jokes Tour.'

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• Tue 7/24/18 at - 8:00 PM

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Folk,Rock,Pop

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter plays an intelligent blend of country, folk and pop music. Says Carpenter, “They say that the worst, the most traumatic things that people can go through in their lives are a divorce, the loss of a parent and catastrophic illness. All of those things have happened to me in the last few years." Her highly anticipated new album, "Sometimes Just The Sky," was released March 30.

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• Wed 7/25/18 at - 7:30 PM

Femi Kuti

World,Funk,Jazz

Afrobeat pioneer Femi Kuti, backed by his band the Positive Force, will perform. The son of influential Nigerian bandleader Fela, Femi Anijulapo Kuti continues his father's legacy of performing heavily percussive, horn-driven, politically-infused, Afro-beat music for enthusiastic fans across the world. Femi reveals an ever-expanding musical palette on his newest CD, 'Day By Day.' The new material is, like his previous work, a unique hybrid of Afro-pop, jazz and urban influences.

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• Thu 7/26/18 at - 7:30 PM

Montgomery Gentry

Country

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were performing in bands together for years. Their collaboration created hits like "Lonely and Gone" and 'She Couldn't Change Me." Despite Troy Gentry's death in 2017, Montgomery continues to tour under the Montgomery Gentry name.

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• Fri 7/27/18 at - 8:00 PM

Blackmore's Night

Rock,Classical,Folk,New Age

Former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed Blackmore's Night in 1997. He formed the group with his fiancee, vocalist/lyricist Candice Night and recruited other musicians from around the world to combine elements of world music, renaissance, new age, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

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• Sat 7/28/18 at - 7:00 PM

Daughtry

Rock

Daughtry is a rock band from North Carolina, formed and fronted by Chris Daughtry, who first gained prominence as a fan favorite on the fifth season of 'American Idol.' After the competition, Daughtry was given a record deal and his 2006 self-titled debut sold over a million copies after just five weeks in release. He is the third most successful 'American Idol' contestant (behind only megastars Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood) and is currently touring to support his band's most recent album, 'Break the Spell.'

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• Wed 8/1/18 at - 8:00 PM

Earls of Leicester

Bluegrass,Cover/Tribute Band/Performer

The Earls of Leicester, winners of the 2015 Grammy for best bluegrass album, are led by the dobro player Jerry Douglas and include Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Tim O'Brien. They re-create the music of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys.

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• Thu 8/2/18 at - 8:00 PM

Jay Mohr

Stand Up Comedy

Comedian, actor, radio host and best-selling author, Jay Mohr has been performing stand-up comedy for over three decades. After landing his dream job on Saturday Night Live, it appeared as though Jay had reached the height of comedic success, but his career did not end there. Jay has appeared in over 25 films including Jerry Maguire opposite Tom Cruise, Picture Perfect with Jennifer Aniston, Pay it Forward and Are We There Yet?. He has also guest starred in over 50 different television dramas and comedy series episodes, including his groundbreaking series on CBS’ Gary Unmarried and a recent turn on an episode of Dick Wolf’s Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Additionally, Mohr wrote a best-selling book, Gasping for Airtime, about his experience on SNL, and followed that success up with his hilarious book, No Wonder My Parents Drank, which describes in funny detail the pros and cons of parenthood.

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• Fri 8/3/18 at - 8:00 PM

Patty Smyth & Scandal

Rock

Patty Smyth and Scandal tore up the 1980s Top 40 charts with singles like 'The Warrior,' 'Goodbye To You,' 'Beat Of A Heart' and 'Love's Got A Line On You.'

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• Sat 8/4/18 at - 8:00 PM

Dark Star Orchestra

Rock,Cover/Tribute Band/Performer,Jam Band

The Dark Star Orchestra is a Grateful Dead cover band with a unique approach. The group covers actual Dead set lists with the same arrangements from classic Dead performances.

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• Wed 8/8/18 at - 7:30 PM

Jeff Daniels

Pop,Folk,Acoustic

Actor Jeff Daniels, veteran of over fifty Hollywood films ranging from "The Purple Rose of Cairo" to "Dumb and Dumber," has been writing songs for over thirty years.

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• Sun 8/12/18 at - 7:30 PM

The Beach Boys

Rock,Pop

The Beach Boys, backed by the genius of Brian Wilson, became an American institution in the 1960s, with such hits as "Surfin' USA," "I Get Around" and "California Girls." The lone remaining original member, Mike Love, leads the current configuration of the band, joined by Bruce Johnston, who became a Beach Boy in 1965, and other musicians.

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• Wed 8/15/18 at - 7:00 PM

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Jazz,Pop,Swing,Live Music in Bar/Club

Scott Bradlee is a composer, arranger and American pianist who got his start in jazz before turning to pop music. His Postmodern Jukebox project began on YouTube in 2011 infuses notable popular songs with jazz, swing and ragtime elements, or, as a Boston Globe writer put it "takes the pop hits of the text-and-Snapchat age and recasts them as meticulously arranged period pieces, from ragtime to doo-wop."

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• Thu 8/16/18 at - 7:30 PM

Shovels & Rope

Country,Blues,Folk,Rock

Shovels & Rope is a musical collaboration between Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent.

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• Thu 8/30/18 at - 8:00 PM

Ziggy Marley

Reggae,Rock

David "Ziggy" Marley, the eldest son of the iconic Bob Marley, has forged his own successful career. Both he and brother Stephen began performing on stage with their father in the late 1970s. In 1979, at their father's request, Ziggy, Stephen and sisters Sharon and Cedella formed the Melody Makers. They found their own voice apart from their late father by the mid-'80s and released 10 studio albums and a live effort before disbanding in 2002. Ziggy has released six solo albums and three studio albums since 2003, along with three children's albums.

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• Tue 9/4/18 at - 8:00 PM

Easton Corbin

Country

Easton Corbin stormed onto the country music scene in 2009 with a sound heavily influenced by the legendary George Strait. In 2017 Rolling Stone magazine praised his "smooth country vocal and his appreciation for the genre's storied past." He had a new hit in his 2017 single, "A Girl Like You."

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• Fri 9/7/18 at - 8:00 PM

Blackberry Smoke

Country,Rock,Bluegrass

The southern rock and country band Blackberry Smoke, out of Atlanta, consists of Charlie Starr, Richard Turner, Brit Turner, Paul Jackson and Brandon Still mixing elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and a touch of outlaw country. They opened for the Zac Brown Band, playing 20 dates nationwide in the summer of 2011 and the band's songs have been featured in video games such as EA Sports' 'NASCAR 08 'and films ('Swing Vote'). Their most recent album, 'The Whippoorwill,' was released in 2012 and was their first on Zac Brown's Southern Ground label.

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• Tue 9/11/18 at - 8:00 PM

Robin: The Ultimate Robin Williams Experience Featuring Roger Kabler

Stand Up Comedy,Improv

"Robin" celebrates the comedic genius of the late great Robin Williams, starring master impressionist Roger Kabler as Robin, featuring Marc Price (Skippy from “Family Ties”) and hosted by Mike Bova. Robin Williams was arguably the greatest comedian of our generation. This show goes to great lengths to respect Robin’s memory and celebrate his legacy. Hilarious and emotionally powerful at the same time. For everyone around the globe confused about Robin’s unexpected departure, this tribute offers a form of closure, and a chance to laugh with Robin one last time.

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• Fri 9/14/18 at - 8:00 PM

Robert Cray Band

Rock,Blues,R&B/Soul

For more than two decades, this Grammy award-winning singer/guitarist has brilliantly incorporated elements of soul and rock. His hits include "Don't Be Afraid of The Dark," "Take Your Shoes Off" and "Some Rainy Morning." His most recent recording is “4 Days of Forty Nights Live”

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• Sat 9/15/18 at - 8:00 PM

Cynthia Erivo

Cabaret,Broadway,Pop,R&B/Soul

Cynthia Erivo rose to fame with her star-making performance as Celie in the hit Broadway revival of The Color Purple, earning Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards all in the same year! Backed by a five-piece band, Erivo will sing Broadway and pop songs from shows and artists including The Color Purple, The Wiz, Annie Lennox, Etta James, The Beatles, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande and more! A new name to many at the time of her debut in The Color Purple, the Nigerian-British actor and singer quickly caught the attention of Broadway fans, critics and celebrities alike. Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, and Diane Von Furstenburg are just a few of those who sing Erivo’s praises, with Oprah calling Erivo’s performance as Celie “transcendent.” Erivo performed alongside John Legend at the 2017 Grammy Awards and performed at The 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors for an audience including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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• Sun 9/16/18 at - 7:30 PM

Bobby McFerrin

Jazz,A cappella,Pop

The classically trained Bobby McFerrin, perhaps best known in the mainstream for the hit, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," performs solo vocal improvisations of all styles including jazz, scat, classical and nursery rhymes. The Grammy-winning artist is a true Renaissance man of music as a vocal innovator and improviser, conductor, composer and music educator.

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• Thu 9/20/18 at - 8:00 PM

Michael Nesmith

Rock,Pop

Michael Nesmith is known and respected as a musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, and best known as the a member of the' 60s pop/rock 'made for TV' group The Monkees.

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• Sun 9/23/18 at - 8:00 PM

Pat Metheny

Jazz

The virtuoso guitarist Pat Metheny has been influential in both jazz and instrumental pop since he released his first album in 1976. He dedicates time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and veterans alike.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at - 8:00 PM

Beth Hart

Blues,Pop,Rock

Up until recently, Los Angeles native Beth Hart was best known for her hit "LA Song (Out of This Town)," which was featured on the original "Bevery Hills 90210." But it's in recent times that Hart has truly blossomed. In April 2015, she released "Better Than Home," a critical and commercial smash that topped the iTunes blues chart and was crowned No. 4 "Best Blues Album Of The Year" by Mojo magazine. Already a star in Europe, the U.S. has embraced her, too. she received a nomination from the American Blues Foundation in the category of "Contemporary Blues Female Artist." But maybe her greatest live performance to date was seen by millions of television viewers, when her tribute to Buddy Guy on the "Kennedy Center Honors" special received one of the only two standing ovations of the evening.

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• Sat 9/29/18 at - 8:00 PM

Ed Asner: A Man and his Prostate

Play,Solo Performance,Comedy/Drama

A man, late in life, discovers his inner self in more ways than one. A near tragedy actually experienced by the writer is transformed into a comedy by Weinberger and portrayed by Ed Asner.

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• Sun 9/30/18 at - 4:00 PM

The Marshall Tucker Band

Country,Rock

The Marshall Tucker Band became one of the major Southern rock bands of the '70s with such hits as 'Heard it in a Love Song' and 'Can't You See (What This Woman's Been Doin' to Me).'

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• Wed 10/3/18 at - 8:00 PM

The Music of Cream – 50th Anniversary

Rock,Blues,Cover/Tribute Band/Performer

The pedigree of hallowed ‘60s trio Cream -- Ginger Baker’s son Kofi Baker, Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm Bruce and Eric Clapton’s nephew, Will Johns -- come together for the first time to pay homage to the band’s extraordinary legacy. Hear personal stories and songs such as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Crossroads,” “Spoonful” and “White Room” and see the Cream offspring interplay with footage of their fathers and mentors on the big screen.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at - 8:00 PM

Under the Streetlamp

Pop,Cover/Tribute Band/Performer,R&B/Soul,Rock,Jazz

Recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning "Jersey Boys" deliver the sounds of the Sixties. They sing doo-wop, Motown and old-time rock'n’roll, including songs by The Drifters, The Beach Boys and The Beatles. They top it off with a show-stopping salute to their mentors, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, in a medley of hits from The 4 Seasons.

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• Fri 10/5/18 at - 8:00 PM

Paula Poundstone

Stand Up Comedy

Paula Poundstone has long been considered one of the most original comedians in the business. Legendary for her razor-sharp wit and wry, intelligent humor, she's a master at spontaneous interaction with a crowd. One of Comedy Central's Top 100 Comics of All Time, Poundstone is a popular panelist on NPR's weekly comedy news quiz "Wait, Wait … Don't Tell Me!" Her second book, "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness" (Algonquin Books), debuted on May 9, 2017, and climbed to No. 1 on Amazon's Humor CDs and and in the top 10 of the Bestsellers Hardcover Humor lists on day one. Poundstone's new CD, "North By Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!" (HighBridge), her first double-live, landed atop both Amazon's Hot New Releases Non Fiction and Comedy CD lists, along with Billboard's Top Ten Comedy Albums chart. Poundstone was the first woman ever to host the White House Correspondents' Dinner, she has had numerous HBO specials, starred in her own series on HBO and ABC, and has won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. And she launched her weekly podcast, "Live From the Poundstone Institute," in 2017. .

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• Sat 10/6/18 at - 8:00 PM

Jane Monheit

Jazz,Pop

Singing from an early age, Jane Monheit has toured the United States and Europe. Her fame is spreading quickly throughout the jazz world.

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• Sun 10/7/18 at - 7:30 PM

Lucky Chops

Jazz,Rock,Pop

Lucky Chops is a New York-based brass sextet with a high-energy, danceable sound.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at - 8:00 PM

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy

Cover/Tribute Band/Performer,Rock

The rhythmic backbone of progressive rock's Emerson Lake & Palmer, Carl Palmer is hailed as one of the world's greatest drummers. Be ready to be astounded by his dazzling speed and technical virtuosity combined with an infectious stage personality. Still active with Asia, he was also in Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds (featuring Albert Lee). The Carl Palmer Band performs re-imagined instrumental versions of ELP’s original compositions and classical arrangements.

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• Fri 10/12/18 at - 8:00 PM

Kathleen Madigan

Stand Up Comedy

Madigan is one of the most popular comedians on the comedy club and theater circuit. She was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic. She has two one-hour specials on Netflix and has appeared on HBO and Showtime. She has also released five CDs.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at - 7:00 PM

Pink Martini

Jazz,Swing,Pop,Latin/Salsa,World

Pink Martini was formed in 1994 by aspiring Portland politician Thomas Lauderdale, who got the idea to provide more entertaining, uplifting music at political functions for causes such as civil rights, education, public broadcasting and more. A year later, Lauderdale called on former Harvard classmate China Forbes to join the band, and together they began writing songs together for the "little orchestra." Since then, the group has been known for drawing its inspiration from a myriad of sources, including romantic Hollywood musicals of the '40s and '50s, and a multilingual repertoire of diverse genres like jazz, Latin, lounge and classical, all shaken and stirred with cinematic influences, driving rhythms and exotic vocals. A typical Pink Martini concert spans the globe, from Cuban rumba and Parisian cafe tunes to Carnival disco.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at - 8:00 PM

The Lone Bellow

Blues,Gospel,Acoustic,Americana/Roots

The Lone Bellow is a three-member Brooklyn band with bluesy gospel influences. The group performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," as well as the other late night shows featuring Conan O'Brian, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at - 8:00 PM

WellRED Comedy Tour

Stand Up Comedy

Comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder (of "Liberal Redneck" fame), Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester are ready to meet the people.

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• Wed 11/14/18 at - 8:00 PM

American Girl Live

Musical

Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical! "American Girl Live" is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.

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• Sun 2/3/19 at - 4:00 PM

Love Letters

Play,Comedy/Drama

A funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love, starring two iconic TV stars – Barbara Eden (“I Dream of Jeannie”) and Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”). Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?

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• Sat 3/2/19 at - 7:30 PM

Lea Salonga

Pop,Broadway

Lea Salonga is the Tony award-winning actress and vocalist best known for her roles in 'Miss Saigon,' 'Les Miserables,' and the recent revival of 'Flower Drum Song.' Salonga also provided the voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's animated musical, 'Aladdin' and the voice of 'Mulan' in the Disney musical of the same name.

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• Sun 5/12/19 at - 7:30 PM