The hottest ticket on Broadway makes its Connecticut debut when the touring production of the smash hit musical Hamilton comes to The Bushnell for a three-week engagement this month. The show has been officially sold out, but check the website for last-minute ticket availability. (Also, check out our conversation with Thomas Kail, who directed the play's original off-Broadway and Broadway run.)
On a Roll
Over the past three decades, Mannheim Steamroller has redefined the sounds of Christmas, performing traditional holiday music in a style that founder Chip Davis has called “18th-century classical rock.” Along the way, their albums have sold more than 28 million copies, making the group collectively the No. 1 best-selling Christmas music artist of all time. (Elvis is a distant second.) The group will bring its unique sound and multimedia light show to the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $55-$105.
Follow the Star
If any place is custom-made for a quaint, old-fashioned Christmas, it has to be our very own Bethlehem, up in Litchfield County. Every year during the first Friday and Saturday of December, the Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival turns the town green and surrounding areas into a holiday carnival of music, hayrides and train rides, crafts, carolers and more. There’s also a tree lighting, a book and cookie sale, and the 5K “Santa Made Me Do It” road race (St. Nick will be available for photos). The festival takes place Dec. 7 from 5-10 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission, parking and many events are free.
Cold Weather, Hot Jazz
Blending blues, gospel and soul, jazz vocalist Deborah Davis draws audiences in with her distinctive charm and unmistakable stage presence. Based out of New York, she tours internationally and has performed with jazz legends like Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton and Delfeayo Marsalis. Davis and her quartet will perform at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Much Ado About Nothing
Jerry Seinfeld revolutionized the sitcom with his eponymous, decade-long TV series, and today he discusses the craft of the joke with peers over a cup of joe. But through it all he has primarily been a stand-up comedian, most at home on the stage where he explores the minutiae of everyday life. You can see him in his natural habitat at Foxwoods on Dec. 1. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $82.50.
Take the family on an enchanted winter journey when Cirque-tacular’s Snowkus Pocus returns to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Dec. 1. Through amazing acts of acrobatics and ballet, the stage show tells the story of a young girl named Brianna, who is swept into a magical land where Jack Frost, the North Wind, the Snow Queen and others teach her about the many moods of winter. Shows are at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children.