in partnership with
CHRISTIANE NOLL: COMING ALIVE AGAIN
Starring Tony Award Nominee
Streaming May 9-30, 2021
TheaterWorks Hartford in partnership with Goodspeed Musicals announced today that CHRISTIANE NOLL: COMING ALIVE AGAIN will stream on demand May 9 through 30, 2021. Directed by Rob Ruggiero with Music Direction by William Waldrop, tickets will be available at twhartford.org.
Fourteen months of quarantine, a Broadway shut down, a roller coaster of good news and bad news, but Tony-nominee Christiane Noll is optimistic. With a little caution and a lot of hope, she’s ventured out of her home to share an intimate cabaret. A thoughtful, moving and funny (virtual) concert experience exploring themes of motherhood and complex women, through the lens of a Broadway artist navigating a crazy Covid-paralyzed world.
TheaterWorks Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero said “TheaterWorks audiences fell in love with Christiane when she starred in Next to Normal on our stage. I’ve wanted to bring her back ever since and I can’t think of a more appropriate time than now when we all need to take a deep breath filled with hope. Christiane has a singular talent and with her as our guide, this musical journey will be touching, funny and life- affirming.”
Goodspeed audiences will also remember Christiane performing in Mack & Mabel (2004) at The Goodspeed and The Baker’s Wife (2002) and Lizzie Borden (2001) at The Terris Theatre.
Goodspeed Musicals Artistic Director Donna Lynn Hilton said “Goodspeed has a long and successful history working with Rob Ruggiero and he and I have long dreamed of our two theatres partnering on a project. We hope that Coming Alive Again is only the beginning of many fruitful collaborations.”
Also, on stage with Christiane, audiences will be treated to the awesome talents of William Waldrop on Piano and Conducting, Celeste Cumming on Cello, Billy Bivona on Guitar and French Horn and Jonathan Barber on Drums.
This virtual concert includes a heartwarming collection of beloved songs from Follies, The Bridges of Madison County, Company, Fun Home, Grey Gardens, Hello, Dolly!, Dear Evan Hansen, Jagged Little Pill, Ragtime, Next to Normal, Wicked, Anyone Can Whistle and Sunday in the Park with George.
COMING ALIVE AGAIN, the next installment in TWH’s Living Room Series and Goodspeed On Demand will stream May 9 through 30, 2021.
Tickets, priced at $25 can be purchased online at twhartford.org or by calling 860.527.7838
COMING ALIVE AGAIN was filmed live to stream on stage at TWH and Goodspeed Musicals.
This is a benefit concert to support music events and musicals at TWH and Goodspeed Musicals.
TWH’s Producing Partner is TD Bank. Goodspeed Musicals Producing Partners are Masonicare at Chester Village and Sennheiser.
About the Artists
CHRISTIANE NOLL – This New York born, New Jersey raised actress received TONY and Drama Desk Award nominations and won a Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Mother in the Kennedy Center Revival of Ragtime on Broadway. She starred in the record-breaking First National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen (BWWLA award) and took over the role of Cynthia Murphy in the Broadway Company. She made her Broadway debut creating the role of Emma in Jekyll & Hyde, receiving a FANY award for Best actress in a musical. Ms. Noll received her second Drama Desk nomination for her work in Chaplin on Broadway. She has been seen perennially as Sister Margaretta in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood and she supplied the singing-voice of Anna in the Warner Brothers animated feature The King and I. She has also enjoyed starring in Broadway productions of Elf (at Madison Square Garden), It Ain’t Nothin But The Blues and on tour in Urinetown (Ovation Award), The Mambo Kings, Grease, Miss Saigon and City of Angels as well as a tour of Australia and Thailand of South Pacific. Christiane has performed her solo shows in cabaret at 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Birdland, The Regency, The Nikko, The Plush Room, The Duplex, The Nevermore, Arci’s Place, The China Club, Peaches, B.Smith’s and The West Bank Café as well as appearing in Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year and the Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series.
ROB RUGGIERO (Director / TWH Producing Artistic Director) has been part of TheaterWorks Hartford’s artistic leadership for 27 years. He has directed over 60 shows, including TWH productions of American Son, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Constellations, Next to Normal, Relativity (starring Richard Dreyfuss) and Christmas on the Rocks, which he also conceived. His Broadway credits include Looped (starring Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance) and High (starring Kathleen Turner) which had its world premiere at TWH. He also conceived and directed the musical revue Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn which moved off-Broadway and was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Rob conceived and directed Ella, a musical about Ella Fitzgerald, which saw sold-out runs in 24 regional theaters and was produced as a National Tour. His work on plays and musicals has received multiple awards in Connecticut and around the United States. In his eleventh collaboration with Goodspeed Musicals, Rob directed Oliver where he has also directed many award-winning musical productions. His adaptation of Show Boat is now being licensed by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Internationally he directed Fiddler on the Roof in Athens, Greece.
WILLIAM WALDROP (Music Director / Piano / Conductor) is currently the Assistant Conductor for Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera. His other Broadway credits include Music Director/Conductor of the recent revival of Cats and Associate Conductor for the revival of Evita with Ricky Martin. Waldrop has also been Music Director/Conductor for the US National Tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Cats. His recent symphonic engagements as guest conductor include concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. As a Conductor/Pianist he has led productions of Grey Gardens (Bay Street Theatre, starring Betty Buckley), South Pacific (Asolo Repertory Theatre), and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Off-Broadway). William holds a Master’s of Music from The Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor’s of Music from The University of Mississippi.
About TheaterWorks Hartford
Celebrating its 35th season, TheaterWorks Hartford (TWH) produces high quality, contemporary theater that is relevant to our audiences, engages a diverse community, and provides insight into the human experience. TWH is committed to the power of storytelling in creating community. Founded in 1985, TWH has produced over 170 plays and presents approximately 225 performances per season. TWH also owns and manages the historic property at 233 Pearl Street, known as City Arts on Pearl. City Arts provides an affordable home and services to a diverse family of non-profit arts organizations.
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About Goodspeed Musicals
GOODSPEED MUSICALS has achieved international acclaim and is the first theatre in the nation to receive two Tony Awards for outstanding achievement in musical theatre. Under the leadership of Donna Lynn Hilton, Artistic Director and David B. Byrd, Managing Director, Goodspeed Musicals is dedicated to the celebration, development and advancement of musical theatre. Goodspeed creates powerful, world-class productions of enlightening new and established works to entertain and inspire audiences. From Goodspeed, 21 musicals have gone to Broadway (including Man of La Mancha, Annie and Shenandoah) and more than 90 new musicals have been launched. Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals and the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove are distinguished cornerstones of the organization that highlight its commitment to nurture the talents of new and established artists and support the creative process. Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre. Goodspeed gratefully acknowledges the support of United Airlines, the official airline of Goodspeed Musicals and official audio sponsor Sennheiser. The organization is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.
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TWH Funding Credits
TheaterWorks Hartford is supported by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Travelers, Aetna, Hartford Financial Services, Hartford Healthcare, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Bank of America, Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Richard P. Garmany Fund, United Technologies Corporation, J. Walton Bissell Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, John and Kelly Hartman Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Cheryl Chase & Stuart Bear Family Foundation, People’s United Bank, TD Bank, William and Alice Mortensen Foundation, The Saunders Foundation.
GOODSPEED MUSICALS Funding Credits
Goodspeed Musicals is supported in part by: Acorn Alcinda Foundation; Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc.; Burry Fredrik Foundation; Case Graber Foundation; Centerbrook Architects & Planners, LLP; CliftonLarsonAllen LLP; Community Foundation of Middlesex County; ConnectiCare; Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Arts; Elizabeth Carse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; Essex Savings Bank; Eversource Energy; Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; Hartford Business Journal; Hoffman Audi; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jana Foundation, Inc.; Lucille Lortel Foundation; Masonicare at Chester Village; Morgan Stanley, The Paul Group; Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; RisCassi and Davis, P.C.; Robinson + Cole, LLP; SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Sennheiser Electronic Corporation; Sheridan College; The Aeroflex Foundation; The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund; The Elizabeth M. Landon and Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation; The Frederic R. Coudert Foundation; The George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee; The Johnny Mercer Foundation; The Kitchings Family Foundation; The Max Showalter Foundation, Inc.; The Norma Terris/Albert D. Firestone Foundation; The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts; The Shops at Mohegan Sun; The Shubert Foundation; The Suzio York Hill Companies; United Airlines; Webster Bank; Webster Private Bank; William & Alice Mortensen Foundation; WithumSmith+Brown, PC