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September 4, 2012

We're Celebrating Mary Poppins and Everyone's Invited!

Join us this Saturday, September 8 from 11am-3pm at The Bushnell Block Party! We're celebrating Mary Poppins with a host of events in and around the theater located at 166 Capitol Ave in Hartford. All events are FREE and open to the public.


Featured events include:

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Using a free kite kit provided by The Bushnell, kids can assemble & decorate their own flying creations. Weather permitting they can stroll down to Bushnell Park and “send them soaring!” Also, the first 100 families to arrive will receive a free Mary Poppins logo kite.

Disney Cabaret

From the Great Hall balcony, Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellows will give free recitals of Disney music.

Step In Time

Kids of all ages can gather in the courtyard, learn a little choreography, and then dance along to a famous Mary Poppins song.

Chalk Drawings

  • Professional chalk muralist Tracy Lee Stum will create a spectacular 3D mural at the entrance to the Bushnell courtyard. The mural will depict famous Broadway characters - including Mary Poppins - enjoying Bushnell Park as it might look like in years to come, thanks to the iQuilt Plan (www.theiQuiltPlan.org). Kids and parents alike will then be able to step into the mural and take pictures in the Bushnell Park of tomorrow.
  • Families will have an opportunity to sketch their own chalk drawings on the Capitol Avenue sidewalk in front of The Bushnell.

Sing-Along Film Screening
Families can gather in The Bushnell’s Belding Theatre and sing along to a free screening of the film version of Mary Poppins – complete with on-screen lyrics. There are no tickets required for the film, it is free and open to the public. Sing along will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Bushnell Park Carousel and Memorial Arch will open for business and tours.

And much more

  • A living statue artist, dressed as Mary Poppins, will engage and entertain the crowd
  • Face painters
  • Caricature artists
  • Balloon animal artists
  • Foam core cut-outs of Mary Poppins characters for family photos
  • Button making activities

Food carts will set up along Capitol Avenue for the purchase of refreshments. Café tables & chairs will be available on the veranda outside the box office.

August 21, 2012

Legend ART GARFUNKEL performs in Hartford, 9/6. ONE NIGHT ONLY!

The voice and soul of a true American poet have illuminated the work of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Art Garfunkel for nearly five decades. 

It is there on record – the Simon & Garfunkel LPs of 1964 to 1970 on Columbia, and his deep catalog as a solo artist starting in 1973 – as well as in film, and on the printed page (his 1987 collection of prose poetry, Still Water).  

Five-time Grammy® Award-winner Art Garfunkel has always approached every new project with the poet’s perspective.

One Night Only!!


Thursday, September 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Bushnell Box Office, by calling 860-987-5900 or online here or visit bushnell.org.

Part of the Bank of America Showcase Series.

July 23, 2012

2012-2013 Bushnell Broadway Series on sale NOW!


The 2012-2013 Bushnell Broadway Series co-sponsored by Travelers and Webster Bank is NOW ON SALE!

For tickets visit bushnell.org, call 860-987-5900, or visit the box office at 166 Capitol Ave in Hartford. Don't miss these great shows! Click to find out more and purchase tickets!

DISNEY and Cameron Mackintosh present MARY POPPINS
September 14-23, 2012


January 8-13, 2013

LOOPED starring Valerie Harper
January 24 - February 6, 2013

February 26 - March 3, 2013

April 16-21, 2013

May 28 - June 2, 2013

June 18-23, 2013

June 27, 2012

LOUIS CK, Nov. 8 at The Bushnell, Hartford - ON SALE NOW

Emmy Award and Grammy Award winning comedian Louis C.K. – creator, executive producer, director, editor, and star of FX Network’s critically acclaimed series Louie – will perform a special engagement, Louis C.K. at The Bushnell, November 8 at 7PM.

Tickets for all shows are $45.00 (inclusive of all fees) and are on sale now exclusively available at Louis C.K.’s website, click here or visit louisck.com.

In a statement on louisck.com from Louis, “This year, I'm trying something new, building on the fun, success and fan-benifit of selling my content online… I've cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price. To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing.”

Back in December, 2011 Louis released his last standup special, Louis C.K. Live At the Beacon Theatre, directly to consumers through his website for $5. The move was hailed as groundbreaking and was a tremendous success. He has since added additional content to the site including audio downloads of WORD-LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL and SHAMELESS.

Louis was nominated for four 2011 Emmy Awards for Louie, which will have its season premiere on Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 PM, and his standup special Hilarious including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. He recently won four awards at the 2012 Comedy Awards including Sketch Alternative Comedy Series and Comedy Directing TV for Louie, as well as Comedy Special of the Year and “Stand Up Tour” for Live at the Beacon Theatre. Louie was honored on many year-end top 10 lists including AFI, Time, Entertainment Weekly and dozens of others. Hilarious was also honored with a 2012 Grammy for Best Comedy Album.

For information on accessible seating click here. 

June 8, 2012

2011-2012 Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellows to Perform FREE Concert on June 17

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the tenth annual concert of the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship will be held at The Bushnell’s Belding Theater on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

The 2011-2012 Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellows include Nick Bayer of South Windsor, Julianne Daly of Burlington, Reagan Henke of Avon; Jessa Sahl of Avon, Kathleen Walsh of Manchester, and Miles Wilson-Toliver of Meriden. The concert will feature the current class of fellows, in addition to alumni from the first ten years of the program. 


The Vocal Fellowship is a full scholarship program for a small number of very talented young singers interested in classical and musical theatre repertoire. The Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship provides conservatory-like training for high school students with tuition-free instruction in voice, vocal coaching and musical skills. Master Classes are held monthly with industry professionals. Fellows perform annually throughout the school year in addition to the formal concert at The Bushnell in June.

Founded in 2002 by Bob Darling, a member of the Bushnell Board of Trustees at the time, the Vocal Fellowship has provided training for more than 35 students. Darling’s passion for vocal music and nurturing of young talent was evident as he attended auditions, master classes, and rehearsals, and hosted an annual dinner for the fellows and their families. In 2006, Bob made a substantial commitment to the program by establishing a fund to provide for the Vocal Fellowship for the next 20 years. Past fellows came together to sing and pay tribute to Bob Darling at his memorial service in 2009 and continue to honor their mentor as many progress in professional music careers.

May 18, 2012

Theresa Caputo: Long Island Medium visits Hartford, 6/29

Theresa Caputo is a typical Long Island wife and mom, except for one distinct difference… she communicates with the dead.  It’s a gift she cannot “turn off” prompting her to give spontaneous readings to her car mechanic or cashier at the local bagel shop.

Theresa will share her story, answer audience questions, and conduct readings with the audience on Friday, June 29th at 7:30pm at Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. Tickets are on sale now at bushnell.org, 860.987.5900, or the Bushnell Box Office.  

The hit TLC show Long Island Medium premiered in September 2011 to rave reviews and a loyal following. In late March, TLC launched a new season of Long Island Medium in prime time. The show follows Theresa's life as a psychic medium and the unique challenges it creates for her husband of 22 years, Larry, and two children, aged 17 and 21.

Theresa has been a practicing medium for 10 years and is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to connecting science with the afterlife. She spends her days helping individuals find closure by connecting them with their departed loved ones. For Theresa, this is not just her job... this is her life. 

May 11, 2012

Dr. Maya Angelou: Living Legend

The Bushnell was incredibly honored to host Dr. Maya Angelou last evening. Her words and life's teachings have been inspiration for so many.. and at 84 years old, she is continuing to teach daily and live what she teaches. Amazing. Inspiring. Humbling.

And she's funny! In her signature deep, powerful yet poetic voice, Dr. Angelou offered the advice, 'I never trust anybody who doesn't laugh,' and emphasized that life is fun, and funny, and unexpected. Regardless of the sorrow she has known, this amazing woman has achieved an incredible level of hope and optimism.

Dr. Angelou's theme of the evening was 'be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.' Words to live by, as each of us cannot foresee how our lives will directly influence the lives of others. So it is important to be kind and appreciate each of our unique lives, because 'nobody can live your life but you.'

Thank you Dr. Angelou, your legacy is no question. 

Some of the poetry read by Dr. Angelou:
"Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Invictus" by William Ernest Henley
"Little Brown Baby" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"The Health Food Diner" by Maya Angelou
"Harlem Sweeties" by Langston Hughes

April 19, 2012

Connecticut Ballet, Razzle Dazzle at The Bushnell

Connecticut Ballet is up to some pretty cool and interesting things...


In case you missed it, last week eight company dancers performed a piece entitled ‘Babble’ in the lobby of 99 Pratt Street, each in a window space meant for... mannequins? window dressings? Who knows.. but one thing is for sure, the space was PERFECT for this dance piece.


Audience members roamed freely around the lobby to gaze at the entrapped dancers, four on each side. The piece was innovative and artsy and, most of all, super intimate. When has any 'normal' person been a foot away from a ballerina? Seeing dance, particularly ballet from such a close proximity was astounding.. to see the leg muscles in action.. facial expressions that would have gone missed from afar.. and from the right angle, the dancers communicating.


All in all, not a bad way to spend a mid-week lunch break!


This Saturday, April 21, the Connecticut Ballet is hosting their 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration. The great part about this event are the different ticket options, so anyone can choose how they want to celebrate with the ballet, whether it be just the performance, add getting down with the Glamour Girls and company dancers at the after party, or the whole she-bang and adding dinner.

Regardless of the type of ticket, anyone going to this event is guaranteed to have a spectacular time!

Tickets for the performance only ($63.00 Orchestra, $43.00 Mezzanine) are available exclusively through The Bushnell Box Office over the phone at 860-987-5900 or in person.

Ticket packages for the performance plus onstage after party ($78.00 per person) are available at The Bushnell Box Office online, over the phone at 860-987-5900 or in person, and through Connecticut Ballet at 860-293-1039 or 203-964-1211.

Ticket packages to the patron’s dinner, performance and onstage after party ($175.00 per person, $1400.00 for a table of eight) are available exclusively through Connecticut Ballet at 860-293-1039 or 203-964-1211.

February 27, 2012

OVATIONS GALA 2012: Through the Looking Glass

The Bushnell's annual Ovations gala, benefiting our award-winning arts-in-education programs, is just days away! The ticketed event will be held this Saturday, March 3 at The Bushnell.

Themed 'Through the Looking Glass,' the event is based on the beloved Alice in Wonderland stories by Lewis Carroll. Guests are invited to come dressed as Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, or wear their most elegant tea party ensemble. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes!

All proceeds support The Bushnell’s award-winning arts-in-education programs, specifically, PARTNERS® (Partners in Arts Revitalizing Schools) which infuses art into education to improve literacy skills and increase intercultural competencies of students who have had difficulty learning through traditional teaching methods.

The evening will consist of Cocktails and Silent Auction, Dinner, Program and Live Auction, Dessert and Dancing.

Ticket prices begin at $200 per person. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please contact Stephanie McMullon at (860) 987-6087 or Stephanie.mcmullon@bushnell.org.

The Bushnell is Grateful for the Support of Our Sponsors:
Stanley Black & Decker, Lead Sponsor
Travelers, After-Party Sponsor
First Niagara, Dinner Sponsor
Hoffman Audi, Auction Sponsor
Flower Boutique, Floral Sponsor
Onyx Spirits, Spirits Sponsor

February 9, 2012

2012-13 Broadway Season Announcement

On Tuesday, February 7, The Bushnell hosted a free event in Mortensen Hall at which we officially unveiled the 2012-2013 BROADWAY SEASON!

The presentation included a video clips from this year’s remaining Broadway shows (The Addams Family, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof and Come Fly Away), video clips from next year’s shows, and some updates and a few words from our own Scott Galbraith, Vice-President, Programs.

Our Ensign Darling Vocal Fellows performed in the Promenade Gallery as guests arrived and, as a special surprise, we brought in the New York cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to perform. And, in order to include EVERYONE in the event, we tweeted the highlights in real time. If you missed the event, check out The Bushnell Twitter for the play-by-play.

The diverse 2012-13 Broadway Season includes touring productions of hits MARY POPPINS (Sept. 14-23, 2012), MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Jan. 8-13, 2013), Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT (Feb. 26 – March 3, 2013), SISTER ACT (April 16-21, 2013), CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (May 28 – June 3, 2013) and BILLY ELLIOT (June 18-23, 2013), and one additional production still to be chosen. Also announced was the off-subscription offering of the live stage version of the beloved holiday classic DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (Nov. 20-25, 2012).

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's JOHNNY CASH shows us his best Man in Black

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A great turn out for the Season Announcement & reception

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The wonderfully talented Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellows