Musical ‘Disaster’ Opens Nutmeg Summer Series

Terrence Mann, artistic director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Nutmeg Summer Series, will oversee three musicals for CRT this year, directing one, Jesus Christ Superstar, and playing the lead in Sweeney Todd. (Peter Morenus/UConn File Photo)
Terrence Mann, artistic director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Nutmeg Summer Series, will oversee three musicals for CRT this year, directing one, Jesus Christ Superstar, and playing the lead in Sweeney Todd. (Peter Morenus/UConn File Photo)

Last year Terrence Mann became the artistic director of the Nutmeg Summer Series program of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre here at UConn.

Mann has acted and directed at CRT for several years and is best known for his work on Broadway, where he has starred in three of the top 10 longest running shows – Cats, Les Misérables, and Beauty and the Beast. He has appeared in 19 stage productions and 22 films, as well as work on television.

When he is not acting, he is Distinguished Professor in Musical Theater at Western Carolina University in North Carolina, so he is very experienced working with students, which is a vital part of CRT and UConn’s Department of Dramatic Arts.

This year’s Nutmeg Summer Series season is all musicals, and it begins June 7 with “Disaster,” a recent Broadway show that spoofs disaster films. Most notable, Seth Rudetsky, host of Seth Speaks on Sirus/XM, who wrote the play, will reprise his role from Broadway. The soundtrack is 1970s songs, from Elton John and Linda Ronstadt to Bay City Rollers and Donna Summer. Mann then has the title role in the Tony-award winning show “Sweeney Todd,” which begins June 21, and will direct “Jesus Christ Superstar,” one of the first rock operas turned into a musical production, which opens July 12.

Listen to Mann discussing the 2018 Nutmeg Summer Series for the UConn 360 podcast here:

 

For the full podcast and other episodes, visit uconn.edu/uconn360-podcast.