Art selection for April 2-8

The week is good for tribute concerts in large halls. Squint and you’ll think you’re watching ABBA at Oakdale and Led Zeppelin at the Waterbury Palace (and we might add Pink Floyd contenders The Machine at Infinity Hall Hartford on April 8).

It’s also a great time to see some outstanding song stylists, including Eden Espinosa, Lewis Capaldi and Kenny Chesney. There’s even a comedy play that combines both worlds: The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Ivoryton Playhouse, where an ill-fated Elvis impersonator turns into a completely original country singer/songwriter.

Here are some of the best things to do and see this week in art in Connecticut.

Eden Espinosa and John McDaniel
Legacy Theatre, 128 Thimble Islands Road, Branford

The Broadway Concert series of cabaret-style shows continues at Branford’s Legacy Theater on April 2 at 2 p.m. with the songwriting style of Eden Espinosa, whose Broadway credits include Elphaba in “Wicked” and Maureen in “Rent.” Accompanying her on piano is the great John McDaniel, who was musical director of Rosie O’Donnell’s 1990s talk show, who is musical director and now runs the annual cabaret conference at the O’Neill Center in Waterford. $25-$50, $20 to watch it as a live stream.

Fran Lebovitz
Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 Ridge Road, Ridgefield

For some, Fran Lebovitz hearkens back to the great efficient intellectual humorists who toured New York a century ago. But that doesn’t explain her extraordinary endurance, as she still finds funny things to say about modern annoyances well into the 21st century. She is as funny on stage as she is on the page. Fran Lebovitz, who is so cool that Martin Scorsese made a documentary about her, is at the Ridgefield Playhouse on April 2nd at 7pm in conversation with CNN’s SE Cupp. $55.

Kenny Chesney
Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville

Country music superstar Kenny Chesney, who has dozens of No. 1 hits in his chosen genre, brings his “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Trouble” attitude to Mohegan Sun Arena on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. $129.50-$179.50.

“The Legend of Georgia McBride”
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton

The Legend of Georgia McBride is one of the most popular plays ever written about men in drag, which may be why playwright Matthew Lopez got the gig adapting the classic Some Like It Hot into a new Broadway musical. Lopez is well known in Connecticut for his stint at Hartford Stage in the 1990s, where his plays Somewhere, Reverberation and Whipping Man were produced. He is also known for his Broadway epic The Inheritance. “Georgia McBride” has been produced locally at TheaterWorks Hartford, Seven Angels and elsewhere. Now Ivoryton Playhouse opens its 2023 season with the play in which a failed Elvis impersonator finds his muse as a country and western drag queen. April 6-30 with performances Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm $25-$55.

Louis Capaldi
Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket

Scottish pop sensation Louis Capaldi made one of the biggest breakup songs of recent years with ‘Someone You Loved’. He has an angelic voice and a wry sense of humor, as can be seen from the titles of his two albums, ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ and ‘Broken by Desire to be Heavenly Sent’. Em Beihold opens the show at 8pm on April 7 at Foxwoods’ Premier Theatre.

Sean Wayans
Funny Bone, 294 Buckland Hills Dr., Manchester

Sean Wayans has a new comedy special, “God Loves Me.” This is his third special appearance in as many years. You can see him live at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Manchester four different times this weekend: April 7th at 7:30 and 10:00pm and April 8th at 7 and 9:30pm $37.

Jess Miller and Corey Manning
Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, West Hartford

Playhouse on Park has resumed its stand-up comedy series. It’s a great place to see a comedy movie up close, sitting on stage a few feet away from the performers. You’ll laugh a lot harder. On April 8 at 8:00 p.m., two very reliable funny people with good hearts hold the stage: Boston club veteran Jess Miller, who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for foster children through her comedy, and New York-based Corey Manning, who outside of his “comedian by night” persona uses his comedic persuasion skills to lead interactive workshops on heavy topics.

R&B tour backwards
Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket

The word “back” in the “R&B Rewind” tour refers to the 90s, when cassette tapes were still a thing. The tour brings together four artists who regularly hit the charts this decade: Toni!, Toni! Tone!, El DeBarge, Silk and Kut Klose. April 8 at 8pm at Foxwoods Premier Theatre. $37-$125.

The Concert: Tribute to ABBA
Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford

If you’re paying tribute to a band that titled one of their albums “The Album,” you can call your show “The Concert.” One of ABBA’s greatest stands is at the grand Oakdale Theater in Wallingford. Don’t waste your emotions. Give them all your love. April 8 at 7:30pm $27.50-$109.50.

Hammer of the Gods
Palace Theatre, 100 East Main St., Waterbury

Led Zeppelin were only Led Zeppelin for about 12 years, from 1968 to 1980. Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Experience is Led Zeppelin for 20 years, playing ‘Stairway’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’ live thousands of times. The Long Island-based tribute concert hits the Waterbury Palace on April 8 at 8 p.m. $45.

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