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The Flamingo Kid Musical at Hartford Stage
May 9, 2019 - June 15, 2019
The Flamingo Kid is at the Hartford Stage May 8 – June 15, 2019. The musical, which closes the 2018-19 season, boasts an impressive cast of Broadway and regional theatre talent. Performances for The Flamingo Kid begin on Thursday, May 9, and run through Sunday, June 15.
5/29 Update: New performances were added for Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 14, at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, June 15, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The Flamingo Kid, inspired by the 1984 Garry Marshall coming-of-age film starring Matt Dillon, reunites Tresnjak with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’s Tony Award-winning book writer and lyricist Robert L. Freedman. They are collaborating for the first time with the Tony Award-nominated composer Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens, War Paint).
“Say goodbye to winter with the world premiere of our sun-kissed musical, The Flamingo Kid. Journey back to the summer of 1963, and join our hero, Jeffrey Winnick, his friends, and his family, for a positively exuberant evening of song, dance, and romance,” Tresnjak said.
In the summer of ’63, against the wishes of his father, Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Winnick leaves behind his blue-collar roots for an exciting job working as a cabana boy at the colorful El Flamingo — a posh private club on Long Island. There, Jeffrey meets Karla, a forward-thinking young woman from California. The music, the romance, the beach are magical — until tensions grow between father and son when a slick club member takes Jeffrey under his wing.
The Hartford Courant raves “The Flamingo Kid has heart and soul. Acclaimed director Darko Tresnjak, who’s stepping down from his post as artistic director in June after eight seasons, has chosen to leave with a lavish, lively, nostalgic coming-of-age tale.”
“We are so happy that audiences of all ages are responding to our tuneful, sun-kissed evocation of the summer of 1963, and we are thrilled to extend our run for another week,” Tresnjak said.