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The new musical adaptation of the 1945 Warner Brothers film debuted just last year

[SALT LAKE CITY, UT NOVEMBER 13, 2023] — Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC), Utah’s premier professional theatre, presents a new musical stage adaptation of the classic holiday film Christmas in Connecticut from December 1-16, 2023. While the musical had its world premiere at the Goodspeed in Connecticut during the 2022 holiday season, the show’s creators continue to develop and fine-tune the work, making the PTC mounting an all-new experience for audiences—and the only production of Christmas in Connecticut in the U.S. during the 2023 holiday season. The story is described as follows:

From the bucolic paradise of her Connecticut farm, famed Smart Housekeeping columnist Liz Lane dishes out advice on marriage, cooking, and homemaking to eager housewives across the country. There are just a few small details of which her readers aren’t aware: Liz actually lives in a tiny New York City apartment, she has never been married, and she can’t cook. When a beloved war hero who is a fan of the columnist is invited by Liz’s publisher to Christmas on the nonexistent farm, a musical comedy of errors ensues!  

“Pioneer Theatre Company patrons are constantly asking for holiday programming outside of the usual fare—no offense to A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker. So, Christmas in Connecticut came to PTC at the perfect time,” says PTC Artistic Director (and the show’s choreographer) Karen Azenberg. “This production sees PTC once again serving as a developmental space for new works and reinforces our mission to bring our audiences top-notch theatre they won’t find anywhere else in the state. Most importantly, fans of the original film will be delighted to see the story realized with a 21st-century sensibility.”

Featured in the cast are PTC alums Gerry McIntyre* (A Christmas Carol, also Director/Choreographer for this season’s Bonnie & Clyde) as Alexander Yardley; Jamen Nanthakumar* (Mary Stuart, Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley) as Mario De Luca; as well as ensemble members Andy Frank* (A Christmas Story – The Musical, Hello, Dolly!); Tyler Symone* (A Christmas Story – The Musical); Evan Latta (The Rocky Horror Show, The Prom); Lila Prince (The Rocky Horror Show, The Prom); and Myles Tracy (Hello, Dolly!, Mamma Mia!).

Making their respective PTC debuts are David Girolmo* (Broadway’s War Paint and Candide) as Felix Bassenak; Tiffany Denise Hobbs* (Waitress on Broadway, The Lion King National Tour) as Gladys Higgenbottom; Alyse Alan Louis* (Broadway’s Amélie, Mamma Mia!) as Liz Sandor; Christian Magby* (The Flash on The CW, One Night in Miami on Amazon) as Jefferson Jones; Eric William Morris* (Broadway’s King Kong, Coram Boy) as Victor Beecham; Linda Mugleston* (Broadway’s The Music Man, My Fair Lady) as Norah O’Connor; RJ Vaillancourt* (Saint Joan at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon) as Dudley Beecham; and ensemble member Sophia Campagna (The Lighting Thief at the U).

Christmas in Connecticut features lyrics by Jonathan Larson Award recipient Amanda Yesnowitz, music by Grammy and Emmy Award winner Jason Howland (composer of Paradise Square and Little Women—not to mention a PTC alum as Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator on the world premiere of Shucked), and a book by Emmy Award winner Patrick Pacheco and celebrated entertainment journalist Erik Forrest Jackson.

With over 40 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional directing credits, Shelley Butler returns to PTC having previously directed Mary Stuart and The Dust People (2023 Play-by-Play Series). Butler is joined on the Creative Team by Musical Director & Conductor Helen Gregory; Choreographer (and PTC Artistic Director) Karen Azenberg; Scenic & Costume Designer Lex Liang; Lighting Designer Robert Aguilar; Sound Designer Aaron Hubbard; and Hair & Makeup Designer Cynthia Johnson. James O. Hansen* is Production Stage Manager.

Continuing with its longstanding tradition of partnering with local nonprofits to which patrons can donate, PTC will host a giving station in the lobby to benefit the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System. The mission of the VA “is one of service to more than 27 million Veterans who have so unselfishly served their country.” The partnership has extra significance as the Christmas in Connecticut character Jefferson Jones is a WWII Veteran. 

During the production’s run, patrons are encouraged to bring unused personal care items; new clothing, socks, and underwear; winter clothing items; books, puzzles, games, art supplies; blankets; and kitchen supplies/tools. For more information about donating money, volunteering, or items that can be accepted for donation, visit the organization’s official website.

During the run of Christmas in Connecticut, Pioneer Theatre Company will present “Curtain Call” in the Loge Gallery. The exhibit is a collaboration with the Intermountain Society of Artists, an organization which seeks to “provide an environment for artists that inspires, challenges, educates, encourages and assists them in the pursuit of excellence in the creation, enjoyment and sharing of art in the intermountain area.” Selected works will be available to purchase through the PTC Box Office.

Christmas in Connecticut runs from December 1 through 16 at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Tickets are available at PioneerTheatre.org or by calling PTC’s Box Office at 801-581-6961. 

Christmas in Connecticut is made possible by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation (Presenting Sponsor) with additional support provided by the Wanda & Carvel Mattsson Memorial Fund.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 


Joshua Black 
Director of Marketing and Communications 
Joshua.Black at PTC.Utah.edu 
O: 801-581-6270 



INTERVIEWS: Theatre staff, members of the cast, and creative team can be made available for interviews. Please contact Joshua Black to arrange.


Christmas in Connecticut
Book by Patrick Pacheco and Erik Forrest Jackson
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
Based upon the Warner Brothers Picture

Christmas in Connecticut is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC.

December 1-16, 2023

Monday – Thursday, 7:00 PM 
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 PM 
Saturday, 2:00 PM 

Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC) is located in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City 

$55 – $79 in advance; $5 more when purchased on day of show 
Students K – 12 or ages 5-18 are half-price Monday – Thursday 

Box Office: 801-581-6961 
Open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday 
PTC Show Listing: Christmas in Connecticut

Liz Sandor: Alyse Alan Louis*
Felix Bassenak: David Girolmo*
Victor Beecham: Eric William Morris*
Dudley Beecham: RJ Vaillancourt*
Alexander Yardley: Gerry McIntyre*
Gladys Higgenbottom: Tiffany Denise Hobbs*
Jefferson Jones: Christian Magby*
Norah O’Connor: Linda Mugleston*
Mario De Luca: Jamen Nathakumar*
Ensemble: Andy Frank*, Tyler Symone*, Sophia Campagna, Evan Latta, Lila Prince, and Myles Tracy

Director: Shelley Butler
Musical Director & Conductor: Helen Gregory
Choreographer: Karen Azenberg
Scenic & Costume Designer: Lex Liang
Lighting Designer: Robert Aguilar
Sound Designer: Aaron Hubbard
Hair & Makeup Designer: Cynthia Johnson
Production Stage Manager: James O. Hansen*

 *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 


Now celebrating its 62nd season, the award-winning PTC is Utah’s premiere professional theatre company and leading arts organization of the West. Led by Artistic Director Karen Azenberg and Interim Managing Director Diane L. Parisi, PTC presents world-class productions that celebrate diversity in culture and society and serve as the connecting bridge between art and scholarship as an affiliate of the University of Utah. For more information, visit PioneerTheatre.org.

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