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Young Hungarian Gypsy Violin Prodigy To Perform in World Premiere Of Crystal Theatre's "Hungarian Nights" in November
Danger and mystery lurk in Mariner Pezza and Cheryl E. Kemény's "Hungarian Nights," a tale of romance, rebirth and redemption at Crystal Theatre. The music combines Hungarian-style csárdás with operetta and current musical theatre styles. The original choreography by Char Fromentin is based on Magyar dances. "Hungarian Nights" is co-directed by Kemeny and Samantha Kulish.Pezza and Kemeny have arranged for the 21-year-old gypsy violin prodigy, Jeno Varga, to travel from Hungary as a guest musician for all performances. Varga graduated from the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest and has performed in Budapest restaurants and nightclubs since he was a child. Previews with a student cast will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13 and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14. The leads include Norwalk residents Julia Gallagher, Anthony DiCostanzo, Max Helfand, Allison Rohr, Jessica Foulds and Hannah Daley along with Christopher Dehn of Wilton. Performances by the professional cast will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 21. The cast is led by Mike Longo and Melissa Labbadia, both of New York City, and includes Cidalia Alves of Danbury, Maggie Mellott of Norwalk and Betsy Simpson of Wilton. The performances take place at the Ben Franklin Center, 66 Bayview Ave in South Norwalk. Tickets are available at the door and on-line for $12.00 adults, $10.00 seniors and $7.00 students and children younger than 18. The show is not recommended for children younger than 11.