Stamford, Connecticut is a great place to live for those who enjoy the performing arts. This is because the city is continually alive with song, dance, and unique shows year round. The Stamford Center for the Arts features The Palace Theatre, which was a vaudeville house in 1927. It reopened in 1983 as a nonprofit theater. The Rich Forum is also located at this location, and it is now used by a major television network as a studio for some of their programs. Both the Palace Theatre and the Rich Forum are operated by the Stamford Center for the Arts. Another place where shows are performed is at the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex where Curtain Call Inc. provides a variety of entertainment.
These venues have presented many different entertainers, including Isaac Stern, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, B.B. King, Harry Belafonte, and Ray Charles. Other famous performers who have been on stage there are Lily Tomlin, Tom Jones, and Liza Minnelli. In addition, the Palace Theatre and Rich Forum have regular performances by the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, the New England Lyric Operetta, The Ballet School of Stamford, Young Artist Philharmonic, Lumina String Quartet, Zig Zag Ballet, and the Perry Players.
The Palace Theatre and Rich Forum also present plays and musical performances with an emphasis on multi-cultural performers. The Namaskaar Foundation is a group that has been promoting and raising an appreciation for Indian performing arts and culture. This group presents music, dance, and theatre from all areas of India. The foundation also influenced the beginning of World on Stage. This group’s goal is to present the traditional music, dance, and theatre from all over the world. They have brought performances from Africa, Bulgaria, China, Ecuador, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine to Stamford.
An awareness of multi-cultural talents extends to other performances at the Palace Theatre as well with performances such as Parampara, a musical and dance show with an English commentary and Hindi songs. Another performance that highlights the dance scene in Havana, Cuba is King of Salsa. It is filled with energetic dance, vibrant colors, and the salsa music that Cuba is known for. Those who attend the show will see the Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, and Rumba dance classics while their nine-piece band plays background music.
A theater performance for children at the Palace Theatre is A Glow-In-the-Dark Dinosaur Adventure. The modern technology that produces electroluminescent creatures on the dark stage is very intriguing to children, as well as to adults. It is known around the world for its remarkable use of puppets, technology, and dance.
The Stamford Theatre Works is another professional theater that is a barn theatre with 150 seats. This location is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it was formerly located on the campus of the Sacred Heart Academy. Contemporary plays and original productions that address issues of social relevance are performed at this location. The theater has a School for the Performing Arts and Purple Cow Children’s Theatre that offers performances to the public. Sunday matinees include a question and answer session with the various actors and directors.
Many people who live in New York attend performances in Stamford. It is very easy to take a train into the city to attend a musical or another performance at one of the venues in the city. Stamford has been presenting plays and other performances for over 100 years, and it looks as if the tradition is going to continue in this city of residents who truly enjoy the performing arts.