Starlight in Vermont

By Joshua Sherman, MD
Illustrations © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation.


“Moonlight in Vermont” may be our state’s unofficial song, but it is the “Starlight in Vermont” that will be extra captivating this summer.

New England theatre buffs regularly travel to New York to catch a Broadway show, but watching great talent perform live on stage in an intimate setting on a glorious summer night, right here in Southern Vermont, is incomparable.

Rumor has it that there are still some notyet-announced surprises in store, but looking through the telescope, here is an illustrated preview of the 2018 summer season.

42nd Street

42nd Street, 2001—staged and choreographed by four-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner

Can you “hear the beat of dancing feet”? Four-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner will direct and choreograph the new musical Perfect Picture, inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell. With music and lyrics by the Emmy Award– winning Bluestone Sisters, the musical focuses on Norman Rockwell’s life, loves, and his quest to paint the Four Freedoms. Full casting is yet to be announced, but Tony and Emmy Award–winning vocal sensation, Lillias White, is already set to star as Amy the Wild Woman. Presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center Jul. 20–21.

Two-time Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner David Zippel (City of Angels, Disney’s Hercules and Mulan) may be best known as a lyricist, collaborating with everyone from Alan Menken and Andrew Lloyd Weber to Cy Coleman and Marvin Hamlisch, but for more than 20 years, he has had a distinguished career as a director. This summer, David directs a concert-format reading of his update of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. This time, set in New York in 2018 at Trump Tower and in East Hampton. Presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center Aug. 17–19.

City of Angels

David Zippel and Cy Coleman’s Tony Award winning City of Angels, 1989

Judd Hirsch returns to Dorset Theatre Festival, reprising his 1986 Tony Award–winning role in Herb Gardner’s heartbreaking play, I’m Not Rappaport. Presented at the Dorset Playhouse Jun. 21– Jul. 14.

Judd Hirsch in Im Not Rappaport

Judd Hirsch in I’m Not Rappaport, 1985

Treat Williams has had a remarkable four-decade career starring on stage, in film, and on television, currently starring in the Hallmark Channel series Chesapeake Shores. He is, once again, sharing his talent and celebrity with Dorset Theatre Festival this summer as part of their one-night-only Pipeline Series. Details to be announced.

The Ritz

Treat Williams in The Ritz, 1976

Did somebody call a cab? Judd Hirsch’s Taxi co-star Christopher Lloyd may be best known for playing quirky film roles such as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and Doc Brown in Back to the Future, but he made his Broadway debut back in 1969. This summer, he will be starring on stage as The Narrator in Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town. Presented at Weston Playhouse Jun. 21–Jul. 7. •

The Addams Family

Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, 1991


Find your seat!

Dorset Theatre Festival
Dorset, VT
802-867-2223 or

Oldcastle Theatre Company
Bennington, VT
802-447-0564 or

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Manchester, VT
802-362-1405 or

Weston Playhouse
Weston, VT
802-824-5288 or

Petrified Forest

Intermission at the Petrified Forest, 1954