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The Bushnell Events - 2015 Holidays and Beyond
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Breakfast with Santa
December 5, 2015

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Gather your family and friends for a memorable morning at The Bushnell. Take a photo with Santa and visit with Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy breakfast, carolers, crafts and more. Christmas lists accepted! Call 860-987-5900.

December 11 - 14, 2015
Sensory-friendly performance offered December 13, 2015

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, featuring the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters.  Rudolph and his beloved friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas this holiday season.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create an arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.  Slight adjustments to the production are made and accommodations for this performance will include:
• Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds;
• Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance;
• A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience;
• Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
• Designated quiet areas within the theater lobby spaces, staffed with autism specialists;
• Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
• Limited crowds and visitors at The Bushnell during the day and timing of the performance; and
• Bushnell staff and volunteers are trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs.
Use the code SENSORY15 when purchasing tickets for the sensory-friendly performance of Rudolph.  Patron accessibility services, including this sensory-friendly performance, are sponsored by Aetna.

The Nutcracker
December 12 - December 13, 2015

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The Nutmeg Ballet's Nutcracker returns to The Bushnell’s Family Series with times that the whole family can participate in. Enjoy yourself this yuletide season as you travel with young Clara to the enchanted Land of Sweets. Delighting audiences young and old, this holiday favorite brings to life toy soldiers and dueling mice, princesses and sugarplums – a delicious treat for the child in all of us performed one of the most respected classical ballet conservatory in America.

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Hartford’s holiday concert classic just keeps getting more “Cirque-tacular!” Bring the entire family to enjoy your favorite seasonal music, as Carolyn Kuan conducts the HSO, while Cirque de la Symphonie performs on and above the stage. Breathtaking aerialists, mind-boggling contortionists, and jaw-dropping jugglers will have you awestruck. Experience the magic of this ultimate holiday extravaganza!

January 12 - January 17, 2016

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.

Suitable for ages 5+ (all ages).

Sign Language Interpretation is scheduled for the 2015-2016 Broadway Series on Sunday evenings at 6:30p.m. For more information, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator at To purchase tickets to a Sign Language Interpreted performance please send requests to; 860.987.6097 (TTY); 860.987.5900 (VOICE). Limited availability.

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical
April 26 - May 1, 2016

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The Tony Award-winning MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Rolling Stone calls the show “hands down the BEST MUSICAL of the season.”

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of MATILDA have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”

Sign Language Interpretation is scheduled for the 2015-2016 Broadway Series on Sunday evenings at 6:30p.m. For more information, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator at To purchase tickets to a Sign Language Interpreted performance please send requests to; 860.987.6097 (TTY); 860.987.5900 (VOICE). Limited availability.

The Bushnell is committed to making its performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons.  If you have questions or would like to receive additional information about accessibility at The Bushnell, please call (860) 987-6000 or email
Parking for Persons with Disabilities - Signage on the North side of Capitol Avenue will direct patrons displaying a valid accessible parking placard to spaces within the State of Connecticut Public Health Laboratory parking lot. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Valet parking is also available for most evening and weekend performances at a cost of $9.00 per vehicle.
Entrances - The main entrance for The Bushnell is fully accessible and is located on Capitol Avenue, through the Box Office Lobby. An accessible entrance is also located on Trinity Street at the West Marquee.
Restrooms - The Bushnell is equipped with accessible restrooms on most levels of the facility. There are two family accessible restrooms within the facility, located off the Grand Foyer in the East Marquee hallway, and on the third level of the Belding Theater.
Pay Phone - A TDD/TTY equipped pay phone is located in our Box Office lobby.
Elevators - Most public elevators are equipped with Braille buttons for access by persons with visual impairments. Elevator Attendants are in place for those elevators not equipped with this feature.
Beverage Services - Accessible bars are located on most levels of the facility. The cafe located in the Box Office Lobby is accessible as well.
TDD/TTY - (860) 987-6097 - Our Box Office is equipped with a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD)/Tele-Typewriter (TTY) to provide information and for the purchase of tickets.
Large Print Prompters - Text portions of The Prompter are available in large print format as a supplement to our regular program for selected performances. These Prompters are available by visiting the Customer Relations Desk, or in advance by calling (860) 987-6000.
Readers - Volunteer program readers will be provided for persons with visual disabilities upon request.
Infrared Listening System - Headsets and neck induction loops are available at the Customer Relations Desk to assist with sound amplification and clarity.  A driver’s license or other form of photo ID must be presented.  Patrons bringing their own headset should make sure it functions at FM frequency 2.3 MHz.
American Sign Language Interpreted Performances - The Bushnell provides interpreting services for select performances. Please check back soon for announcements regarding future interpreted performances.
Seating: All seats are on the Orchestra level of the theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited seats are available.
For ASL Interpreted Performance Tickets: Please send ticket requests to; (860) 987-6097 TTY; (860) 987-6052 (VOICE).
Service Animals - Although animals are not allowed within the facility, an exception is made regarding service animals for patrons with disabilities. Please contact our ADA Coordinator if any accommodations are required.
Chemical Sensitivity - The Bushnell understands that many guests are allergic or sensitive to chemicals in aftershaves, colognes, and perfumes. The Bushnell requests that patrons refrain from wearing artificial scents of any kind when attending performances.
Emergency Evacuation Assistance - Bushnell employees and volunteers have been trained in proper procedures for emergency evacuation situations and are responsible to assist patrons with disabilities to specific locations.
Seating for Persons with Disabilities - When ordering tickets, please be sure to tell the box office representative of your seating needs.  If you purchase tickets online, there is an Accessible Seating Request form to fill out.
Celebrating 80 years, The Bushnell is Connecticut’s premier performing arts center, hosting more than 350 events yearly, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, local arts and community events.  The Bushnell is home to two theaters- the historic 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall, and the 907-seat Belding Theater, a state-of-the-art performance hall that opened in 2001.  The Bushnell’s nationally recognized, award-winning, arts-in-education program, PARTNERS® (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools), now in its 18th year, continues to provide quality arts-in-education programs for schools and communities across Connecticut. The Bushnell opened in January 1930 and is a not-for-profit organization that is proud to serve Connecticut and its citizens. For more information, call The Bushnell at (860) 987-6000, The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit our website at
The Bushnell is located at 166 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut.
From I-91 North and Southbound - Take Capitol Area Exit 29A. Go straight to the rotary. Go halfway around rotary, and bear right onto Elm Street. Take first left onto West Street. Take right onto Capitol Avenue. The Bushnell is one block on the right.
From I-84 Eastbound - Take Capitol Avenue/Asylum Street Exit 48B. Bear right for Capitol Avenue. At light, turn left onto Capitol Avenue. The Bushnell is one block down on the left.
From I-84 Westbound - Take exit 50, Main Street. At 2nd traffic light, make left onto Main Street. At 10th traffic light, make right onto Capitol Avenue. The Bushnell is three blocks down on the right.
The Bushnell Box Office is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is closed on Sunday (except on performance days, when we open at noon). The Box Office is also open on performance evenings through intermission.
The Bushnell Box Office: (860) 987-5900
Toll-Free Outside Connecticut: (888) 824-2874
The Bushnell Group Sales: (860) 987-5959
The Bushnell Box Office FAX: (860) 987-6080
Telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD): (860) 987-6097
Other Important Telephone Numbers
Administrative Offices: (860) 987-6000
Administrative fax: (860) 987-6070
Behind the Scenes at The Bushnell (Bushnell Tours): (860) 987-6033
Customer Relations: (860) 987-6059
By E-mail using our "Contact Us" form
By Mail:
The Bushnell
166 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1621

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