Ridgefield residents will soon be able to experience the best of Broadway without leaving their back yards. Debuting in June, ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre), a new regional Equity theater, will bring Broadway-caliber productions to the area.

Three Broadway professionals and Ridgefield locals, Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri, founded ACT of Connecticut with a mission to help make their community a true “arts destination” by creating this state-of-the-art professional theater.

ACT of Connecticut will present limited-engagement runs of well-known Broadway productions — three musicals and one play, per season. Its opening show, Mamma Mia!, will take the stage this June and star several well-known Broadway celebrities, including one of the cast members from the original production. Tickets are currently available online.

“The opportunity to bring Broadway performers, directors, choreographers, and music directors to Ridgefield to create theater is so inspiring,” said Diamond, ACT’s executive director. “We can’t wait to open our doors so that our community can experience this level of entertainment.”

“Given our proximity to New York City, we have access to world-class talent in the theater industry,” added Levine, who will serve as artistic director. “We intend to utilize Broadway professionals, along with the talents of our local residents, to bring the highest caliber theater to Fairfield County.”

The venue

The theater is housed in the newly renovated Schlumberger auditorium, a part of Philip Johnson’s famous Schlumberger building. ACT of Connecticut’s objective to provide an unparalleled community-building experience will be accomplished via a nearly $1.8-million renovation, where guests are encouraged to come early and stay later to enjoy the venue’s upscale, mid-century modern lobby and bar.

The theater itself provides an intimate viewing environment, with 174 seats and a turntable (rotating) stage — an innovative feature in today’s arts and entertainment arena.

ACT of Connecticut’s permanent turntable is the only stage of this type in the region, with the exception of some of New York City’s theaters.

For more information about ACT of Connecticut, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.