Branford’s Legacy Theater serves “just desserts”


Move on, Martha Stewart, a musical baking contest is knocking on your door. Grab your rolling pins and aprons and watch five eager contestants vie for the title of Top Chef at the Jefferson County Bake-Off until Sunday, June 27 as “Just Desserts” is deliciously served at the new Legacy Theater at 128 Thimble Islands Road at the Stony Creek section of Branford.

Formerly the historic Puppet House Theater, where Orson Wells took to the stage and where giant Sicilian puppets waged war, the Legacy Theater was established ten years ago and is well worth the wait. Now is the time to show your support by attending “Just Desserts” A Musical Bake-Off featuring music by Brad Ross and a book and lyrics by Barbara Campbell.

It’s fairground time and your cheerful and jovial master of ceremonies Zack, a suave Jimmy Johansmeyer, has put aside his weather forecast hat to preside over the competition. Four-year-old reigning Queen Mildred, a determined Mary Ann Frank, will continue her reign, or will she be replaced by enthusiastic young novice Emma, ​​armed with a business degree as a concerned accountant details, a focused Alyssa Bianca, who intends to make it big? Or maybe it will be the bubbly and effervescent Brandy, an intoxicating Mary Mannix, who will drink the honors as head chef?

Wouldn’t it be ironic if Jean, who doesn’t really want to be on stage, and prefers to hide her talents with the bandages and pills she dispenses as a school nurse, wins the award? Susan Kulp’s Jean is mildly reluctant to admit his penchant for competition, unless it’s to admit his attraction to the stranger to the dark horse Lou, from the Bronx, a mysterious Perry Liu, who pitted lemons and olives. in its first entry.

The other five are challenged to bake cookies, pies and a wedding cake and try to award them points. They fight fiercely to win, some leaning into cunning and sabotage to tip the votes in their direction. With songs like “Improvise”, “Ready or Not” and “Eyes on the Prize”, they juggle difficult family issues, boyfriends and egos as the competition grows fiercer and the winner draws closer to the winner. ‘ad. Plan to hunt down your favorite, as everyone is willing to risk it all for the coveted title.

Plan to have lunch or dinner at one of the seaside restaurants or dine at home, but leave room for a hearty serving of “Just Desserts” courtesy of the Legacy Theater. You’ll be delightfully satisfied and can even request a second serving, but maybe not lemon and olive cookies (sorry, Lou).

Now is the perfect time to support the neighborhood’s new theater as the Legacy Theater opens its inaugural season. The performances in the air-conditioned hall of the theater are Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

For tickets call 203-315-1901 or online at [email protected] or


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