New Year’s Eve party to feature eclectic live show in historic venue

The Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport will present a New Year’s Eve party featuring a performance of the pop/rock musical “Striking 12,” followed by dancing with a live DJ and a live video stream of the Times Square ball drop on the Bijou’s large movie screen.

Show time is Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. (doors open an hour earlier at 7), with DJ and dancing to follow, and the New York City ball drop at midnight. Tickets range from $15 to $35, with a dinner and champagne add-on option available for $40.

The renovated Bijou Theatre is at 277 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, just off Exit 2 of the Route 8/25 connector.

Funked-up, rewired show

“Striking 12” is a funked-up, rewired version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl.” It tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who resolves to spend New Year's Eve alone in his apartment, when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer.

The eclectic score combines rock, blues, musical comedy, and old-fashioned melodies with a healthy dose of 21st-century quirky skepticism to create a unique hybrid of musical theater and rock concert, according to publicity material.

“Striking 12” was created by the piano/violin/drum theatrical trio GrooveLily and Rachel Sheinkin (the Tony Award-winning writer of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”).

Local cast will perform

The production will be directed by Broadway’s Ryan Duncan. The all-local cast and band will feature members of the Bridgeport Theatre Company, including:

Marcelo Calderon (vocals)

Charles Casimiro (bass)

Christopher Cavaliere (guitar)

Tahlia Cott (violin)

Sarah Paige Morris (keyboard and vocals)

Gabriel Nappi (drums)

Christy Newsom (vocals)

Eli Newsom (keyboard and vocals)

Maggie Pangrazio (vocals)

John Stegmaier (vocals)

Ticket information

Ticket prices include the show and after-party and are $25 for adults (regular theater seating), $15 for students, and $35 for premium cabaret tables. The Bijou Theatre offers a full bar, concessions, and dinner service.

To purchase tickets to this one-night-only performance, go to or call 203-332-3228.

Historic entertainment venue

The Bijou Theatre opened in 1909 in downtown Bridgeport, and is the nation’s oldest movie house.

It reopened in 2011 after an extensive renovation as part of the Bijou Square redevelopment project.

With its intimate 200-seat supper club atmosphere, today’s Bijou offers films, music, theater, comedy and art.