Terrence Mann To Host Ct Critics Circle Awards June 26

 From last year's awards event: Christy Altomare receiving her outstanding actress in a musical award for Hartford Stage's "Anastasia." She and the show are now on Broadway. 

From last year's awards event: Christy Altomare receiving her outstanding actress in a musical award for Hartford Stage's "Anastasia." She and the show are now on Broadway. 

Three-time Tony Award-nominee Terrence Mann will be master of ceremonies for the 27th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart University’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield.

The Monday night event, which celebrates the best in professional theater in the state, is free and open to the public.

Last year’s top honorees -- Yale Repertory Theatre’s “Indecent” and Hartford Stage’ “Anastasia” -- are currently on Broadway. Mann joins the Connecticut theater community as artistic director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Nutmeg Summer Series at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Mann received Tony nominations for his roles as Javert in “Les Miserables,” as the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast” and as the King Charles in the revival of “Pippin.” He also originated the role of Rum Tum Tugger in the Broadway production of “Cats.” 

His Broadway debut was in 1980 in “Barnum.” Other Broadway credits include “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Rags,” “Getting Away with Murder,” “Lennon,” “The Rocky Horror Show” “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway,” “The Addams Family,” “Finding Neverland” and last season’s “Tuck Everlasting.” He was in the original off-Broadway production of “Assassins.”

Mann also has a recurring role in TV’’s “Sense8.” Other television roles include the role of Earl Boydin “All My Children.

In film, Mann played bounty hunter Ug in the four “Critters films. Other movie roles included“A Chorus Line” and “A Circle on the Cross.”

 He also acted and starred in productions in past Nutmeg series, including “Les Miserables in Concert,” “Peter Pan,” “Man of La Mancha” and “My Fair Lady. Mann will direct the first show of the Nutmeg season, “1776,” with performances starting June 1. "Noises Off" and "Newsies" complete this summer season.

A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, he is a professor of musical theater at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. He is married to actress Charlotte D’Amboise.

A private reception will precede the awards show.

DIRECTIONS: Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, 5151 Park Ave. Fairfield Just off Exit 47 on the Merritt Parkway