From Nashville to Ridgefield: Charles Esten Returns to Ridgefield Playhouse January 19

Charles “Chip” Esten, star of the CMT show “Nashville,” returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse for a night of country music hits on January 19th 

Best known as Deacon Claybourne on the CMT show “Nashville,” Charles “Chip” Esten returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, January 19th at 8pm as part Mountain Dew Country and Bluegrass Series, with opening act Charlie Scopoletti. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show – visit Luna Rossa (90 Danbury Road, Ridgefield) for dinner the night of the show for a special 3-course,  pre-show menu when you show your ticket! Please call to make a reservation (203) 403-3974. Media partner for this great night of music is Country 92.5. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

For Esten, who played to a sold-out crowd at The Playhouse in 2015, creativity has been a constant battle among the muses of music, acting and comedy. He’s exercised his acting muscle in movies like “The Postman” and “Swing Vote” as well as in TV series like HBO’s “Big Love” and Disney Channel’s “Jessie.” Comedy improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” with co-star Wayne Brady, let him use all three talents at once.

Esten made his theatrical debut in London when he portrayed Buddy Holly, singing, acting and playing guitar in the hit West End musical “Buddy.” In that role he was honored to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and eventually President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush at The White House. He was also honored to perform with Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin, Buddy’s original hit-making bandmates, the Crickets.  It was during his run as Buddy, that Esten first appeared on the original British version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” with Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops. When “Whose Line” came to ABC, he became a recurring cast member and frequent song improviser. 

Since then, he has appeared on Drew Carey’s Improvaganza and toured frequently, performing live improv shows with Stiles, Proops, and Jeff B. Davis. Esten’s many additional television credits include recurring roles on “Big Love,” “Enlightened,” “The Office,” and “ER.” Besides being the father of Disney Channel’s “Jessie,” he has been a Klingon on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” a secretary on “Murphy Brown,” and Kelly Bundy’s fiancé on the series finale of “Married with Children.” His film credits include “Swing Vote,” “Thirteen Days,” “61*,” and “The Postman.”

Kicking off the night is Charlie Scopoletti. Through his music and partnered fundraising initiatives, he has helped raise over $1,000,000 for various charities. A two-time cancer survivor, his music draws from the unique perspective of someone who’s faced and overcome adversity. Recently, he and his band opened up for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and Grammy Winners, Steely Dan.

For tickets ($75), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.


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