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Thursday, June 22, 2017

'Complete Works of William Shakespeare' At Playhouse On Park by Christopher Arnott

The works of William Shakespeare have been around for about 500 years. "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," a popular multistyled comic romp through those works, has been …

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Author Neil Gaiman Says Meeting His Readers Is 'Enormously Fun' by Christopher Arnott

Ancient battles among gods will mingle with modern mortal realities when celebrated English storyteller Neil Gaiman returns to The Bushnell July 10. Gaiman has written some of the finest fan…

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'Fun Home' Honors A Daughter's Coming-Of-Age Story by Christopher Arnott

"Fun Home" is where the heart is. The national tour of "Fun Home" is a large, rich production of a musical known for its small, tender moments. It concerns a young woman coming of age and co…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

'The Wolves,' 'Hand of God' At TheaterWorks 2017-18 Season by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks has announced its 2017-18 season. All of the playwrights are new to TheaterWorks, but some are well-known from other theaters in Connecticut. The season opens in October with "T…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

'Fun Home' Broadway Musical Arrives At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

"Fun Home" is the consummate "alternative" comic that became a maverick Broadway musical. The national tour of the show comes to The Bushnell June 20 through 25. The original format for "Fun…

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Connecticut Playwright A.R. Gurney Dies At 86 by Christopher Arnott

A.R. "Pete" Gurney not only lived in Connecticut, he became one of the most produced playwrights at the state's regional theaters. The eminent dramatist died Tuesday at the age of 86. He had…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hip-Hop Theater Production Confronts Society's Toughest Issues by Christopher Arnott

"(Be)Longing" belongs to two well-established traditions at New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas: it's a world premiere, and it tackles provocative social issues. The show, whi…

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Director From Mexico Brings 'Frida Kahlo' Story To Carriage House by Christopher Arnott

In his native Mexico, Hiram Marina is a well-known theater director and producer who's helmed shows involving more than a hundred performers at once, for audiences that numbered in the tens …

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Monday, June 12, 2017

'Indecent' Among Tony Winners With Connecticut Connections by Christopher Arnott

Tony Awards were given Sunday night to several Broadway shows that were first seen or developed at Connecticut theaters. Rebecca Taichman won for directing "Indecent," the klezmer-scored his…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

'Fade' Is Grander Than Its Office Setting by Christopher Arnott

An insecure writer named Lucia is settling into her first real job, at a big TV studio. She shares her hopes and fears with a custodian, Abel, who comes in regularly to change the liners in …

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Two Theatrical Highlights Of Arts & Ideas: 'Black Girl' And 'The End of TV' by Christopher Arnott

For nearly all of its 22-year existence, New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas has been known for creating strong working relationships with the artists it presents. It arrange…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

'Motown The Musical' At The Shubert by Christopher Arnott

"Motown the Musical" is an ensemble drama roiling with temptations, miracles and all those other fantastic Detroit groups of the 1960s and '70s. The central characters in the musical are Ber…

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A 'Reset' Arts & Ideas Promises Big Agenda On Smaller Budget by Christopher Arnott

Many aspects of the 2017 International Festival of Arts & Ideas will seem familiar — well-known bands playing for thousands of people on the New Haven Green, world-premiere music and theat…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

'Deathless' An Intimate New Musical At Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

Tina Landau says she got involved with the new musical "Deathless" "roughly six months ago. I forget." She laughs. "In this show, time has no meaning." "Deathless" is a new musical at Goodsp…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'King & I' Music Director Reunites With HSO For Bushnell Stop by Christopher Arnott

It's good to be "The King & I." The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that introduced the songs "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You," "I Have Dreamed" and "Shall We Dance?" was give…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

'King And I' At The Bushnell For A Week by Christopher Arnott

Rodgers and Hammerstein are busier in Connecticut now than they were 60 or 70 years ago, when their musicals routinely had out-of-town try-outs at the Shubert in New Haven. Tours of "Cindere…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hartford Stage Takes On Challenge Of Steering Shaw's 'Heartbreak House' by Christopher Arnott

Darko Tresnjak is looking forward to taking a break this summer. Hartford Stage's much-lauded artistic director spent the winter crafting his knockabout version of Shakespeare's "Comedy of E…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

World Tour Planned For 'Anastasia' by Christopher Arnott

"Anastasia" is on the move again. The producers of the Broadway musical, which had its world premiere at Hartford Stage a year ago, announced plans Friday for the show to be seen internation…

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'42nd Street' At Foxwoods, 'Trav'lin' At Seven Angels' by Christopher Arnott

Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway. Shuffle off to Buffalo while you're at it. Mostly, enjoy the serendipity of hearing dozens of performers sing "We're in the Money" at a c…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

'Most Beautiful Room In New York' Debuts At Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

You never know who's going to walk into your restaurant. "The Most Beautiful Room in New York," a new musical premiering at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven through May 28, has some fasci…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

'Anastasia' Receives Two Tony Nominations by Christopher Arnott

Anastasia didn't get much recognition from the Tony Award nominating committees Tuesday morning. But her grandmother did all right. Mary Beth Peil was nominated for Best Featured Actress in …

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Alan Alda Ready To Chat About Acting, Writing At CT Forum by Christopher Arnott

"The whole point of communication," Alan Alda muses, "is not about what you have to say. It's about how you say it." The celebrated actor, writer, director, science advocate and activist sha…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Goodspeed Finds A Real-Life 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' by Christopher Arnott

"It's kind of a crazy story." No, it's actually very much like the story of the musical you're starring in. "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which opens Goodspeed Musicals' 2017 season, is the st…

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'The Moth' Founder Part Of At Infinity Hall Storytelling Series by Christopher Arnott

Somebody left a light on at Infinity Hall in Hartford. Moths are circling. George Dawes Green, (pictured) who founded the groundbreaking live storytelling series "The Moth," is a special gue…

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Divine Tommy Tunes Coming To Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Tommy Tune walks among the gods. He's that tall. And he dances so well. I've watched Tommy Tune pace the back of theater on opening night of a show he worked on. I've seen him command the st…

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Alan Alda Replacing Rob Reiner In Connecticut Forum by Christopher Arnott

The May 6 Connecticut Forum event at The Bushnell will feature Alan Alda instead of the previously announced film director and producer Rob Reiner. The other scheduled guest in the forum, fi…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Tweaked 'Anastasia' An Even Stronger Show On Broadway by Christopher Arnott

In its yearlong journey from Hartford to Broadway, "Anastasia" has found itself. When this sweet-natured musical of self-discovery premiered a year ago at Hartford Stage, it was just as lush…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stage Checklist: Shubert Gets 'Rent'; Yale Rep Premieres 'Mary Jane' by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut has welcomed some remarkable tours of the iconic 1990s New York starving-artist rock musical "Rent" over the years. When the first national tour played The Bushnell in 1998, it s…

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Two Circuses Converge On Hartford For A Weekend Of Saying Goodbye To The Old, Hello To The New by Christopher Arnott

Ladies and gentlemen, two circuses cross paths in Hartford the same week — one, a new, modern vision of what a circus must have been like 114 years ago; the other among the final performan…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'Anastasia' Hits Broadway Just In Time for Tony Noms by Christopher Arnott

When the Tony Award nominations are announced May 3, Connecticut will rejoice. So many Broadway shows this season had world premieres, readings or workshops in the state that some warm refle…

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CT Rep Stages A Distinct 'Shrek' by Christopher Arnott

You think you know Shrek? Big green guy. Enchanted. Talks to a donkey. The musical theater version of the DreamWorks fairytale movie isn't all that ancient or distant — its Broadway produc…

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