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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Comedian Kevin Hart coming to Mohegan Sun for his fourth CT show and venue since 2023 by Christopher Arnott

Movie star and comedian Kevin Hart will play Mohegan Sun Arena on July 19. It will be his fourth visit, and fourth venue, in Connecticut since May of last year.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:07AM

Fast-growing CT ballet company names renowned former ballerina as new artistic director by Christopher Arnott

Claire Kretzschmar is joining Ballet Hartford as its new artist director after more than a decade as a dancer with the New York City Ballet.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Sunday, April 14, 2024

Ballet Theatre Company revives ‘Snow White’ ballet for The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

West Hartford's Ballet Theatre Company has adapted their video production of "Snow White" from the early COVID era into a new stage production coming to The Bushnell.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

Theater review: ‘Bazzar’ a more old-fashioned Cirque du Soleil show but still spectacular by Christopher Arnott

"Bazzar," Cirque du Soleil's latest big top show in Hartford, features a comical ringmaster, a beat-crazy band and over a dozen astounding circus acts.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

At this CT supper club, bands aren’t background music, they’re the center of attention by Christopher Arnott

The Boston-based supper club Nia by Grace is opening a second location at Foxwoods in May with live music at the forefront.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, April 13, 2024

CT artists and scholars win prestigious Guggenheim awards by Christopher Arnott

Of the 188 people chosen to be Guggenheim Fellows in 2024, quite a few have ties to Connecticut. The awards are considered among the most prestigious honors given to leading figures in arts,…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

It’s a musical mashup this week in CT with Bad Bunny, a ska celebration and Mandy Patinkin by Christopher Arnott

This week's Courant arts picks include Bad Bunny at the XL Center, a two-night ska festival at the Space Ballroom, Beausoleil at The Kate and "Garden of Literacy" at the Stowe Center.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, April 12, 2024

Theater review: ‘Sanctuary City’ at TheaterWorks an overwrought tale of immigration issues by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks' over-the-top production of "Sanctuary City" upends the sensitivity of Martyna Majok's drama of immigration struggles in the early 21st century.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 01:11PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Who’s Roger Daltrey to perform solo show at Mohegan Sun Arena by Christopher Arnott

Roger Daltrey of The Who will perform a solo concert at Mohegan Sun Arena on June 23, the first time he or the band have performed there since 2017.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 05:02PM
Sunday, April 7, 2024

Hartford Stage explores Arthur Miller’s great American tragedy ‘All My Sons’ by Christopher Arnott

Michael Gaston gets his dream role of Joe Keller, Marsha Mason plays his wife and Ben Katz his son in a production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" at Hartford Stage beginning April 11.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

Wadsworth museum takes hair art to new heights with ‘Styling Identities’ exhibit by Christopher Arnott

The new exhibit "Styling Identities: Hair's Tangled Histories" explores the art and meaning of hair at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art through Aug. 11.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, April 6, 2024

The boys are back in town with Bruce Springsteen and The Wallflowers this week in CT by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for April 7-13 include the Hartford and New Haven Symphony Orchestras, a male-cast "Golden Girls" and music acts from Bruce Springsteen to Cro-Mags.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Hartford Improv Festival brings back the laughs for the first time in five years by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford Improv Festival returns after a five-year hiatus with 19 shows involving nearly 50 comedy troupes, a dozen workshops and a handful of parties.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:04AM

‘SNL’ alum Pete Davidson returning to CT with ‘Prehab Tour’ by Christopher Arnott

Comedian and actor Pete Davidson will play College Street Music Hall on June 23, his fourth visit to Connecticut in just over a year.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Sunday, March 31, 2024

How will ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ be solved at the Goodspeed? Holmes lets the audience decide by Christopher Arnott

Rupert Holmes is a mystery. He also writes them. The Tony winner's 1985 Broadway hit “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is having a new production at the Goodspeed Opera House.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

CT serves up a double dose of Cirque du Soleil fantasies with a ‘Bazzar’ and the return of ‘Corteo’ by Christopher Arnott

Cirque du Soleil's new tent show "Bazzar" sets up on Market Street in Hartford, while "Corteo" returns to Connecticut for four days at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, March 30, 2024

It’s a week to remember in CT. Here are some of the top things to do and see by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for March 31 through April 6 include the national tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and two huge back-to-back concerts at the XL Center with Nicki Minaj and AJR.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, March 29, 2024

Long Wharf Theatre receives $1M Mellon Foundation grant for ‘driving courageous, visionary change’ by Christopher Arnott

The Long Wharf Theatre has received a $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to support its efforts as a newly itinerant theater company dedicated building new audiences.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:22AM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

Hartford Stage’s 2024-25 season to feature Shakespeare, August Wilson and a horror classic by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage is bringing another finely balanced program of new works, American classics, comedy and drama for its upcoming 2024-25 season.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:01PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Theater review: Connecticut Repertory Theatre brings youth and diversity to ‘A Doctor’s Dilemma’ by Christopher Arnott

Tlaloc Rivas successfully adapted George Bernard Shaw’s play for UConn's Connecticut Repertory Theatre by reframing the moral argument about medical ethics and making it entertaining.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:38AM

Jamaica native named new executive director of Amistad Center for Art & Culture in Hartford by Christopher Arnott

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture found its new executive director in Sarah Anita Clunis, who is shifting from academic institutions to the cultural hub at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Mötley Crüe is coming back to rock CT at Mohegan Sun Arena, eight years after its ‘Final Tour’ by Christopher Arnott

Mötley Crüe will play Mohegan Sun Arena on Aug. 31. It's the '80s metal band's first show in the state since its "Final Tour" of 2015, though the band regrouped several years ago and did m…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:11PM
Monday, March 25, 2024

The Bushnell announces seven Broadway series shows for 2024-25 season by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell's 2024-25 Broadway series includes "MJ," "Back to the Future," "Peter Pan," "Some Like It Hot," "The Wiz," "A Beautiful Noise" and "The Lion King.”

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 08:58PM
Sunday, March 24, 2024

Spring concerts in CT bring an insane range of top talent, from legendary punk acts to chart-toppers by Christopher Arnott

The spring brings hundreds of concerts to Connecticut music venues from legendary punk bands such as the Descendents to top acts like Bruce Springsteen, Bad Bunny and Nicki Minaj.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

TheaterWorks Hartford explores immigration issues in the drama ‘Sanctuary City’ by Christopher Arnott

"Sanctuary City" is being staged by TheaterWorks Hartford March 28 through April 25. The theater is amplifying the play's immigration themes with special discussions and an art exhibit.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, March 23, 2024

Choose your mood with big laughs and a bit of the blues this week in CT arts by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for March 24-30 include comedians Jo Koy and Fortune Feimster, blues guitarist Robert Cray, country stars and a high-powered tribute to the Allman Brothers.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, March 22, 2024

Shubert Theatre announces its 2024-25 Broadway season featuring everyone from Tina to Temptations by Christopher Arnott

The Shubert's 2024-25 Broadway series will features “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Clue,” “Mean Girls" and “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life & Times of …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 09:33AM
Monday, March 18, 2024

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter to play two intimate shows at Mohegan Sun by Christopher Arnott

Nick Carter is returning to Connecticut for two solo shows on Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Mohegan Sun’s intimate 400-seat Cabaret Theatre.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:57PM

Theater review: Yale Rep’s ‘Escaped Alone’ an environmental warning merged with a light garden party by Christopher Arnott

Caryl Churchill's "Escaped Alone," at the Yale Repertory Theatre through March 30, is a disarming blend of light conversation and dark prophesy.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:18AM
Sunday, March 17, 2024

Hartford Symphony Orchestra adds live musical power to movies, video game scores by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has become skilled in the art of accompanying movies and videos. Upcoming concerts find the orchestra performing music from Final Fantasy to Harry Potter.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

Tony Orlando’s career comes full circle as legendary singer performs final live show at Mohegan Sun by Christopher Arnott

Tony Orlando’s live performing career essentially began with an all-star benefit concert in Hartford in March 1961, and he’s choosing to end it with a concert on March 22 at Mohegan Sun …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards