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Friday, May 18, 2018

'Love Never Dies' Revisits Phantom's Story by Christopher Arnott

Love may never die, but voices can change. Actress Karen Mason plays Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to his greatest hit, "The Phantom of the Opera." In "Phantom," Giry is the he…

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'Chicago' Stops For Three Days At Shubert by Christopher Arnott

“Chicago” is a model of urban redevelopment. The musical, based on a 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins (based in turn on actual sordid events that occurred in Chicago while Watkins was…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

'A Night With Janis Joplin' At Ivoryton Playhouse by Christopher Arnott

Janis Joplin’s life was short but packed with incident. She fronted a few different bands, had two hit albums and appeared at Woodstock, Monterey and other major rock festivals, all in the…

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Melodrama 'Flyin' West' Opens Westport Playhouse Season by Christopher Arnott

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2018 season opens with the popular melodrama “Flyin’ West” by famed feminist novelist, playwright and essayist Pearl Cleage. The play — May 29 through …

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Monday, May 14, 2018

TheaterWorks Remounts Westports's 'Invisible Hand' by Christopher Arnott

Ayad Akhtar's follow-the-money hostage drama "The Invisible Hand" continues to strike Connecticut theatergoers. The play had a successful production at the Westport Country Playhouse in the …

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

TheaterWorks Announces Its 2018-19 'Renovation Season' by Christopher Arnott

‘It's the renovation season," declares Rob Ruggiero, TheaterWorks’ producing artistic director. Which means it's also the relocation season. Theaterworks has announced five of the six sh…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fugard's 'A Lesson From Aloes' Ends Hartford Stage's 2017-18 Season by Christopher Arnott

In February of 1961, South African playwright Athol Fugard jotted down in his diary an eight-paragraph description of an argument he’d witnessed during “a party at the flat of a Catholic…

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Drag Queen Trixie Mattel To Doll Up The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

Trixie Mattel, who recently won on the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” has released two albums in the past two years. Last year she started a web series called “UNHhh…

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Hartford Symphony's Love Stories At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has regularly turned to Broadway musicals for its concert content. On May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in The Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall, the affectionate topic is “Lov…

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New Musical 'Rock 'N' Roll Redemption' Debuts At Seven Angels by Christopher Arnott

Who’s still on the short list of rock and roll stars who haven’t had a musical written about them? Dion DiMucci, who in September of 1961 introduced us to “Runaround Sue” and then tw…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Trevor Griffiths 'Comedians' At Hole In The Wall Theater by Christopher Arnott

‘Comedians” is a cunning sociopolitical drama from 1975 by British playwright Trevor Griffiths. The drama is set in a class for aspiring comedians, and the second act shows the students …

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'Polkadots' At Playhouse On Park by Christopher Arnott

‘Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical” is an allegory about segregation and dealing with prejudice. The story, which is also about friendship and being accepted by one’s peers, concerns an…

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Connecticut Ballet's 'Russian Classics!' At Bushnell, Palace by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut Ballet calls its spring concert “Russian Classics!” but also notes that two of these three classics have not been danced in Connecticut before. Old and famous, then, but perh…

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'Motown The Musical' Stops At The Palace by Christopher Arnott

The national tour of the Broadway hit “Motown the Musical” played The Bushnell in the spring of 2016, then returned to Broadway shortly afterward, where it added another few weeks to its…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Arts & Ideas Festival Announces 2018 Lineup With Immigration Theme by Christopher Arnott

Radicals. Choirs. A billion nights. A big read. Whodini. Ruth B. Kaki King. A dance to the Beatles. Stories from survivors. Five merchants of Venice. The International Festival of Arts & Ide…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stand-Up Comedian Rob Santos Abandons N.Y. For Hartford And A New Show by Christopher Arnott

Rob Santos lives two lives. They’re both pretty funny. You can glimpse both of them May 3, when two episodes of the local comedian’s new web series “Beige on Both Sides” premiere in …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Ballet Theatre Company Dancing 'Cinderella' At USJ by Christopher Arnott

Ballet Theatre Company recently brought on new artistic director Stephanie Dattellas, who is choreographing a new production of the Prokofiev ballet “Cinderella” as its big spring produc…

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'The Full Monty' Plays A Week At The Warner by Christopher Arnott

Those who love David Yazbek’s current Broadway hit “The Band’s Visit” might want to check out his first — and very different — musical, “The Full Monty.” It’s based on the …

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Yale Rep Director Evan Yionoulis Says Goodbye With 'Kiss' by Christopher Arnott

Evan Yionoulis is happy to talk about her exciting career transition, from longtime Yale School of Drama faculty member to the new head of the theater program at Juilliard. She’s eager to …

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Hartford Stage Mourns Passing Of Two 'Pioneers': Paul Weidner And Janet Larsen by Christopher Arnott

In recent weeks, Hartford Stage has mourned the deaths of two people who guided the theater through periods of great expansion and artistic growth, and who are considered key figures in the …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Children's Music Star Laurie Berkner Plays Solo At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

Laurie Berkner’s latest appearance in Connecticut will be a different experience for the children’s music star’s fans, who are used to seeing her being chased around the stage and play…

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'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert' At Downtown Cabaret by Christopher Arnott

It was inevitable that the 1994 Australian movie “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” would become a musical. It contains all the ingredients necessary for modern musical t…

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Steve Martin's 'Bright Star' Stops For Four Days At The Shubert by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut has heard quite a lot from Steve Martin in recent years. His play “Meteor Shower” premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre before it was done (with a different cast and director) …

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Goodspeed Updates 'Will Rogers Follies' — Rope Tricks And All — For A New Age by Christopher Arnott

Here’s how “The Will Rogers Follies” ropes you in. The boisterous bio-musical, with a bouncy score by Cy Coleman and snappy lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green was a Tony-winning B…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hartford Stage Fills Final 2018-19 Slot With British Farce by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has filled in the sole “to be announced” slot on its 2018-19 schedule, and it’s a funny choice. A very, very, funny choice. What you might call an international laugh ri…

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Sonia Plumb's 'Dance of Da Vinci' Inspired By The Artist's Notebooks by Christopher Arnott

Sonia Plumb thinks big and works hard to make her big thoughts happen. So it’s not surprising that her latest work — “The Dance of da Vinci” — was inspired by one of the biggest th…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

'As You Like It' Wraps Up CT Rep Season by Christopher Arnott

The final show of Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s main school-year season is the Shakespeare comedy “As You Like It.” That’s the one where an ace wrestler named Orlando wanders into …

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Friday, April 6, 2018

'Age Of Innocence' Love Story Drives Hartford Stage Adaptation by Christopher Arnott

Edith Wharton’s novel “The Age of Innocence” exquisitely evokes the rarified realm of upper-class New York society in the 1870s. Playwright Douglas McGrath and director Doug Hughes won…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Long Wharf's Gospel Musical 'Crowns' A Joyful Handing Down Of History by Christopher Arnott

As a cast member of “Crowns,” a gospel play getting a major revival at the Long Wharf Theatre April 18 through May 13, actress Rebecca Covington wears a lot of hats. “With most shows,…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Jesse Eisenberg's "The Revisionist" at Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

Jesse Eisenberg, the actor known for everything from “The Social Network” to “The End of the Tour” to “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is also a playwright. His comic drama …

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Broadway Hit 'Rent' Returns To The Palace by Christopher Arnott

‘Rent” is due again. The game-changing 1996 Broadway and off Broadway hit is credited with introducing younger, hipper audiences to musical theater. It also helped craft marketing tools …

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