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Monday, October 23, 2023

“Taj of the Raj:” New Perspectives on Victoria Memorial Hall by Frank Rizzo

By FRANK RIZZO “There is intense interest in art, architecture and their colonial histories in India right now,” says Tim Barringer, the Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art Depar…

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Sunday, October 22, 2023

My Broadway Review: "Musical "Back To The Future" by Frank Rizzo

Yogi Berra said the future ain’t what it used to be. We know how he feels. The Broadway arrival of the West End hit “Back to the Future” continues the march of Hollywood brand extensio…

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My Variety Review of Broadway's "Gutenberg! The Musical!" by Frank Rizzo

As backers’ auditions go, “Gutenberg! The Musical!” — a wildly delusional conceit so full of itself that it boasts two exclamation points — doesn’t stand a chance of making it to…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Review: 'Here Lies Love' Finally Makes It To Broadway by Frank Rizzo

All photos by Billy Bustamante, Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman The show: “Here Lies Love” at the Broadway Theatre in N…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

My Review: Broadway Comedy 'The Cottage' with Eric McCormack by Frank Rizzo

The show: “The Cottage” at the Hayes Theatre (formerly the Helen Hayes Theatre) on Broadway What makes it special?: It’s a new comedy and that’s been a too-rare occurance on Broadwa…

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Monday, August 7, 2023

CT Audiences Returning for B'Way Touring Shows...At Least Some by Frank Rizzo

Post-pandemic audiences are returning in various degrees to Connecticut’s largest presenting houses — The Bushnell in Hartford, Palace Theater in Waterbury and Shubert Theatre in New Hav…

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Saturday, August 5, 2023

My Review: 'Here You Come Again' at Goodspeed's Chester Theater by Frank Rizzo

The show: “Here You Come Again” at the Goodspeed Musicals’ Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT. What makes it special?: It’s a presentation of a show that’s played a few times arou…

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Thursday, August 3, 2023

My Variety Review: 'Back to the Future: The Musical" by Frank Rizzo

Yogi Berra said the future ain’t what it used to be. We know how he feels. The Broadway arrival of the West End hit “Back to the Future” continues the march of Hollywood brand extensio…

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

My Review: Goodspeed's "Summer Stock" by Frank Rizzo

The show: “Summer Stock” at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Ct. …

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

My Day at the Antiques Roadshow by Frank Rizzo

Amid the chaos of our great political and cultural divides, there is still one event that manages to unite people with the Ambien of sweet nostalgia, the calming embrace of family heritage a…

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Friday, July 7, 2023

Review: "Days of Wine and Roses' Musical Off-Broadway by Frank Rizzo

The show: “Days of Wine and Roses” at the Atlantic Theater Company …

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Ct Critics Circle Salutes the Best of the Season by Frank Rizzo

Godrey Simmons, Artistic Director of Hartbeat Ensemble. and Bowdie. Simmons introduced Michael Price who then introduced animal; trrainer Bill Berloni who received the Tom Killen Award. All …

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Talking To Taylor Mac About His Life -- And Art by Frank Rizzo

Here is my first interview with performance artist Taylor Mac. We talked in 2015 at The Study hotel in New Haven just prior to his show at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas that…

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My Taylor Mac Talk About His 24-Hour Marathon Show by Frank Rizzo

Photo by Frank Rizzo In 2015, I again interviewed Taylor Mac when he performed just one part of his legendary 24-hour maratho…

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My 2014 Interview With Lyricist Sheldon Harnick by Frank Rizzo

Sheldon Harnick, the great Broadway lyricist died earlier this month at the age of 99. Here is an interview I did with him from his Manhattan home in 2014 to advance a production off “Fidd…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Richard Thomas: Acting Is His Life" by Frank Rizzo

“To Kill a Mockingbird” For 65 years Richard Thomas has been a working actor, first making his Broadway debut when he was …

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The Magic of Connecticut's Falling Waters by Frank Rizzo

Enter Connecticut’s waterfall wonderland and let your dreams take over. Take in the blurring cascades, the glistening moss, the summer leaves dotting the waters, the hypnotic swirls of an …

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

My Own Take: 'Gypsy" at Goodspeed by Frank Rizzo

The show: “Gypsy” at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam What makes it special?: It’s the first time the classic musical from Broadway’s Golden Age is being presented at the theate…

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Saturday, June 3, 2023

Connecticut's Season of RuPaul's Drag Race: Some Dish and Shade by Frank Rizzo

There was Amethyst killing it on her first Lip Synch-For-Your-Life—and triumphing—after making the ultimate faux pas of wearing sneakers on the runway. Then there was Robin Fierce, tryin…

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What the Gaze Reveals by Frank Rizzo

Look into their eyes, these tender young men of a century or two ago. In haunting vintage tintypes from the 1840s, secret snapshots taken in mirrors, clandestine shoots in bedrooms, narrow s…

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Off-Broadway Musical "White Girl in Danger" by Frank Rizzo

The show: “White Girl in Danger” at the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd St.) in New York What makes it special?: The follow-up musical by Michael R. Jackson who won a Tony Award and a…

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Drag Business Flourishes In State's Arts and Entertainment Scene by Frank Rizzo

Drag performances have been around the state for decades, but in the past few years the scene has flourished into a thriving business for performers, promoters and venues. For years the show…

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Some Plucky Thoughts on the Tony Award Nominations by Frank Rizzo

After seeing nearly the full slate off Broadway shows this season, some thoughts on the Tony Award nominations that were announced on Tuesday: — She was robbed. I am shocked that Laura Lin…

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

My Own Take: " New York, New York" -- The Best Musical of the Broadway Season by Frank Rizzo

The show: The Broadway musical "New York, New York" What makes it special?: Very loosely inspired from the 1977 Martin Scorsese film that starred Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro , this time…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

My Variety Review: 'Summer, 1976' by Frank Rizzo

Friends come and go. Some stay throughout our lives while others, however significant for a time, fade into the haze of memory yet always linger within us. In “Summer, 1976,” the new Bro…

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Saturday, April 22, 2023

Off Broadway's "Regretfully. So the Birds Are" by Frank Rizzo

All photos by Chelcie Parry The show: “Regretfully, So the Bird Are” at Playwrights Horizons by Julia Izumi, directed by Jenn…

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

My Own Take: "The Coast Starlight" Off Broadway by Frank Rizzo

Photos by T. Charles Ericxkson The show: “The Coast Starlight” What makes it special: A new play by Keith Bunin. It also sta…

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Friday, April 14, 2023

My Variety Review: "Camelot" at Lincoln Center by Frank Rizzo

In Aaron Sorkin’s revised script for Lincoln Center Theater’s new Broadway production of “Camelot,” the magic is missing — in more ways than one. The declared aim of the stage, TV …

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

International Festival of Arts & Ideas Now Looks Inwards by Frank Rizzo

For more than two decades, New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas has brought theater, dance and music artists—as well as great thinkers and influencers—to the city fro…

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Visitors Expected To Surge With Museum Reopenings in 2024 by Frank Rizzo

Earlier this winter the Yale Center for British Art closed its doors for 2023 — and which will remain closed until next year. While the temporary closing for a building conservation projec…

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

My Quick Take Review: Broadway's "The Wanderers" by Frank Rizzo

The show: ”The Wanderers” off Broadway What is it?: New pay by Anna Ziegler, directed by Barry Edelstein for Roundabout Theatre Company What makes it special?: It stars Katie Holmes. It�…

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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
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