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Friday, March 15, 2024

Rainn Wilson hosting live conversation and screening of ‘The Office’ at Oakdale Theatre by Christopher Arnott

Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight Shrute on "The Office," will screen an episode of the sitcom and talk about his time on the show at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:51PM

Pop star Meghan Trainor back on tour and headed to Mohegan Sun Arena to celebrate upcoming album by Christopher Arnott

Meghan Trainor will play Mohegan Sun Arena on Sept. 21 as part of the "Timeless" tour touting her upcoming album.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:30PM
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Theater review: ‘The Hot Wing King’ serves up a simmering melodrama about Black gay identity at Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Katori Hall's comedy/drama "The Hot Wing King," at Hartford Stage through March 24, presents themes of Black identity, community, relationships and father-son bonding.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Second attempt at CT concert postponed for John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan by Christopher Arnott

John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and became a singer-songwriter during his time in confinement, has postponed a scheduled concert at Hotel Huxley in Naugat…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:10PM

Hollywood veterans dish on new locally shot independent film premiering in CT by Christopher Arnott

"A Stage of Twilight," a new film starring Karen Allen and William Sadler that was shot in New Milford, has its first Connecticut screening on Thursday.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ is back as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to CT by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut is hosting two stops on the grand return of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus tour. The show plays Bridgeport March 15-17 and Hartford May 3-5.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Monday, March 11, 2024

Oscar winner Da’Vine Joy Randolph honors Yale professor for ‘seeing her’ in emotional speech by Christopher Arnott

Yale professor Ron Van Lieu was with Da'Vine Joy Randolph's family as she acknowledged him as someone who helped forge her acting career during her Oscar acceptance speech.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:53PM
Sunday, March 10, 2024

90s Con or bust: Will Friedle returns to his CT roots for two ‘Boy Meets World’ events by Christopher Arnott

Avon-raised Will Friedle, who played Eric Matthews in the '90s sitcom "Boy Meets World," is back in Hartford this week to take part in 90s Con and co-host a live podcast at The Bushnell.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, March 9, 2024

Get jiggy with it with an Oscars party and some Irish tunes this week in CT arts by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for March 10-16 include several Celtic acts, violin Itzhak Perlman at The Bushnell and ballet star Misty Copeland presenting "Cinderella" at the Waterbury Palace.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, March 8, 2024

CT-born singer Amari ready to rock ‘American Idol’ auditions by Christopher Arnott

Amari, who was born in Hartford and lived in Waterbury, has moved from karaoke nights to the audition stage of "American Idol." She will appear on the March 17 episode.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Theater review: Three cheers for the three Chers that share ‘The Cher Show’ stage at The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

The national tour of "The Cher Show," playing through Sunday at The Bushnell in Hartford, is a fashionable frolic about the ups and downs of a superstar.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:06AM
Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Rapper Ludacris will take the stage at the Big E in September by Christopher Arnott

One of the first big shows to be announced for the 2024 Big E is rapper Ludacris, performing at the Big E Arena in September. Tickets go on sale Friday.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 05:23PM

Latin music icon Gloria Estefan coming to Connecticut for distinguished lecture series by Christopher Arnott

Latin music icon Gloria Estefan will give the 23rd annual Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture at Southern Connecticut State University on April 27.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:18PM
Sunday, March 3, 2024

Theater review: A peppy ‘Annie’ at the Shubert is true to its 1930s setting by Christopher Arnott

Jenn Thompson, a regular director at the Goodspeed Opera House, helms a superior national tour of the classic musical "Annie." It's the first tour of the show to visit Connecticut in years.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 09:52AM

‘The Cher Show,’ coming to The Bushnell, features three Chers, one Sonny Bono and lots of costumes by Christopher Arnott

The national tour of "The Cher Show," a musical in which the superstar is played by three different women wearing an array of elaborate costumes, is at The Bushnell March 5-10.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

‘Escaped Alone,’ an abstract drama about tea and catastrophe, gets first U.S. production at Yale Rep by Christopher Arnott

The first U.S. production of Caryl Churchill's "Escaped Alone" is being directed by Liz Diamond at the Yale Repertory Theatre March 8-30. The hour-long modern drama features four women in th…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, March 2, 2024

CT’s must-see shows this week feature a musical mix from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks this week include British rock legend Peter Frampton, indie icons The Dandy Warhols, a George Michael tribute and America's Got Talent winner Terry Fator.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, February 29, 2024

Phish announces 2024 summer tour dates with two shows scheduled at Mohegan Sun Arena by Christopher Arnott

Phish has announced a 26-date summer tour with two shows scheduled at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on July 23 and 24.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 08:55AM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Theater review: Long Wharf adds a genuine water view to Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’ by Christopher Arnott

A new Long Wharf Theatre production of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" added a layer of watery realism by staging it in the Canal Dock Boathouse in New Haven.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Monday, February 26, 2024

’29 Paintings,’ one-minute plays based on famous artworks, on display at Warehouse 635 by Christopher Arnott

Local playwright Roxanne Drolet is staging “29 Paintings,” one-minute plays accompanied by the artwork that inspired them, at Warehouse 635 in West Hartford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Sunday, February 25, 2024

‘The Hot Wing King’ director brings the heat, and warmth, of Pulitzer-winning play to Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Christopher Betts is following up his acclaimed production of "Trouble in Mind" last year with Katori Hall's Pulitzer-winning "The Hot Wing King" at Hartford Stage Feb. 29 through March 4.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

Well-known Connecticut theater director helms the new tour of ‘Annie’ coming to the Shubert by Christopher Arnott

The new tour of the musical "Annie," at the Shubert Feb. 29 through March 3, is directed by Jenn Thompson, who played one of the orphans in the Broadway production in the 1970s.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, February 24, 2024

Divas take stage in CT featuring a Broadway legend, ‘Real Housewives’ countess and Spanish spitfire by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for Feb. 25 to March 2 include concerts by Patti Lupone, Countess Luann de Lesseps, drag queen Bianca Del Rio and Charo.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, February 23, 2024

Matt Rife’s five sold-out shows earn him spot on Mohegan Sun Walk of Fame by Christopher Arnott

Comedian Matt Rife quickly earned a place on Mohegan Sun Arena's Walk of Fame due to his five sold-out shows in the venue this week.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 07:19PM
Monday, February 19, 2024

From a backyard shed to a fancy Boston recording studio, CT punk trio was ‘Born to Rock’ by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut's riff-driven punk trio The Problem With Kids Today has released a sharp new album, "Born to Rock," recorded with renown producer Adam Lasus at Q Division Studios in Boston.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Sunday, February 18, 2024

CT playwright presents ‘Florida: State of Confusion,’ a vacation slide show with a sardonic twist by Christopher Arnott

Playwright Jacques Lamarre has turned his experiences on a "craycation" into "Florida: State of Confusion," an amusing slide show at HartBeat Ensemble Feb. 22 and 23.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

Christopher Arnott: Gender swapping not enough as modern theaters challenge sexism and stereotypes by Christopher Arnott

Thanks to advancements in modern theater and the public consciousness, just saying a character is a man rather than a woman doesn’t go far enough.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, February 17, 2024

Funny featured this week in CT with fan favorite Matt Rife and late-night laughs with Seth Meyers by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for Feb. 18-24 include Seth Meyers's two shows at The Bushnell and Matt Rife's five at Mohegan Sun Arena, as well as Dance Theatre of Harlem and the JACK Quartet.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Hot off his return to ‘The Daily Show,’ Jon Stewart announces CT appearance by Christopher Arnott

Jon Stewart returned to "The Daily Show" on Monday. On Tuesday, he announced he'd be doing live shows in five cities, including Stamford on April 10.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 01:29PM

Neil Young & Crazy Horse rocking in CT for one of only 17 stops on upcoming North American tour by Christopher Arnott

The reunion tour for Neil Young & Crazy Horse are coming to Bridgeport's Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater on May 18. It's Young's first show in Connecticut since 2018.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Theater review: ‘Frozen’ musical is as cool as it gets at The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

The extravagant national tour of "Disney's Frozen," at The Bushnell through Feb. 18, succeeds on many levels as a carefully rethought live stage spectacle.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 01:16PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
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