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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
Monday, February 12, 2024

Theater review: ‘The Garbologists’ at TheaterWorks Hartford finds grace in garbage by Christopher Arnott

The Lindsay Joelle buddy comedy/drama "The Garbologists" at TheaterWorks Hartford delivers a neat and tidy play about two troubled sanitation workers.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:46AM

CT native writes rom-com starring Yale graduates and inspired by her own Hamptons consignment shop by Christopher Arnott

West Hartford native Arielle Haller-Silverstone used her experiences running a small business as the basis for her new romantic comedy "Love... Reconsidered."

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Sunday, February 11, 2024

Spring into spring in CT with five big modern and classical dance shows by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut is breaking out into dance, with Connecticut Ballet's latest Valentine's concert, two modern dance companies at UConn and a Misty Copeland-hosted "Cinderella."

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, February 10, 2024

Big bands bring the boom to Connecticut this week by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks from Feb. 11-17 include the metal bands 311, Sevendust and Static-X, the comic rock band Wolves of Glendale and the Celtic punk act Flogging Molly.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, February 9, 2024

‘I’ve been to hell:’ Controversial comedian Kathy Griffin is back and as outspoken as ever at The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

After some rough years, comedian Kathy Griffin is back on the road for the first time in six years with her "My Life on the PTSD-List" tour, coming to The Bushnell Feb. 17

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

How one small town will play stand-in for Stars Hollow as ‘Gilmore Girls’ convention returns to CT by Christopher Arnott

A three-day "Gilmore Girls" fan convention that has been happening for a decade returns to Connecticut this year, Oct. 18-20, in Guilford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Award-winning CT author, inspired during COVID shutdown, pens children’s book about hope and coping by Christopher Arnott

Janet Lawler's new children's book, "There's No Place Like Hope," universalizes the need to overcome the feeling of hopelessness with hope.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Sunday, February 4, 2024

Boyd Meets Girl, with CT native Laura Metcalf, to premiere concerto with Hartford Symphony Orchestra by Christopher Arnott

The cello/guitar duo Boyd Meets Girl, featuring West Hartford native Laura Metcalf, joins the Hartford Symphony to premiere a new concerto at the upcoming “Enduring Love Stories” concert.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

Let it snow as the Broadway musical ‘Frozen’ finally arrives at The Bushnell in Hartford by Christopher Arnott

The national tour of the Broadway musical "Frozen" is at The Bushnell in Hartford Feb. 4-18. The show features a large cast, major special effects and two characters portrayed by puppets.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, February 3, 2024

Theater review: ‘Company’ drops the cosmopolitan poses and has a wild party at the Shubert by Christopher Arnott

A national tour of "Company" drops the New York pretense for a frisky, often wildly comic take on Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 musical about love and marriage.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

The winds are blowing in February and so are the horns this week in CT arts by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for Feb. 4-10 includes music from Connecticut-rooted acts Sammy Rae, Funky Dawgz, Jelly and Red Matter and a local rendition "The Gentleman's Guide to Love & Mur…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, February 2, 2024

Theater review: ‘Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson: Apt. 2B’ a muddled, meandering mystery at Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

Too many clashing plots and themes clutter Kate Hamill's "Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson: Apt. 2B," at Playhouse on Park in which the sleuth and sidekick are played as modern-day women.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Theater review: Hartford Stage finds darkness and light in new psychological drama ‘Simona’s Search’ by Christopher Arnott

"Simona's Search" by Martín Zimmerman is an intense family drama about self-discovery at Hartford Stage through Feb. 11.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:01PM
Sunday, January 28, 2024

Uplifting and funny, ‘The Garbologists’ is ready to talk trash at TheaterWorks Hartford by Christopher Arnott

"The Garbologists," a two-character comedy about New York sanitation workers, is at TheaterWorks Hartford Feb. 1-25.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

From Mama Rose in ‘Gypsy’ to Joanne in ‘Company,’ Judy McLane puts her spin on musical theater roles by Christopher Arnott

Broadway star Judy McLane is on tour playing Joanne in "Company," coming to the Shubert Theatre in New Haven from Jan. 31 through Feb. 4.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, January 27, 2024

CT arts picks hit the right notes for piano enthusiasts, metalheads and movie buffs by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for Jan. 28 through Feb. 3 include an Elton John tribute, pianist Brad Mehldau, the Metalcore Dropouts tour and comedian Ari Shaffir.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, January 26, 2024

My Morning Jacket, four other bands added to Capitol Groove outdoor music festival by Christopher Arnott

My Morning Jacket, Celisse, Ozomatli, The Suffers and Vincent Lima were added to the lineup for June's Capitol Groove music festival in Hartford's Bushnell Park.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:54PM

Hartford Stage’s Melia Bensussen appointed artistic director of National Playwrights Conference by Christopher Arnott

Melia Bensussen tabbed to run the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center while remaining artistic director at Hartford Stage.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 09:59AM
Thursday, January 25, 2024

National Endowment for the Arts awards 2024 grants to a dozen CT organizations by Christopher Arnott

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a total of $200,000 in grants to 12 Connecticut arts organizations, including the Amistad Center in Hartford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:56AM
Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Where to see the Oscar-nominated movies on the big screen in Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

Some movies nominated for Academy Awards on Tuesday are still in local theaters, playing on big screens. Here's where to catch them in Connecticut.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:10PM

2024 Oscar hopefuls include Yale grads and CT natives. Here’s a list of nominees with Nutmeg State ties. by Christopher Arnott

At least 10 people who received Oscar nominations Tuesday have connections to Connecticut, whether they grew up here, lived here or worked here.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:35AM
Sunday, January 21, 2024

Arnott: Looking back at all the ways Oscar favorite Paul Giamatti first made his mark at Yale by Christopher Arnott

Before he was a movie star, Paul Giamatti starred on the star at Yale. Here are some of Courant writer Christopher Arnott's most memorable Giamatti performances.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

‘Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson: Apt. 2B’ features a feminist twist on the murder mystery at Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

A new comedy mystery from Kate Hamill takes the male-dominated story of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson and flips the script at Playhouse on Park.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Saturday, January 20, 2024

TheaterWorks Hartford hires first managing director in 39-year history by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford named Jeff Griffin its first managing director. Griffin has held similar positions at theaters in New York City and Washington D.C.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 08:00AM

Women take center stage in CT with rocker Grace Potter and funny women Sommore and Mary Lynn Rajskub by Christopher Arnott

This week's Courant arts picks include a female-focused Ramones tribute act, rocker Grace Potter and stand-up comedians Sommore and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, January 19, 2024

Hartford Jewish Film Festival screening local filmmaker’s documentary about excavation of a Nazi extermination camp by Christopher Arnott

Local filmmaker Gary Hochman's documentary "Deadly Deception at Sobibor," about the excavation of a Nazi extermination site, is screening Sunday at the Mandell JCC.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

West Coast skate punk band FIDLAR making rare Connecticut stop at Toad’s Place by Christopher Arnott

FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper talks about the band's new approach to touring and recording, memories of New Haven and his recovery from substance abuse.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, January 18, 2024

Theater review: A gritty ‘Hairspray’ let its hair down at Waterbury Palace Theater by Christopher Arnott

The national tour stop of the Broadway hit "Hairspray” at the Palace Theater in Waterbury benefited from being rough and earthy instead of slick and shiny.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

Goodspeed announces 2024 musicals selected for developmental workshops at Norma Terris Theatre by Christopher Arnott

Three new musicals, including "A Complicated Woman" and "Ask for the Moon," will be workshopped at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in Chester this year.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Connecticut Emerge Festival re-emerging in West Hartford to promote CT music scene by Christopher Arnott

The Connecticut Emerge Festival is returning after nearly a decade off with a new goal of buying time in a professional recording studio for local musicians.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:03AM

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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