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Monday, March 6, 2023

Trio of Connecticut Queens Star on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' by Frank Rizzo

For 14 seasons we’ve watched the Emmy Award-winning RuPaul‘s Drag Race showcase queens from such states as New York, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina—even Arkansas. But after…

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J. Harrison Ghee Likes It 'Hot' by Frank Rizzo

There’s a show-stopping moment in the Broadway musical Some Like It Hot, based on the classic 1959 film comedy. In the new show, Jerry and Joe are two musicians in Depression-era Chicago w…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

My Quick Take Broadway Review: 'Pictures From Home" by Frank Rizzo

The show: “Pictures from Home” by Sharr White (“The Other Place.,” “The Snow Geese” and the Netflix limited series “Halston.” What is it?: A new Broadway play inspired by La…

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 02:32PM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Review: 'Christmas in Connecticut' at Goodspeed by Frank Rizzo

The show: “Christmas in Connecticut” at Goodspeed Opera House What makes it special?: It’s a new musical based on the 1945 film starring Barbara Stanwyck. …

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Monday, December 12, 2022

Part 3 Photo Gallery of Final "KPOP" Show on Broadway by Frank Rizzo

Sunday afternoon was the final performance of the Broadway run of the musical “KPOP” at the Circle in the Square Theater on 50th Street. Though it was a hit when it was an experiential p…

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Part 2 of Photo Gallery off Final "KPOP" Show on Broadway by Frank Rizzo

Sunday afternoon was the final performance of the Broadway run of the musical “KPOP” at the Circle in the Square Theater on 50th Street. Though it was a hit when it was an experiential p…

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 02:06PM

Photo Gallery of "KPOP"'s Closing Show On Broadway by Frank Rizzo

Sunday afternoon was the final performance of the Broadway run of the musical “KPOP” at the Circle in the Square Theater on 50th Street. Though it was a hit when it was an experiential p…

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 09:25AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

My Variety Review: 'Some Like It Hot' Musical by Frank Rizzo

Taking a classic film comedy — especially one that plays fast and loose with gender and sexuality — and turning it into a big Broadway musical is far from a sure thing in these contempor…

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Alternate Universe: Graphic, Comic and Fantastic by Frank Rizzo

Need an escape from the realities of the world, a nostalgic visit to reconnect with childhood friends, or a quick rescue from a superhero or two? Then perhaps you need to step into another u…

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Hallelujah! Yale Embraces Gospel Music At Divinity School by Frank Rizzo

Sing hallelujah because gospel music is finally getting its due. Yale University is aiming to be the academic center of the gospel music world with its new interdisciplinary Program in Music…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Estelle Parsons At 95: An Independent Woman by Frank Rizzo

Estelle Parsons sits in her sunny living room in her Upper West Side apartment, taking an afternoon break from preparations for her annual trip to New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, where…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Colombian LGBTQ Artist Finds Inspiration In Connecticut by Frank Rizzo

Six years ago Ricardo Gutiérrez was in Connecticut for a business meeting at a design firm for which is he was doing graphic work. But when the young Colombian visual artist stepped off the…

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Broadway's Gavin Creel: In Picture Perfect New Show by Frank Rizzo

Picture this. You’re entering a world-famous museum say the Yale University Art Gallery or Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum—and you’re feeling overwhelmed, intimidated, and you just don…

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

My Variety Review: Broadway Musical Based On 'Almost Famous' by Frank Rizzo

Writer-director Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning screenplay about a teen rock journalist’s coming-of-age in the ’70s, “Almost Famous,” lands pretty much intact in Broadway’s latest …

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 11:03PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

My Review: 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' at Yale Rep by Frank Rizzo

ALL PHOTOS BY JOAN MARCUS. The show: “Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee at Yale Repertory T…

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Monday, October 24, 2022

My Review: 'The Mousetrap' at Hartford Stage -- Without a Clue. by Frank Rizzo

The show: “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. I mean “Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie at Hartford Stage. What makes it special? Did I mention Agatha Christie? A…

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My Review: '42nd Street' at Goodspeed by Frank Rizzo

The show: “42nd Street” at Goodspeed opera House in East Haddam …

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

New Podcast By 'The Simpsons' Mike Reiss Travels Well -- And Hilariously by Frank Rizzo

When Mike Reiss takes a vacation, he often skips over the tried and true and heads for global hotspots like Iraq, Libya and North Korea. And cold-spots, too, like the Antarctica, Lizzie Bord…

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My Discerning Guide To Fall Entertainment in Connecticut by Frank Rizzo

What a fab Fall 2022 season! How can we choose from the wealth of theater, music and dance events throughout the state? Let us help with a highly opinionated and very user-friendly guide to …

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Monday, October 10, 2022

My Variety Review: 'Funny Girl' With Lea Michele by Frank Rizzo

Take two, and not a moment too soon. Lea Michele steps into one of Broadway’s most iconic roles, which in her mind — or at least the mind of Rachel Berry, the character she played in TV�…

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Are Audiences Returning To CT Theaters? Some Troubling Answers by Frank Rizzo

David Fay of The Bushnell As the pandemic continues to fade and most Connecticut theaters lift COVID-19 restrictions, there’s a…

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

My Variety Review: '1776' Revival of Broadway by Frank Rizzo

The opening moments of this exuberant, thought-provoking and radical revival of “1776” makes it clear who was missing from John Trumbull’s famous painting of the signers of the Declara…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Pun Bandhu Finds His -- And Others' -- Place on Stage by Frank Rizzo

Pun Bandhu confesses to having been naive when he graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2000. After having no difficulty being cast in a wide variety of roles in plays while at school, …

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Real Story Behind Long Wharf Theatre's Exit by Frank Rizzo

It was sometime in the late 1970s when I attended my first show at Long Wharf Theatre. I was new to New Haven and only knew of the theatre—then just a dozen years old—by its reputation f…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Numbers Returning to Pre-Pan Levels At Yale Art Gallery by Frank Rizzo

It’s taken more than two years but the Yale University Art Gallery has finally returned to pre-pandemic attendance numbers, a significant accomplishment in the arts industry, which was hit…

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

My Variety Review: 'All's Well That Ends Well' by Frank Rizzo

ALL PHOTOS BY JOAN MARCUS Get thee to Arden — or at least to the Arden depicted in the glorious, delightful and big-hearted music…

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Middlebury, Vt. Filmfest: More Films -- And Pictures by Frank Rizzo

Here’s a bunch of pictures from photographer Steve James off the 8th Annual Middlebury Filmmakers Festival which concludes today in this charming Vermont college town., Amtrak’s Ethan …

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Middlebury, Vt. Filmfest: The Week for New Filmmakers by Frank Rizzo

The second day of the festival was also filled with film, films and more films, both short and feature length from the U.S. as well as from around the world. What I liked about these films w…

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Vermont New Filmmakers Fest: Middlebury Hosts Latest by Frank Rizzo

When our friends invited us up from New Haven to Middlebury, Vermont, it did’t take long to dash and buy our Amtrak tickets to the town’s new train stop on the Ethan Allen line (leavin…

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

$14 Million Gift To Transform New Haven Symphony by Frank Rizzo

Transformative changes are ahead for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, fueled by a historic multimillion-dollar gift that will create new outreach initiatives and a new home for its performa…

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

My Review of 'Secondo' at TheaterWorks. by Frank Rizzo

The show: ”Secondo” at TheaterWorks Hartford What is it?: Jacques Lamarre’s sequel to his play-with-food show, “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti,” based on the stories of author G…

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