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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Goodspeed returns to live performance in cast-driven show that brings representation to Rodgers and Hammerstein by Christopher Arnott

"A Grand Night for Singing," comprised of songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, is the first live show at the Goodspeed Opera House since COVID. Director Rob Ruggiero has assembled …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:43PM

Office of the Arts awards hundreds of grants, including new social-issue Artists Respond by Christopher Arnott

The Connecticut Office of the Arts announced three separate groups of awards on Tuesday: the first round of the new Artists Respond grants, the 15 people who will receive free training for t…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:01PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

For 66 years, Bob Steele was the voice of Connecticut radio. His biographer seeks to keep his memory alive by Christopher Arnott

Known as the voice of Southern New England, radio broadcaster Bob Steele died nearly 19 years ago, but Paul Hensler is determined to keep his memory alive. Hensler will discuss Steele’s li…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:25PM
Monday, September 20, 2021

Hartford in the 1980s sets the mood for West Hartford author’s new novel ‘The Liability of Love’ by Christopher Arnott

Susan Schoenberger's new novel "The Liability of Love" uses Hartford, and its insurance industry, as a backdrop for a literary romance set in the 1980s.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

TheaterWorks postpones live return due to worker shortages and COVID concerns; will stream haunted house show by Christopher Arnott

Changes in the TheaterWorks season: The first show of the 2021-22 season, "Monster Songs," will be moved to 2022-23 but will hold a private workshop in Hartford this month that will be docum…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:28PM

UConn’s Connecticut Repertory Theatre returning to live performances this month by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut Repertory Theatre has scheduled three shows for its fall semester, its first live shows since the COVID shutdown in the spring of 2020.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:14AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Connecticut champion Matt Amodio on returning to Jeopardy!: It’s still ‘pure joy’ by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut's own "Jeopardy!" champion Matt Amodio shares his feelings about returning for the new season, being the face of the show on TV ads and his wish that they'd ask more math questio…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:21AM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

New Britain Museum of American Art extends free admission for children year-round by Christopher Arnott

Kids can visit the New Britain Museum of American Art for free. Using its own resources, the museum will continue a policy begun over the summer through an initiative launched by the state o…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:36PM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Westport Country Playhouse recovering after dressing rooms flooded due to Ida by Christopher Arnott

Westport Country Playhouse suffered flood damage to its basement level during heavy rains from Hurricane Ida on Sept. 1 as a concert performance was taking place upstairs. Cost for repairs a…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:59PM
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Christina Forrer’s MATRIX exhibit lets Wadsworth art add context, contrast to her contemporary tapestries by Christopher Arnott

Christina Forrer's large contemporary conflict-ridden tapestries are juxtaposed with items from several Wadsworth Atheneum collections for the latest transcendent exhibit in the museum's MAT…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:22PM

Courant arts picks for Sept. 5-11: ‘Soul’ in Bushnell Park, hitmaker Yung Bleu, Dominique Morisseau drama and choices return to Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's arts picks for Sept. 5-11 include Ben Folds, Dead & Co., Yung Bleu and a new play at TheaterWorks Hartford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Ed Asner kept coming back to Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

Ed Asner, who died Sunday, entertained Connecticut theater audiences for 60 years off and on, starting with a stint in the American Shakespeare Theatre company and ending with a slew of one-…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:32AM
Sunday, August 29, 2021

New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas switches Labor Day weekend theme from ‘Arts for Labor’ to ‘Vaccine and Vibes’ by Christopher Arnott

A free New Haven Symphony Orchestra concert hosted by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas on New Haven Green for Labor Day weekend was switched to a "Vaccines & Vibes" event, …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Megan Monaghan Rivas to lead UConn Dramatic Arts department and Connecticut Repertory Theatre by Christopher Arnott

UConn's School of Fine Arts has named the new head of its Dramatic Arts department: Megan Monaghan Rivas, a playwright and dramaturg who has spent the last seven years at Carnegie Mellon Uni…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:57PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

Cancellations, postponements sour start of fall arts season by Christopher Arnott

A spate of cancellations and postponements of concerts and shows — some due to COVID-19, others to Tropical Storm Henri — have marred the lead-in to the fall arts season and a general …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:27PM
Friday, August 20, 2021

Connecticut author Chandra Prasad explores conflicts between teen girls in new YA novel of contrasts in race, gender and time by Christopher Arnott

Chandra Prasad's new Young Adult novel "Mercury Boys" is set in the fictional town of Coventon, Connecticut, but references many real-life places in the state in telling the story of a teen …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Highly Caffeinated Festival in Bethlehem rallies local bands, runners to raise money for Make-A-Wish by Christopher Arnott

The first Highly Caffeinated 5K & Music Festival happens Aug. 21, with the 5K run happening at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by eight music acts, including the Connecticut-based national …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:29PM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Xfinity Theatre, Oakdale, other Connecticut Live Nation venues to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test by Christopher Arnott

Live Nation, which operates some of the largest concert venues in Connecticut, will implement a policy on Oct. 4 requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for staff, artists and audience membe…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:31PM

West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company is creating its own resident dance troupe; looking for dancers of diverse gender, race and body type by Christopher Arnott

Ballet Theatre Company in West Hartford is hiring dancers for a new resident dance company. Auditions are being held Aug. 27 and the dancers will allow BTC to expand its season and the range…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Meet Laiona Michelle, who’s radicalizing the Goodspeed with her Nina Simone musical ‘Little Girl Blue’ by Christopher Arnott

"Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical" is being workshopped before attentive audiences as part of the Goodspeed by the River series at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam through Aug. 29.…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:29PM
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

TheaterWorks announces 2021-2022 season featuring humor, timely issues and diversity by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford has announced its 2021-22 season of four plays plus the live return of "Christmas on the Rocks."

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:00AM
Monday, August 9, 2021

Review: TheaterWorks’ ‘Walden’ a brilliant mix of environmental themes and the actual environment by Christopher Arnott

To stage Amy Berryman’s relationship drama “Walden,” which is set in a tiny house in a grassy wooded area, TheaterWorks Hartford has built a tiny house in a grassy wooded area on the n…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:48PM

Review: A raucous, ridiculous ‘As You Like It’ brings the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival back to West Hartford by Christopher Arnott

The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival returns with "As You Like It," through Aug. 15 on the University of St. Joseph lawn in West Hartford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:52PM
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Courant arts picks for Aug. 8-14: Podunk Bluegrass Festival, New Haven Documentary Film Festival, Roomful of Blues and centenarians stories by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's art picks for Aug. 8-14 includes three small-cast theater shows, the Podunk Bluegrass festival and several free concerts.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:07AM
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Review: ‘Into the Woods’ a moving, human, earthy fairy story at Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

Playhouse on Park's first Connecticut Shakespeare Festival offers an earthy "Into the Woods" that depends more on emotional truth than special effects.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:24PM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Broadway theaters will require proof of vaccination and masks. Connecticut theaters’ plans vary by Christopher Arnott

Theaters are reopening. Some have COVID safety guidelines thrust upon them by unions and trade associations. Others are figuring it out as they go along.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Monday, August 2, 2021

Funk Flex to perform at Yard Goats game as thank-you to fans for 2021 season by Christopher Arnott

As a gift to fans, the Hartford Yard Goats is hosting a concert by DJ Funk Flex following the final Saturday home game of the season, Sept. 18. Admission to the concert is free with a ticket…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:33PM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Connecticut’s ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Matt Amodio is the show’s ninth highest-earning player in history — so far by Christopher Arnott

As of Thursday night, Yale grad student Matt Amodio won seven straight matches on TV's "Jeopardy!" His $268,800 total thus far makes him the ninth highest earning player in the show's histor…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:59PM

Long Wharf Theatre announces next season, switches to membership plan to be ‘more accessible’ by Christopher Arnott

The Long Wharf Theatre has announced the four mainstage shows in its next season. But you can’t buy a subscription. In one of the biggest changes in marketing and programming that the Tony…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:40PM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

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