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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ivoryton Playhouse announces 2019 season of five musicals, new David Lutken project by Christopher Arnott

Five of the seven shows in the Ivoryton Playhouse’s 2019 season will be musicals — including an unnamed new project from “Woody Sez” creator David Lutken, about a yet-to-be-divulged …

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Monday, December 10, 2018

New musicals about addiction, marriage and gambling getting public readings at Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

New musicals about addiction, marriage and a lethal gambling club get single readings at the 14th annual Festival of New Musicals, hosted Jan. 18 to 20 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Hadda…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Behind-the-scenes 'Christmas on the Rocks' party at TheaterWorks by Christopher Arnott

To mark six successful seasons of its unique holiday show “Christmas on the Rocks,” TheaterWorks is hosting a “Chaos, Curls & Cocktails” party Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Hartford-based playwr…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

What you might want to know before the circus spectacle 'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' flies into the Oakdale by Christopher Arnott

Theater producer Neil Goldberg could easily be mistaken for Santa Claus. A producer and director of modern circus entertainments, he delivers magic and wonderment around the country. This mo…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hartford library announces lineup for 2019 Baby Grand Jazz series by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Public Library has announced the 15 jazz acts playing in its free, Sunday-afternoon 2019 Baby Grand Jazz Series, which opens Jan. 6 with a special Three Kings Day concert featuring …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hartford Stage's 'A Christmas Carol' remains, vivid, lively, intoxicating by Christopher Arnott

Ah, the sights and smells of “A Christmas Carol.” The snow is still falling on the audience. You can still smell the smoke when the Spirit of Christmas Present makes her grand misty entr…

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TheaterWorks 'Christmas on the Rocks' continues a wild and weirdly wonderful tradition by Christopher Arnott

It’s a Christmas miracle that “Christmas on the Rocks” has now entered its sixth season at TheaterWorks. We need its sweet insanity more than ever. The show, conceived and directed by …

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Can you still get a ticket? And 9 other answers to your 'Hamilton' questions by Christopher Arnott

How does a fast-talking, awesome Broadway show — a hip-hop history of the American revolution — still going gangbusters, known around the world, immortal and beloved, find itself in Hart…

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'Hamilton' transforms Bushnell's subscriber base by thousands by Christopher Arnott

‘Hamilton” isn’t the only revolution coming to The Bushnell. The show’s popularity has added a virtual army of thousands of new subscribers to the theater's Broadway series. Beth Hyl…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Lincoln lives in 'A Civil War Christmas' at CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Paula Vogel had her first Broadway production just a couple of years ago, with “Indecent,” a play-with-music concerning a famous theater censorship trial. But Vogel’s been a major pres…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

A new holiday tradition: Ballet Hartford stages Handel's 'Messiah' by Christopher Arnott

Hallelujah! A new ballet company is bringing a new Christmas dance tradition to town — Handel’s “Messiah.” Vivid Ballet, founded in 2016, changed its name recently to Ballet Hartford…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fresh wrappings for four of Connecticut's 'Christmas Carol' plays by Christopher Arnott

There are some new gifts, as well as a sleigh-full of familiar Christmas comforts, in the Christmas shows returning to Connecticut theaters this holiday season. TheaterWorks' 'Christmas on t…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Long Wharf Theatre announces new artistic director by Christopher Arnott

New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre has selected Jacob G. Padrón, a major force in new play development, especially among minority writers, as its new artistic director. He begins his new job …

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Comics Tim Allen, Orny Adams to do stand-up on casino stages by Christopher Arnott

An established comedy icon who came up on the old sitcom/“Tonight Show” route, and a member of the next generation, whose career took a similar trajectory during changing times, both hit…

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'Paradise Blue,' the first of Dominique Morisseau's 'Detroit Trilogy,' at Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

Dominique Morisseau is one of the most produced playwrights in the country right now. TheaterWorks did Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby” last year. The hot Morisseau scripts this season are th…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Who is legendary Peter Brook? The creator of 'The Prisoner' at Yale Rep tells us in his own words by Christopher Arnott

He’s done it all. He’s changed the face of world theater. And he’s still at it. Peter Brook’s latest work, “The Prisoner,” which he co-wrote and co-directed with his main collabo…

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Camille A. Brown dancers at Jorgensen by Christopher Arnott

Camille A. Brown and Dancers were already a known quantity in Connecticut — having performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Wesleyan University and elsewhere — when troup…

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Immigrant themes resonate in 'Fiddler on the Roof' at the Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

Bartlett Sher is known for finding strong thematic connections between the stories from classic Broadway musicals and the world as it is today. He does this subtly, without hitting audiences…

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Sonia Plumb dancers perform 'Salute to the Troops' at Real Art Ways by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford-based Sonia Plumb Dance Company has a multimedia, multi-styled, military-themed event planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford. More Veterans Day event…

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Connecticut Lyric Opera's 'Carmen' travels the state for 4 performances by Christopher Arnott

As a gypsy, Carmen really gets around. Connecticut Lyric Opera is the most mobile opera company in the state, bringing each of its shows to a variety of locations. Its production of Bizet’…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Drag Diva Lady Bunny Bringing 'Pig In A Wig' To TheaterWorks For One Night by Christopher Arnott

Lady Bunny founded the fabulous Wigstock Festival, a hallowed LGBTQ gathering that marked the end of summer in New York City from the mid-’80s the early ‘00s. Wigstock was magically revi…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

HSO Hitting Upward Hartford For First Of Season's Intimate Intermix Concerts by Christopher Arnott

Upward Hartford is proud of its recent renovations. It has more space now. So it’s hosting an avalanche. On Nov. 8, an ensemble of musicians from Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform M…

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UConn Hosting Holographic Concert Of Opera Singer Maria Callas by Christopher Arnott

The magic of holograms brings opera singer Maria Callas to life for “Callas in Concert” Nov. 8 at Jorgensen Auditorium, 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs. Callas was one o…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Managing Director Michael Stotts To Leave Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Michael Stotts, who has been the managing director of Hartford Stage since 2006, is leaving the theater at the end of January for a similar post at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, the t…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Comedian Howie Mandel Doing His Stand-Up At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Howie Mandel has been bringing his stand-up show to Connecticut since the late 1970s. During those decades he also became a ubiquitous presence on TV — first as a voice on the “Muppet Ba…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Meet The Student Dancers In The Greater Hartford Academy Of The Arts Choreographers Showcase by Christopher Arnott

Eight young dancers form two lines. The only male dancer breaks from the pack and moves to center stage, where he’s joined by two more dancers, then others. They leap. They strut. They gli…

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One Man's DACA Journey On Three Connecticut Stages by Christopher Arnott

When he was 3 months old, Alex Alpharaoh was taken on a life-changing journey from Guatemala to the United States. Thirty-six years later, he’s travelling around the country to share his s…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

'Thousand Pines,' A Gun Control Drama, In Westport by Christopher Arnott

Matthew Greene’s “Thousand Pines” is a new drama with a gun control theme. Westport Country Playhouse held a workshop of it last year, then decided to do a full production as part of i…

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Family Drama 'Good Children' Premieres At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Tracy Thorne’s contemporary drama “Good Children” is set in a “a society where the secrets of the past are closely guarded,” and a young man named Val learns some of those secrets …

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

'Henry V' At Hartford Stage Aims For A Contemporary Feel In The Round by Christopher Arnott

The V in "Henry V” at Hartford Stage could stand for "versatility.” In scanning the cast list for this new production of Shakespeare’s historical drama “Henry V,” what stands out i…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Alex Alpharaoh Bringing His Own DACA Story To Hartford Stages by Christopher Arnott

Alex Alpharaoh’s one-man show “Wet: A DACAmented Journey” chronicles his own adventures as an undocumented American. He was brought to the U.S. when he was just two months old and grew…

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