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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The LA riots, Romeo & Juliet on gun violence, Walden and a Black coming of age musical: Connecticut theaters staging outdoor shows with unusual lo by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut theaters are braving the great outdoors this summer, with provocative shows about the environment, gun violence, the L.A. riots and Black identity.

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Center Stage Theatre in Shelton announces a full summer season starting in June by Christopher Arnott

Center Stage Theatre in Shelton has announced a full indoor summer season of four musicals and one comedy play, starting June 11.

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Goodspeed, TheaterWorks produce streaming concert ‘Coming Alive Again’ by Broadway favorite Christiane Noll by Christopher Arnott

"Coming Alive Again," a charming and timely concert of uplifting and anxiety ridden showtunes sung by Christiane, was produced jointly by Goodspeed Musicals and TheaterWorks Hartford. It str…

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Connecticut’s ‘Mr. LEGO’ to compete on second season of ‘LEGO Masters’ by Christopher Arnott

Canton resident and LEGO enthusiast Palas Patani will appear in the second season of the "LEGO Masters" TV show. In Connecticut, Patani runs education programs where he uses LEGO blocks to t…

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Trinity Film Festival screening top student films from Connecticut and beyond by Christopher Arnott

The 10th Trinity Film Festival is mostly online again this year, but opened with a night of screenings for a small audience at Cinestudio and will end May 8 with a live awards ceremony that …

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Hartford Symphony music director Carolyn Kuan extends contract three more years by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has extended Carolyn Kuan's contract through May of 2024. She has been the symphony's music director since 2011.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Connecticut theater cancels ‘I Am My Own Wife’ after backlash over casting cisgender actor in trans role by Christopher Arnott

The Warner Theatre in Torrington canceled a production of the drama "I Am Not My Own Wife" due to complaints that the actor in the one-person drama was not transgender.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Arts & Ideas returns to live performance with dance, jazz, world music and drag shows by Christopher Arnott

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a mix of live and virtual this year. Concerts on the Green (including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ladama, a Fantasia drag imperson…

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Geoffrey Owens was in Connecticut to see a mural about the honor of work. The former Cosby Show actor reflects on acting and Trader Joe’s by Christopher Arnott

Geoffrey Owens, a well-known actor whose work experiences off the stage started a national dialogue about the value of steady employment, was in Connecticut this month paying tribute to work…

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Legacy Theatre reopens its doors following $4 million renovation by Christopher Arnott

A major new small professional theater in the state, the Legacy Theatre in Branford, opened Friday. The theater building is the former Stony Creek Puppet House, a landmark used in the past b…

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Theaters wait for help after demand crashed the application site for shuttered venues grants by Christopher Arnott

The applicant process for grants to help shuttered arts venues crashed on its first day of use, two weeks ago. The application portal for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program will reo…

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International Arts & Ideas festival’s Ideas portion, ‘Imagine’, a call to ‘weave the new reality together’ by Christopher Arnott

New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas has announced the "Ideas" slate for its 2021 festival. All the Ideas events are virtual this year. The performance events, some of whic…

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Connecticut Shakespeare theaters plan comedy, smaller summer performances by Christopher Arnott

Shakespeare theater companies in the state are wrestling with a second summer of COVID complications. Several are returning to live performance, with some alterations.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

TheaterWorks’ production of deep, disturbing drama ‘The Sound Inside’ a theater/film hybrid success by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks' latest staged-to-stream production, of Adam Rapp's trenchant teacher/student drama "The Sound Inside," incorporates a filmmaker on its creative team. It's a subtle, deep, distu…

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Summer venues in Middlesex County face a second year of canceled shows amid lingering COVID-19 challenges by Christopher Arnott

Three arts venues with a reputation as summer arts destinations face different challenges in reopening this year, after all being shuttered last year due to COVID.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

USJ Civil Rights film series tells stories of Antonia Pantoja, Fannie Lou Hamer, Emmet Till by Christopher Arnott

The Civil Rights struggle of the 20th century will be explored through three historical figures — voting rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer, Puerto Rican activist Antonia Pantoja and teen murder…

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New Elizabeth Banks movie ‘Call Jane’ to film in Hartford by Christopher Arnott

A new movie, "Call Jane" is filming some scenes in Hartford.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Connecticut documentarian’s ‘Mama Gloria,’ about a legendary Chicago trans activist, is now streaming by Christopher Arnott

Hot on the heels of International Transgender Visibility Day March 31, the new documentary “Mama Gloria” by Connecticut filmmaker Luchina Fisher is getting its broadcast debut this week,…

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Bushnell announces new dates for eight ‘Broadway series’ shows postponed due to COVID by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell has set new dates for eight shows it postponed from its 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons due to COVID. The musicals will start appearing in October of this year. The Bushnell will be…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

10 Connecticut arts events for April: The HSO plays The Wadsworth, cafe nine reopens, and more by Christopher Arnott

Some big names come to Hartford venues virtually, college theaters begin to wrap up their online seasons and there are even some live music clubs reopening. Here are ten top entertainment pi…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Goodspeed pushes live indoor shows to September, plans outdoor events for summer by Christopher Arnott

Goodspeed Musicals has had to further postpone its 2021 season, rescheduling the opening of "South Pacific" from June to September and moving "Anne of Green Gables" to next year. The theater…

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Dave Chappelle live shows announced at Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

In one of the biggest entertainment events to hit Connecticut since COVID, Dave Chappelle will be at Foxwoods Resort Casino's Grand Theater on June 25 and 26. Tickets go on sale Friday at no…

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5x5 Dance Festival returns virtually, inspired by the coronavirus, with a dozen short films by Christopher Arnott

One of Connecticut's premiere homegrown dance events, the 5x5 Dance Festival at the University of Saint Joseph's Autorino Center, has gone online for its 19th edition, with short filmed cont…

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Live entertainment is returning to Connecticut. When are venues reopening? by Christopher Arnott

Some Connecticut theaters are beginning to formalize their reopening plans following a year of being shuttered due to COVID. Expect a slew of outdoor shows to happen in spring and summer, wh…

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Theater artist laid off from Hartford Stage running 55-mile fundraiser to help theater reopen by Christopher Arnott

Erin Keller, who was properties manager at Hartford Stage until the theater was shuttered during the COVID crisis, is running 55 miles along the Farmington River Trail on May 29 to raise mon…

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Westport Country Playhouse’s all-virtual 90th anniversary season a mix of new and old productions by Christopher Arnott

Westport Country, after not producing any shows in 2020, has announced that its 2021 season, running April through December, will be all virtual. Among the new productions will by the comedy…

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Musicals could return to the Bushnell in October as coronavirus relief promises to hasten opening of Connecticut theaters; “Hamilton” possible in by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell could open sooner that anticipated thanks to large federal grants for theaters contained in the American Rescue Plan. Many Connecticut arts venues will benefit from the Shutter …

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Fairfield Comedy Club supports out-of-work comedians with sales of unique Vans shoe design by Christopher Arnott

Fairfield Comedy Club has designed its own Vans shoe, to raise money for out-of-work comedians.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

West Hartford native uses theater to spark discussion of social issues on new podcast, ‘Why We Theater’ by Christopher Arnott

Ruthie Fierberg, who grew up in West Hartford enjoying musical theater and a good high school arts education, has created a national podcast centered on major social issues as handled by pro…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New Shubert executive director brings Broadway experience to New Haven theater by Christopher Arnott

The Shubert has announced its new executive director. Anthony McDonald is only the second person to hold that position since the theater was taken over by the CAPA management company 20 year…

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Domestic violence is theme of New England Ballet Theatre dance/discussion event by Christopher Arnott

The newest professional dance company in the area, New England Ballet Theatre, is presenting “Ballet Speaks: Against Domestic Violence” at 7 p.m. on March 13, live as well as livestreame…

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Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre