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Life & Style • Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Forbidden Romance, a Post-Electric Play, a Return Visit, The Fabulous Invalid, and More

Hall of Fame: Michael Price, who was the man behind Goodspeed Musicals for decades before retiring, will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 18. It’s...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Modern Take on Don Quixote Story Brings New Dimension to Classic Story

Few of us have read Miguel de Cervantes’s classic Spanish novel Don Quixote.Yet most of us know the story due to the popularity of the musical Man of La Mancha,...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 26, 2019 12:01 a.m.

From Broadway to the Met; Discussing Mlima’s Tale; Opening With a Classic; and More

Broadway Melodies: As part of the biannual Guilford Performing Arts Festival, the Madison Lyric Stage is presenting an evening of musical theater and opera favorites, “From ...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 12, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Shear Madness, a Modern Take, a Familiar Comedy, Billy Elliot, and More

The Season Begins: Ivoryton Playhouse is one of several theaters starting the fall season. Shear Madness, which has run for decades in Boston, is coming to Connecticut...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 05, 2019 12:01 a.m.

My Most Anticipated New York Shows

The New York theater scene is much more fluid that Connecticut’s. Only the subscription-based companies announce a full season; many producers announce a production only a month or two...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 05, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Farewell Hal Prince; the New and the Old; Shubert Musicals; Gyllenhall and Sturridge; and More

A Loss for Theater: At the end of July, Broadway, and, in reality, theater everywhere, lost a giant with the death of director and producer Hal Prince. A Yale Drama School grad,...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 15, 2019 12:01 a.m.

A Quiet Month, Shakespeare in the Park, Moulin Rouge, and Broadway

Quiet Month: The Connecticut theater scene is very quiet this month. Currently running is Cabaret at Ivoryton Playhouse through Sunday, Sept. 1, Because of Winn...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 01, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Scottsboro Boys, Music Theater, Bigger and Better, Beauty and the Beast, and More

Don’t Miss It: I am encouraging everyone who wants thoughtful theater to see Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford....

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 01, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Bowdie Steals the Show and Hearts in Goodspeed’s Because of Winn Dixie

Warning: If heart-warming stories featuring kids and dogs make you nauseated, if your friends call you “Scrooge,” if you have never cried at a movie, if you believe you are...

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Life & Style • Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

A Delightful and Intimate Mamma Mia! at Ivoryton

Mamma Mia is getting its second in-state production in one month, yet the two are totally different. The current production at Ivoryton Playhouse through Sunday, July 28 gives us an...

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Life & Style • Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Irving Berlin; a Must See; Fully Committed; a Hamilton Parody; and More

A Tuneful Evening: If you missed Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at Hartford Stage last month, you have time to see his show at Westport Country Playhouse through Saturday, Aug. 3....

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Life & Style • Published July 04, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Fairytales, a New Musical, an Impressive Cast, and New York Notes

Into the Woods: Madison Lyric Stage is presenting Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 28. The musical about fairytales and reality...

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Life & Style • Published June 20, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Not Many Surprises, Special Events, Big Dreams, and Women in Charge

Not Many Surprises: The Tony Awards did not offer many surprises. Most theater people had predicted that the musical Hadestown and the play, The Ferryman would...

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Life & Style • Published June 06, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Irving Berlin, Detroit Plays, ABBA, and More

Irving Berlin: Twice this summer you will have the chance to see Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, a one man show that recounts the story of Berlin, the immigrant boy who became...

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Life & Style • Published June 06, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Ivoryton Effectively Updates ’70s Godspell

Remember the early ‘70s? The hippies, yippies, and the flower children? The folk craze that was still popular? The Up with People singing group that seemed very Christian and very white?...

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Life & Style • Published June 06, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Back to the ‘60s with the Delightful New Musical, The Flamingo Kid at Hartford Stage

Darko Tresnjak is going out with a delightful, tuneful musical that will touch your heart. For his last show as artistic director at Hartford Stage, he has directed the world premiere musical...

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Life & Style • Published May 23, 2019 12:01 a.m.

A Big Hit Musical, the College Dating Scene, Godspell, and You Are Invited

You Are Invited: Everyone is invited to attend the annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at Goodspeed Theatre. Each year the group honors...

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Life & Style • Published May 09, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Summer Surprise, New Plays, an American Parody, Nora’s Return, and More

Summer Surprise: Long Wharf hasn’t officially announced it, but according to Playbill.com, Tony winning actor Len Cariou will bring his one-man show Broadway & the...

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Life & Style • Published April 25, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Final Production, from Film to Stage, Art and Religion, and More

Final Production: The Flamingo Kid, the last production of Darko Tresnjak’s tenure as artistic director at Hartford Stage, begins performances Thursday, May 9 and...

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Life & Style • Published April 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Women’s Rights,Women’s Rights,Women’s Rights,

Women’s Rights: Yale Rep closes its season with Cadillac Crew, a world premiere by Tori Samson that runs Friday, April 26 to Saturday, May 18. The play is set on...

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Life & Style • Published April 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Brilliant Acting Makes Long Wharf’s ‘An Iliad’ Compelling Theater

Many of us reluctantly read the classic Greek epic, The Iliad, prodded by high school or college English instructors. The experience wasn’t the most enjoyable experience, as I...

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Life & Style • Published April 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Perfect Nonsense Is Apt Description of Hartford Stage Comedy

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, which is at Hartford Stage through Saturday, April 20, is just that: almost perfect nonsense.This is the North American premier of the play...

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Life & Style • Published March 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Jane Austen, The Music Man, An Iliad, and Cabaret!

Pride & Prejudice: A new musical version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is next at ACT-CT in Ridgefield. Back in the ’50s, there was another...

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Life & Style • Published March 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Burt Bacharach, a New Location, Silly Fun, Behind the Curtain, and More

Music You’ll Recognize: Ivoryton Playhouse is opening its season with Burt & Me from Wednesday, March 20 to Sunday, April 7. The musical is about a young man,...

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Life & Style • Published March 07, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Long Wharf’s Tiny Beautiful Things Is Sweet But Unsatisfying

Tiny Beautiful Things, now at Long Wharf through Sunday, March 10, is a perplexing play—perplexing because it has had a number of productions throughout the country, but...

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