David Hein and Irene Sankoff thought the idea was far-fetched when it was first suggested they write a musical about what happened after 9/11 when 38 planes that were in the air were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, population 11,000.

Man of Mystery: You could say Ken Ludwig has a thing about mysteries. After all, last fall his play The Game’s Afoot — centering on a murder at the castle-like Connecticut home of Sherlock Holmes actor William Gillette — played the Ivoryton Playhouse. This spring he returns to Holmesian turf…

Of course, there will be a crashing chandelier when the new tour of The Phantom of the Opera plays (for the first time) at Waterbury’s Palace Theater. But this time it won’t be a lumbering, slo-mo effect, but one that drops faster and is filled with sound effects, sparks, smoke and sizzle.

You can’t blame the folks at the Connecticut Critics Circle (full disclosure, I’m one of them) for feeling pretty proud as they prepare for the 27th annual awards ceremony June 26 at 7:30 p.m at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. After all, l…