Also: Nick Westrate gives The King's Speech at Hartford Stage; Artistic Director Dexter J. Singleton works with Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew in New Haven; Chad Jennings stars in Every Brilliant Thing at TheaterWorks Hartford.
Mandy Patinkin is hitting the concert trail again with a concert new show; Broadway's Stephanie J. Block, fresh of playing the legendary Cher, comes to the Ridgefield Playhouse
Also: The Love Boat's Ten Lange is back behind the bar at TheaterWorks Hartford's Christmas on the Rocks, and a modern spin on Pride and Prejudice at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre.
It was the day before Carolee Carmello was to take over the national tour of Hello, Dolly! and be in front of an audience for the first time in the title role. And what was most on her mind? “Don’t trip, don’t trip, don’t trip,” she says, laughing on the phone from Kansas City where the late…
Plus: The debut of the first Hartford Fringe Festival, and the Greek muse calls to Girls at the Yale Repertory Theater.
What a year or two Taylor Mac has had.
Also: UConn alum Forrest McClendon in Cabaret at the Connecticut Repertory Theater; Madison’s Juliet Brett on her role in FX's Fosse/Verdon; Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at the Hartford Stage.
The acclaimed actor brings his one-man show to the Bushnell on June 30; Cirque du Soleil comes to Hartford June 19-July 21; No Kids plays at the 24th International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven June 12-14.
The Tony Award winner who has played Eliza Doolittle and Melania Trump brings her songs and stories to Long Wharf, Marcos Santana is back In the Heights at Westport Country Playhouse, and the new musical The Flamingo Kid debuts at the Hartford Stage.
Bensussen will be succeeding Darko Tresnjak June 1, becoming the first female artistic director to run a Tony Award-winning theater in Connecticut.
Frank Rizzo takes a look at happenings on the Connecticut theater scene this month.
To get a sense of his personal taste, we asked incoming artistic directory Jacob G. Padrón to choose a handful of works that have made significant impressions on him.
The title character of the song joins the grouping of very short plays that make up Christmas on the Rocks, now in its sixth year at Hartford’s TheaterWorks.
Also: Showstopper Lillias White in concert at Norwalk's Wall Street Theater, and Austin Pendleton brings a searing new play to the Westport Country Playhouse.
Becca Blackwell refuses to be pigeonholed; Charise Castro Smith has a world-premiere play at the Yale Rep; John Scherer on musical escapism at the Goodspeed.
Before there was Hamilton, the hit In the Heights set the stage for the creative team's success; between Broadway and Hollywood, Cynthia Erivo is making a stop in Ridgefield; Bess Wohl on working with kids in her new play.
A chat with the wardrobe supervisor for The Lion King, plus Peter Dinklage as Cyrano and Ed Dixon stars in Georgie.
When Nick LaMedica first played the lead character of the anxiety-ridden Jason in Robert Askins’ Hand to God, his co-star, Tyrone, would often steal scenes.
Mauricio Martinez may not be a major name in entertainment to some, but to others the Mexican actor and recording artist is muy caliente.
Mary Michael Patterson was just born when The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway 30 years ago. Now the actress is touring in the show’s sequel, Love Never Dies, which plays Hartford’s Bushnell May 29 to June 3.
A Very Hamilton Christmas
“People are going crazy over it,” Kristin Chenoweth told me over the phone from a break in the filming of an episode of the CBS comedy Mom.
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…
Think of Adam Pascal, and thoughts spring to mind of the romantic roles he’s played in such musicals as Rent or Aida or his more dramatic turns in Cabaret and Memphis or his sensitive rock persona as a solo rock artist.
Jane Lynch loves Christmas. Despite her image as snarky gym teacher Sue Sylvester, a role she played for six seasons in the hit TV series Glee, the actress says it’s the music that makes her reconnect to the holiday seasons of her youth.
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.
Getting Your Kicks at TheaterWorks
Chris Lemmon, musician, actor and teacher, loves talking about his dad, actor Jack Lemmon.
“So how’s your prostate?” I asked Ed Asner the other day.
Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, including musical ones.
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…
A Role Fit for a King
Making Something ‘Beautiful’
BACKSTAGE: Spamming 'Hamilton,' Life After 'Sesame Street,' the Next Judy Garland
BACKSTAGE: Richard Dreyfuss, 'Love & Murder' in Hartford, & Greenwich's Rising Star
BACKSTAGE: Feeling Closer to Shakespeare and Early Meryl Streep
BACKSTAGE: Broadway's 'If/Then' at The Bushnell, the Malloys Yuk It Up, Bruce Vilanch's New Goodspeed Musical
BACKSTAGE: Chita Rivera, Big Premiere for 'Anastasia' & Yale Actor Breaks Out
BACKSTAGE: Connecticut's 'Tony' Awards, Steve Martin at Long Wharf, Al Pacino at Foxwoods
Backstage: Mary Beth Peil of 'Good Wife,' Matthew Morrison of 'Glee' & Oscar winner Dianne Wiest