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Javert Redivivus

By Frank Rich

Terrence Mann, who originated the role of Inspector Javert in the original 1987 Broadway production of "Les Misérables," will return next month to reprise his role and direct "Les Misérables: A Musical Celebration" at the Nutmeg Summer Series of UConn's Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

Mann, who in recent years has been a regular at the summer series in "My Fair Lady" and "Man of La Mancha," will star in the show that will open the three-musical series May 28 to June 7 at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the Storrs campus.

Mann has multiple Tony Award nominations for the revival of "Pippin," "Les Misérables" and "Beauty and the Beast." Other Broadway credits include "Cats," "Jerome Robbins' Broadway," "The Addams Family" and "Rags."

(Photo: Terrence Mann. Photo by Cloe Poisson)


Rochelle Slovin Comes to Ivoryton in 'Last Romance'

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Rochelle Slovin

Avant-garde actress -- political activist -- founder of Museum of Moving Image in New York -- patron of the Arts, Rochelle Slovin now takes on the role of Carol Reynolds in
The Last Romance at the Ivoryton Playhouse

A native New Yorker, Rochelle Slovin was educated at Cornell University and the Columbia Business School.  She began her career in the 1960s as a performer in New York’s avant-garde theater, appearing often at La Mama and other off-off-Broadway venues.

Following the birth of her two sons, and leaving the theatrical world, she became an organizer of Women’s Strike for Peace and then played a major role in Bella Abzug’s 1970 Congressional campaign. She entered New York City government in 1971, first working for the New York City Planning Commission and later for the Bronx Borough President. From 1976 to 1980, she was the director of the New York City CETA Artists Project, the largest publicly funded employment program for creative artists since the WPA.

In 1981, Ms. Slovin was named Founding Director of the Astoria Motion Picture and Television Foundation (a not-for-profit organization that had been established in 1977 with the goal of restoring to productive use the historic Astoria Studio complex). Upon her appointment, she proposed creating an American Museum of the Moving Image in one of the buildings on the property. She went on to develop the plans for the Museum’s mission, collection, exhibitions, programs and architecture; raised the funds necessary for its construction and operation; and assembled a distinguished staff and Board of Trustees.


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SHU to Offer Theater Arts Degree

By Geary Danihy

Are actors born…or created? The answer is “Yes” and “No.”

Someone may be born with inherent acting talent, a unique way of capturing and holding people’s attention, but that talent is raw, and it must pass through an alembic to be refined. For some, that fire is the school of hard knocks, an on-the-job training that allows them to mold their skills in the bruised-ego and often judgmentally harsh “business” of acting. Others seek a more formal training, guidance that allows them to hone their craft in a supportive and nurturing (if still judgmental) environment. Thus, the existence of schools of drama, many of which are departments at colleges and universities. To the extant list of such programs has been added the opportunity to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, a double-major option that becomes available with the start of the fall 2015 semester.

The driving force behind the creation of this new program is Jerry Goehring, Director of Performing Arts at Sacred Heart. However, Goehring is not an ivory tower theorist. He has been intimately involved with theater for over 25 years and, as a producer, has been nominated for both Tony and Grammy awards. He was lead producer for the box-office smash, “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” and has overseen such productions as the off-Broadway “Frankenstein” and national tours of “Raisin’ Cane,” “Oh, Figaro” and “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” He also served for four years as the executive director and CEO of the National Theatre of the Deaf, located in West Hartford.

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