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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)


The "Second Mrs. Wilson" -- The 'Power' Behind the Presidency

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Margaret Colin. Photo by Michael McAndrews

By Frank Rizzo

Margaret Colin feels right at home in the White House.

After all, she played Jacqueline Kennedy on Broadway in "Jackie: An American Life," and she was the president's spouse in the film "First Daughter." She was also press secretary to the president in the blockbuster film "Independence Day," surviving an alien attack and the blast that blew up of the White House.

She is now playing First Lady Edith Wilson, wife of 28th President Woodrow Wilson, in the world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre of Joe DiPietro's "The Second Mrs. Wilson," staged by the theater's Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein.

The production features an impressive cast, with John Glover (Tony Award for "Love! Valour! Compassion!"), Harry Groener (three Tony nominations including "Crazy for You"), Stephen Barker Turner (Yale Rep's "Arcadia"), Steve Routman (Long Wharf's "The Underpants") and Fred Applegate (Broadway's "The Last Ship").


Articles of Interest:

Latina Actress Gizel Jimenez -- A Passion for Acting --

By Bessy Reyna


Blogs and Websites of Interest

Blogs about Connecticut theater, movie reviews, and the arts.

Zander Opper

Joe's Views -- Joe Meyers' Blog

Artes Magazine -- fine art, architecture, design and theater

Back Stage Buzz - current and archived interviews with CT artists -- movie reviews

CT Arts Connection

WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review) (Frank Rizzo reviews)

www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews) (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)

Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments

Two on the Aisle -- NYC and Connecticut Theater News and Reviews



A Man of Many Talents

By Bonnie Goldberg

When Dr. Seuss created his clever character Bartholomew Cubbins, the man of 500 hats, he could have had Brian Hill in mind. The prolific and polished Mr. Hill wears many hats, including but not limited to actor, singer, playwright, book writer, choreographer, director and artistic director. He has more irons in the fire than a blacksmith and seems to thrive on the responsibility-laden deadlines they entail.

A little over two decades ago, in his home country of Canada, Hill was in a cult driven musical called "Forever Plaid," about a group of high school nerds who want to be a successful singing group.  He and fellow actor Neil Bartram received a phone call that would ultimately change their lives: a commission to write a show for the Toronto Festival.

Out of the blue (or rather plaid), Hill was invited to do something he had never done before, while Bartram had dabbled in the world of pop and jazz. Together they produced "Somewhere in the World" and they never looked back. To this day, they "don't know the angel who recommended us but we believe that if a door opens, walk through."

A lot of doors have opened since 1993 and the team has steamed ahead.  They have worked, in tandem or separately, on projects for Disney like "The Little Mermaid" and "The Lion King," "The Adventures of Pinocchio," Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes," a revival of "Brigadoon," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset Boulevard," to name a few, as well as another little show that got its start at Goodspeed Opera House "The Story of My Life" that landed on Broadway.

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