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"Anastasia" Takes Home 7 CCC Awards

By Geary Danihy and Frank Rizzo

Hartford Stage's Broadway-bound "Anastasia" and Yale Repertory Theatre's "Indecent," which is currently playing in New York, received top honors as outstanding musical and play, respectively, at the 26th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards show held June 13 at Hartford Stage, which co-hosted the event with TheaterWorks.

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Tina Fabrique. Photo by Mara Lavitt

Tina Fabrique, who starred in the musical "Ella" in productions in theaters across the country, was master of ceremonies and performed at the show, which honors outstanding achievements in the state's 2015-16 professional theater season. Also performing was David Pittsinger, nominated in the Outstanding Actor in a Musical category for "South Pacific" at Ivoryton Playhouse.

The evening began with a reception for over 150 guests, a mingling of theater critics, creative and artistic directors, actors and actresses and theater enthusiasts. Over 300 guests then gathered to view the proceedings.

(Photo: Christy Altomare. Photo by Joan Marcus)

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Hear the Greasepaint Roar

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By Bonnie Goldberg

In 1965, Broadway debuted a new musical about the divergent class system in Britain, the gulf between the have and the have nots. Written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, “The Roar of the Greasepaint and the Smell of the Crowd” was not an overwhelming success as a musical but its score went on to become pop standards, hits on everybody’s jukebox list. Rarely seen as a production, the show has been buried in obscurity…until now.

Fast forward five decades and watch actor and director Don Stephenson, with the generous help of choreographer Liza Gennaro, reinvent and reimagine the work. Calling these “glorious melodies” the incentive, the pair conceived an idea on how to remain true to the original script but make it accessible for a new audience.

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Articles of Interest:

An interview with Michael Urie -- star of "Buyer and "Cellar"

 

Blogs and Websites of Interest

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

Pillow Talking Blog

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

bonniegoldberg.blogspot.com

cttheater.blogspot.com

susangranger.com -- movie reviews

CT Arts Connection

WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review)

www.courant.com/curtain (Frank Rizzo reviews)

www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews)

www.nytheaterscene.com (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)

Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments

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

www.ny-cttheaterscene.com

Howard's Blog

 

Commentary

"Chicago" Comes to Ivoryton

 

Things are beginning to steam up in Ivoryton as we get ready to open CHICAGO – June 29th – July 24th. (Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse - Music by John Kander - Lyrics by Fred Ebb).  Winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, CHICAGO has everything that makes theatre great; a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another and the most energetic dancing you’ve ever seen!

Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins based on actual criminals and crimes. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” – as timely today as it was when it first opened on Broadway in 1975.


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