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Billy Porter on ‘Kinky Boots’ anniversary, new CD

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 4:38 pm

The first thing Billy Porter does when a visitor enters his dressing room is look down.
"Oh, I like those shoes. Where did those shoes come from?" the Tony Award winner asks nicely.

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Premium Content "I Ought to Be in Pictures" bows at Ivoryton Playhouse

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 1:57 pm

You can understand why so many theaters stage Neil Simon plays. They're perpetual crowd-pleasers. Simon is genius at writing tightly constructed pieces and filling them with clever lines and sympathetic characters.

The Ivoryton Playhouse's...

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Premium Content Six plays to be developed at National Playwrights Conference

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has announced the six new plays selected for development at the O'Neill's 50th annual National Playwrights Conference.
They are:

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James Franco ready for his Broadway debut

 April 14, 2014; Updated: 7:01 pm

James Franco insists he's not been nervous at all about making his Broadway debut, not even before his first night in front of more than a thousand people.
"Sounds like I'm bragging. I just wasn't,"...

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Premium Content Two musicals selected for music theater conference

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 7:01 pm

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford announced on Thursday the two new musicals selected for development at the 36th National Music Theater Conference. They are:
"The War Dept,"...

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Premium Content Jeff Foxworthy plays Mohegan Sun

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 2:50 pm

If you win the lottery, it's pure luck.

So it's not fair to suggest that comic Jeff Foxworthy won the lottery when he came up with one alchemical premise: "You might be a redneck if ..."

After all, he DID come up with it - and...

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Premium Content Bill Engvall performs at Foxwoods

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

Comic Bill Engvall performs Saturday in the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino. You, of course, love Engvall from his membership in the gloriously successful Blue Collar Comedy franchise. But aside from his tremendous stand-up chops,...

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Premium Content Goodspeed stages "Damn Yankees"

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

Yes, directors have set Shakespeare plays in different lands and have moved musicals to new eras.

But this? This is genius.

The classic musical "Damn Yankees" has been rejiggered so that the team struggling to beat those title...

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Premium Content Bryan Callen brings his stand-up to Comix at Foxwoods

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

You know Bryan Callen:

He had roles as Eddie, who runs the Vegas wedding chapel, in "The Hangover," and Samir, a strip club owner, in "Hangover II."

More recently, he acted in "Ride Along" and "About Last Night," both of which...

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Premium Content Joe DiPietro brings the Red Sox into Goodspeed’s ‘Damn Yankees'

 April 8, 2014; Updated: 6:45 pm

In 2005 - after he had his debut, off-Broadway super-success with "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" but before he won a Tony Award for "Memphis" - writer Joe DiPietro fielded an intriguing offer.

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to tour North America

 April 7, 2014; Updated: 6:06 pm

The 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon.
The musical...

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Premium Content National Critics Institute seeks applicants

 April 7, 2014; Updated: 6:04 pm

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is accepting applications for the National Critics Institute's Fellows Program through Friday, May 16. The conference begins Saturday, June 28, and runs through Saturday, July 12.

One of the O'Neill's...

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Premium Content O’Neill Fellows Program seeks applicants

 April 1, 2014; Updated: 5:31 pm

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Cabaret & Performance Conference is accepting applications for its Fellows Program through Friday, May 9.
The conference begins Wednesday, July 23, and runs...

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Premium Content Jay Mohr does standup at Foxwoods

 March 27, 2014; Updated: 6:06 pm

In today's carousel-ride entertainment business, any given "artist" might have three or four or six or seven "careers" going: Singer. Television actor. Film actor. Author. Game show host. Olympic athlete. Agent representing Olympic...

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Premium Content Trisha Brown Dance's last tour comes to Conn

 March 27, 2014; Updated: 2:30 pm

Trisha Brown - that iconic contemporary dance choreographer - announced in December 2012 that she had created her last works. The 77-year-old, who has had health issues, stepped back from running the long-running company that bears her...

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Premium Content Calling all bridesmaids

 March 24, 2014; Updated: 6:43 pm

Renaissance City Theatre Inc., the producing entity at the Granite Theatre of Westerly, will hold open auditions for the Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten comedy "Always A Bridesmaid." Auditions will run Monday, April 14, and Tuesday,...

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Premium Content O’Neill center announces puppetry residency

 March 23, 2014; Updated: 1:55 pm

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has partnered with The Jim Henson Foundation to support a new puppetry residency at the O'Neill's Waterford campus. The residency is intended to expand and broaden the work of the National Puppetry...

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Premium Content Actress presents life of Elizabeth Keckly

 March 22, 2014; Updated: 5:33 pm

Actress Stephanie Jackson will bring her dramatic narrative "They Called Me Lizzy" to North Stonington's Wheeler Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 24.
Jackson's one-woman show portrays Elizabeth...

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Premium Content Moscow Festival Ballet dances "Sleeping Beauty"

 March 20, 2014; Updated: 8:59 am

Dancing a classic: The Moscow Festival Ballet will perform "The Sleeping Beauty" Friday at the Garde Arts Center.

From whence they came: The Moscow Festival Ballet is marking its 25th year. It was founded in 1989 by...

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Premium Content Mick Foley brings "Tales from Wrestling Past" to Comix at Foxwoods

 March 20, 2014; Updated: 11:08 am

I remember covering the 2003 Boats Books & Brushes with Taste in New London and sitting in on a talk WWE-wrestler-turned-author Mick Foley.

He chatted about his first novel, "Tietam Brown," which was released by the prestigious...

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Premium Content Groton Regional Theatre stages "Tribute"

 March 13, 2014; Updated: 2:56 pm

In the play "Tribute," former scriptwriter Scottie Templeton works occasionally as a Broadway press agent and loves to laugh - and to make other people laugh. When a situation gets too serious, he inevitably turns to humor. And, beyond that, he's...

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Premium Content Mystic Ballet dances "Snow White"

 March 13, 2014; Updated: 3:52 pm

An Enchanted Mirror comes alive. A cauldron sends smoke - and a mysterious apple - into the air. A villainous queen morphs into a hag.

Yes, lots of effects will impress when Mystic Ballet presents "Snow White," but the most enchanting...

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Premium Content Paul Reiser does stand-up at Foxwods

 March 13, 2014; Updated: 2:36 pm

It's been a while since Paul Reiser did stand-up - 20 years, in fact.

He's been busy doing other things. He co-created and starred in the career-defining "Mad About You," of course. More recently, he had a role in the Liberace film "Behind...

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Bryan Cranston plays another ‘complicated man’

 March 7, 2014; Updated: 3:53 pm

Bryan Cranston doesn't need to chase paychecks anymore. His salary for "Breaking Bad" wasn't exactly at drug kingpin levels, but he's secure.
So now what? Now it gets interesting.

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Premium Content "Rock of Ages" hits the Garde stage

 March 6, 2014; Updated: 4:19 pm

Step into a cloud of Aqua Net. Slip on some freakily oversized shoulder pads.
The '80s, in all their low-rent glory, are back in "Rock of Ages."
This musical takes...

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