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Eugene O'Neill Center Receives National Medal Of Arts

The score of "Chasing Rainbows" is made up of popular songs from the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the tunes ("Swing, Mr. Mendelssohn," "Meet the Beat of My Heart") will be deliciously obscure for today's theatergoers, sounding new to everyone but hardcore Judy Garland fans.

Other songs have been so ubiquitous for so long that they've been covered by an extraordinarily wide range of artists.

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'Relativity, 'Piano Lessons' Add To Casts

TheaterWorks has announced which two women will offer equal and opposite reactions to Richard Dreyfuss' portrayal of Albert Einstein in the play "Relativity" at TheaterWorks Oct. 7 through Nov. 13. Christa Scott Reed ("The Great Divorce" Off Broadway and on tour) will play the young woman who interviews Albert Einstein about his daughter.

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Stage Notes: Graeme Malcolm Stars At CT Rep

Blow Winds And Crack Your Cheeks

It's election season, and the University of Connecticut's CT Rep has chosen a king.

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Algerian Political Theater Troupe Comes To Connecticut

The Algerian political theater troupe Istijmam is in Connecticut this week, as guests of HartBeat Ensemble. Both companies will participate in a panel discussion on "Theater in Times of Crisis" 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Istijmam journeyed here thanks to the New England Foundation for the Arts' Center Stage program.

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School's In, And So's Yale Cabaret; Westport's 2017 Season; And More

Gene Wilder, who died on Monday, had a strong theater career before becoming the cinematic embodiment of Willy Wonka, Leo Bloom, Frederick Frankenstein, Skip Donahue ("Stir Crazy") and Jim ("Blazing Saddles"). He was in the original Broadway cast of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and took over for Alan Arkin in the original Broadway production of the Murray Schisgal hit "Luv."

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Hartford Stage's Youth Council Recruiting; 'Christmas On The Rocks' Returning

Hartford Stage's Youth Council is holding an "information session" at noon on Sept. 10 for "teens, ages 14 to 18, from across Connecticut who are passionate about theater and arts leadership" to join the council. The meeting is at the theater's Rehearsal Studios on the second floor of 942 Main St., Hartford.

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