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Goodspeed's Announces 2018 New Musicals Fest; Idina Menzel Performing At Hartford Hospital Gala

Goodspeed Musicals has announced the three musicals-in-progress that will get hearings (in lightly staged concert versions) at the 13th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals. The weekend event, a major gathering of musical theater professionals and that special breed of composers and theater writers known as “emerging artists,” takes place Jan. 12 to 14 at the Goodspeed Opera House.

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Lamarre At The Bar In 'Christmas On The Rocks': Christmas Shows Extended

If you missed “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” when it aired on PBS’ “Great Performances” last month, you can find it on the streaming channel BroadwayHD. Before it was on Broadway, the show premiered (with a different cast but the same director) at the Goodspeed Opera House.

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Oakdale Books 'Dirty Dancing'; Community Outreach At Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage has a new Community Access Pilot Program that lets groups from three local nonprofits see several shows at the theater. The inaugural batches of theatergoers are drawn from the Generations program of the Community Renewal Team, the Salvation Army Marshall House Family Shelter and Walk in the Light Church of God.

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Hartford Stage Given Elaborate 'Christmas Carol' Window Display

“A Christmas Carol” is on the stage — and in the windows — of Hartford Stage. An elaborate diorama-style display that originally graced the storefront of the landmark Marshall Field & Company department store in Chicago in 1939 has been given to the theater. It’s a Victorian London street scene from Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” story, populated with gentlemen, wastrels, musicians and ragamuffins.

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Hartford Stage Announces Entire 20th Anniversary 'Christmas Carol' Cast

For its 20th anniversary at Hartford Stage, "A Christmas Carol" is adding a few new faces.

You've heard about Michael Preston, the Trinity College professor and former Flying Karamazov Brother who is succeeding the long-serving Bill Raymond as Ebenezer Scrooge. But three other lead roles have also been recast.

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Casting For 'Native Son' At Yale Rep, 'Christmas Story' At Bushnell

When "A Christmas Story — The Musical" comes to The Bushnell Nov. 24 to 26 it will feature two of the lead players from when the show was at the Palace in Waterbury last year.

The twinkle-eyed Chris Carsten will again be the show's genial narrator Jean Shepherd, and Angelica Richie will return as the (mostly) straight-laced schoolteacher Miss Shields.

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