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Yale Rep Casts 'An Enemy of the People'; 'Kinky Boots' Making Oakdale Stop

Long Wharf Theatre is doing another of its Contemporary American Voices Festival events, with staged readings of new works by American playwrights. This is the third year of this particular series, but Long Wharf has embraced staged readings throughout its 50-year-plus history.

The festival happens during the weekend of Oct. 20 to 22. "Passage" by Christopher Chen will be read at 7 p.m. on Oct.

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Goodspeed Announces 'Rags' Cast; Yale Cabaret Announces 50th Season

Goodspeed Musicals much-anticipated revival — and revision of —the musical "Rags" has announced its cast. Samantha Massell, who played Hodel in the 2015 Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof," will play the immigrant heroine Rebecca Hershkowitz.

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Choate, Jorgensen Announce Seasons; 'I Hate Musicals' Cast

Among the countless buildings damaged in Texas by Hurricane Harvey was the renowned Alley Theatre in downtown Houston. The theater underwent a $46.5 million renovation just two years ago.

The Alley has numerous connections to theaters in Connecticut.

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Yale Institute for Music Theatre Discontinued; Long Wharf Announces 'Fireflies' Cast

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre has played its last note. The program, which began in 2009, served as a key transitional opportunity for writers and composers who had recently graduated from musical theater writing programs and were just beginning to navigate the real-world theater industry.

Musicals that were first read at YIMT included Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs' "Pop!"

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TheaterWorks Announces Directors; Hartford Stage Casts 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

TheaterWorks announced its 2017-18 season in June, but until recently hadn't mentioned who would be directing the shows. The theater's Associate Artistic Director Eric Ort will handle the season-opener, "The Wolves," which runs Oct. 5 through Nov. 12; while TheaterWorks' Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero (who helmed last year's hit "Next to Normal") will direct two shows: "Constellations" Jan.

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Jonathan Groff Headlines Westport Gala, Amy Schumer Picking Up 'Meteor Shower' Role

Jonathan Groff will headline the 2017 gala at Westport Country Playhouse on Sept. 9. But wait, wasn't it supposed to be Matthew Morrison's gig? Morrison had a "scheduling conflict," according to the theater.

Groff played Jesse St. James on "Glee," the same TV series that starred Morrison as Mr. Schuester.

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