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Casting Announcements At Goodspeed, Long Wharf; ‘Anastasia’ Bargains

Hartford Stage doesn't have the only cool new Scrooge this season. Goodspeed Musicals has gotten Lenny Wolpe to star in "A Connecticut Christmas Carol" at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester Nov. 17 through Dec. 24.

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Broadway Cast Changes, Lin Manuel Miranda Releases Puerto Rican Benefit Single

Les Waters, who has directed numerous shows in New Haven over the years, is leaving his position as artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky at the end of the 2017-18 season, to "pursue personal projects."

The plays Waters directed at Yale Rep were all scripted by Sarah Ruhl: "Eurydice," "Dear Elizabeth" and an adaptation of Chekhov's "Three Sisters."

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Hartford Stage Announces 'Seder' Cast, Yale Rep Honored For Supporting Women Playwrights

Last week we mulled over American Theatre magazine's list of the most-produced plays of 2017-18, based on a survey of 380 regional theaters aligned with the national Theater Communications Group organization.

None of the top 10 scripts were being produced this season in Connecticut.

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Goodspeed, Westport Announce 2018 Seasons; Top 10 Most Produced Plays

Local theaters are handing over their Instagram accounts to actors for unique behind-the-scenes perspectives. TheaterWorks had actor George Salazar post pics for a day during the run of "Raging Skillet." On Sept. 20 Hartford Stage let Gabrielle Filloux, who flits about as Cobweb in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," do the Instagram thing.

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'Tuesdays With Morrie' Canceled, Marc Maron Coming To The Bushnell

The Educational Theatre Association has determined the most-produced plays and musicals at high schools nationwide during the 2016-17 school year. More than 25,000 schools were surveyed. The data was expanded for this year's study to include attendance at these shows: 49.4 million!

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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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