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Frank Rizzo has been covering the Connecticut arts scene for more than 37 years, 32 of them for The Courant.
U.S. Supreme Court for the NEA Four case and at the Dakota for the John Lennon vigil. He's profiled such figures as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Julia Child, August Wilson, Dr. Ruth, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep and Mischu, the world's smallest man.
His first regular byline was in 1966 writing for his local paper in Maynard, Mass. (He was just a child.) Rizzo received his degree in journalism at the University of Arizona where he also did his graduate work as a Shubert Fellow in the theater department.
He also reviews theater for Variety and has written for The New York Times, American Theater Magazine and other arts periodicals.
Rizzo remembers his first Broadway musical ("Funny Girl," with you-know-who), his first off-Broadway revue ("The Mad Show") and his first Connecticut show (Stephen Sondheim's "The Frogs" at the Yale Swimming Pool.) He enjoyed them all, though he felt "The Frogs" still needed work.