| Apr 21, 2011
Carmen Anthony Vacalebre had already established a successful fast-food business in the 1970s and 1980s with his Me Ma and Arby's franchises. But he wanted to step it up by opening a New York City-style steakhouse, the kind he liked to frequent.
| May 8, 2011
| 8:00 PM
Darko Tresnjak, a theater director known for his work with Shakespeare, world classics and the rediscovery of neglected plays, is expected to be named the new artistic director of Hartford Stage when the board votes Monday morning. He will succeed Michael...
| May 15, 2011
Darko Tresnjak wanted to direct as far back as he can remember.
When the newly-named artistic director of Hartford Stage was a 7-year-old boy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he was inspired by the opening-day ceremonies of the 1972 Olympics to organize his...
| May 25, 2011
| 10:08 AM
Welcome to the annual Awkward Transition Week in the local theater calendar. The college students have gone home. The regional theaters, which follow a fall-to-spring season, are wrapping up their final shows. (Gem of the Ocean ends June 5 at Hartford...
| Jun 30, 2011
Tracy Morgan nearly played the Waterbury Palace earlier this year, but the show was abruptly cancelled. But honestly, wouldn't you much rather see him this week? "Saturday Night Live" member turned movie star turned sitcom self-parody turned stand-up...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 1:08 PM
A few days after the musical "Carousel" opens at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddan, its Julie Jordan will hit the road.
Teal Wicks, who co-stars in the show which is now in previews at the East Haddam theater, will exit the show shortly after...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 4:57 PM
It can't be an easy time to be rich, super rich or filthy rich in America, the three prime readings on the International Richer Scale.
There is so much pressure on these "job creators" ever since income tax rates for the wealthy dropped a decade ago...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 9:35 AM
You may think you know everything about Rogers and Hammerstein, but that's probably not the best attitude to have when you check out Goodspeed's revival of Carousel, playing at their East Haddam location all the way through September. Julie Jordan (played...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 4:55 AM
First come gets best seats.
Single tickets go on sale for all three shows at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam Sunday starting at 10 a.m. the season begins with “Mame” (April 20 to July 1), followed by “Carousel” (July 13...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Playwright-director Tazewell Thompson isn't the only theater artist who is inspired to create a stage work about the life of Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who became a dressmaker and friend to Mary Todd Lincoln.
"They Call Me Lizzy...from Slavery to...
| Feb 21, 2012
| 4:01 AM
In the midst of new plans and strategies for arts funding in the state, I'd like to suggest still another -- and it's offered gratis -- without a consulting fee attached. (No, you're welcome).
I'm calling it "5-50-500."
It would give the five Tony...