Frank Rizzo

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Frank Rizzo has been covering the Connecticut arts and pop culture scene for more than 37 years, nearly 33 of them for The Courant. The Massachusetts native received his undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Arizona, where he also did his graduate work as a Shubert Fellow in theater.

Rizzo has written for varied publications including Variety, American Theatre magazine, the Sondheim Review  and The New York Times. He is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle, the American Theater Critics Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association. His husband is actor Bill Kux. They have been together for 32 years.

Rizzo has written about disco, rock and punk; covered the Oscars, the Grammys, the Tonys and Live Aid and Amnesty International. He was in Cincinnati for the Mapplethorpe Obscenity Trial, at the U.S. Supreme Court for the NEA Four case and at the Dakota for the John Lennon vigil.

Among the celebrities he has interviewed and hung out with have included: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolph Nureyev,  Julia Child,  August Wilson, Dr. Ruth, Henry Fonda, Idina Menzel, Brad Pitt, Lillian Gish, Edward Albee, Rock Hudson,  Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Dame Edna, Mister Rogers, John Waters, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Curtis,  Pinky Lee, Meryl Streep, and Michu, the world's smallest man.

Recent Articles

  • Exit, Mr Goodspeed: Floods, Flops and Tonys, Michael Price Saw It All

    Exit, Mr Goodspeed: Floods, Flops and Tonys, Michael Price Saw It All

    Exit, Mr. Goodspeed It's going to be strange not to see Michael Price in his office tucked away off the cozy lobby of the Goodspeed Opera House, sitting in his barber chair, holding court with guests during intermission. Or stationed at the bottom of the theater's grand red staircase, smiling broadly,...

  • Michael Price Retiring From Goodspeed Opera House

    Michael Price Retiring From Goodspeed Opera House

    After 46 years as executive director of the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Michael Price will end one of the longest runs in American theater. Price, 75, will retire at the end of 2014 from the theater he knew from its first day of operation in 1963. and which he built to become a leading...