Joseph Harrison

Joseph Harrison Joseph Harrison has been involved with the theatre in some form or fashion all his life. He holds a Journalism degree from the University of Georgia, but his true love is the theatre which he has been involved in as a spectator as well as an actor for the last 25+ years. He has performed in a variety of musicals over the years including FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, PIPPIN, CITY OF ANGELS, 1776, WORKING, LITTLE WOMEN, WORKING, GODSPELL (Jesus) and JOSEPH..DR
EAMCOAT (Joseph) just to name a few. He currently resides in West Hartford, CT with his wife, Shannon and their two children.



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BWW Review: 1776 at Connecticut Repertory TheatreBWW Review: 1776 comes to life in CRT's first show of the Nutmeg Summer Series directed by Terrence
Posted: Jun. 3, 2017


BWW Review: NOISES OFF at Connecticut Repertory TheatreBWW Review: NOISES OFF at Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Posted: Jun. 17, 2017


BWW Interview: Kally Duling of FUN HOME at The BushnellBWW Interview: Kally Duling of FUN HOME at The Bushnell
Posted: Jun. 17, 2017


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BWW Interview: Adam Langdon of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at The BushnellBWW Interview: Adam Langdon of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT
Posted: Dec. 27, 2016


BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at TheaterWorksBWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at TheaterWorks
Posted: Apr. 3, 2017


BWW Review: CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Goodspeed Opera House
Posted: Oct. 11, 2016


BWW Interview: Caitlin Meighan of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Bushnell, 11/15-20BWW Interview: Caitlin Meighan of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Bushnell, 11/15-20
Posted: Nov. 14, 2016


BWW Review: NOISES OFF at Connecticut Repertory TheatreBWW Review: NOISES OFF at Connecticut Repertory Theatre
June 17, 2017

Sardines. Slamming doors. Relationships budding (and burning) before your eyes. A farce within a farce. And laughter, so much laughter. Take all of this and mix it together and you get Michael Frayn's masterpiece of a comedy NOISES OFF, which is currently playing as the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's (CRT) second production of their Summer Nutmeg Series.

BWW Interview: Kally Duling of FUN HOME at The BushnellBWW Interview: Kally Duling of FUN HOME at The Bushnell
June 17, 2017

Looking back at one's childhood with grown-up eyes can be revealing in many ways. Sometimes we understand better the sacrifices our parents made to give us the things they never had. And sometimes, exploring the past helps us find closure, clarity, and a sense of peace. In the Tony Award winning musical, FUN HOME, the character of Alison does just this - peers back at her life and reveals the joy and pain hidden in the past. Based on the acclaimed, autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, FUN HOME arrives in Hartford at The Bushnell June 20 - 25. I had the pleasure of catching up with Kally Duling who plays the character of Joan, and who shared her insights on the show and its important message.

BWW Review: 1776 at Connecticut Repertory TheatreBWW Review: 1776 at Connecticut Repertory Theatre
June 3, 2017

It is a staple image of American History - one that every American child learns about in school and one that comes to mind for many as the barbecues fire up and fireworks are prepared for Independence Day on the Fourth of July. I am speaking of the iconic image of the brave founding fathers signing the Declaration of Independence. But how often does one think about these men and what they actually might have been like (their quirks, their personalities, their dreams) trying to sort out how to move forward in what had to be a stressful and tumultuous time. This story of the men you know (Franklin, Adams, Jefferson) and some you may not (Rodney, Hall, Dickinson) and the journey they take together to work through conflict and declare their freedom from England comes to brilliant life on stage in the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's (CRT) inaugural production of their Summer Nutmeg Series, 1776.

BWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE at Hartford StageBWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE at Hartford Stage
May 21, 2017

From the very moment audiences enter the theater at Hartford Stage for its final production of the 2016-17 season, George Bernard Shaw's HEARTBREAK HOUSE, it is immediately apparent the evening is going to be quite unique. In what has been called Shaw's "most ambitious and prophetic achievement", HEARTBREAK HOUSE manages to bring to life the signature wit and social dialogue of Shaw's other works but with a sense of danger, intrigue and fascination - and under the direction of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, the Hartford Stage production accomplishes this and more.

BWW Interview: Zack Zadek of DEATHLESS at The Terris Theatre with Jennifer Damiano, Jessica Phillips, and More!BWW Interview: Zack Zadek of DEATHLESS at The Terris Theatre with Jennifer Damiano, Jessica Phillips, and More!
May 22, 2017

Who hasn't thought about what it would be like to live forever? Not having to worry about getting sick, losing loved ones, or the ailments that come with old age would be great, but what if that choice came with the realization that those who you've already lost will be lost to you, forever. Would you still choose to do it? Those are the questions that one family is faced during a fateful road trip in the new musical DEATHLESS which opens at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre in Chester on June 2. I had the chance to sit down with the writer, lyricist, and composer of DEATHLESS, Zack Zadek and talk about his inspiration for the show, the process of bringing a new musical to life, and the emotional themes on display in this new production.

BWW Interview: Anthony Chan of THE KING AND I at The BushnellBWW Interview: Anthony Chan of THE KING AND I at The Bushnell
May 20, 2017

It is a classic East meets West tale and one that many count as their favorite musical, but when THE KING AND I, the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical plays at the Bushnell in Hartford, audiences will have the chance to experience this story in a whole new way. This production, based on the critically acclaimed version produced at New York's Lincoln Center, will take the Bushnell stage in Hartford May 30 - June 4. Playing Prince Chulalongkorn, the eldest son and heir to the throne, will be Anthony Chan. I had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony and learning about his experience with this beautiful classic.

BWW Review: TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Broad Brook Opera HouseBWW Review: TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Broad Brook Opera House
May 14, 2017

Whenever one thinks about the RMS Titanic, often the first images that come to mind is the massive vessel - the largest ship of its time that was "unsinkable", which met an unthinkable fate on its maiden voyage across the sea. But what is truly remarkable about the fateful voyage are the stories of those on board, from the third class immigrants in the depths of the ship, yearning for a better life in America all the way up to first class, which represented a true "who's who" of American millionaires and businessmen. These stories, the stories of the human beings who boarded the Titanic never to return (or return the same), are on full display at the Broad Brook Opera House in the Opera House Players' current production of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's TITANIC THE MUSICAL.

BWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Goodspeed Opera House
May 13, 2017

Everything today, is indeed thoroughly modern. From the cars we drive, to the mobile phones we are glued to, to the latest fashion, American society is all about following latest trends and embracing the fads of the day. This is something that has been the case for generation to generation, even the "roaring twenties", the setting for Goodspeed Muscials' season opener THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. Something else that hasn't changed that much in the last hundred years - the self-starting, determined spirit of young people pursuing their dreams. That too, is on display in living color on the Goodspeed stage through Millie and the quirky characters that inhabit her 1922 New York world. And, in this production, Goodspeed Musicals infuses this tale with energy, fresh vision, and most importantly, fun.

BWW Review: LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC at Playhouse On ParkBWW Review: LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC at Playhouse On Park
April 30, 2017

Sometimes love is unpredictable. It may come at the strangest moments, when you least expect it - even when you are at your lowest point or have suffered a recent loss. But one thing is certain, when it does come, it is hard to shake and something worth seeing through. Such is the kind of love on display between the two characters in Arlene Hutton's LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC, currently playing at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at TheaterWorksBWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at TheaterWorks
April 3, 2017

Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about the theatre and about the rare and radiant feeling that can only come from a few hours in a darkened space connecting on an emotional level both with a set of actors and those around you sharing that common experience. Sometimes a play gets it right, sometimes it doesn't, but sometimes a production comes along that is something else altogether. It goes beyond entertainment, reaching in and touching you to your very core in a brilliant symphony of emotional energy. This is exactly what is happening at TheaterWorks in Hartford in its latest production - Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's NEXT TO NORMAL, and it is something truly magnificent.

BWW Review: THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY at Hartford StageBWW Review: THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY at Hartford Stage
April 3, 2017

Sometimes the impact a person has on the world is not completely clear until they are gone. And when that person has the innate ability to open eyes, shift perspectives, and change the course of someone's life, it makes their absence (and their influence) that much more profound. This is the impact of 14-year-old Leonard Pelkey as told in Hartford Stage's latest production, THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY.

BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Yale Repertory TheatreBWW Review: ASSASSINS at Yale Repertory Theatre
March 24, 2017

The American Dream. Disillusionment. Political, and personal alienation. The right to be happy. All of these concepts come to vivid life on stage in Yale Rep's latest production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's dark, but brilliant musical ASSASSINS.

BWW Review: CLOUD 9 at Hartford StageBWW Review: CLOUD 9 at Hartford Stage
March 13, 2017

Sexual politics, liberation and the cost it weighs on those seeking it (and from whom they are seeking it from), and the fluidity of expression (both in gender and in sexuality) are all on display at Hartford Stage in its latest production of Caryl Churchill's CLOUD 9.

BWW Review: A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN at Playhouse On ParkBWW Review: A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN at Playhouse On Park
February 27, 2017

'There is no present or future-only the past happening over and over again - now." These words from Eugene O'Neill's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN illustrate so poignantly the emotions on display on stage at Playhouse on Park in their current production of the O'Neill classic. Whether the past being referenced are the three sons who one after the other have escaped the oppressive farm life with their father Phil Hogan, or the haunting past actor Jim Tyrone has tried to bury with alcohol and women, audiences get a powerful taste of the lives of these vivid and broken characters in this latest production on the Playhouse stage.

BWW Review: Opera House Players' THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at Broad Brook Opera HouseBWW Review: Opera House Players' THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at Broad Brook Opera House
February 13, 2017

It's always a pleasure catching up with an old friend, hearing stories you haven't heard in years, laughing together about inside jokes and just feeling comfortable together. These feelings can often be the same when experiencing a theatrical piece again after a long absence. What makes it even more special is when you rarely get to see that friend (or that show). Such is the case, for me, with Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman's THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, Broad Brook's Opera House Players' current production.

BWW Review: THE WHO'S TOMMY at the Warner TheatreBWW Review: THE WHO'S TOMMY at the Warner Theatre
February 6, 2017

When the first electric chords of the Warner Stage Company's THE WHO'S TOMMY reverberate through the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT, the audience knows they are in for something different. And TOMMY delivers - it rocks, and deftly tackles the difficult task of bringing an iconic piece to life on the stage.

BWW Interview: Sarah Primmer of CINDERELLA at Palace TheaterBWW Interview: Sarah Primmer of CINDERELLA at Palace Theater
February 6, 2017

You may think you know the story of CINDERELLA, but when the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical plays at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised. This updated version which recently closed an award-winning debut on Broadway will take the stage in Waterbury for four performances February 24 - 26. Playing the evil stepmother, Madame, will be Connecticut native, Sarah Primmer. I had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah and learning about her experience with this magical musical.

BWW Review: SUNSET BABY at TheaterWorksBWW Review: SUNSET BABY at TheaterWorks
February 6, 2017

How do you build a world and a home at the same time? What gets lost in the struggle? How can a generation be so brilliant and so self-destructive at the same time? These are the questions that playwright Dominique Morisseau notes are what spark and guide her play SUNSET BABY, currently in its Connecticut premiere at TheaterWorks in Hartford.

BWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Hartford StageBWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Hartford Stage
January 23, 2017

A lot can change in 500 years. Our world (and worldview) is so different than our ancestors who lived that long ago. But one thing that is as true in 2017 as it was back in the 16th century, is that audiences love a good comedy. And that is why William Shakespeare's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, now playing at Hartford Stage, still works, still gets laughs, and still ultimately entertains almost 500 years since its debut.

BWW Interview: Salisha Thomas of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The BushnellBWW Interview: Salisha Thomas of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Bushnell
January 16, 2017

When BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL opens on January 17 at Hartford's Bushnell Theatre, audiences will discover that though they may think they know the songs of Carole King, there is such a rich story behind those familiar lyrics and catchy melodies. BEAUTIFUL tells the true story of King's rise to stardom and illustrates how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Taking the stage in BEAUTIFUL playing Shirley, the lead singer of the Shirelles is Salisha Thomas who I had the pleasure of speaking with and learning about her experience with this remarkable show about a remarkable woman.



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