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: SEDER at Hartford StageBWW Review: SEDER at Hartford Stage
Posted: Nov. 5, 2017


BWW Review: RAGS at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: RAGS at Goodspeed Opera House
Posted: Oct. 28, 2017


BWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at Playhouse on ParkBWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at Playhouse on Park
Posted: Oct. 29, 2017


BWW Interview: Hunter Foster, Director of A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodspeed's Terris TheatreBWW Interview: Hunter Foster, Director, A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre
Posted: Nov. 11, 2017


BWW Review: ANNIE at Broad Brook Opera HouseBWW Review: ANNIE at Broad Brook Opera House
Posted: Nov. 12, 2017


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BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford StageBWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford Stage
Posted: Sep. 24, 2017


BWW Review: RAGING SKILLET at TheaterWorksBWW Review: RAGING SKILLET at TheaterWorks
Posted: Jul. 30, 2017


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 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
Posted: May. 22, 2017


BWW Review: OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY at Hartford StageBWW Review: OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY at Hartford Stage
Posted: Aug. 20, 2017


BWW Review: ANNIE at Broad Brook Opera HouseBWW Review: ANNIE at Broad Brook Opera House
November 12, 2017

Plucky red-headed orphan, shaggy stray dog, a grouchy, but loveable billionaire and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Sound familiar? I am, of course, talking about the musical ANNIE, by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin which is based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie . This classic musical, which has been successfully presented around the world for the past forty years (the show premiered on Broadway in 1977) comes to the Broad Brook Opera House stage in Broad Brook, CT in the latest production by the Opera House Players

BWW Interview: Hunter Foster, Director of A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodspeed's Terris TheatreBWW Interview: Hunter Foster, Director of A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre
November 11, 2017

What happens when you take a holiday classic like Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL, set it in Connecticut and include Connecticut historical figures such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, P.T. Barnum, and Mark Twain as the Christmas ghosts? You get A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL, an all-new musical take on the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, with a book by LJ Fecho and a score by Michael O'Flaherty that begins performances at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre on November 17. Directing this premiere musical production is Broadway actor and director, Hunter Foster, who returns to the Goodspeed to bring to life this exciting new take on the classic tale. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Hunter to talk about the show, what it's like working on a new production like this, and his directing style.

BWW Review: SEDER at Hartford StageBWW Review: SEDER at Hartford Stage
November 5, 2017

Why is tonight different than all other nights? A question that is asked around the tables of Jewish households on Passover around the world every year. It is a question that causes those gathered to consider the suffering of their ancestors in Egypt, at the hand of Pharoah and to consider the little Pharoahs in their own lives. This question is asked for the first time by one family wrought with secrets, guilt and a need for answers in the world premiere of Sarah Gancher's SEDER at Hartford Stage.

BWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at Playhouse on ParkBWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at Playhouse on Park
October 29, 2017

'Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!' These inspiring words were written by a young Anne Frank in the diary that would go on to become the most famous diary in the world. Her optimism, her spirit, and her joy for life, even in the harshest of situations, has inspired so many since they were captured on the page. And, though young Anne did not live to see her own potential become reality, she left behind a first-person account that tells her story and the intricacies of the daily existence of eight people hidden away in Amsterdam during the height of World War II. Bringing those stories to life on the stage is what Playhouse on Park in West Hartford has done in their latest production of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK which has been adapted by Wendy Kesselman to include newly discovered writings and survivor accounts of life during Nazi rule.

BWW Review: RAGS at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: RAGS at Goodspeed Opera House
October 28, 2017

Over the last few centuries, people from all over the world have dreamed of a better life and sought out opportunities to live that life to the fullest. For many, a dream of a better life in America caused them to give up everything familiar, leave friends, family and their way of life to try and make it in this land of freedom. Whether refugees from violence and war or immigrants looking for greater opportunities, for so long, people have looked to America as a beacon of hope and a place to make a new beginning. And just like those immigrants who came here with a second chance to live their lives to the fullest, RAGS, the musical that played only four performances on Broadway when it premiered in 1986, has been given a second chance to share the story of the immigrant experience in a new and exciting way on the Goodspeed Opera House stage. And boy what a second chance! Goodspeed's RAGS is a brilliant, heartwarming and powerful tale that everyone should have the chance to experience.

BWW Interview: Blake Price, Monty Navarro in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Waterbury's Palace Theater, October 20 - 21.BWW Interview: Blake Price, Monty Navarro in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Waterbury's Palace Theater, October 20 - 21.
September 29, 2017

Ever wonder if you might have an unknown rich relative out there sitting on a fortune that could one day be yours? That is exactly what Monty Navarro, the main character in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER discovers, and the lengths he goes to ensure his inheritance and title is secure, is surprising and shocking, yet absolutely hilarious. Playing Monty when A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER stops in Waterbury at the Palace Theater October 20 - 21 will be Blake Price, who sat down with me to talk about this unconventional, yet entertaining show.

BWW Interview: Allison Guinn, Madame Thenardier in LES MISERABLES at The Bushnell in Hartford, October 3 - 8BWW Interview: Allison Guinn, Madame Thenardier in LES MISERABLES at The Bushnell in Hartford, October 3 - 8
September 24, 2017

LES MISERABLES is one of those musicals that people simply love. Over the years the story of young students staging a revolution in Paris has become a pop culture staple, so audiences should be excited, then, to know that the Bushnell in Hartford, CT will play host to a new touring production of the show October 3 - 8. Playing the scheming Madame Thenardier when LES MISERABLES stops in Hartford will be Allison Guinn, who sat down with me to talk about playing her dream role in this iconic musical.

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford StageBWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford Stage
September 24, 2017

Of all of Shakespeare's comedies, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is one that often rises to the top as a favorite for many theater-goers. Perhaps it is because of the universal themes of love and frolic, or maybe because it is a mix of the fantastical and ordinary, or perhaps because it is just downright funny and entertaining. But, whatever the reason one might have for loving this popular play by the Bard, the season opening production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford Stage fulfills them all (and then some.)

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Playhouse On ParkBWW Review: AVENUE Q at Playhouse On Park
September 16, 2017

As a young child, one of my favorite things to do was sit in front of the television, probably with a bowl of sugary cereal, and see what my friends who lived on Sesame Street were learning (and teaching me) that day. I consider the lessons I learned in my living room as the foundation that my future education was built upon. But what happens when characters like that grow up? Do they still rely upon each other for support and to help work out how to navigate the growing complexity of life? Do they still have helpful lessons to share? And would their style (and humor) grow up with them as well? It is this concept that grounds Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty's Tony Award winning musical, AVENUE Q, which opens the 9th season at West Hartford's Playhouse on Park.

BWW Review: WORKING: A MUSICAL at Broad Brook Opera HouseBWW Review: WORKING: A MUSICAL at Broad Brook Opera House
September 10, 2017

We spend a large percentage of our lives working in some way or another. Whether someone works in a trade (Ironworker, Stonemason), an office (Project Manager, Receptionist), in the home, or anywhere in-between, working is something that is an integral part of who we are. For some, a person's profession drives their identity, and for others, a job is just something to pay the bills. In all cases, what we do all day and how we feel about what we do serves as a fascinating study, and one that author, Studs Terkel took on over 40 years ago in his 1974 book Working. In the book, Mr. Terkel interviewed over one hundred American workers of all professions (from Fireman to Hooker) and asked them to talk about their jobs. Soon after, Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, GODSPELL) and Nina Faso adapted the book and collected a stellar group of musicians, including James Taylor, Craig Carnelia and Mary Rodgers to help set some of those stories to music. Thus was born WORKING: A MUSICAL, which the Opera House Players in Broad Brook are performing as the opening show to their 2017-2018 season.

BWW Review: OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY at Hartford StageBWW Review: OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY at Hartford Stage
August 20, 2017

As Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky once said "To regret the past, to hope in the future, and never to be satisfied with the present: that is what I spend my whole life doing". These words, from arguably the greatest Russian composer of all time, summarize well the life of this conflicted, yet brilliant musician. His life as an artist struggling with his own sexuality in 19th century, Czarist Russia, was not that far from what life would be like for him in the Russia of 2017, especially with recent efforts by the Russian government to ban distribution of materials promoting LGBT relationships - a comparison that serves as an undertone to the play. Tchaikovsky's life story, full of struggle and beautiful music comes to brilliant life at Hartford Stage in Hershey Felder's production of OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY.

BWW Interview: Daniel Zaitchik - Kleban award winning creator of DARLING GRENADINE at Goodspeed's Terris TheatreBWW Interview: Daniel Zaitchik - Kleban award winning creator of DARLING GRENADINE at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre
August 14, 2017

With an array of musical influences including musical storytellers like Billy Joel and Tom Waits, French classical composers and gospel music, Daniel Zaitchik's sound was bound to be unique. This recent Ed Kleban award winner brings his new musical DARLING GRENADINE to the Goodspeed's Terris Theatre beginning August 18. The musical, which centers on a jingle composer, Harry, his girlfriend, Louise and their life in Manhattan tells its story with a contemporary but classic MGM musical feel. I had the chance to sit down with Daniel and talk about his inspiration for the show, the creative path it has taken (including a recent workshop at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center), and his own creative process.

BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Goodspeed Opera House
August 6, 2017

When Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! premiered on Broadway in 1943, audiences were introduced to a style of theatre that would soon become a staple of American pop culture - the book musical. The show, borrowing from its pioneer subject matter, itself became a pioneer in the theatrical world, redefining what audiences would come to expect from a Broadway production. It is a wonder, then, that it would take 74 years for Goodspeed Musicals to mount its first production, ever, of this groundbreaking show. And judging by the quality of the show taking the stage each night at the Goodspeed (the second show in its current season), it was definitely worth the wait.

BWW Review: RAGING SKILLET at TheaterWorksBWW Review: RAGING SKILLET at TheaterWorks
July 30, 2017

What do you get when you take one part book launch/cooking demonstration, add a heaping helping of auto-biographical comedy, mix in a portion of supernatural Jewish mother guilt and a strong dose of irreverence? In TheaterWorks' world premiere production of Jacques Lamarre's RAGING SKILLET, this recipe adds up to an evening of pure entertainment - one where audiences get their fill of stories, laughs, and if they are lucky, a taste of some of Chef Rossi's signature "anti-catering" dishes.

BWW Interview: Sarah Charles of FINDING NEVERLAND at The BushnellBWW Interview: Sarah Charles of FINDING NEVERLAND at The Bushnell
July 23, 2017

It is not often that one gets a peek inside the creation of an iconic piece of art, and even rarer to see that story come to life on stage in a full-fledged Broadway musical. But for fans of the classic tale of Peter Pan, the new musical FINDING NEVERLAND, which is the opening production in The Bushnell's 2017 - 2018 Broadway series, does just that. Based on the Academy Award-winning film by David Magee and the play THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN by Allen Knee, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the story of author J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family that inspired him to write one of the most beloved stories of all time. When FINDING NEVERLAND makes its way to Hartford August 1 - 6, the cast will include Sarah Charles who plays in the ensemble and also understudies the roles of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and Mary Barrie. I had the pleasure of catching up with Sarah and discussing the life of an understudy and her perspective on bringing this beautiful story to life on stage.

BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Greater Hartford Shakespeare FestivalBWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival
July 16, 2017

"They have measured many a mile to tread a measure with you on this grass." A very appropriate quote from William Shakespeare's comedy LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, which is playing through July 30th on the grounds of St. Joseph's University in West Hartford - a performance of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival. Appropriate because audiences gather together (on the grass and underneath the beautiful summer sky) on blankets, lawn chairs, and camp chairs to view the outdoor production of the bard's timeless comedy. This experience is not only exciting in terms of the strong production, but also for the unique venue and opportunity to dine/drink al fresco while enjoying a night of theatre.

BWW Review: NEWSIES at Connecticut Repertory TheatreBWW Review: NEWSIES at Connecticut Repertory Theatre
July 12, 2017

There are many reasons why people love to hear stories of the underdog making his or her voice heard and creating real change in the world. Sometimes it is because they can relate to the lone voice of reason cutting through the noise, or the brave soul willing to stand up for what's right, regardless of the consequences. But it is often the tale of the struggling souls who raise their voices, take action and change their circumstances for the better that really stand out and strike a chord. And in NEWSIES, the final production of Connecticut Repertory Theatre's (CRT) Summer Nutmeg Series, the stage comes alive with the "inspired by real-life" story of how a few young men "seized the day" and made a real difference.

BWW Review: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Playhouse On ParkBWW Review: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Playhouse On Park
July 9, 2017

???????Very few people can claim to have seen all 37 of William Shakespeare's plays in their entirety. It would probably take a lifetime to do this, not to mention the fact that some of the more obscure plays are rarely performed. However, if someone wanted to get a flavor for the Bard's entire body of work, presented in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, they need not go any further than Playhouse on Park in West Hartford to catch the final production of their current season - THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED.)

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.



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