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Posted: Oct. 1, 2021


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Posted: Oct. 16, 2021


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Posted: Oct. 17, 2021


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BWW Review: A QUARANTINE CHRISTMAS CAROL EXPERIENCE at Fairfield Center Stage PhotoBWW Review: A QUARANTINE CHRISTMAS CAROL EXPERIENCE at Fairfield Center Stage
Posted: Dec. 22, 2020


BWW Interview: Jarrod Spector And Kelli Barrett of FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS at Ridgefield PhotoBWW Interview: Jarrod Spector And Kelli Barrett of FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS at Ridgefield Playhouse
Posted: Jan. 19, 2021


BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Fairfield Center Stage PhotoBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Fairfield Center Stage
Posted: Jun. 25, 2021


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Ridgefield Theater Barn PhotoBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Ridgefield Theater Barn
Posted: Nov. 28, 2020


BWW Review: GODSPELL at Musicals At Richter PhotoBWW Review: GODSPELL at Musicals At Richter
Posted: Jul. 25, 2021


BWW Review: JUST DESSERTS at Legacy Theatre PhotoBWW Review: JUST DESSERTS at Legacy Theatre
Posted: Jun. 20, 2021


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Posted: Oct. 1, 2021


BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Fairfield Center Stage
October 16, 2021

On Friday, October 15, I had the pleasure of seeing yet another phenomenal production by Fairfield Center Stage, an innovative theatre company that continues to go that extra mile to bring the audience fresh new experiences with familiar shows that Fairfield Center Stage brings to life in positive ways that the audience has never seen before.  Here we go, again, with MAMMA MIA!, which is written by Catherine Johnson, based on the Swedish group Abba’s songs that were written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.  Performed outdoors on the back lawn of the Scandinavian Club, in Fairfield, CT, the venue fits the show perfectly!  With the help of the strong skills of choreographer Kelsey Kaminski, executive producer Eli Newsom and artistic director Christy McIntosh-Newsom bring out the best in this outstanding cast of talented actors and actresses who have tremendous stage chemistry with each other.  The cast members all shine forth with positive energy that radiates outwards through the audience, creating a positive vibe that enhances the audience’s enjoyment of this production, seeing how much the performers are clearly enjoying their roles.

BWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at ACT Of Connecticut
October 1, 2021

On Friday, October 1, 2021, I had the pleasure of returning to the ACT of CT in Ridgefield, CT, to see yet another amazing performance, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, a phenomenal show featuring the legendary music of songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who were the writers of many of the greatest rock n’ roll songs of the 1950s, songs that to this day remain among the greatest of all-time.  The excellent direction and choreography of Stephanie Pope Lofgren enhances the quality of this production starring an extremely talented cast the includes Albert Guerzon, Arnold Harper II, Avionce Hoyles, Jordan Fife Hunt, Keyonna Knight, Courtney Long, Kelly MacMillan, and Juson Williams.  Whether collaborating in full ensemble numbers, harmonizing in smaller groups, or performing solo, every cast member truly shines in this production, through singing and dancing.  They furthermore have excellent stage chemistry with each other, both in terms of their synchronized dancing and harmonized singing.

BWW Review: THE SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES at Downtown Cabaret Theatre
September 11, 2021

On Friday, September 10, I had the pleasure of seeing THE SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES, reprised at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. This approximate two hour performance includes nearly fifty different songs, performed by the extremely talented four original cast members. Mikayla Petrilla, Saige Bryan, Robert Peterpaul, and Everton Ricketts all have incredible voices, strong stage presences, tremendous acting skills, tight stage chemistry with each other, and a positive attitude of genuinely enjoying their performance, radiating positive energy all throughout the audience!

BWW Review: THE SUBURBS at Thrown Stone
August 29, 2021

One of the many consistently enjoyable parts of Thrown Stone is that they present innovative high quality productions that I have neither previously heard of nor seen before, thus expanding my theatrical experiences to entirely new territory. This year’s production goes numerous steps beyond that! First, this is a world premiere, so no one has seen it anywhere, before. Next, this is a roving production set in three different venues, a unique concept for me in and of itself, enhanced for me, by the fact that as a Ridgefield resident for over ten years, I have never previously been to any of these three Ridgefield locations which in sequence include Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and West Lane Inn. Finally, the show itself is specific to Ridgefield, with each of the three segments specifically geared towards the respective venue in which it takes place. On Saturday, August 28, 2021, I had the pleasure of experiencing THE SUBURBS, each segment written by a different writer, including Catherine Yu, Tony Meneses, and Phanésia Pharel, respectively. All three stories are directed by Kholoud Sawaf.

BWW Review: GODSPELL at Musicals At Richter
July 25, 2021

On Saturday, July 24th, I had the pleasure of returning to Musicals at Richter, in Danbury, to see the absolute greatest performance of GODSPELL that I have ever seen! This musical allows creativity and originality to every theater group that performs it.  Musicals at Richter maximizes this freedom with numerous comedic references to a myriad of musicals, movies, television shows, and songs!

BWW Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at Castle Craig Players
July 24, 2021

On Friday, July 23rd, I had the pleasure of seeing live theatre from the Castle Craig Players, again, their first live show since March of 2020!  Performing outdoors at the Hubbard Park Bandshell, in Meriden, CT, the Castle Craig Players return to live performances, right where they left off, with yet another phenomenal first-rate production, the family friendly 1967 classic musical, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN. After seeing this show as presented live by the Castle Craig Players, it has now become one of my absolute favorite musicals!

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Fairfield Center Stage
June 25, 2021

On Thursday, June 24, I thoroughly enjoyed Rogers and Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, performed by Fairfield Center Stage, under the open summer skies on a beautiful Fairfield evening, at Fairfield Museum Commons.  I always look forward to Fairfield Center Stage productions, because they take innovative and creative risks that always manage to pay off for them!  They consistently provide a unique set that is perfectly suited to whatever show they are performing, giving the audience a true experience that goes beyond merely showing us the setting; it draws us right into it, as if we are there!  In this case, the hills are truly alive, because we, as the audience, sit on the outdoor land upon which Maria sings “The Sound of Music,” while making her entrance, through the audience.  Betzabeth Castro is phenomenal in the role of Maria, right from the start, showing true enjoyment in her singing, truly selling every note, and every line, with a powerful singing voice and stage presence. 

BWW Review: JUST DESSERTS at Legacy Theatre
June 20, 2021

JUST DESSERTS brings top talent to the Legacy Theatre, giving people yet another reason to visit the lovely town of Stony Creek, CT. This original musical keeps the audience entertained from start to finish with intrigue and suspense as to who will win a baking contest and whether it will be won with integrity. Will the characters get their just desserts? Come to the show to find out!

BWW Review: AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS at Ridgefield Theater Barn
June 19, 2021

One of my favorite annual theater traditions is attending AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS at the Ridgefield Theater Barn in Ridgefield, CT, always an amazing time with great comedy!  It was such a pleasure experiencing the 2021 AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS, on Friday, June 18.  I greatly enjoy the consistent high quality entertainment that the Ridgefield Theater Barn brings with these unique original one act stories!

BWW Review: IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Castle Craig Players
April 25, 2021

During the pandemic, I have greatly missed the consistent high quality live performances from the Castle Craig Players.  I am looking forward to when they will be able to perform live, again, which I hope will be very soon.  In the meantime, I am happy to say that now, online, the Castle Craig Players have performed, recorded, and edited a production for viewing on YouTube.  IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde is a British comedy, excellently performed by a talented cast of actors and actresses who are very consistent with their believable British accents.

BWW Review: FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS at Ridgefield Playhouse
February 15, 2021

In FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS, Jarrod and Kelli skillfully selected the songs they performed to incorporate songs meaningful to their relationship, songs significant to their careers, and songs that have traditionally been audience favorites.  Every song was an excellent choice, whether they performed them solo or as a duet.  Their harmony and stage chemistry resonate the deep connection of two performers who are deeply in love with each other and want to communicate that love to their audiences.  I enjoyed every song whether it was a song I was familiar with or not.  Among the songs were “Close to You,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Be My Baby,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Cabaret,” “I Got You, Babe,”  “New York State of Mind,” and even a lounge act arrangement of “You Give Love a Bad Name.”  The instrumentation, during this time of social distancing, was a solo piano, brilliantly played by Adam Ben David.   

BWW Interview: Jarrod Spector And Kelli Barrett of FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS at Ridgefield Playhouse
January 19, 2021

On January 19, I had the pleasure of speaking on the phone with a very friendly, personable, down to Earth, and classy Broadway power couple.   Jarrod Spector (“Jersey Boys,” “Beautiful: the Carole King musical, “The Cher Show”) and his wife Kelli Barrett (“Doctor Zhivago,” “Baby, It’s You,” “Wicked,” “The Royal Family”) spoke with me about their show FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS, which they are scheduled to perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021, at 4:00 PM and again at 8:00 PM.  This show includes comedy and musical numbers that reflect true stories about Jarrod and Kelli’s amazing journey towards their marriage and other shared experiences in their lives as a married couple.   

BWW Review: A QUARANTINE CHRISTMAS CAROL EXPERIENCE at Fairfield Center Stage
December 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of streaming Fairfield Center Stage’s production of A QUARANTINE CHRISTMAS CAROL EXPERIENCE.  The innovative creativity from Fairfield Center Stage continues to mesmerize audiences with its ability to showcase a myriad of talented cast members and maximize available resources, even during this time of social distancing.  Yet again, Fairfield Center Stage has dared to go that extra mile undertaking a project more grandiose than that which many companies would even consider, and in doing so has again excelled in bringing the audience a phenomenal unique experience that we would not get anywhere else!  

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Ridgefield Theater Barn
November 28, 2020

Some people may wonder how it is possible to successfully pull off A CHRISMAS CAROL with only one actor playing the twenty-five different roles.  When you have an actor of the caliber of Patrick Spadaccino acting under the stellar direction of Scott R. Brill, this can and has been done with tremendous success.  Patrick Spadaccino’s myriad of roles are so convincing that it is easy for the audience to forget that this is only one actor bringing all this greatness to the stage!  His accents and voice inflections make it very clear which character is speaking, while his narration fills in the gaps.  The feeling, emotion, and energy he brings for a ninety minute non-stop performance is incredibly impressive.   Some nontraditional comical quips that he throws in are well received by the audience. The Ridgefield Theater Barn has returned with a truly great show!

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Castle Craig Players
March 8, 2020

How far would you go to help a suicidal loved one, especially if that person has already attempted suicide, but survived?  If you had the legal right to make treatment choices on behalf of your suicidal loved one, would you consent to your suicidal loved one receiving an extreme form of treatment that your suicidal loved one is apprehensive to receive? Would you overlook the attempted suicide and treat the situation as a mere poor decision during a rough time?  Could you emotionally handle the responsibility if your decision, either way, adversely impacts your suicidal loved one?  I hope you never find yourself in that situation, but if you do, the show NEXT TO NORMAL, which is running at the Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse, in Meriden, CT, as put on by the Castle Craig Players, challenges us to think of how we would react if confronted with this reality.  I had the pleasure of seeing this show on Sunday, March 8, 2020.  It is directed by Oliver Kochol and Ian Galligan.

BWW Review: CATS at Shubert Theatre
March 6, 2020

While I have heard wonderful things about the musical CATS and about the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT, I had never experienced either until March 5, 2020, when both far exceeded my expectations when I saw this musical masterpiece phenomenally performed by an extraordinary cast, to a packed audience representing numerous demographics, leaving us all united with an amazing memory of such an incredible theatrical experience!

BWW Review: LOOPED at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
February 23, 2020

On Saturday, February 22, I had the pleasure of seeing LOOPED at the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin, CT.  This comedy by Matthew Lombardo is based on a true story that took place back in 1965.  Director Kris McMurray brings out the best in talented actress Kelly Boucher who stars as Tallulah Bankhead, as well as talented actor Chris Pearson, who plays Danny Miller.  The stage chemistry between Kelly Boucher and Chris Pearson is comically brilliant, and further enhanced by James J. Moran, who provides live vocals from the back of the theatre, as Steve the sound engineer!  The deliveries are sensational, from all three cast members, making all three characters completely believable.  The facial expressions, body language, vocal tones and mannerisms displayed by Kelly Boucher and Chris Pearson, including their reactions to each other, are phenomenal, both staying in character the whole time, to the point in which as an audience member, it is easy to forget that you are not watching the real people who are being portrayed.  The sharp contrast between Tallulah's over-the-top personality and Danny Miller's more professional and proper personality is where the majority of the humor arises.  The audience was laughing all throughout the show!

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre
February 22, 2020

On Saturday, February 22, I had the pleasure of seeing the opening performance of THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre, in Bridgeport, CT. This adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story, made famous to younger generations by the animated Disney movie is written by Phill Hill.  Having never personally read the Hans Christian Andersen story, my character name references will be based on the Disney adaptation, which I do believe is likely to be the version most well known.  Ricky Altamirano directs, choreographs and stars as Hermit, the crab Disney calls a?oeSebastian.a??

BWW Review: NEWSIES at Westport Country Playhouse
February 15, 2020

NEWSIES in Westport is a must-see masterpiece! A combination of local talent and Broadway talent help create a moving show that touches the hearts of all the viewers! I highly recommend this show!

BWW Review: GODSPELL at ACT Of Connecticut
February 10, 2020

No matter how many times you may have seen GODSPELL before, it is definitely worth your time to see the ACT of Connecticut's vastly different interpretation which I like to refer to as a?oeGodspell on Caffeine.a?? The energy and comedy levels are magnified to the nth degree, with every cast member, including the teens and children, all bringing their A game, and electrifying the stage with non-stop adrenaline, reminiscent of the Energizer Bunny.



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