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‘Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner’: ‘Dirty Dancing’ holds up well on stage

May 25, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve attended a stage performance where hoots and hollers greeted the first light cue. Actually, I can count the number of times on one finger. And, I don’t usually hear cheers when a cast member with a well-sculpted chest take…

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‘Matilda’ full of magic

April 29, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walking into The Bushnell for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” I really didn’t know what I was getting into. Although I read Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” and “James and the Giant Peach” when I was in elementary school, “Matilda” was one of…

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Musical ‘Matilda’ powers into Hartford

April 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The title character of the stage musical, “Matilda,” based on the Roald Dahl novel, discovers she has a super power. The young child has the gift of telekinesis. “That’s a lot of responsibility,” said Danny Tieger, one of the actors on the national tour coming to The Bushnell starting next…

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A musical connection that has lasted the years

April 15, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a little bit of musical serendipity back in 1976. A young musician, born John Mellencamp, later to be temporarily dubbed Johnny Cougar, was in the studio with his band recording some demos. There was a young intern at the studio who played the guitar by the name of…

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If you like the music, you’ll like ‘Motown;’ if you want more, well…

March 23, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I’m of two minds when it comes to “Motown the Musical,” which opened Tuesday night at The Bushnell in Hartford. I liked some of it and I had some serious problems with the rest of it. Like most of us of a certain age, I love the classic hits of…

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants… but with a few reservations

May 15, 2014
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants… but with a few reservations

By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT After being released more than 20 years ago in 1991, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” has become one of the most classic and iconic movies throughout time, due to its loving, charming, and passionate storyline. “Beauty and the Beast” focuses on the relationship between the Beast, a prince who is magically…

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