Theater Review- “Sing Out Louise”! GYPSY Music Theatre of Connecticut

Theater Review: GYPSY
Theater: Music Theatre of Connecticut

Kirsti Carnahan (Rose) in GYPSY

Kirsti Carnahan (Rose) in GYPSY

“Sing out Howard Steven Frydman- tell everyone about “how dreams are being made” at the MTC Mainstage, currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season in Norwalk, Connecticut”.

Ok- Here it goes Mama Rose”! (Arggg!, what a stagemom!!)
“Extra!, Extra! Hey look at my headline- theatrical news is being made, Extra!, Extra! Adorable tots, big mouth moms, brassy babes and music by Styne and Sondheim- introducing for your musical enjoyment, one of Broadway’s finest gift of musical theater- currently at MTC- “Gypsy”!

Kirsti Carnahan (Rose) in GYPSY With Abby Sara Dahan and Charlie Pelletier.

Kirsti Carnahan (Rose) in GYPSY With Abby Sara Dahan and Charlie Pelletier.

For the uninitiated, “Gypsy”, is not a musical about “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” on TLC or Gypsy dressmaker Sondra Celli, though I could see her dresses come “into play” during Act Two for the darling trio of Mazeppa, Electra and Tessie Tura, but a grand cherished 1959 musical based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease “artist” who details her famous “ultimate stage mom”, and how she went from playing a “costumed cow” in vaudeville to being “the” highest paid and most respected star in Burlesque.


Whenever, I think of “Gypsy”, thoughts often turn to the productions original broadway “star”- Ethel “the BIG Z- Zimmerman” Merman and then to one of my all time favs- Elaine Stritch, who performed the other Big Z – “ZIP” from Rodgers and Hart’s musical “Pal Joey” a delightful, unforgettable tune detailing Gypsy Rose Lees intellectual “thoughts” as she unzipped her zippers. Merman and Stritch – two Big Bold Stars each in their own right and I must state that our “star” Kirsti Carnahan is “Zaftig-ally Devine” in her portrayal of fur-enhanced “Mama Rose”- showcasing her efforts to raise her two raga-muffins daughters and the effects “show biZ” life has on all of them. Yep- everything’s coming up “Z” – it’s Big Z Season in New England!


My eye on the stage- first the “kids” are all too cute, wide-eyed and talented for their own good – kudos to Abby Sara Dahan as “Baby June”, Natalie Steele as “Baby Louise”, Jonah Frimmer as “Young Yonkers” and Charlie Pelletier as “Young Tulsa” – their dancing would have made Gene Kelly proud!! BTW- Entire production originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
Standout performances go out to the “bigger than life” Peter McClung he stole each scene he is in, and he has many – including that of Mr. Goldstone. I actually would have liked to have seen Peter’s take on the portrayal of “Uncle Jocko and Talent Agent “Herbie”- I’m betting it would have been  superb!. The best for last, Joe Grandy as “Tulsa”- he is a dancing “wonder-kin” – his performance in “All I Need is the Girl” awakens the entire audience to joyous appreciative applause and is not to be missed!

Joe Grandy as "Tulsa"-in GYPSY - a dancing "wonder-kin"

Joe Grandy as “Tulsa”-in GYPSY – a dancing “wonder-kin”

As stated, music is by Jules Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim- and all your “American Songbook” favorites abound in “Gypsy” from “Some People”, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and the comical “Mr. Goldstone, I Love You”. By the way sometimes big gifts come in small packages- though the production is performed in an intimate theater in the round- very up close and personal – utilizing a minimal of sets, MTC Executive Artistic Director, Kevin Connors, has provided a rich theatrical experience – I leave MTC’s production of “Gypsy” with a song on my lips- “Let Me Entertain You” – and you certainly have!! Enjoy!!

For info contact: MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Avenue (behind Nine West) in Norwalk, CT. Reservations suggested. or Call 203.454.3883.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at

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DEEPWATER HORIZON – BATV Premiere Film Screening Free Tix Invite






For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of DEEPWATER HORIZON on Tuesday, September 27 at 7pm at Bow Tie Palace in Hartford,

click here:

Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!




In theaters September 30


Inspired by the true story of the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that rocked the globe on April 20, 2010, comes this chronicle of the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.

Summit Entertainment and Participant Media present, a di Bonaventura Pictures production, a Closest to the Hole / Leverage Entertainment production.


Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson
Directed by: Peter Berg
Screenplay by: Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand
Screen Story by: Matthew Sand
Based upon: An article by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times
Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, p.g.a.; Mark Vahradian, p.g.a.; Mark Wahlberg, p.g.a.; Stephen Levinson, p.g.a.; David Womark, p.g.a.


Official Site: http://www.DeepwaterHorizon.Movie
Publicity Materials:
Hashtags: #DeepwaterHorizonMovie

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Dear Friends, BATV cordially invites you and a guest to a very special advance screening of Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE:

Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm Cinepolis West Hartford (Blue Back Square)

Passes are required. For the chance to download a pass go to
Or and enter the code 894645

Rating: PG
Running time: 124 minutes
Genre: Drama
U.S. Release date: September 30, 2016

Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga
Director: Mira Nair
Screenplay by: William Wheeler
Based on the book by: Tim Crothers
Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a., John Carls, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Will Weiske, Troy Buder


“Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (“The Hoax”) based on the book by Tim Crothers, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (“The Darjeeling Limited”) and John Carls (“Where the Wild Things Are”) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.


For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.

Studio’s required disclaimers:

Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. WDSMP, theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. This ticket may be used for admission only by the person to whom we issued it; it is not transferable. It has no cash value.

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For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of STORKS on Monday, September 19 at 6:00pm at Bow Tie Palace in Hartford,

please click here to download your passes:
Remember seating is first come, first served so please arrive early!


In theaters on September 23


For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of STORKS on Monday, September 19 at 6:00pm at Bow Tie Palace in Hartford, click here:
Remember seating is first come, first served so please arrive early!

In theaters on September 23

(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Directors: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
Writer: Nicholas Stoller
Producers: Nicholas Stoller, Brad Lewis
Executive Producers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Jared Stern
Cast: Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Katie Crown, Keegan-Michael Key,
Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo

Animated Adventure. Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.


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The Magnificent SEVEN- CT Screening Invite to the Premiere









Starring Denzel Washington 


Advance screening of the Columbia Pictures film THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00PM at Cinemark Buckland Hills.

For the chance to receive two tickets please visit:


Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

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FREE TICKETS to Bridget Jone’s Baby – CT Private Screening Invite C It 1st



Hey Gang !

You are cordially invited to the premiere screening of “Bridget Jones’s Baby”!

Please go to the link below to sign up for your complimentary screening passes-.

You and a guest are invited to the advance screening of BRIDGET JONES’S BABY taking place in Hartford on 9/13 at 7 PM. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. Seating is not guaranteed and handled on a first come, first serve basis so please arrive early.

Here’s a link for entries:



Breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) leaves Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack.

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Comfort Food prepared by Chef Maria at Bloomfield Village Pizza



Executive Chef Maria Rosu Livanis- aka the “Rose”!!

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet- William Shakespeare.

The name- Bloomfield Village Pizza, at 34 Tunxis Avenue, situated in my hometown – the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut!!image And what smells so sweet you ask? The “most” delicious offerings emanating from the kitchen of famed Restauranteur- and
Executive Chef Maria Rosu Livanis- aka the “Rose”!!

Though the name may state “pizza” Chef Maria continues to provide more than just pizza- offering an amazing array of culinary delights from her kitchen. From fresh fish to Greek and Romanian dishes – “The Rose” can do it all!!

By the way how many of you enjoy good old fashioned “comfort” food- well here ya go- let me tell you about my most recent visit this past Wednesday evening.

I arrived around 7:30pm and the restaurant is packed – nary a place to park but I squeeze my car off to the side, open the car door, and then immediately allow a sweet decadent aroma to enchant me onward to meet those savory, yummy enticements that wait inside for me to discover.

Chef Maria is there to warmly greet me with a big hug and escorts me to a comfy booth while describing tonight’s home-cooked comfort food fare:

Slow cooked Greek style lentil soup- simply delicious- this should be bottled- I ate the entire bowl- see photo below;

plated Greek Style salad; image

moist succulent, thick cut, baked pork chop with Greek style white rice;

and the pièce de résistance- Chef Maria’s exquisite home style “Yemista” – authentic baked stuffed peppers and tomatoes served with a side of boiled red bliss potatoes.

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Oh my goodness good!!
What a meal! I never ate better!
And as stated – this restaurant is so much more than just pizza- I know “who knew? well now you know – !!

Please my friends- sample this extraordinary restaurant- ask for Chef Maria and have her prepare one of her superb meals especially for you- by the way she makes a mean “whole belly clams” dinner!
I will be writing a full food review in November- but in the meantime- please sample some of this mouth watering cuisine coming from Chef Maria’s Kitchen. Enjoy!!


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