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Monday, June 29, 2009

Melissa and Doug Enjoy the Show Image
Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein, principals of the sponsor toy company Melissa & Doug, with children Nate, 1 1/2, and Audrey, 6 1/2, settle in before the start of tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Levitt Debuts 36th Season With Flying Karamazov Brothers Image
A large crowd attended tonight’s Levitt Pavilion opening of its 36th season with a performance by the Flying Karamazov Brothers, a juggling and comedy troupe. It was the first of 50 nights of free entertainment through the summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Insider Arts: How Big Did You Dream?

By Ina B. Chadwick

Special to WestportNow

Native Westporter Tommy Greenwald, now 47, acknowledges that at age 31 he was as close to winning the fame and fortune lottery as any Broadway musician/writer ever gets. 

Back then, he was a copywriter moonlighting in theater when his critically acclaimed musical, “John & Jen,” co-written with Andrew Lippa, debuted in 1993 at Goodspeed Opera House. It moved to the off-Broadway Lambs Theater two years later.

“It was a long shot on the money end,” he says. “In movies, you can sell something and make a bundle, but not in live theater.”

“I’m still a creative,” says Greenwald, now a superstar at Spotco, the preeminent advertising agency for productions such as “Billy Elliot” and “August Osage County,” to name just a few.

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Warm Reception for Playhouse’s “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” Image
There was a warm reception tonight for the first preview performance of the Westport Country Playhouse’s “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” The cast includes (l-r) Pearl Sun, Colin Hanlon and Wilson Cruz. The director, Scott Schwartz, directed the original off-Broadway production as well as the national tour, London and Los Angeles productions.  The play runs through July 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tom Jones Target of Audience Admiration Image
Singer Tom Jones, who rose to fame in the 1960s with an exuberant live act noted for its overt sexuality, showed a Westport audience at the Levitt Pavilion tonight that at age 69 he can still stir up passions. Panties and bras flew on stage as Jones belted out his old standards “She’s a Lady” and “It’s Not Unusual”  as well as new songs. The fund-raiser will enable 50 free nights at the Levitt beginning Sunday, June 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Tom Jones Entertains at the Levitt Image
Tom Jones entertained a large crowd at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight in a fund-raiser to provide more than 50 nights of free entertainment at the Levitt this summer. The crowd didn’t seem to mind the muddy aisles as Jones performed for more than 90 minutes a medley of his hits and new songs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Levitt Chat Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff chats with Mimi Levitt (c), philanthropist and patron of the arts, and film critic Susan Granger at a cocktail party before tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion gala starring Tom Jones. Levitt’s late husband Mortimer was a millionaire businessman/patron of the arts and benefactor of the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Playhouse Announces Fifth Play of 2009 Season Image
Mark Lamos: Artistic director will be play’s director. Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse today announced that its fifth play of the six-play 2009 season will be “That Championship Season,” a 1972 play by Jason Miller that won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award.

The play, which also won a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and debuted off-Broadway and later moved to Broadway for an almost two-year run, will be directed by Mark Lamos, the Playhouse artistic director. It will be his directing debut as artistic director.

Lamos and Michael Ross, managing director, took over in January and made some revisions to the 2009 season starters announced earlier. They said at the time that the name of the fifth and sixth plays of the season would be determined later.

“That Champsionship Season” will run Aug. 25 through Sept. 12 while the sixth play still to be announced will run Sept. 29 through Oct. 17.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Westports Arts Center Solos Show Opens Image
The Westport Arts Center tonight hosted an opening reception for its Solos Show, curated by Amy Mackie of the New Museum, one of the nation’s leading showcases for the art of our time and New York City’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art. Pictured (l-r) are three of the five winners—Franc Palaia, James Napoleon and Pete Konsterlie with WAC’s director of visual arts, Terri C. Smith. The exhibition will run through July 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kristin Rasich Fox for

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Donahue Shows War Documentary to Westport Audience

By Larry Untermeyer

An overflow Westport Public Library audience tonight viewed Phil Donahue’s Iraq War documentary “Body of War” which the media personality has called “an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today.” Image
Phil Donahue addresses a Westport Public Library audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Co-directed by Ellen Spiro, “Body of War” focuses on Tomas Young, a 25-year-old paralyzed from a bullet to his spine who was wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week.

Donahue, a Westport resident along with his actress wife Marlo Thomas, explained how and why he came to do “Body of War” after meeting Young. He said the soldier evolved into a new person, dealing with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war.

The film also shows how the Congress of the United States abdicated the constitutional rights that give Congress the power to declare war, Donahue said.

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Donahue: Be Aware of War’s Consequences Image
Phil Donahue told a Westport Public Library audience tonight, “If you’re going to send young men and women to war, you should be aware of the consequences.” The media personality and Westport resident showed his Iraq War documentary “Body of War.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lary Untermeyer for

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Getting Ready for Arts Center “Solos” Exhibit Image
Roxanne Faber Savage of Fairfield hangs one of her prints in her series “Heavens Power Lines” as part of the Westport Arts Center 2009 juried members “Solos” show opening Friday with a 6:30 p.m. reception.  Faber Savage, who photographs electrical power lines and expresses them in artistic prints, has a series of 14 prints in the exhibit which runs until July 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Musical Journey: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to Steinway

Rachael Shapiro was 7 when after two piano lessons she wanted to give a concert. She played “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Image
Rachel Shapiro will perform at Westport’s Steinway Gallery on Saturday, June 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

On Saturday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m., with seven additional years of practice under her belt, the 14-year-old freshman at Westport’s Staples High School will give another concert—at the Steinway Piano Gallery on Post Road East. And this time the classical selections won’t be nursery rhymes.

All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Sidney Ball, Rachael’s great grandfather who had a huge influence on her young life.

Over the years, Rachael has participated in numerous camps and music programs. She studies with Tatiana Goncharova at the Manhattan School of Music where she will attend the pre-college program in the fall. 

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Large Turnout for Library’s “Booked for the Evening” Event Image
There was a large turnout today for the Westport Public Library’s annual “Booked for the Evening” fund-raiser which this year honored Adam Gopnik, a writer, essayist and commentator best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Tribute in Words and Song Image
At today’s Westport Public Library “Booked for the Evening” fund-raiser, participants read excerpts from Adam Gopnik’s words while Susan Terry sang songs appropriate to the passages to the accompaniment of Chris Coogan at the keyboard. On stage were Mark Lamos, Mary-Lou Weisman, Mark Shanahan, George Guidall, Tina Howe and Susan Terry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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