Author: mchaiken

‘Hamilton:’ Is it worth the hype?

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There is no doubt that “Hamilton” has become a pop culture brand name. The stage musical is a phenomenon— the stage show equivalent of Beatlemania or Taylor Swift-Mania. “Hamilton” generates a buzz far beyond the…

The voices rise to the top at Pentatonix performance at Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the modern era of pop music, harmony has ruled the roost. When the boys went off to war in World War II, they listened to the Andrews Sisters. In the 1950s, street corners across…

98 Degrees heats up holiday season Dec. 12

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It may be December in New England. But it will be 98 Degrees inside the Ridgefield Playhouse on Dec. 12 as the vocal group takes the stage to promote its latest Christmas album, “Let It…

Appice brothers pound the skins in ‘Drum Wars’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The percussion war cry will be sounded. And it will be brother against brother this Friday night. That’s when Drum Wars comes to the Milford Performance Center in Milford. The centerpiece of the concert is…

Obituaries: Richard ‘Dick’ Saucier

Richard “Dick” Saucier, 81 of Bristol, left this world to be with the Lord, Jesus Christ on November 28, 2018.  Richard was born in Fort Kent Maine on July 7, 1937. He was the son of the late Theodule and…

Dave Matthews Band shines on stage

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the world of popular music, there are often artists who are better off taking residence in a recording studio. There are also artists who do okay in the recording studio, but really shine on…

One other way to snag your ‘Hamilton’ tix

Producer Jeffrey Seller and The Bushnell announce a digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (Dec. 11) in Hartford at The Bushnell.  Forty tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. …

Donny and Marie have a merry Christmas… and some laughs

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Back on their variety show in the late 1970s, Donny and Marie Osmond set the template for their on-stage sibling rivalry. When they weren’t singing and acting in comedy skits together, they were often needling…

Obituaries: Rodney Gray, Jr.

  Rodney (Chenny) Gray, Jr., 56, lifelong resident of Forestville, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, 2018.   Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5PM until 7PM with a service starting at 6:30PM at…

The enduring vision of Foreigner’s ‘Double Vision’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The band Foreigner jumped quickly out of the gate when they released their self-titled debut album in 1977. With top 10 hits such as “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold As Ice,” the band…