Author: mchaiken

Take the Yellow Brick Road to Elton’s greatest

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Elton John looms large over the world of pop music. Yes, the new movie “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton has returned the musician to the public eye. But, over the years, there have been plenty of…

Review: Cast keeps ‘Disaster!’ sailing straight

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Years ago, I read an album review noting that a certain band was just asking for trouble by calling its latest song “Ordinary Day.” The critic said putting the word “ordinary” in the title predisposes…

Cirque costumer got early start in vocation

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Jordyn Campbell’s love for costumes was born early on in her life. Campbell taught herself to sew at the age of 11. That provided her with the necessary knowledge to make costumes for theatrical productions…

Good enough now to be in Cirque du Soleil

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The end of high school was approaching for Helena Merten. But, she didn’t know what she wanted to do next. She had been doing gymnastics since she was five. So she thought, hmmm, how about…

The waiting is nearly over for contestants

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The late rock singer Tom Petty sang, “The waiting is the hardest part.” For the young women competing at Waterbury’s Palace Theater to become the next Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen on June…

‘80s pop star continues to sing positive thoughts

  By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The predominant theme of Howard Jones’s music can best be summed up by one of his biggest hits. “Things can only get better.” It’s a positive message that infused his music from the moment…

Review: Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert reminds you of their greatness

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of those few bands who can perform 90 minutes of music in concert and you can honestly say you’ve heard every track on classic radio. Besides the obvious ones of “Sweet…