Category: Features

The Katydids take on ‘Teachers’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Teachers,” the sitcom on TVLand that made its second season debut on Nov. 7, is a creation of the comedy ensemble known as The Katydids. The program follows a half dozen teachers at an elementary…

14-year-old wiz kid on the guitar

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fourteen-year-old guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has had a career in music and entertainment that exceeds what people twice his age might ever hope to achieve. He recently took the Broadway stage as Zack Mooneyham in…

Smile! You can watch ‘Candid Camera’ live on stage

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As Peter Funt explains it, “Candid Camera” has done something few entertainment programs have managed in the world of electronic media. Funt said between his dad Allan —who launched the “Candid Camera” franchise in 1940—…

Dressing up ‘Phantom…’ for the stage

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s a safe bet that when someone thinks about “Phantom of the Opera,” the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber comes first to mind. But the elaborate wardrobe designed by the late Maria Björnson for the…

Even solo, Doyle Bramhall II is a team player

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Doyle Bramhall II is making the touring rounds as a solo artist, including a swing of three shows in Connecticut and neighboring New York State over the next few days. But for many years, he…

Halloween decorations as easy to use as saying, ‘BOO!’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Time was when you decorated your house for Halloween, you’d pop over to the local party store, buy some paper cut outs of witches, vampires, and Frankenstein’s Monster. You’d grab your cellophane tape and go…

‘Les Miserables’ epic once again

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Les Miserables” is one of those shows that really doesn’t have a revival because there never seems to be a moment where it’s not being performed somewhere. Even if it’s not a national tour, some…

The double lead salute of Wishbone Ash fires straight ahead

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR British band Wishbone Ash is one of those bands that helped pioneer a twin lead guitar sound that made it possible for dozens of other bands that made noise on FM radio in the 1970s.…

Bob Seger demonstrates why he’s an American musical icon

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When it comes to music, you can’t get more American than Bob Seger. Seger’s iconic music pays homage to regular working folks who are just trying to make ends meet, have a good time, find…

Miss Connecticut was living her dream at Miss America

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — One day into the competition to see who would be the next Miss America, Eliza Kanner—the current Miss Connecticut—was upbeat and positive what was to come at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City,…