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Britney makes it hot with Mohegan show

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Let me tell you a story about myself. I like the music of Britney Spears. There, I said it. Yes, I like metal music. I like old school punk rock. I like R&B. I like…

Poison, Cheap Trick, Pop Evil show Hartford a good time

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The last time I saw Poison, it wasn’t a great moment in the band’s history. I saw them at Lake Compounce in Bristol in the late 1980s when the park hosted concerts. The glam metal…

‘Riverdance’ still has its kick

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Twenty years is a long time for a touring stage production, especially a touring stage production that doesn’t lead a double life on community theater stages. But 20 years it has been for “Riverdance,” the…

The firepower of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The great thing about a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert is that you don’t necessarily need to know every song of theirs prior to your arrival at the arena. The stage and special effects, and the power…

‘Finding Neverland’ is crowd pleaser

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When it comes to the arts—performing, musical, or visual—there is a time for masterpieces. And there is a time for very good. While a masterpiece might fill your soul or push boundaries, very good will…

The intimate examination of family in the musical ‘Fun Home’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The musicals that most of America knows is created with broad strokes. They are big entities with big stories. The nuances of a character’s motivation are glossed over for the larger picture. Think “Wicked.” Think…

‘Matilda’ full of magic

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walking into The Bushnell for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” I really didn’t know what I was getting into. Although I read Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” and…

Some smiles on ice with your favorite Disney characters

In terms of entertainment for children, you can’t go wrong with anything Disney. Characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse—and films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”—will bring a smile to a child’s face faster than the words, “Let’s…