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Review: Evanescence, Amy Lee still have the fire

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Evanescence is Amy Lee. And Amy Lee is Evanescence. The lead singer and chief songwriter of the band made that reality perfectly clear early on when the band from Little Rock, Arkansas entered the national…

‘The Sound of Music’ at The Bushnell gets it mostly right

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Rodger and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” is an American stage musical chestnut. The show has been performed by professional companies, of course. It’s also been tackled by community theater groups and high school drama…

Review: ‘Come From Away’ touches upon the rest of us on 9-11

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Typically, when a historic event is turned into a book, movie, play, we are presented with heroes and villains. And everyone else is turned into mere wallpaper. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 is one…

Review: Justin Timberlake is here, he’s now

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a dose of nostalgia in the air as Justin Timberlake settled into the first of two nights at the Mohegan Sun Arena on April 12. Although Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour is…

Review: Bad Bunny shakes and quakes at the Mohegan April 7

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bad Bunny rocked the house Sunday. Actually, he rocked the Mohegan Sun Arena, swayed it, and probably moved it a few degrees to the south. The audience of the Puerto Rican Latin trap vocalist danced…

Ariana Grande works it

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As I stood in the gargantuan line to get past the security check-point at the Mohegan Sun Arena for the March 30 Ariana Grande show, there were two teenage girls behind me talking about their…

Kiss goes out with a bang

  by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I was a little too young for the beginning. But at least I got to see the “End of the Road” before I was too old for rock and roll (but too young to…

How ‘Cats’ found its groove

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Years ago when I worked at a regional theater company, I was working the light board during a successful run of one of their play productions. The show was midway through its run, and the…