Letter: Myths of a ‘bustling’ downtown

To the Editor: Things are repeated so often, we all begin to accept them as gospel truths. “We are an arts destination. They are flocking to our beautiful downtown. The economic development is everywhere.” Let’s look at that one. We opened the Playhouse. Restaurants opened. Restaurants closed. We opened The Prospector. Restaurants opened. Restaurants closed. We opened ACT. We now … read more

ACT of Connecticut announces cast for Working before Feb. 14 debut performance

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) announced the cast for its brand new version of Stephen Schwartz’s “Working” last week. Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine’s reimagined, multimedia adaptation of the musical has performances from Feb. 14 through March 10. The newly assembled all-star cast for “Working” has six actors playing 26 roles and includes: Brad Greer, Andre Jordan, Cooper Grodin, … read more

ACT of Connecticut to present “Evita” in October

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) is gearing up for the next production of its inaugural year, “Evita.” ACT of CT will present the acclaimed Broadway and film musical from October 4-28. Seven-time Tony Award-winning “Evita” melodically interprets Eva Perón’s rise from abject poverty in rural Argentina to become First Lady at the age of 27. With a dazzling score … read more

ACT’s opening night sells out

More than 200 guests turned out for the Opening Night Gala on Saturday, June 9, to celebrate the official opening of the newly-renovated theater for ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre). The sold-out evening included a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, the “Mamma Mia!” performance, cast meet-and-greet and afterparty. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and First Selectman Rudy Marconi attended the … read more

ACT of Connecticut production season launches with ‘Mamma Mia!’

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) is kicking off its inaugural season with the smash hit musical “Mamma Mia!” premiering Thursday, June 7. The production features ABBA’s greatest hits and will star professional talent from Broadway and New York, as well as Fairfield County. More than 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with “Mamma Mia!,” its story, characters … read more

ACT founder will be guest bartender at Gallo May 17

Gallo’s latest celebrity bartender series will benefit ACT of Connecticut, the new Broadway theatre opening in June. Katie Diamond, ACT’s founder and executive producer, is slated to bartend Thursday, May 17, from 6-9 p.m. All cash and credit card tips will be donated, as well as 10% of the evening’s liquor sales. 10% of food from dining room reservations made … read more

ACT of Connecticut brings the bright lights of Broadway to Ridgefield

Ridgefield residents will soon be able to experience the best of Broadway without leaving their back yards. Debuting in June, ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre), a new regional Equity theater, will bring Broadway-caliber productions to the area. Three Broadway professionals and Ridgefield locals, Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri, founded ACT of Connecticut with a mission to … read more

After scrambling for financing, town sprints to meet ACT schedule

Work on the Schlumberger site has begun. The $680,000 projected cost will be covered without more money from the taxpayers, but it may be a sprint to finish the work in time for the June opening of a musical production in the theater building. “The site work has started,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Monday. “We have a meeting with … read more

Budget transfers of $680,000 will cover Schlumberger work

Dick Larson, Schlumberger committee chairman, at the site as it looks today.

With tenants progressing on renovations at two town-owned Schlumberger buildings, the town plans to allocate $680,000 needed for Schlumberger Phase I site work — parking lots, roads drainage and landscaping — through budget transfers. Because the expenses can be covered with transfers, First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the selectmen, approval of voters at town meeting isn’t necessary, though the finance … read more

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