285 Broad Street
Hartford, CT
Frank Rizzo
Arts & Theater Writer
My Role

Arts writer, columnist, reporter, critic
My Biography

I have been covering the Connecticut arts scene for more than 33 years, 28 of them for The Courant.

During my tenure I have written about disco, rock and punk; covered the Oscars, the Grammys, the Tonys and Live Aid. I was in Cincinnati for the Maplethorpe Obscenity Trial, at the U.S. Supreme Court for the NEA Four case and at the Dakota for the John Lennon vigil. I've profiled such figures as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Julia Child, August Wilson, Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep and Mischu, the world's smallest man.

My first regular byline was in 1966 writing for my local paper in Maynard, Mass. (I was just a child.) I received my degree in journalism (minor in theater) at the University of Arizona where I also did my graduate work as a Shubert Fellow in the theater department.

I also contribute to Variety, American Theater Magazine, the Sondheim Review and other arts periodicals.

I remember his first Broadway musical ("Funny Girl," with you-know-who), my first off-Broadway revue ("The Mad Show") and my first Connecticut show (Stephen Sondheim's "The Frogs" at the Yale Swimming Pool.) I've enjoyed them all, though I felt "The Frogs" still needed work.

My Interests

Er...the arts, especially theater.
My Recent Articles

Behind The Curtain Has Moved 9/28/2011
Frank Rizzo's Behind The Curtain blog has moved. Visit the new blog at courant.com/curtain .

West African Dance, Chilean Theater, Tipton Work for "No Boundaries" Series 9/28/2011
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Riz's Blog Review: "Traces" at Hartford's Bushnell 9/28/2011
The show: "Traces" The place: The 700-seat Belding Theater at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. What is it?: Now that's a very good question. I'd call it a hip, sweet, wildly energetic entertainment, anchored by circus-type acts, but but not performed in a typical circus (or even "cirque" way). What do you mean?: The performers aren't hidden by the typical cirque faux-mystique: elaborate ...

Touring "Jersey Boys" Cast; Plays Bushnell in October 9/28/2011
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Memorial for Connecticut Playwright Sidney Michaels: 3 Tony Noms in a Row 9/27/2011
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