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Vernon Resident Lands Lead In “In The Heights” At Playhouse On Park, West Hartford


Sandra Marante

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Rehearsals began this week at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford for the 2008 Tony Award winning musical “In the Heights,” one of few Broadway shows to feature predominantly Latino characters. After a nearly year-long casting process, which attracted actors from across the country, several performers with Connecticut connections were chosen to be part of the company, including musical theater actress and classically trained soprano Sandra Marante of Vernon, who is featured in a lead role as Daniela.

“In the Heights” is set over a three-day period in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, where a young storeowner watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit ...

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Chef José Andrés Tears Off His Chef’s Coat And Tells Black-Tie Crowd, ‘I Am An Immigrant’

José Andrés

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Redefining What It Means To Be ‘American’ Through Art


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Painting by Alessandro Ciccarelli on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art’s  ‘Vistas del Sur’ exhibit.


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Today, more than ever, people are asking what it means to be American. Demographics are ever changing and cultures are contiguous and commingling. In response, the art world has begun exploring this cultural shift.

With her newest exhibit: “Vistas del Sur,” the director at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Min Jung Kim, is exploring what it means to be “American” by examining and broadening the definition of “American art.”

“We will look back historically and bring more contemporary American art in exhibitions touching on the notion ...

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