It's Always About the Show

Frank Rizzo is a writer of theater, the arts and life as we know it, covering Connecticut and beyond for more than 40 years. For 33 years he was the arts/theater writer for The Hartford Courant.

Gigs: He currently is theater writer/critic for Variety and is theater columnist for Connecticut magazine. He also writes for The New York Times, American Theatre magazine, Playbill, the CT Hearst papers (Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Times, Ct Post, Danbury Times, Norwalk Hour), Hartford magazine, The Shore newspapers of Connecticut and again at The Hartford Courant.  He has also contributed arts commentary to CT/Fox and WNPR.

Back story: He grew up in Maynard, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received his B.A. in journalism. He received his graduate training in theater there on a Shubert Fellowship in playwriting. He recently received the Hall of Fame Award from the university’s Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Teaching: He teaches a course on the musical "Hamilton!" at the University of Hartford's Presidents' College. He will be teaching an undergrad course in entertainment journalism this fall at the University of New Haven, a grad course in arts administration and media relations at the University of Connecticut and next spring an expanded undergrad course in “Hamilton! The Musical” at Quinnipiac University.

Talking: He has led on-stage discussions/interviews with arts and entertainment figures including actors Christopher Walken, Ali Macgraw, Ryan O'Neal, composer Stephen Schwartz, directors Darko Tresnak and Mark Brokaw, playwrights Therese Rebeck and David Lindsay Abaire and authors Gregory Maguire, Michael Riedel and Jack Viertel.

More yacking: His entertaining lecture topics include: “The Secret Life of a Theater Critic” and “How to Interview the Rich, Famous and Incredibly Gifted: Secrets That Didn’t Make It Into Print,” or a combination of the two.

Celeb world: He is also written profiles on hundreds of celebrities and artists including Elizabeth TaylorMeryl Streep, Henry Fonda, Rock Hudson, Ginger Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Liza Minnelli and Martha Mitchell. He has a special rapport with women of a certain age who have lots to tell: Maureen Stapleton, Elaine Stritch, Olympia Dukakis, Kathleen Turner and Dame Edna, among them. He had tea with Julie Andrews, breakfast with Matthew Modine, dinner with Valerie Harper, and shared a patty melt with Arnold Schwarzenegger at a Friendly’s . His favorite interview was with Julia Child when she made lunch for him at her homein Cambridge. 

Digs: He lives in New Haven and New York City with his husband, Bill Kux.

Frank Rizzo

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m: 203-530-3571
e: frank@showriz.com

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