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Performances
Million Dollar Quartet, The Westchester Theatre, Chappaqua, NY, USA
Million Dollar Quartet - The Westchester Theatre
If you are looking for a fun night out, look no further than the musical, Million Dollar Quartet at The Westchester Theatre at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center in Chappaqua, New York. Featuring the rollicking 1950s rock and roll music of Elvis Presley (played by Jacob Burton), Carl Perkins (played by Nathan Burke), Jerry Lee Lewis (played by Trevor Dorner), and Johnny Cash (played by Mike Potter), with Sean Casey Flanagan (as Sam Phillips), Taylor Kraft (as Dyanne), Mike Lucchetti (as Fluke), and Ben Sheppard (as Brother Jay), this dynamic cast of musicians and singers will have you tapping your feet all night long! Million Dollar Quartet runs until May 22, 2022. 
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HIVE, Greenwich International Film Festival 2022
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Never underestimate the power of a woman, or in the case of the award-winning film HIVE, the power of many women. The film is based on the true story of Fahrije Hoti who inspires her neighbors with her enterprising spirit to provide for their families after the war in Kosovo (1998-1999) when so many men from their village went missing. Shown as part of the Greenwich International Film Festival 2022, it is a "must see" film.
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Frederick Gravel, This Duet That We’ve Already Done, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Frederick Gravel - This Duet That Weve Already Done
Montreal, Canada based Frédérick Gravel, is someone to watch with his charismatic, daring, and dynamic choreography and his approach to contemporary dance.  We had the pleasure of seeing him perform his US Premiere, This Duet That We've Already Done (so many times), with dancer Brianna Lombardo, on Friday, April 8, 2022, the second night of his three-night engagement at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. As always, his creative approach to contemporary dance blurred boundaries and created an evening of exceptional dance.
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Next to Normal, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Next to Normal - Westport Country Playhouse - photo by Carol Rosegg
Since 1931, the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut has brought world-class performances to its patrons. Their staging of Next to Normal, the three-time Tony Award®-winning Pop/Rock musical and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, with a diverse cast led by Broadway's Dar.Lee.See.Ah. and Wilson Jermaine Heredia, once again affirms its commitment to being on the cutting edge and always delivering the very best. Joining this impressive cast is Ashley Lalonde, Daniel J. Maldonado, Gian Perez, and Katie Thompson. This powerful play about mental health and the effects it has on family members will resonate long after you leave the theatre. This powerhouse of a play runs until April 24, 2022 and is "must-see" theatre. Bravo!
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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story - Music Theatre of CT, Norwalk, USA
Spiff Wiegand, Matt Ruff, Ken Sandberg - Buddy MTC
It was a 1950s rock and roll evening with Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk, Connecticut. After a 2-year delay due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to finally see the musical production, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story. Spiff Wiegand as Buddy Holly, with Gian Raffaele DiCostanzo as Ritchie Valens, and Jimmy Lewis as The Big Bopper, along with the talented cast of actors and musicians delivered an evening that celebrated the life and music of Buddy Holly. The play runs until April 10, 2022, and if you love the sound of the 1950s, you are in for a treat with this musical.
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Ballet Folklorico de Mexico – The Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
The Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández delivered a spectacular sold-out performance at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Founded in 1952 by choreographer and dancer Amalia Hernández, the celebrated company and cultural treasure of Mexico celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2022 where their focus is on tradition, culture, music, and dance. Bravo!
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CIRCA Humans 2.0 – The Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Circa - Humans 2.0 - at Quick Center Fairfield, CT
The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut focuses on bringing exceptional performances to its stage, and the performance by CIRCA a prestigious contemporary performance company based in Brisbane, Australia, was another stellar example of their dedication to the arts. CIRCA performed Humans 2.0, which they describe as a "love letter to humanity" and we describe as amazingly brilliant! Bravo!
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The Mountaintop - Music Theatre of CT, Norwalk, USA
The Mountaintop - Music Theatre of CT
The 2022 season at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk, Connecticut was off to a great start with the play, The Mountaintop about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Starring Chaz Rose as the dynamic Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Shavonna Banks as Camae, the duo fully do justice to the powerful play written by Katori Hall and directed by Gayle Samuels. The play runs until February 20, 2022.
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Who’s Holiday! - Music Theatre of CT, Norwalk, USA
MTC - Who's Holiday - A Comedy with A Twist of Rhyme
Adult fans of the movie The Grinch Who Stole Christmas will definitely want to see Who's Holiday! A Comedy with A Twist of Rhyme at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk, Connecticut. Cindy Lou Who played by Erin Maguire, is all grown up in this fabulously delightful campy romp of an adult-comedy that is a "who-ot" and a holler as she reflects on her life since she met Mr. Grinch. Written by Mathew Lombardo and directed by MTC Co-Founder Kevin Connors, this adults-only comedy will have you laughing your way through the holiday season. The play runs until December 19, 2021.
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Samantha Fish at The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT, USA
Samantha Fish - at FTC The Warehouse - photo by Luxury Experience
Blues rocker, singer, songwriter and guitarist Samantha Fish rocked The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield, Connecticut. One of the many stops on her FASTER tour throughout the United States and Europe, she gave the appreciative Fairfield fans a night to remember delivering over 2-hours of her hard driving guitar work that she is known for, and vocals that match. A powerhouse of a performer, and with an eager and encouraging audience, she gave as good as she got, and for that Luxury Experience and the rest of the fans were especially appreciative.
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Doubt: A Parable, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Country Playhouse - Doubt -Betsy Aidem, Eric Bryant by carol rosegg
For the past 90 years, the Westport Country Playhouse located in Westport, Connecticut has been dazzling audiences with their high-quality, professional performances. Director David Kennedy continues the tradition of excellence with his presentation of Doubt: A Parable. Written by Playwright John Patrick Shanley, the play was the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The talented ensemble cast features actors Betsy Aidem, Eric Bryant, Kerstin Anderson, and Sharina Martin. The play runs from November 2 - 20 (in-person tickets) and from November 11 - 21 (virtual tickets).
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Havana Film Festival New York 2021 – Memories of My Father
Memories of My Father - El Olvido Que Seremos
What a thrill to be in New York City for the Havana Film Festival New York 2021 - Celebrating Latin American Cinema since 2000! Beginning with the Opening Night Film, Memories of My Father/El Olvido Que Seremos, directed by Oscar-award winning Director Fernando Trueba with actor Javier Cámara based on the true story of Colombian human rights activist Héctor Abad Gómez, the festival has a plethora of impactful films. The Havana Film Festival New York 2021 runs until November 11, 2021. 
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Marija Jelic and Anthony Manoli at Carnegie Hall, NYC, USA
Marija Jelic - Power of Destiny - Carnegie Hall
Magical! It was an amazing night in New York City for the Power of Destiny Concert presented by New York Artist Management with Serbian Star  Soprano Marija Jelic and American pianist Anthony Manoli at Carnegie Hall in the intimate Weill Recital Hall. A beautiful venue and two masterful talents was the perfect intro to the Autumn 2021 season at Carnegie Hall.
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Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Music Theatre of CT, Norwalk, USA
MTC - Tenderly - The Rosemary Clooney Musical
Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical at the Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) in Norwalk, Connecticut is a stunning smash! Written by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, directed by Kevin Connors, and starring Susan Haefner and John Treacy Egan, the musical tells the tale of the sensational Rosemary Clooney and her rollercoaster life of ups and downs. Luxury Experience attended on opening night, and it felt fabulous to be back in the beautiful MTC theatre. The play runs from September 17 - October 3, 2021.
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Pilobolus, BLOOM: A Journey, Bridgewater, CT, USA
Pilobolus - Bloom - A Journey - The Ferryman - photo by Luxury Experience
Pilobolus, BLOOM: A Journey, took our senses on a discovery on a "car safari" where we drove through the idyllic Sunny Meadows Farm in Bridgewater, Connecticut to experience breathtaking dance performances and music compositions created especially for the festival. Pilobolus, the Washington Depot, Connecticut based dance company has been thrilling audiences with their spectacular contemporary dance performances since 1971. BLOOM: A Journey was part of their 5-day festival held from July 21 - 25, 2021.
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Tiny House, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Sara Blues, Denver Miford, Elizabeth Heflin in Tiny House - Westport Country Playhouse
The Westport Country Playhouse located in Westport, Connecticut celebrated its 90th anniversary on June 29, 2021, and Luxury Experience was there to help them celebrate. After a year of no in-person performances it was fabulous to be back in the theatre to experience the one-night only, in-person screening of the comedic play, Tiny House, written by Michael Gotch and directed by Mark Lamos. The virtual production of Tiny House runs as "screening on demand" from June 29 - July 18, 2021.
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TRU, Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, USA
Music Theatre of Connecticut - TRU
The play, TRU, adapted by Jay Presson Allen from the works and words of the writer Truman Capote stars Jeff Gurner as Truman Capote, and is directed by Kevin Connors at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk, Connecticut. The play focuses on the life of the writer in 1975 after Esquire published excepts from his unfinished novel, Answered Prayers. Jeff Gurner delivers a tour-de-force performance in his role as Truman Capote in the one-person play. TRU runs until May 9, 2021 and tickets are available in-person or Livestream.
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Becoming Dr Ruth, Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, USA
Becoming Dr Ruth - Music Theatre of Connecticut
Becoming Dr. Ruth written by Mark St Germain starring Amy Griffin as the estimable Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Directed by Kevin Connors at the Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) may be just what the doctor ordered for a night of inspiration! We saw the play on opening night, and it was riveting. Now more than ever, we can all use a bit of positivity in our lives, and the play, Becoming Dr. Ruth delivers in abundance. The play runs until February 21, 2021 and is available via Live Stream tickets or in person at the theatre in Norwalk, Connecticut. Bravo!
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A Merry Little Christmas Carol, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
A Merry Little Christmas Carol - Westport County Playhouse
We spent a lovely afternoon Saturday afternoon listening to the Westport Country Playhouse's performance of A Merry Little Christmas Carol written and directed by Mark Shanahan and performed as a radio play on WSHU Public Radio. Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, this time-honored Christmas favorite was beautifully created by Mark Shanahan, narrated by Mark Lamos, and starred an incredibly talented ensemble with Paxton Whitehead as Ebenezer Scrooge, Brian J. Carter as Bob Cratchit, Sarah Manton as Mrs. Cratchit, Mia Dillon as Mrs. Dilber, and Triney Sandoval as Jacob Marley, to name but a few. Do take time to give yourself a little treat this holiday season with a free performance from the Westport Country Playhouse by listening to the play from December 19 through January 3, 2021.
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It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play, Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, USA
It's a Wonderful Life - a Live Radio Play
Seeing the Music Theatre of Connecticut's production of It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play, adapted for the stage by Joe Landry was the perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas. Located in Norwalk, Connecticut, the MTC production can be experienced in-person as well by purchasing tickets to livestream the play. The talented ensemble of Elissa DeMaria, Matt Grasso, Jeff Gurner, and Jim Schilling beautifully tell the tale of how we can all make a difference in the lives of others. It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play, runs until December 20, 2020. Start the season off on a high note by seeing this wonderful production!
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RFK, Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, USA
MTC-RFK- Chris Manuel as RFK - photo by Alex Mongillo
Actor Chris Manuel gave a commanding performance as RFK (Robert F. Kennedy) in playwright Jack Holmes dramatic play, at the Music Theatre of Connecticut located in Norwalk, Connecticut. Directed by MTC Co-Founder Kevin Connors, the play is a winner. The play RFK runs until November 8, 2020 and can be seen at the Music Theatre of Connecticut as well as by livestreaming. A must-see play, whether you opt to attend in person or experience it via livestream.  
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Greenwich International Film Festival 2020
GIFF 2020 - Greenwich International Film Festival 2020
The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) celebrated its sixth anniversary and Luxury Experience was there to help celebrate albeit virtually, with their inaugural Virtual Film Festival, due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Over the course of three days, May 1 - 3, 2020, we watched 25 out of a possible 29 films offered, with lots of popcorn eaten to accompany the screenings. Documentaries, Narrative Films, and Short Films deftly captured our attention and kept us glued to our seats. Luxury Experience is proud to share our film highlights from the Greenwich International Film Festival 2020
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Sylvia, Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, USA
Music Theatre of Connecticu Sylvia - Bethany Fitzgerald Dennis Holland The A. R. Gurney play, Sylvia, at the Music Theatre of Connecticut located in Norwalk, Connecticut is laugh out loud hilarious! Centering around a husband, his wife, and a dog named "Sylvia" the play looks at the dynamics of dog ownership - including its rewards and tribulations. Directed by Kevin Connors and starring Carole Dell'Aquila, Bethany Fitzgerald, Dennis Holland and Jim Schilling, the play is a must see for dog-lovers or those considering bringing a dog into their lives. The play runs until February 23, 2020.
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Five Guys Named Moe, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY, USA
Westchester Broadway Theatre - Five Guys Named Moe The Clarke Peters musical, Five Guys Named Moe at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford,New York is an engaging, energetic, foot-stomping, finger-snapping "wow" of a musical based on the music of the legendary American songwriter, singer, musician, and bandleader Louis Jordan. Directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford and starring Napoleon M. Douglas, Quentin Avery Brown, Tyler Johnson-Campion, Douglas Lyons, Tony Perry, and Isaiah Reynolds, Five Guys Named Moe runs until March 1, 2020. If you love musical comedies, run to get tickets!
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Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim and Joao at Jazz Standard, NYC, USA

Vinicius Cantuaria It was an inspired evening of Brazilian music at Jazz Standard in New York City with Vinicius Cantuária's exciting performance of songs by the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim & João Gilberto. Together with his band, Helio Alves on piano, Paul Sokolow on bass, Adriano Santos on drums, and Marivaldo dos Santos on percussion, Vinicius Cantuária demonstrated the popularity and longevity of their music, as he is clearly a contemporary master of bossa nova, samba, and Latin jazz.


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Frederick Gravel: Fear and Greed at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Frederick Gravel - Fear and Greed Watching dancer, choreographer, musician, singer Frédérick Gravel perform his U.S. premiere of his solo contemporary dance work, Fear and Greed at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut was mesmerizing. The last time we saw this inspired dancer perform was in 2017 as part of his ensemble. For 2019, his solo work was a much more demanding role opening with just Frédérick Gravel on stage. Like moths drawn to a flame, we could not take our eyes off his performance. 
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Don Juan by Moliere, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Playhouse Don Juan - Bhavesh Patel, Nick Westrate _ photos by carol Rosegg The play Don Juan by Molière, A World Premiere and Translation and Adaptation by Brendan Pelsue and Directed by David Kennedy at the Westport Country Playhouse located in Westport, Connecticut is a modern-day look at the legendary Don Juan. Causing chaos and destruction throughout his life without a care to the future, the play is a riveting portrayal of morality. Throw in outrageous costumes and razor-sharp dialogue, this version of Don Juan will have you talking about it long after you leave the theatre. The play runs until November 23, 2019.
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Steel Magnolias, Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, USA
Music Theatre of Connecticut - Steel Magnolias - Andrea Lynn Ggreen, Kirsti Carnahan, Rachel Rival, Raissa Katona, Bennett - photo by Heather Hayes The play Steel Magnolias directed by Pamela Hill at the Music Theatre of Connecticut located in Norwalk, is a must see production! Featuring a talented ensemble cast of Raissa Katona Bennett, Kristi Carnahan, Andrea Green, Cynthia Hannah, Kala Monroe, and Rachel Rival, the play will have you running the gamut of life's emotions from laughing out loud to dealing with times of sadness. The play runs until November 24, 2019.
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An American in Paris, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY, USA
Westchester Broadway Theatre - An American in Paris - CAST - photo by John Vecchiolla If you love musicals, put on your "dancing shoes" and head over to see the play, An American in Paris at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, New York because it truly is "S' Wonderful." This lavish production pulls out all the stops with its talented cast of Brandon Haagenson, Deanna Doyle, Erika Amato, Tommaso Antico, Lauren Sprague, Jonathan Young and Ian Knausser in the lead roles, with an outstanding ensemble to support them. The music, dancing, and singing will have you discretely tapping your feet in time with the music. An American in Paris runs until November 24, 2019.
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Little Big Town, Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by PepsiCo, Greenwich, CT, USA
Little Big Town After a full day of outstanding wine, food, beer, and spirits, the Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by PepsiCo (GW+FF) ended the event with an amazing concert in the evening. For the 2019 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by PepsiCo, Michael Franti & Spearhead was the opening band to get the attendees in the mood to party, followed by the GRAMMY, ACM, CMA, and AMA Award-winning band, Little Big Town.
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Mlima's Tale, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Wesport Playhouse - Mlima's Tale - Jermaine Rowe Mlima's Tale written by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by Mark Lamos at the Westport Country Playhouse located in Westport, Connecticut is a spellbinding and breathtakingly intense dramatic play that will have you on the edge of your seats watching it unfold. The play is a shocking social and cultural look at the ivory tusk trade and illegal trafficking told through the eyes of Mlima, a middle-aged elephant in Kenya, that will not only touch you, but will leave an indelible mark in your heart. Mlima's Tale runs until October 19,2019 and is a dramatic "must-see."
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Ragtime The Musical, Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, USA
Juliet Lambert Pratt and Cast - Ragtime - photo courtesy of Joe Landry If you love musical theatre, do go and see Ragtime The Musical at the Music Theatre of Connecticut located in Norwalk, Connecticut for the perfect segue into the Autumn play season.  A wonderful plot, fabulous music, and talented acting make the play a standout! Ragtime The Musical runs until October 13, 2019.
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The Taming of The Shrew, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
The Taming of The Shrew - Lake Tahoe - Jessika Williams, Jonathan Dyrud The Taming of The Shrew, part of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, performed at the Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park in Incline Village, Nevada was a gorgeous production with the stunning lake as its backdrop. A perfect Summer evening in a wonderful venue watching The Taming of The Shrew one of Shakespeare's most renowned and uproarious comedic plays was a highlight of our trip. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival runs until August 25, 2019.
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Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Playhouse - Irving Berlin - photo courtesy of hershey felder presents Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut is the perfect summer date night! Composer Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989) created some of the most memorable music for plays, movies, the military, the radio, and for everyday life. His music touched, and continues to touch so many lives, and lives on as part of the Great American Songbook. Actor, playwright, pianist Hershey Felder is spellbinding in his one-man show, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin with his touching adaptation of Irving Berlin's life. Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin runs until August 3, 2019 at the Westport Country Playhouse. Do not miss this wonderful experience!
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The Allman Betts Band - Down to the River Tour, Norwalk, CT, USA
Devon Allman, Duane Betts - Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience Longtime fans of Devon Allman from his Royal Southern Brotherhood days to his solo career, we were especially looking forward to hearing him play with his new band, The Allman Betts Band formed with Duane Betts. On Sunday, July 7, 2019, we had the pleasure of hearing the new sound at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut, for their Down to the River tour to promote their debut release which hit the streets on June 28, 2019. It was a "wow" of an evening of music.
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Greenwich International Film Festival 2019: The Parties
Kathie Lee Gifford, Bobby Walker, Eva Longoria Baston - photo by Luxury Experience The female-founded Greenwich International Film Festival 2019 held in Greenwich, Connecticut from May 29 - June 2, 2019 consisted of five-days of amazing non-stop activity of 58 films screenings, Q&A, panels, and parties! As the saying goes, "A good time was had by all." Luxury Experience is delighted to bring you some of the highlights of the parties.
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Greenwich International Film Festival 2019: Film Highlights
Brian Banks and Debra Argen - photo by Luxury Experience The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) has introduced us to amazing films each year, and for GIFF's 5th anniversary in 2019, the selection of films was astounding - 58 films with 38 of them having Q&A with cast, crew and subjects representing them presented from May 29 - June 2, 2019. There were only a few days, and so many great films, however we watched as many as we could. We are delighted to bring you a few of the many film highlights we saw. Watch your theaters' websites for the release of these exceptional films.
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Skeleton Crew, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Playhouse - Skeleton Crew, Leland Fowler, Sean Nelson,  Perri Gaffney - photo by Carol rosegg The dramatic play, Skeleton Crew by playwright Dominique Morisseau about workers in a Detroit, Michigan automobile manufacturing plant made a powerful and impactful statement at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. Directed by LA Williams and starring Leland Fowler, Perri Gaffney, Toni Martin, and Sean Nelson, brilliantly delivered a performance that will resonate soundly as more manufacturing plants in the United States close leaving employees wondering, "What do I do next?" Skeleton Crew runs until June 22, 2019 at the Westport Country Playhouse.
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Greenwich International Film Festival 2019
Greenwich International Film Festival - Ginger Stickel, Wendy Stapleton, Colleen deVeer Lights, camera, action - the Greenwich International Film Festival 2019 is about to begin (May 29 - June 2, 2019)! Located in the affluent town of Greenwich, Connecticut, the Greenwich International Film Festival 2019 (GIFF) celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, and there is much to celebrate, so get your tickets soon! Founder and Chairman of the Board Wendy Stapleton , Founder and Director of Programming Colleen deVeer, along with Executive Director, COO Ginger Stickel have created an impressive line-up of 58 films that will make an impact on your life, along with a fabulous host of parties, panels, and more. Every year, the GIFF selects 2 changemaker honorees who are making an impact on the world. The 2019 changemakers are Greenwich Boys and Girls Club CEO Bobby Walker, Jr. and actor, producer, director Eva Longoria Baston.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela: Mettavolution Tour, The Beacon Theatre, NYC, NY USA
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela, the internationally renowned instrumental acoustic guitar rock duo performed before a sold-out show at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York for a memorable evening of music. Hailing from Mexico City, Mexico, Rodrigo Sanchez's and Gabriela Quintero's music is a perfect blend of instrumental rock and flamenco nuevo. The dynamic duo had the audience on their feet for several standing ovations throughout their exceptional show. The Irish band Hudson Taylor opened for Rodrigo y Gabriela.
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Farruquito at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Juan Manuel Fernandez Montoya - FarruquitoFlamenco like we never saw it before! Farruquito dazzled the audience at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut with his dynamic and engaging performance. If there was ever a passionate, powerful, emotionally evocative dance, it would have to be Flamenco, however Flamenco is much more than just the dance (baile) and the dancers (bailaor (male dancer) and bailaora (female dancer), it is the music and sounds (son), the singers (cantaor (male singer) and cantaora (female singer)), finger snaps (pitos) and hand claps (palmas) that complement the intricate and speed blurring series of footwork (pasos).
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Sleeping Beauty Dreams - The Beacon Theatre, NY, NY, USA
Sleeping Beauty Dreams - Progressive Fantasy Show Spectacular! The World Premiere of Sleeping Beauty Dreams: Progressive Fantasy Show at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York was a stunning combination of contemporary dance, performance art, electronic music, and Real-Time Digital Avatar technology that captivated and enthralled the audience and featured global prima ballerina Diana Vishneva as The Princess and Marcelo Gomes as The Prince. It was an evening of creative style in an unparalleled dance performance. Bravo!
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The Pianist of Willesden Lane, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Playhouse - The Pianist of Willesden Lane - Mona Golabek - Hershey felderprod Mona Golabek delivers a poignant portrayal of her mother Lisa Jura's life in war-torn Europe during World War II in the heartfelt play, The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. As a young Jewish girl growing up in Vienna, Austria, Lisa Jura dreams of becoming a concert pianist. To help keep her safe from invading troops and to possibly help her realize her dream, Lisa's parents send her on a Kindertransport rescue operation train that takes her on a life-changing journey from Vienna, Austria to London, England. Beautifully presented, Ms. Golabek's play is a heartfelt love letter to her mother who survived the war through the healing aspects of music. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is a triumph of the human spirit and Ms. Golabek delivers a truly magnificent performance!  The Pianist of Willesden Lane runs until December 22, 2018 at the Westport Country Playhouse.
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Thousand Pines, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Playhouse - Thousand Pines - Andrew Veenstra, Kelly Mcandrew, Katie Ailion - By Carol Rosegg The Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut presented the world premiere of the dramatic play, Thousand Pines written by Matthew Greene, directed by Austin Pendleton, with a tremendously talented cast of Katie Aillon, Anne Bates, Joby Earle, Kelly McAndrew, William Ragsdale, and Andrew Veenstra. This powerfully impactful tour-de-force play is one that will resonate long after audiences have left the Westport Country Playhouse. Thousand Pines runs until November 17, 2018 at the Westport Country Playhouse.
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Jane Monheit at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT, USA
Jane Monheit - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Jane Montheit lit up the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her gorgeous vocals and engaging storytelling. Deftly pulling Jazz standards spanning from her illustrious 20-year career, Jane Monheit connected with her audience from the opening song until the resounding standing ovation. Brava!
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Man of La Mancha, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Playhouse - Man of La Mancha - Philip Hernandez - photo by C Rosegg Every year, the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut presents one musical, and for the 2018 season, their big production of the Tony-award winning musical, Man of La Mancha written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and directed by Mark Lamos, was a triumph of a masterpiece, over-the-top wonderful! Starring Philip Hernandez as Cervantes/Don Quixote and a brilliant cast of 14, If you only go to see one play this year, this is the one to see! Man of La Mancha runs until October 14, 2018 at the Westport Country Playhouse.
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Pilobolus - Come To Your Senses, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Pilobolus - Come To Your Senses Amazing, astounding, and astonishing best describe the dance company, Pilobolus, and their spectacular evening of contemporary dance with their program, "Come To Your Senses" at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. We have seen some incredible performances throughout the years at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, and as such, they have set the bar high for our expectations. The performance by Pilobolus surpassed the bar with their spectacular, gravity defying abilities and choreography that not only pushed the envelope, shredded it and cast it to the wind. Bravo!
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The Understudy, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Country Playhouse - Brett Dalton, Andrea Syglowski, Eric Bryant -The Understudy -by c rosegg Theresa Rebeck's play The Understudy directed by David Kennedy at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut had the audience rolling in the aisles! Theresa Rebeck's witty lines expertly delivered by the cast: Brett Dalton, Eric Bryant, and Andrea Syglowski and deft directing by David Kennedy made the play one to see for a night of gaiety and laughter. The Understudy runs until September 1, 2018.
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A Flea In Her Ear, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Westport Playhouse -Flea in her Ear - Antoinetter Robinson and Elizabeth Heflin photo by c rosegg Absolutely hilarious! The French farce, A Flea In Her Ear written by David Ives and directed by Mark Lamos at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut is laugh out loud ooh-la-la wonderful! This fast-paced farce kept us laughing from the introduction to the final applause. Bravo! The play runs until July 28, 2018.
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Casey James at The Loft at City Winery, NYC, USA
Casey James at The Loft at City Winery NYC - Photo by Luxury ExperienceBlues singer, songwriter, guitarist Casey James lit up the stage at The Loft at City Winery in New York City. Located at 155 Varick Street on the second floor above the parent venue, City Winery, The Loft at City Winery, is an intimate venue that opened in May 2018, and provided longtime, as well as first time, Casey James fans with the opportunity to experience his creative talent up-close and personal.
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Greenwich International Film Festival 2018, Greenwich, CT, USA - Highlights
Greenwich International Film Festival 2018 Honorees - photo by Luxury Experience The 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) held in Greenwich, Connecticut celebrated its fourth year of excellence of making an impact. For film fans, attending the festival was more than just seeing an incredible selection of 49 films, it also provided the opportunity to meet with directors, producers, and actors to learn the backstory of the making of the films. Combined with their annual prestigious Changemaker Gala and Opening Night Party featuring a performance by Ms. Lauren Hill, the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival was an enchanting success.
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