BATV has your e-passes to see the exclusive screening for FIRST MAN – This  Screening is for Tuesday, October 9th, in Hartford.




Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas



On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.  A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.


Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), the epic drama of leading under the pressure of grace and tragedy is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Isaac Klausner (Love, Simon) and Chazelle.  Steven Spielberg, Adam Merims and Singer executive produce, while DreamWorks Pictures co-finances the film.


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The Howard – Delicious Treats Await All this Halloween at Bloomfield Village Pizza

This Halloween  – Something Good This Way Comes!! 31 Days of Divine and Devil-licious Treats that can only be found at the one and only Bloomfield Village Pizza.

As the sun sets, and the full moon brightly beckons us to bay on this All Hallow’s Eve, the Hobgoblin hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut annually transforms into “Boo-field” USA. Each Halloween, town folks seeking out a frightfully good place to dine – sink their teeth into heart warming “tricks and treats” at the one and only “Bloomfield” – ahem- I mean “Boo-field Village Pizza situated at 34 Tunxis Avenue. 

Chef Maria Rosu otherwise known as the “Good Pizza Witch of the East” and her staff of Village Pizza will be brewing up not only her famous “Halloween “The Great Pumpkin” Pizzas”, but such incredible edibles including; cauldrons of her bewitching pastas, “spook-etti” and “zombie” meatballs, BBQ “bat-wings”, fried dough “witches’ wands”,  monstrous hulking grinders, “yummy mummy wraps”, “devil made-me do it” antipasto, “werewolf”-burgers and the Good Pizza Witches’ freshly made “Transylvania Tiramisu” dessert treats.

According to Chef Maria – aka “The Good Pizza Witch”, “Halloween is a fun time for folks of all ages, we are happily creating a festive autumn dining experience for the entire family. Throughout the month of October and especially on Halloween, my staff and I at Village Pizza will be serving up spine-chilling specials, “Trick or Treat” activities and so much more”. 

Our special Halloween-PizzaFest begins October 1st and throughout Halloween Day. Visitors to Village Pizza are also cordially invited to insert their hand into the mouth of the “Halloween Jack-O-Lantern of Tricks or Treats” with patrons having the opportunity to win various prizes including Pizzas, Grinders, fried dough, desserts and more. Chef Maria further states, “this Halloween, we are promising an experience you’ll never forget- please stop by for one of our ghostly good pumpkin inspired pizzas, enter our Halloween contest fun, and may all you ghosts and ghoulies have a memorable and – above all else – a safe Halloween”. 

To order your special Bloomfield Village Halloween Pizza, contact the restaurant at 860-242-3339. Bloomfield Village Pizza is open 10:30am – 11pm daily.

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The Howard – Theater Review- “Peter and the Starcatcher” – Playhouse On Park

Theater Review byHoward Steven Frydman
Production:                Peter and the Starcatcher
Theater:                       Playhouse On Park
Playwright:                 Rick Elice
Music by:                     Wayne Barker
Director:                      Sean Harris

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ” bellows out a young boy as  he eagerly enters the pirate cove decorated outer lobby of the “Playhouse on Park” theater in West Hartford, Connecticut. On this early September Saturday, the playhouse is literally packed with folks, not only theater veterans, but excited young ones who have either dreamt of being Pan, Pirate or ‘Belle. Overheard over unwrapping candy and “do you have to go” – two children, a young girl, sipping on a milkshake, from neighboring A.C. Peterson and a older boy who states, “Baube- can I be like  Peter Pan” – “Sweetie as long as you don’t fly around the room you can be anything”. The young girl now looking at them both, “well if he’s gonna be Peter Pan”, and now lowering her voice, “than I’m Batman.” Good for her!

I am very proud of “Playhouse on Park” for providing an environment where live theater empowers learning, imagination, creativity and make believe – the benchmark of childhood. Case in point, “Peter and the Starcatcher”, an energetic backstory to the world of “Neverland”, “the boy who wouldn’t grow up”, Pirates, Tinker Bell, and infamy, infamy, everyone has it “in for me” – Captain Hook. 

Miss Sandra Molongo as Smee, Thomas Daniels as Bill Slank, James Patrick Nelson as Lord Leonard Aster, Colleen Welsh as Mrs. Bumbrake, Matthew Quinn as Black Stache, Nicholas Dana Rylands as Cpt Robert Falcon Scott, James Fairchild as Alf

Playhouse on Park opens their tenth anniversary season with the family friendly “Peter and the Starcatcher”, by Rick Elice and music by Wayne Barker, directed by Sean Harris, featuring a cast of 12 energetic actors, portraying over 100 characters who provide a riveting, and oh-so humerus pre-telling on how Peter and his adventure filled world of “Neverland” became legendary with those beloved classic characters that are known and loved the world over.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in 2009, and opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater winning 5 Tony Awards in 2012 including, Best Performance by an actor in a featured role and Best Costume in a play.

It is 1885, the reign of Queen Victoria, two ships, the Neverland and The Wasp, set sail to the fabled kingdom of Rundoon.  On the Neverland we are introduced to the bold and daring Molly ( Natalie Sannes) and three orphan boys, also hidden on board the ship a trunk full of the mysterious and magical “Starstuff”. Meanwhile, on the Wasp, Molly’s father guards a second trunk against pirates, especially that of the infamous “Black Stache”, (Matthew Quinn). During  a raging storm at sea, both the trunks, Molly, the orphans, Black Stache and his minion Smee end up on a mysterious island, home to the local inhabitants, the Mollusks, their chief -Fighting Prawn and a very hungry crocodile named Mr. Grin.

Jared Starkey as Peter and the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

“Peter and the Starcatcher” compels the audience to use their imagination, which is  what makes this production so much fun. There are no wires to get a Tinkerbelle or a pre Peter Pan afloat, but when the two ships, The Wasp and The Neverland, are depicted on stage as two small toy boats, one easily imagines a robust storm, two mighty sailing ships, and their valiant crews fighting the raging seas. A major high point during the second act is the serenade by the Mermaids and Mermen- deliciously comical as they perform “Mermaid Outta Me”. As mentioned, there is a cast of 12 actors providing a copious amount of characters from mermaids, lost boys and pirates – and simply put they are ALL wonderful and I send my kudos to the entire cast for their most energetic and effervescent performances. I do want to send out three “Howard Noticed YOU Awards”, firstly to Elena V. Levenson as “Fighting Prawn”, Colleen Walsh as “Mrs. Bumbrake”, and lastly James Fairchild- you made one hilarious mermaid- too funny. Enjoy!

Natalie Sannes as Molly, Colleen Welsh as Mrs. Bumbrake

Tickets for the Playhouse on Park’s  production of Peter and the Starcatcher are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the POP box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at


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The Howard – Theater Review – “Make Believe” by Bess Wohl – World Premiere at Hartford Stage

Theater:      The Hartford Stage
Play:              Make Believe
Playwright: Bess Wohl
Reviewer:    Howard Steven Frydman

Between the dark and the daylight, When the night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day’s occupations, That is known as the Children’s Hour”. 

For close to an hour, of a 90 minute production, I have just sat in awe – in sheer wonder, transfixed by four wunderkind, four phenoms, four children who take total command of the Hartford Stage as they lead us into a world of both shelter and escapism that leads one to their world of “Make Believe”. 

I must rightly state this “golden age” of the Hartford Stage in Connecticut continues as Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts present the theater’s 55th season with the world premiere of Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning playwright, Bess Wohl’s “Make Believe”,  starring four children and four adults, a thought provoking, passionate and highly emotional, deeply compelling look at childhood and innocence lost and found. Jackson Gay directs a cast made up of Megan Byrne, Chris Ghaffari, Brad Heberlee, Roman Malenda, Alexa Skye Swinton, RJ Vercellone, Molly Ward, and Sloane Wolfe.

L-R: Sloane Wolf, Roman Malenda (background), RJ Vercellone, Alexa Skye Swinton

As stated, let me tell you, for over 45 minutes, the first half of this superb Bess Wohl play, these young actors are in command of the stage, every word they utter, every movement they make- the audience is under their control. It is a rare moment in theater when you recognize that an audience is mesmerized by what they are seeing on a live stage and ultimately participating in something quite amazing- case in point – Wohl’s “Make Believe” – set in the still innocent ‘80’s, where four siblings face challenges from their uncaring, unseen, self-centered parents, while maintaining their childhood, their love for each other and ultimately confronting reality and truth.

While audience members are still arriving and taking seat, on stage a child appears, first one than another, playing innocently, flittering one way and than another, among a “playroom” littered about with toys of youth, stuffed dolls, frisbees, pound puppies, intermixed – one takes note of the green ceramic Godzilla lamp, a stuffed black bear guarding a makeshift child’s fort, and the strange selection of movie posters displayed on the playrooms outer walls- from “Krull”- about an evil creature called the ”Beast”; “Hawk- the slayer” about warring brothers; “Little Monsters”- monsters who sneak into children’s bedrooms at night, and even “-E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” about a lonely boy and his “friend” who wants to phone home”. Wow- quite a bit of foreshadowing as our youngsters slowly don sheets and flutter about as ghostly sprites. Lions and tigers and bears “oh my”! boo- there be monsters underfoot.

L-R: RJ Vercellone, Sloane Wolfe, Alexa Skye Swinton, Roman Malenda

“Mom, mom mom mom mom mom- mommy – Where’s our Mommy! – Where’s my snack?! Here we meet, Addie, Kate, Chris and Carl. All alone…no mother, no father in sight. Four children left home alone to their own devices- who will take care of them? A phone rings periodically, “mommy said not to answer the phone”, – the hairdresser leaves a message about a missed hair appointment. “Where’s mommy”? Throughout the production messages on an answering machine provide insight and more questions than answers about these missing parents. Alone, the children play, do school work and longingly wait for their parents to come home, yet there be monsters afoot and more questions such as  – where does oldest child Chris find the money to purchase food for his brothers and sisters, including beer and cigarettes and why does he always have candy in hand. Many of these questions are brought to light during shows transition as the now adult children are reunited years later and bring back folded away old memories of their youth and their time in the playroom.

Rj Vercellone starring in “Make Believe”

Major kudos to playwright Bess Wohl –  a graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Drama. She weaves an absolutely stellar tale of lost childhood and uncaring “lost in the world” parents – at times “Make Believe” reminds one of a classic “Twilight Zone” episode depicting an idyllic world –  the playroom –  where children play, few adults enter, yet where monsters surround. We must take note of the outstanding creative team, including that of Set Designer Antje Ellermann and Costume Designer Jonghyum Georgia Lee. 

L-R: Molly Ward, Megan Byrne, Brad Heberlee

Howard Steven Frydman and Playwright Bess Wohl

Though this is a cast of eight, and all our adult actors are stellar in performance, there is a reason why comedian W.C. Fields is attributed in saying, “Never work with children or animals” – they steal every scene. It is nonetheless as true here of our four young actors who literary steal the “whole chebang”, they are all adorable, and truthfully gifted actors. We are proud to provide the coveted “Howard’s Future Star Awards” to Roman Malenda, Alexa Skye Swinton, Sloane Wolfe and Mr. RJ Vercellone- bravo all! We look forward to Bess Wohl’s plays next foray – first to Broadway and eventually to the Silver Screen. Enjoy!

Tickets for the Hartford Stage production of “Make Believe” are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (860) 527-5151 or by visiting The production runs through Sunday, September 30th.  Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Saturdays, Sundays and select weekdays at 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday evening at 8pm.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at

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The Howard – A STAR IS BORN starring Lady Gaga – Premiere Screening

The Movie of the Year – The Film you have been asking for!


Wednesday, 9/26 at 7:00 PM at the Bowtie Palace 17

To download passes:

**Please note, seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed. Get there early! Each pass will admit TWO.**


In theaters on October 5

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Live Nation Productions/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

Director:        Bradley Cooper

Writers:          Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

Producers:     Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Lynette Howell Taylor

Executive Producers:  Ravi Mehta Basil Iwanyk, Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll,

Michael Rapino, Heather Parry


Cast:               Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott

Drama.  “A Star is Born,” stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper helms the film, marking his directorial debut. In this new take on the tragic love story, he plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.


This film is rated R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse.



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The Howard – Movie Screening A SIMPLE FAVOR – Download Tixs

Dear Friends!
You are cordially invited to the Connecticut Screening of A SIMPLE FAVOR.

The screening will take place in Hartford next Tuesday, Sept 11.

HARTFORD – Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 PM at Cinepolis W Hartford. Please go to link below to download your complimentary passes.

To download passes:

*Please note: seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed! Get there early. Each pass will ADMIT TWO.*

A SIMPLE FAVOR, directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.



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The Howard – Movie Premiere Tickets “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” starring Jack Black

The House with a Clock in its Walls.


Dear friends you are cordially invited to the special screening of THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS starring Jack Black
To enter-to-win a pass which admits you and a guest to a special advance screening, click on this link:

The advance screening of THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS in Hartford is on Tuesday 9/18. You will be notified via email if you’ve been selected.


MPAA Rating: PG
Run time: 105 minutes

Opening date: 9/21

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In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV’s Supernatural). Co-starring Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams, Lorenza Izzo and Sunny Suljic, it is produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), as well as Kripke.

Executive produced by William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg, Laeta Kalogridis and Mark McNair, The House with a Clock in Its Walls will be released by Universal Pictures.


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