‘Gigi’ at The Kennedy Center

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe‘s Gigi, the Oscar-winning 1958 film musical that was later adapted for the Broadway stage over 40 years ago, premiered for a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, officially opening last night. Directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet) — in a revitalized, re-envisioned […]

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Here are the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards Nominations

  This is the first time that the new Awards Process will be effect, producing the 47 categories of nominations. Outstanding Performer, Visiting Production Caroline Bowman Evita The Kennedy Center Bethan Cullinane King Lear Folger Theatre Tovah Feldshuh Golda’s Balcony Theater J Joseph Marcell King Lear Folger Theatre Alex Mugnaioni King Lear Folger Theatre Outstanding Supporting […]

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‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ at The Warner Theatre

Set during the Roaring Twenties in the heyday of prohibition, the Tony-winning musical Nice Work If You Can Get It is a celebration of the best of the iconic music of George and Ira Gershwin. A musical comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It tells the tale of a wealthy, charming playboy Jimmy Winter […]

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In the Moment: Walnut Street Theatre’s Touring Company Brings ‘A Life in the Theatre’ to GMU’s Center for the Arts on February 6th

America’s oldest theatre, Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, also has a touring company component. The touring company is a regular presence at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, Great Performances series. Walnut Street Theatre will be bringing a production of A Life in the Theatre (1977) by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet to the […]

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Meet the Cast and Director of Spooky Action Theater’s ‘Last of the Whyos': Part Two: Meet Michael Kevin Darnall by Roberta Alves

This is the second in a series of interviews with the cast of Spooky Action Theater’s Last of the Whyos. In Part Two: Meet Michael Kevin Darnall. This past Monday night Michael Kevin Darnall was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his performance of Mortimer Mortimer in Failure: A Love Story at The Hub Theatre. Congrats! Roberta: Why […]

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Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage Robert Barry Fleming on ‘Blue Viola’ Playing Tomorrow and Sunday

Michael: Introduce yourself to our readers, and tell us the kind of work that you do. Robert: I work to realize the artistic vision and mission of Arena Stage in our practical day-to-day business and operations, so primarily I serve in a supervisory capacity to all dramaturgical, literary, and casting activities, lead season planning and […]

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Motion City Soundtrack at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, an artist comes along who changes your life in an immeasurable way: their art shapes you, comforts you, inspires and excites you…for me, these artists are the members of Motion City Soundtrack, a rock/alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had the great pleasure to see them perform live at The […]

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National Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Arabella Steinbacher at The Kennedy Center

It’s almost a cliché to sit smugly in a 21st century theater or concert hall enjoying a work that some original critic destroyed to his everlasting infamy. And audiences at this week’s National Symphony Orchestra concerts have every right to enjoy that sensation as they hear Tchaikovsky’s wildly virtuosic Violin Concerto in D Major. The work’s […]

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Interviews with Artists Stephen Blickenstaff, Isaac Bidwell, Todd Gardner, and John Detrich on their Pop up Gallery Show at ‘Shocked & Amazed Presents: Strange For Hire’

This Saturday, January 31st, Shocked & Amazed Presents: Strange For Hire will perform at the Artisphere in Rosslyn. Accompanying the performance art will be a pop up gallery art show featuring artists Stephen Blickenstaff, Isaac Bidwell, Todd Gardner, and John Detrich. Give us a little bit of your back-story – where do you hail from, how […]

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‘The Widow Lincoln’ at Ford’s Theatre

In the world premiere production of The Widow Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, playwright James Still and Director Stephen Rayne create a mélange of fact and fiction, mystery and history, in a stunning portrayal of a tortured woman coping with unspeakable grief. The play provides a fantasy version of what might have happened during a 40-day period […]

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In the Moment: George Mason University Gets STEAMED

What is the arts role as a means to spark creativity for the American workforce in the post-recession world? Much is being said about keeping the competitive edge of the United States through what is known as STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). I noticed that the arts seem not to be included in the […]

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An Interview with Isaac Solomon

On the evenings of November 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2014 Isaac Solomon performed the role of Link in Hairspray at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. I had a chance to talk with Isaac about his theatre experiences. Eric: What gave you the “initial push” to get involved with theater? Was it some event […]

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Mariinsky Ballet Featuring Hodson’s ‘Le sacre du printemps,’ Fokine’s ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’ and ‘The Swan,’ and Petipa’s ‘Paquita Grand Pas’ at The Kennedy Center

 Russians return to the glory days of ballet Ulyana Lopatkina could have wrapped up The Kennedy Center and taken it home with her after her performance in The Swan, a.k.a. The Dying Swan, created by Michel Fokine in 1905 to Camille Saint-Saens’ cello solo Le Cygne. The gorgeous redheaded prima ballerina – I dare anyone […]

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‘Our Mutual Friend’ at Lumina Studio Theatre

“Part mystery, part romantic comedy, part moral fable, Our Mutual Friend justly earns its place among Dickens’s most brilliant novels.” With these words, Directors Kelly Newman O’Connor and John O’Connor set the stage for their ambitious and engrossing adaptation of the author’s arguable magnum opus—Dickens’s “last completed masterpiece”—for Lumina Studio Theatre. The set is simple, […]

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