Author Archive | Andrew L. Baughman

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Review: “The Secret Garden” at Other Voices Theatre

Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman’s The Secret Garden boasts one of the most gorgeous scores in the history of musical theatre, but is rarely undertaken by community theatre groups due to its musical and technical complexity. Director Susan Thornton and Other Voices Theatre in Frederick have exceeded the challenge of mounting this heart-wrenching story and […]

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Review: ‘Gigi’ at Washington County Playhouse

For a taste of France and classic musical theatre, Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown is serving Lerner and Lowe’s Gigi through August 5th. It is a rarely produced musical, faithfully remounted in the spirit of the original show. Gigi, based on a Colette novella and 1958 film musical, tells the tale of a young Parisienne […]

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Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Robinwood Players

Director Mike Harsh’s concept to set Hagerstown Community College’s Jesus Christ Superstar in a modern day Syrian-esque refugee camp gives the show a renewed immediacy that grips the audience right from the start. As the ominous chords of the overture rumble, apostles shuffle and huddle in the shadows as machine guns erupt around the theater. […]

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OCCUPY EAST STREET: Frederick’s East Street Arts Center is now Open!

Landless Theatre Company announces the soft opening of The East Street Arts Center, a new performing arts studio in Frederick, MD. The 20,000 square foot space is available for local performing and visual artists and organizations to utilize for rehearsal, theatre performance, concert, gallery, meeting, and studio/shop workspace. The opening, originally planned for December 2015, […]

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East Street Arts Center is coming to Frederick and Landless Theatre Company Has Found a New Home

The Landless Theatre Company is opening the new “East Street Arts Center” at 919-B N. East Street in Frederick, MD. The 12,000 square foot former church space will include a 180-seat performance venue, classrooms, rehearsal space, and an Art Gallery. A “soft opening” is scheduled for December 5, 2015, and the Arts Center expects to […]

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‘Their Metal Will Be More Than Tested’: Landless Theatre Company Announces Development of ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Symphonic Metal Version)’

The Landless Theatre Company announces development of its second work of “Metal Theatre” for production in Summer, 2016: The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Symphonic Metal Version. The production follows Landless’ acclaimed Sweeney Todd Prog Metal Version, which garnered three 2015 Helen Hayes Award Nominations, and will return for encore performances at Atlas Performing Arts […]

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“What, Mr. Todd, What is that Sound?” Arranging The Prog Metal Version of Sweeney Todd, Part One: Andrew Siddle

It has been over a year since Stephen Sondheim gave DC’s Landless Theatre Company unprecedented permission to create a Prog Metal orchestration of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The August 2014 workshop production at Warehouse Theatre garnered 3 Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director (Melissa Baughman) and Outstanding Music Director […]

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‘Electric Pharaoh’ at Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Cover your butts, DC: the Baltimore Rock Opera Society is about to invade Atlas Performing Arts Center with their brand new rock musical Electric Pharaoh, fresh from completing its first run at Lithuanian Hall in Baltimore. Powered by an all-volunteer army of performing artists and creative world builders, the BROS consistently put forth the most […]

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An Interview with Film Writer-Director Mike Cramer on ‘Teenage Ghost Punk’ at the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at AFI

The Halloween season is upon us, and for parents looking for a good “family friendly” scare at the movies, be sure to check out Teenage Ghost Punk. Apart from some minor language, this witty and rocking ghost story is a perfect treat for teens and tweens – and it is a star vehicle for some […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Dish’

If garbage puppets and singing Pears give you heartburn and you hunger for more accessible Fringe fare, then I recommend The Dish by Jenny Splitter. Chock full of DC-insider references and audience interaction, The Dish could give Shear Madness a run for its money as DC’s next fluffy first-date night at the theatre. In The […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Dracula. A Love Story’

(The Best of the Capital Fringe)  When Lee Ordeman stalks his female prey as the title character in Dracula. A Love Story, he might just conjure more imagery of the American Psycho than Stoker’s gothic predator. Such is the tone of Tim Treanor’s alternately poetic and pulp fiction modernization of the king of all vampire […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘W3″

Just when I worried this year’s fringe was veering more mainstream than ever before, I found myself at Barking Fish Theatre Project’s surrealistic W3. Suddenly, there was garbage puppetry, and stark backlighting that obscured facial expressions for 2/3 of the show, and beached whale scenery singing “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean.” But was it… […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Coosje’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Every now and then CapFringe makes a divine pairing of venue and production. Such is the case with No. 11 Productions’ Coosje at the Goethe Institut, where the art house ambiance enhances this absurdist, powerful little musical about the relationship between artists, critics and art; more specifically, the relationship between […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘TAME.’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) When the DC Women’s Voices Theatre Festival rolls around in October, 2015, I sincerely hope Playwright Jonelle Walker will be among the voices represented. In TAME. (ably directed by Medha Marsten), Walker not only demonstrates the chops to write strong and dynamic female characters, she has the rare ability to […]

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Attend The Tale: Cast Announcement for Landless’ Summer of Rock productions of ‘Sweeney Todd – Prog Metal Version’ and ‘Rock Bottom’ [A Rock Opus] by Landless Theatre Company

The Landless Theatre Company announces casting for Summer of Rock productions at Warehouse Theatre: Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd – Prog Metal Version and Rock Bottom [A Rock Opus]. Both productions will incorporate distinguished vocalists from local metal and rock bands, including A Sound of Thunder, Aries, Cassandra Syndrome and Los Swamp Monsters. “We’re developing a […]

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Exclusive! Attend The Tale of Landless Theatre’s Sondheim Approved Prog Metal Version of ‘Sweeney Todd’: Announcing The Arrangers-THE FLEET STREET COLLECTIVE

DC’s Landless Theatre Company, currently developing a Prog Metal Version of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, announces that the prog metal orchestration is being written by a team of arrangers known as The Fleet Street Collective. The seven members of The Fleet Street Collective are DC-based metal musicians Lance LaRue, Ray Shaw and Alex Vallejo; Philadelphia-based world […]

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