Author Archive | Nicole Hertvik

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Report: ‘Noche de Estrellas’ Benefit for GALA Hispanic Theatre at the Organization of American States

GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Noche de Estrellas benefit was a brilliant success, raising money for GALA’s youth education programs and offering inspired performances and speeches from diverse artists who have stepped up and shown the world that Washington, DC is a hub of Latin American artistry. Guests entered the elegant Organization of American States building for […]

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Who’s in Town?: Jaime Camil from TV’s ‘Jane the Virgin’ to Receive the Inspiration Award at GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Noche de Estrellas on Monday, June 5 at 6:30PM

Ok, I admit it. I’ve become slightly obsessed with the CW show Jane the Virgin this week. The love triangles, the mysteries, the heartwarming family moments, what’s not to love? In preparing to interview Jaime Camil, who plays Jane’s father, telenovela star Rogelio de la Vega, (It’s pronounced “Rrrrrrrrro-Hhhhhhhhh-elio de la Vega! Try it, it’s […]

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Broadway Producer Jack Viertel to Appear in Conversation with Jason Loewith at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, This Saturday, May 20th at 2:15pm

This Saturday, at 2:15pm, noted Broadway Producer Jack Viertel will appear at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in conversation with Olney Theatre Center Artistic Director Jason Loewith to discuss Viertel’s book The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built. As Senior Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jack Viertel has been instrumental in […]

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Who’s in Town?: Debbie Allen Discusses Hosting the CityDance DREAMscape Gala on Saturday, May 6th at 8pm

Folks looking for a good cause and a night of show-stopping entertainment need look no further than CityDance’s annual DREAMscape Gala. This Saturday, May 6, donors can expect performances from the world’s hottest dancers hosted by one of dance’s most groundbreaking achievers, Emmy Award-winning choreographer Debbie Allen. Proceeds from the gala support CityDance’s DREAM program. CityDance DREAM […]

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Who’s in Town? A Conversation with Adam Pascal, Performing in Concert with ‘Rent’ Costar Anthony Rapp at Strathmore This Friday, April 28th at 8pm

Rent fans are in for a treat as Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp team up for a one-night-only concert event at Strathmore this Friday, April 28th at 8 PM. Pascal and Rapp are forever joined in the hearts of musical theater fans thanks to their portrayals of Roger Davis and Mark Cohen in the original […]

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Review: ‘Hairspray, Jr.’ at Ovations Theatre

Ovations Theatre hits another one out of the park with their production of Hairspray, Jr. performed entirely by 3rd through 9th graders. With a book by Marc O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music my Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Whitman and Marc Shaiman, Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad’s desire to dance on The […]

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Review: ‘In the Heights’ (Spanish Version) at GALA Hispanic Theatre

Those looking to add “a little bit of cinnamon” to their theatergoing should head to GALA Hispanic Theatre’s current production of In the Heights. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award-winning musical about ordinary Latino families exploring what it means to belong takes on new resonance thanks to a new Spanish translation of the lyrics. While Spanish-language […]

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Who’s in Town?: Luis Salgado, Director and Choreographer of GALA Theatre’s Spanish Language ‘In the Heights’

¡No pare, sigue, sigue! Hamilton lovers rejoice! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights premieres tonight at GALA Hispanic Theatre in the show’s first Spanish-language production in the United States. In the Heights, which tells the story of ordinary Latino families trying to scrape by in the New York City neighborhood where Miranda grew up, […]

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Who’s in Town?: Alan Cumming Discusses His Upcoming Cabaret Show ‘Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs’ at The Kennedy Center on April 29th

If you are like me, you would have given your right arm for an invitation to “Club Cumming,” the nightly party Alan Cumming held in his dressing room at Studio 54 after performances of Cabaret, the iconic Broadway show Cumming helmed in 1998 and again in 2014. Cabaret may have closed on Broadway, but “Club […]

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Review: ‘Midwestern Gothic’ at Signature Theatre

A native Midwesterner myself, I was eager to see Midwestern Gothic, Signature Theatre’s new show that is being touted as Misery meets Fargo, a thriller musical in the vein of Sweeney Todd set “in the middle of continental nowhere.” Midwestern Gothic features a cast of marginalized characters living forgotten lives on the fringes of society […]

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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Charm City Players

For a day of family fun, it doesn’t get much better than Charm City Players. Charm City’s current production, Mary Poppins, continues their tradition of affordable family entertainment helmed by talented actors and showcasing large ensembles of talented area children. Mary Poppins tells the story of the quirky, magical nanny who brings harmony to the […]

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Review: ‘Connected’ at Take the Stage Performance Company

Take the Stage Performance Company’s latest production, Connected, took place last weekend at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. A musical review of 15 songs from current Broadway hits such as Hamilton and Something Rotten, as well as songs from classic shows like Everyday Rapture and The Will Rogers Follies, Connected featured precisely executed choreography and […]

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Review: ‘Two Rooms’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

International diplomacy is like a game of chess, full of strategy, maneuvering and calculation. You take risks you hope won’t prove fatal and you never want to be the pawn. Two Rooms, by playwright Lee Blessing, soberly explores the world of US foreign policy by examining a fictitious kidnapping in Beirut, and the calculations made […]

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Review: ‘I Love You, Because’ at Damascus Theatre Company

Pop-rock musicals are having a moment. With Dear Evan Hanson ruling on Broadway and Freaky Friday recently debuting at Signature Theatre, fun, upbeat musicals are all the rage. While lesser known than some of its contemporary musical counterparts, I Love You Because – with a lively score by Joshua Salzman and book and lyrics by […]

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Best Medicine Rep, A New Professional Theater Company, Is Coming to Gaithersburg, MD; Free Reading of Jennifer Faletto’s ‘Bathroom Hate’ This Sunday, 2/12@3 PM

A new professional theater company is coming to Montgomery County, Maryland. Best Medicine Rep, helmed by playwright John Morogiello, will focus on new comedies and judging from my conversation with John, these shows are sure to tickle your funny bone! This season, Best Medicine Rep will offer a monthly series of readings out of the […]

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