Author Archive | Tiffany Draut

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Review: Patti LuPone at Wolf Trap

The Barns at Wolf Trap resonated with the powerful belt of one of Broadway’s reigning divas tonight as Patti LuPone brought her concert “Don’t Monkey with Broadway” down to DC. A whirlwind tour through some of her favorite Broadway songs, the original Evita proved once again that age has not slowed her–or her voice–down one bit. LuPone […]

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Review: ‘The Marcy and Zina Show’ at Signature Theatre

Amidst the sweltering summer humidity, Signature Theater’s “Sizzlin’ Summer Nights” cabaret series more than lived up to its name with songwriters Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich as they performed their act “The Marcy and Zina Show” at Signature Theatre on July 16, 2016. Joined by bassist Greg Watkins and singer Scott Coulter, they had the audience […]

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Review: Brian Regan at The Warner Theatre

With the nonstop laughter tonight coming from the Warner Theatre in DC, it was easy to tell that Brian Regan had brought his comedy tour to town!  Playing through Saturday, May 21, 2016, Brian Regan’s unique blend of physical comedy and quirky observations had everyone in stitches—a fantastic (if early) start to the weekend. Brian […]

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Review #1: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: ‘Broadway Divas’

What does one call a group of Broadway divas? After tonight’s performance of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Jack Everly, “Dreamgirls” seems like perhaps the appropriate designation. Christina Bianco, Mandy Gonzalez, N’Kenge, and Kristen Plumley were the BSO’s guest divas, and more than lived up to the diva name, with their […]

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Review: Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: ‘An Enchanted Evening’

It really was quite “An Enchanted Evening” at GMU’s Center for the Arts on March 12, 2016 as Mary Michael Patterson and Hayley Travers, accompanied by the Fairfax Orchestra under the baton of Luke Frazier, sang their way through the American Songbook. With deft quotes and anecdotes told by Luke Frazier in-between songs, and Travers […]

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Tracy Lynn Olivera’s ‘Halloween Spooktacular Cabaret’ at Signature Theatre

As Halloween approaches, ghosts and monsters and witches seem to be everywhere. But by far the most entertaining witch of all was Tracy Lynn Olivera, presenting her Halloween Spooktacular Cabaret at Signature Theatre tonight in Shirlington. Olivera, with her strong, versatile voice, combined with her howling wit and style, cast a spell over the audience and […]

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Jackie Evancho: ‘Awakening’ at Strathmore

As Jackie Evancho walked onstage on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Music Center at Strathmore to perform her “Awakening” concert, the excitement among the packed crowd was palpable, and only increased as Evancho opened her mouth and let loose that astonishingly rich, pure voice. Evancho burst onto the national stage in 2010 when she […]

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Megan Hilty at The Barns at Wolf Trap

It was a “Smash”-ing evening at the Barns at Wolf Trap last night as Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty lit up the stage with some of her signature songs. Hilty’s vivacious and energetic stage presence, combined with her brassy Broadway vocals, have earned her legions of fans who were more than happy to brave […]

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Bernadette Peters at ‘Arts By George’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

“Let Me Entertain You” belted Bernadette Peters as she burst onto the stage to begin the Arts by George! benefit at George Mason University’s  Center for the Arts. And boy did she ever—this diva of the Broadway stage kicked off George Mason University’s 25th Anniversary season in style, entertaining the audience with some of Broadway’s greatest […]

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Gladys Knight and the O’Jays at Wolf Trap

“Tonight is all about love!” proclaimed the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight herself, as she and the O’Jays gave the crowd an amazing night out at Wolf Trap on Saturday, August 22, 2015. And indeed it was: love from the audience for these Soul greats, love from them for the (extraordinarily supportive) audience, and love […]

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Jim Gaffigan’s ‘Contagious Tour’ at Wolf Trap

Jim Gaffigan brought his “Contagious” tour to Wolf Trap on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, treating the sold-out crowd to jokes and quips about the oddities of life that made for near-constant laughter. If laughter is the best medicine, everyone in the audience left Wolf Trap in the best of health! Jim Gaffigan, famous for his […]

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‘The Piano Guys’ at Wolf Trap

The Piano Guys blew into Wolf Trap at 8 pm on Thursday, August 6, 2015 with their originality, humor, and sheer musical skill like the refreshing cool air after the heat wave of the past few days, delighting the sold out crowd and making for a most entertaining evening. The Piano Guys, Paul Anderson (producer/videographer), […]

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‘Too Marvelous for Words: The Songs of Johnny Mercer’ at AMP

Cabaret singers Linda Purl and Lee Lessack shone on July 31, 2015 in their concert tribute to Johnny Mercer, appropriately titled Too Marvelous for Words. In the delightfully-intimate new venue AMP by Strathmore, Purl and Lessack enchanted the audience with their skill and enthusiasm for the prolific songwriter that was Johnny Mercer. Television favorite Linda Purl, […]

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Idina Menzel at Jiffy Lube Live

Fighting both the summer heat and a summer cold, Idina Menzel nonetheless stormed the stage at the Jiffy Lube Live arena on Saturday, July 18, 2015, and blew the (figurative) roof off the place. With her signature charm and authenticity, she was like a refreshing breeze, keeping the audience enthralled with a parade of her […]

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