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Review: ‘Pippin’ at The Arlington Players

The Arlington Players are entering the last weekend of their production of Pippin, a show that promises magic and fantastic feats, with book by Roger Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The original Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse in 1972 to much acclaim, and the show went on to […]

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Review: ‘Chicago’ at ArtsCentric at Motor House

The city of Chicago is “Hog Butcher for the World… City of the Big Shoulders,” as poet Carl Sandburg wrote just over a 100 years ago. Much the same could be said of certain elements of the press, which sensationalizes and grants celebrity status to human interest subjects and stories far and wide. The 1920s […]

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Review: ‘Chicago’ at The Kennedy Center

Grammy Award-winning, R & B superstar Brandy Norwood brought her razzle and dazzle to the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, reprising her Broadway debut as “Roxie Hart” in the touring production of Chicago. Hailed as the longest-running American musical in Broadway’s history, Chicago returns to DC complete with Norwood’s plumb exuberance and luminous vocals for a […]

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‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part Three: ’70 Girls 70,’ ‘Chicago,’ ‘The Rink,” ‘The World Goes Round,’ ‘The Act,’ ‘Woman of the Year,’ and ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

ACT TWO. Two years later, in 1970, I once again tried to put together a package of my clients – in the show that became 70 Girls 70 – for I’d enjoyed looking after Chita Rivera, Ron Field, Kander and Ebb, other writers, and even an actor or two in Cabaret and Zorba!. For some […]

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Review: ‘Pippin’ at The George Washington University

“Join us,” cry the players, led by sophomore Madeline Winstel, in George Washington University’s performance of Pippin. In the show’s opening number “Magic to Do,” the players invite the audience to witness a story of intrigue, humor, romance, illusion, war, and murder. With Composer Stephen Schwartz and Book writer Roger O. Hirson, Pippin tells the […]

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Lover, Wife, and Murderess—EgoPo’s Stunning ‘Machinal’: Interview with Director Brenna Geffers: Part 1

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, considered one of the most important Expressionist plays in the United States, premiered on Broadway in 1928. Inspired by the life of Ruth Snyder, who was convicted of and executed for murder, this dark play captivated audiences and earned accolades from its inception, including Burn Mantle’s The Best Plays of 1928-1929. […]

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Review: ‘Pippin’ at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia

When walking into the house of Philadelphia’s historic Academy of Music for Pippin, what could, at first, be the theatre’s fire curtain, or possibly the outer edge of a circus tent conceals the stage. From below, the sporadic outbursts of drums or chimes may be heard as the orchestra warms up. The combination lends itself […]

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Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Michele Lee: ‘Nobody Does It Like Me, The Music of Cy Coleman’

Broadway, Television, Film and Concert artist Michele Lee beguiled at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater with a disarming and engaging set of songs written by the prolific Broadway composer Cy Coleman. Lee, so well-known from the Broadway hits How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Seesaw and the popular television series Knot’s Landing, infused […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-January and February 2015-Part 2

Here is our second group of January and February Scene Stealers. Congrats to our honorees. ______ Patrick A’Hearn Singing “Music of the Night” at The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Riverside Center Dinner Theater “But the loudest applause was heard after A’Hearn appeared from his lair to captivate the audience with his glorious performance of ‘Music […]

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‘Chicago: The Musical’ at the National Theatre

There’s a reason they call it “Broadway’s Sure Thing.” Chicago: The Musical has been consistently wowing audiences for four decades with its jazzy tunes, cynical humor and slow cooked sexuality. The current Broadway tour, playing at the National Theatre until Sunday, February 15th, is no less dazzling and entertaining than longtime fans of the show […]

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‘Pippin’ is Playing at The National Theatre: A Chat with John Rubinstein on Coming into the Broadway Production, Playing Charles, and Playing Pippin in the Original Broadway Production

[Editor’s Note: Press Night for The National Tour of Pippin is tonight at The National Theatre in DC, and John Rubenstein is here to play King Charlemagne direct from The Tony Award-winning Broadway production. Teresa McCormick Ertel interviewed John right after he began performances on Broadway (June 19, 2014 – August 24, 2014).. Here’s her interview: Actor, director, teacher, […]

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Cinema Speak with Sydney-Chanele: Holding Up A Mirror – An Interview with Justin Simien, Director of ‘Dear White People’

Since the age of nine, Justin Simien knew that he wanted to be a filmmaker. Years later after attending college at Chapman University in Orange County, California and working several Industry jobs as a publicist and marketing specialist, Simien’s dream is now a reality. As one of the most provocative feature filmmaking debuts in recent […]

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Broadway Royalty Returns to Broadway: A Chat with John Rubinstein on Joining the Cast of ‘Pippin’

Actor, director, teacher, and composer John Rubinstein has taken on the role of King Charlemagne in the critically acclaimed Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin until the end of July. He’s Broadway’s original Pippin and here he shares his thoughts on his experience with the musical and how it feels to be king. Teresa: How was opening […]

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