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Review: ‘Nine’ at Wildwood Summer Theatre

What do you get with a cast of 1 artistic film director plus 10 beautiful ladies? Nope, not eleven, it’s Nine! Presented by Wildwood Summer Theatre, composed by Maury Yeston, written by Arthur Kopit, and directed by Rocky Nunzio, Nine follows the tale of struggling Italian film director Guido Contini (Noah Beye) as he obsesses to […]

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Review: ‘Sultans of String’ at AMP at Strathmore

The Sultans of String delight and excite. This is World Music as you’ve never heard it before. The music is, quite simply, a soul satisfying mash-up of European gypsy, classical, punjabi, jazz, and blues, 70s and 80s rock, salsa, and rhumba. It shouldn’t work; it does. The group, based in Ontario, has hit #1 on […]

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An Interview with Local Musician Jason Masi

Jason Masi, a former standout soccer star found his calling in music and hasn’t looked back since. He delves into his music life and what he finds through it by living the dream as a full-time musician in the DC area. I met Jason when he played with Justin Trawick’s The 9 Songwriter Series at Saufhaus […]

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Review: ‘OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist’ at The Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences

The Kennedy Center has produced yet another world premiere production for this season’s Theater for Young Audiences. This time, they have taken Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and brought the story to modern-day Rio in OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist. With book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, this adaptation breathes […]

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Review: ‘Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie’ at Strathmore

Fifty years later, audiences can still get anything they want – but Alice is still not part of the package. Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie played to a packed house Wednesday evening at The Music Center at Strathmore. The room vibrated with energy and enthusiasm. The crowd of mostly older boomers, some accompanied by […]

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Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at The Kennedy Center

The Winter’s Tale: Warm Production for a Cold Winter’s Night Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has taken a challenging late Shakespearean play – The Winter’s Tale from 1623 – and revitalized it into a mostly exquisite 21st-century ballet that breathes soul and spirit into an often cobwebby work. The National Ballet of Canada’s co-production with the Royal […]

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Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young, Tony-Award winner and musical wonder of the Broadway never-ending (and well-deserved to be!) musical hit Jersey Boys, enthralled the crowd at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater Friday night with a spattering of songs of all styles. From the auspicious start of the show, when Young bounded out on the stage wearing an […]

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‘Hair’ at Woodrow Wilson High School

Lorin Kayla Holland (Dionne), in all her tranquil beauty, set the mood perfectly for Wilson High School’s production of Hair. Action jumps in as Kellik Dawson (Hud), and Zac Nachbar-Seckel (Berger) hit the stage. This dynamic duo has it all; vocals; dance steps; acting, and; the illusive ability to immediately connect with the audience. Teo Topa […]

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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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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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‘One Man Two Guvnors’ at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Splendidly directed by Tad Janes and cleverly written by Richard Bean with songs by Grant Olding, One Man Two Guvnors is a laugh-out-loud riot with hysterical performances from a versatile cast with outstanding improvisational skills. Inspired on the Commedia del Arte style and based on Carlo Goldoni’s play The Servant of Two Masters, One Man […]

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Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at Wolf Trap

Genre-bending artist Lyle Lovett tore up the stage at the Filene Center with his Large Band. It feels like three bands in one – a country band heavy on guitar and fiddle, a blues band with a full horn section, with songs that unite them all for a sound reminiscent of the 20’s big band […]

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Counting Crows at Wolf Trap

With the ascension of their seventh studio album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, California-based folk-rock band Counting Crows returned to Wolf Trap last night, reunifying droves of primarily 30 to 40-something revelers and ‘90s nostalgists to maximum capacity. The Crows, led by pianist and vocalist Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson, as too astutely amplified by Jim […]

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at McLean Community Players

Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock n’ roll opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, and the McLean Community Players cast and crew, directed by Kevin and Pamela McCormack, rocks and rolls. This awesome production is flashy and colorful, loud and entertaining, and ambitious and fun. The musical is based on the […]

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‘Once’ at The Kennedy Center

Brilliantly blending theatricality and intimacy, the 2012 Tony Award-winning best musical Once officially opened last night at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, championing the awe-inspiring power of love, music and community to reinvigorate and transform lives in new and unexpected ways. Bolstered by John Tiffany’s astute direction on a minimalist, but versatile, pub-interior set, delineated with a […]

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Columbia Festival of the Arts: Day Two at the Lakefront

It was a hot day and a hotter night at the Lakefront but that did not keep the crowds away. Good music, especially free for the listening, is always a way to attract an audience. Folks listened while they bought hand crafted jewelry and pottery and admired the art work whether they bought or not. […]

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