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Review: ‘Tick Tick… BOOM!’ at Stillpointe Theatre

Before the emergence of the late legendary composer and playwright Jonathan Larson’s iconic Rent on Broadway, there was his semi-autobiographical rock monologue Tick, Tick… Boom! that he performed on and off as a solo show for several years. In 2001, five years after his untimely death at age 35, on the eve of Rent’s Off-Broadway preview, […]

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Review: ‘Rent’ at the National Theatre

Okay, twenty years ago I was more concerned with raising kids than living rough on the street, but that’s what the current tour of Rent celebrates. Where to live, how to love, finding work, survival, family are all on raw display from the moment the lights come up. Creator Jonathan Larson depicts how life in […]

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Review: ‘RENT’ at Gateway Playhouse

The Gateway Playhouse opened its 68th Season with the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical, RENT. With book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, this artistic musical is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. Directed by Matt Karis and choreographed by Gerry McIntyre, RENT is a fantastic production. It’s the East Village of New York […]

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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: ‘Rent’ at The Hippodrome Theatre

Fans of Rent, it’s time to “Occupy Baltimore” once again. Hook yourselves up with tickets by any means necessary to that 20th Anniversary Tour making a brief, flash-point stop inside the old Hippodrome Theatre. Paul Clay’s New York set design — love that tower of metal and rubble — prepares the audience for a piece of […]

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Review: Soprano Ailyn Pérez at The Barns at Wolf Trap

There’s no business like show business, but does that include opera? If in a few years people finally agree that opera is genuinely another form of musical theater, it may be because of the current career rocketship of American soprano Ailyn Pérez. Never mind her recent run as the star of the Metropolitan Opera’s uber-popular […]

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Review: ‘Tick, Tick…Boom’ at The Highwood Theatre

Originally a one-man show written in 1990, Tick, Tick…Boom was reconceived after Jonathan Larson’s untimely death by David Auburn and produced off-Broadway in 2001. Rewritten to include three different characters, the autobiographical musical still speaks to the insecurities Larson had as he reached the milestone age of thirty with no fruits to show from his […]

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Review: ‘Tick, Tick…BOOM!’ at Spotlighters

Tick, Tick…BOOM!, as directed and choreographed by Jillian Locklear Bauersfeld, and with Book, Music and Lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, was an insightful semi-autobiographical and musical journey. Larson, famous for writing the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent, wrote Tick, Tick…BOOM! to vent his disappointment about the failure of his earlier work, Superbia, a musical […]

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Review: ‘Rent’ at Rockville Musical Theatre

Jonathan Larson’s sudden death the night before Rent’s off-Broadway premiere is one of theater’s most heart-breaking events. Larson never got to see his only show move to Broadway, win the 1996 Tony Awards for best book, best score and best musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Larson’s tale of a group of misfit artists […]

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‘RENT’ at Metropolitan Youth Theatre

Metropolitan Youth Theatre’s production of RENT is a 100% student-run show from the director to the 17 actors who are making this flashback to the turn-of-the-century HIV/AIDS epidemic a moving testament to the level of understanding that these Millennials possess. The musical is directed by Chad Vann, a sophomore at Hayfield Secondary School in Springfield, […]

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‘La bohème’ at Washington National Opera

Young love is in the air, lifted there by a host of young performers in the Washington National Opera’s new production of La bohème. Most of the cast and crew are making their WNO debut. Many are former and even current members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the WNO’s international training program for promising […]

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A Close-Up with the Director and Cast of Quackensteele’s ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’

Quackensteele Theatre Company’s production of tick… tick… BOOM! opens this Friday. It’s the inaugural production for the new theatre company. Meet Director Walter Ware III and cast members Madeline Botteri, David Little, and Lou Steele. Director Walter Ware III: A lot of people know that I have an infatuation with ducks, so when Quackensteele approached me about directing tick… […]

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Tomorrow Night at La-Ti-Do: Cast Members of Quackensteele’s ‘Tick, Tick, Boom! and VIjai Nathan and Jamie Hardin at 8 PM

TOMORROW MAY 19TH at 8 PM!  A FAHBAHROUS La-Ti-Do Birthday! It’s that time of week again for La-Ti-Do: WINNER of DCMetro TheaterArts’ Special Award in 2012 and 2013. This month we feature multiple artists of Asian/Asian American heritage! This Monday, we celebrate Regie Cabico’s birthday and see some excerpts from his solo show Godiva Dates & One […]

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Introducing QuackenSteele Theatre Company, LLC

INTRODUCING QUACKENSTEELE THEATRE COMPANY, LLC  Contemporary. Compelling. Challenging. Those are the three C’s newly formed QUACKENSTEELE THEATRE COMPANY, LLC hopes to thrive by. Founded by Laura Quackenbush and Lou Steele, QTC is the newest, professional theatre company in the MD/DC/NOVA area. Having been immersed in the NYC theatre scene for over a decade QTC Co-Founders wondered […]

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‘Rent’ at American University by Bev Fleisher

Jonathan Larson, who wrote the original book, music and lyrics for Rent, summarized the musical in one sentence: ‘Rent is about a community and about celebrating life in the face of death and AIDS at the turn of the century. Prior to the beginning of Rent at American University, cast members emphasized that their rendition […]

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