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Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Dreamgirls has followed the summer’s closet full of Dreamcoats into Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia. That’s a lot of dreams, providing plenty of rich musical memories for theater fans to cuddle up with all fall. Thirty-six years after its smash Broadway debut in 1981, Dreamgirls still comes over you like a caffeine rush. That’s especially […]

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In the Moment: ‘A Little Night Music’ at Signature Theatre

Opening in 1973, A Little Night Music was part of the muscular turbulence of those well-remembered primal days of rage. Rage that bred inhaled cynicism like a needed eye-opening drug into the arts for many of us. Even the more refined, Mahler-loving denizens of Broadway were no stranger to the acerbity. Only a Nixon-loving fool back […]

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Review: ‘A Little Night Music’ at Signature Theatre

If you are eager to get away from the turbulent news cycle, August humidity, annoying traffic, a mostly undone to-do list, disorder in your immediate circle, or fractures at a global or microscopic level, take a trip to Signature Theatre and put your worries on hold. A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances and Ensembles in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA: Scean Aaron as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show at Iron Crow Theatre. Scott Ward Abernethy as Doctor Madden in Next to Normal at The Keegan Theatre. Nicklas Aliff as Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown at Constellation Theatre Company. […]

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Review #2: ‘110 in the Shade’ at Ford’s Theatre

As the opening song exclaims, “Gonna Be Another Hot Day”- and like a refreshing breeze, the lilting lyrics and melodious music of the prolific theatre songwriting team of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, I Do! I Do!) surges over the Ford’s Theatre’s current robust production of 110 in the Shade. The entire production […]

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Review: ‘110 in the Shade’ at Ford’s Theatre

Glorious vocals and a strong cast heat up Ford’s Theatre with the musical gem 110 in the Shade. With music and lyrics by The Fantasticks creators Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, this rollicking musical, based on The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, has more than enough heat to satisfy. Directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom […]

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Review: ‘Lost in the Stars’ at Washington National Opera #2

One of the most powerful musical dramas of the 20th century has just opened at The Kennedy Center, home of the Washington National Opera, for a one-week run. And theater lovers who long for the towering achievements of Broadway’s heyday—the 1940s, when names like Gershwin, Hammerstein and Weill dominated the stage—had better scramble if they want […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts: Best of 2015 #10: Best Performances in a Musical in Professional Theatres and Special Awards

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theatres honors go to:   Best Actor in a Musical Andrew Lloyd Baughman as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (Prog-Metal Version) at Landless Theatre Company. Danny Bertaux as Melchior in Spring Awakening at Red Branch Theatre Company. Paul Binotto as Nathan Detroit […]

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La-Ti-Do! Begins Performances at Bistro Bistro Tonight at 8 PM with Chris Sizemore and National Broadway Chorus & American Pops Orchestra

Come see La-Ti-Do’ new venue at Bistro Bistro 1727 Connecticut Ave, in NW Washington, DC TONIGHT AT 8 PM  La-Ti-Do presents Helen Hayes Award winner Chris Sizemore and members of The National Broadway Chorus and American Pops Orchestra. Purchase your tickets to The American Pops Orchestra’s Stairway to Paradise on Friday, October 16th  and 8 PM […]

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Big Changes at La-Ti-Do! New Venue and Partnering with Arena Stage & Shakespeare Theatre Company

La-Ti-Do’s Fall 2015 Season & Special Events Announcement Produced by La-Ti-Do DC A part of the weekly La-Ti-Do series from October – December 2015 FALL for some of Washington, DC’s best and brightest stars and members of partner organizations!” La-Ti-Do DC is MOVING locations to Bistro Bistro Restaurant – 1727 Connecticut Ave, in NW Washington, DC […]

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‘Ragtime: The Musical’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

The emotionally stirring historical patchwork known as Ragtime: The Musical is back at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in a wonderful new professional mounting. It was twelve years ago that Toby Orenstein first introduced her buffet-line audiences to this 1998 Broadway powerhouse. But blessed with another first-rate cast and production, the work’s themes and lessons resonate just […]

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Here Are The Recipients of This Year’s 2015 Helen Hayes Awards – in Order of Presentation With 2 Videos

 Here are the recipients of the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards  in the order they were announced tonight at The Lincoln Theatre.   THE RECIPIENTS ARE IN RED! Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production Bonita Brisker Seven Guitars No Rules Theatre Company Katy Carkuff One Man, Two Guvnors 1st Stage Maggie Erwin Failure: A Love Story […]

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Spine: Feeling Blue? Escape to ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

A man staggers onto the stage at Arena’s Kreeger Theater. Nomax, played with deep loss by Kevin McAllister, has offended his girl with yet another drunken night. He sings “Early in the Morning,” an emotionally riveting blues number by Louis Jordan, Leo Hickman, and Dallas Bartley. The audience fills with pathos, beautiful and heartfelt pains […]

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‘Sincerely, Me!’ at ArtCentric

This is all the music that your grandma ever prayed to. This is all the music that your mama ever cooked to. This is all the music that your aunt ever sang karaoke to. And this is all the music that your little sister ever twerked to. This music is the music that made music […]

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‘Story of My Life: The Freak Flag Chronicles’ at Toby’s ‘Shrek’: Part 2: Ashley Johnson (The Dragon)

She’s gonna love you forever! A big mean, fire-breathing machine! Part Two of the Story of My Life: The Freak Flag Chronicles interview series takes flight with cast member Ashley Johnson, providing the voice of The Dragon in Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia’s production of Shrek The Musical. We’re dishing out all the secrets about […]

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