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Review: ‘The Mistress Cycle’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron presents The Mistress Cycle, with Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt and Music by Jenny Giering. Matt Conner directs a cast of five women in this ambitious musical that, while an interesting concept, falls short in its overall execution. With its small cast and modest scenic design, The Mistress Cycle is a logical […]

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In the Moment: ‘The Mistress Cycle’ at Creative Cauldron

Illuminating what has been in the shadows, or usually whispered about, Creative Cauldron has provided a delicately rendered musical about the harsh realities women have faced over the centuries when viewed as the “other” woman. Having its DC area premiere, the musical is The Mistress Cycle. From ancient Biblical times to the very present the […]

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Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Creative Cauldron

America’s beloved franchise The Wizard of Oz gets a sprightly and spectacular makeover at Creative Cauldron this month. The musical — with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, as adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987, based on the 1939 landmark film, seeded by L. Frank Baum’s wonderful […]

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Review: ‘Kaleidoscope’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron presents Kaleidoscope, a “Bold New Works” ​World Premiere Musical with Music and Lyrics by Matt Conner and Book and Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith, who also co-direct the production. This piece studies the decline of a dementia patient through her lifetime revue as a Broadway star, and the result is poignant and real, […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #10: Best Direction in Musicals in Professional Theatres in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Musicals in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees: David James for A Christmas Carol at Toby’s The Dinner Theatre of Columbia. Matt Lenz for A Christmas Story: The Musical at The Hippodrome Theatre. Pierre-Jacques Brault A Christmas Story: The Musical at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. […]

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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: ‘Titanic The Musical’ at Signature Theatre

There’s something fundamentally spiritual about the legend of RMS Titanic. Just as there are no atheists in a foxhole there are few to be found aboard an ocean liner going down fast in icy waters but coming up short on lifeboats. While Maury Yeston’s 1997 musical Titanic may never be seen as a seasonal alternative […]

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Review: ‘Silver Belles’ at Signature Theatre

I needed it. A lot. A musical that reminded me that “life is a gift.” A new holiday musical with heart, humor, and great new tunes. A most-welcomed and pleasant swift sleigh ride during these dark days and darker nights here in the nation’s capital. Directed with an easy-going style by Eric Schaeffer, have yourself […]

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Review: ‘Ruthless! The Musical’ at Creative Cauldron

Ruthless! The Musical, Creative Cauldron’s season opener, offers a night of supersized camp and comedy. Ruthless! debuted Off-Broadway in 1992 with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley. The show spoofs musicals such as Gypsy and Mame and movies like the Bad Seed as it tells the story of the Denmarks, […]

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Meet the Cast of ‘Ruthless! The Musical’ at Creative Cauldron: Part 3: Meet the Cast of ‘Ruthless! The Musical’ at Creative Cauldron: Part 3: Tamarin Ythier

In Part 3 of a series of interviews with the cast of Ruthless! The Musical at Creative Cauldron, meet Tamarin Ythier. Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you appear on local stages and roles you have played. Tamarin: I’m Tamarin Ythier (not named after the monkey). I performed in […]

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Review: ‘The Wind in the Willows’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Caldron presents The Wind in the Willows, an original reimagining of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved classic. Directors Ellen Selby and Denise Perrino adapted this production for the performers of Learning Theater Studio, a creative program for youngsters interested in the performing  arts. This program helps strengthen their stage presence by teaching a number of helpful […]

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Signature Theatre Announces its 2016-2017 Season-3 World Premiere Musicals and 2 World Premiere Plays

 Signature Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season Three World Premiere Musicals: Freaky Friday by Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey, and Bridget Carpenter Silver Belles by Matt Conner, Allyson Currin and Stephen Gregory Smith Two World Premiere Plays: Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing by James Lapine Plus  The DC Premiere of Jelly’s Last Jam and Inventive new stagings of Titanic […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #15: Best Directors of Musicals in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Directors of Musicals in Professional Theatres honors go to: Patrick A’Hearn for The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Riverside Center Dinner Theater. Melissa Baughman for Sweeney Todd (Prog-Metal Version) at Landless Theatre Company. Suzanne Beal for The Gifts of the Magi at Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Walter […]

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‘Madeline and the Gypsies’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron has a reputation for their, well, creativity. And their most recent production of Madeline and the Gypsies shows yet again their ability to take a simple story and turn it into a visually stimulating journey. Madeline with her classmates and friend, Pepito, visit a traveling carnival that is in town, but, while on […]

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‘Pinocchio’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater Workshop is an excellent program for children interested in exploring the art of live theater. The program is recommended for kids, third grade through high school, and provides professional performers, who mentor the young actors through the rehearsal process and the run of the show. For their fall session, The Learning Theater’s […]

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‘The World Goes ‘Round’ at Creative Cauldron

Heartbreak, dark humor, desperation, raucous fun, and biting commentary are just a few of the words one could use to describe the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The World Goes ‘Round, presented by Creative Cauldron at Artspace Falls Church, is a collection of the duo’s collaborative works that span over 26 years. The […]

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