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Review: ‘Carousel’ at The Media Theatre

Musical Heaven. Is there a better way to describe the production of Carousel at the Media Theatre? It would be hard to find a better-sung production than that given by the surpassingly youthful professional company assembled by director Jesse Cline. The evening allows us to savor again Richard Rodgers’ amazing ability to deliver compositions that are […]

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Review: ‘The King and I’ at the Academy of Music

More than sixty years after its debut, The King and I remains one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular and enduring musicals. The handsome national touring company of the recent Broadway revival is currently playing at the Academy of Music. This production is being featured by the Kimmel Center as a part of their Broadway Philadelphia series. Richard Rodgers’ timeless […]

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Review: ‘South Pacific’ at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Annapolis Opera’s production of South Pacific was a fun, charming musical. Based on James Michner’s novel Tales of the South Pacific, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II, and directed by Braxton Peters, there was  wonderful singing, music, and dancing combined with an inventive set and superb lighting. It was […]

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Review: ‘Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the American Songbook’ with Renée Fleming and Norm Lewis With The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II pioneered a flair that was all their own in the golden age of musical theater. From 1940 to Hammerstein’s death in 1960, this musical duo dominated the musical stage and big screen with hits such as South Pacific and Cinderella, and their mastery of creating stories through music that […]

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Review: ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ at Montgomery Playhouse and Arts on the Green

Question: Where can you hear more than 30 wonderful songs from the legendary team of Rodgers and Hammerstein performed by talented local artists? Answer: The current production of A Grand Night for Singing by Montgomery Playhouse in partnership with Arts on the Green. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, musical arrangements by […]

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‘Carousel’ at Live Arts Maryland

The version of Carousel, with Music by Richard Rodgers and Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, presented in the recently renovated theater of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis by Live Arts Maryland, is not so much a full production of a musical as it is a performance of the rich, lush sounds of the […]

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‘Oklahoma!’ at Port Tobacco Players

With brilliant direction by Richard Highby, Port Tobacco Players’ Oklahoma! takes place in the year 1905 in a small community of rangers and farmers in the Oklahoma territory. 1905 is moving rapidly, the United States is prospering- we have electricity, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Teddy Roosevelt is in office and there is a feeling of […]

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‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘West Side Story + Roméo et Juliette’ Highlight Young Artists of America’s 2014-2015 ‘British Invasion’ Season by Rolando Sanz

Last season was a dream for us at YAA! We opened the season with a gala performance of SHOW BOAT in Concert at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in November 2013. Over 90 students were joined onstage by guest mentors from the Washington National Opera, Strathmore, National Philharmonic and The Catholic University of America. We could not have […]

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‘Von Trapped’ at Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington

In the words of Maria, the hills are most definitely alive with the gorgeous sound of the stars of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s production of Von Trapped– a hilarious parody of the iconic 1959 musical The Sound of Music with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. A musical of […]

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‘Let’s Fall in Love: Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand, Songbook Classics, & More’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

A Valentine’s Day treat was offered to all those who were lucky enough to attend celebrated jazz and cabaret artist Ann Hampton Callaway’s concert Let’s Fall in Love: Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand, Songbook Classics, & More at last night at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. The very prodigious Callaway‘s artistic output is phenomenal from being the […]

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‘Shall We Schmooze?’ Paolo Montalban on Playing The King in ‘The King and I’ at Olney Theatre Center by Joel Markowitz

I love Olney Theatre Center’s production of The King and I and I am thrilled to have a royal schmooze with the King . Here is my interview with Paolo Montalban. Joel: How did you get cast in Olney’s production of The King and I? Paolo: Classic case of “it’s all about who you know.” The director’s partner […]

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