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Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar is an impressive beauty of a rock opera. It successfully takes a Biblical phrase such as, “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” (Lamentations 3:41) to make it a revolutionary statement. With a fuse set by Director Joe Calarco, Jesus Christ […]

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Review: ‘Naughty & Nice’ at Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

Jumpstart your holiday spirit with Naughty & Nice, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s warmhearted, sassy and sexy extravaganza. For traditionalists, there’s Irving Berlin’s “Snow,” “The Dreidel Song,” and “I’ll Be Home” which blends the classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with Meghan Trainor’s beautiful “I’ll Be Home” (featuring soloists Jon Perry and Ido Politi) […]

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‘Holiday Follies’ at Signature Theatre

Many of the greatest things in life just better with time, and Signature Theatre’s annual celebration of the holidays—Holiday Follies—is certainly no exception.  Under the direction of Walter Ware III, the fifth annual Holiday Follies is a quirky, choose-your-own holiday adventure that will invigorate the soft gingerbread-loving, egg-nog-slurping, Santa-Clause-anticipating caroler in you. This popular holiday […]

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‘Violet’ at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Since mid-January an intrepid troupe of musical-theater students has been rehearsing the sweet and soulful show Violet at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts under the able direction of Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro, who co-teach the school’s pay-to-play “Creating a Musical Role” class. The results were on glorious display last night when this shoestring student project began […]

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A Short Chat With Charlie Brady Who’s Playing Sonny in ‘Xanadu’ at Signature Theatre by Joel Markowitz

Charlie Brady is playing the not-too-bright but energetic Sonny Malone in Signature Theatre’s production of Xanadu. I asked Charlie to talk about playing Sonny. Joel: How did you get involved in Signature’s production of Xanadu, and why did you want to play Sonny? Charlie: It was pretty last minute for me actually. Matt Gardiner emailed […]

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Erin Weaver (center, as Kira) with her Greek Muses (from left to right) Nickolas Vaughan, Kellee Knighten Hough, Nova Y. Payton, Sherri L. Edelen, Mark Chandler, and Jamie Eacker. Photo by Scott Suchman.

‘Xanadu’ at Signature Theatre by Julia L. Exline

Signature Theatre presents Xanadu, a hilariously decadent treat written by Douglas Carter Beane, with music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and direction and choreography by Matthew Gardiner. Based on the infamous 1980 film musical flop, starring Olivia Newton-John and screen legend Gene Kelly, this ‘laugh at yourself’ stage version is filled with corny […]

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