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Review: ‘Mad Libs Live!’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Mad Libs Live! sounds like a political gathering many would want to avoid. But happily it turns out to be a (Fill-in-the-Blank) musical providing peppy songs, millennial-rich humor, and random word-play based on audience input. This 2015 Off-Broadway work is getting its first staging outside of New York at the tiny, always-up-for-a-challenge Red Branch Theatre […]

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Review: ‘Hands on Hard Body’ at Drama Learning Center

Hands on Hard Body opened on January 13th at the Drama Learning Center in Columbia, MD presented by the TYA Professional Training Program. The book was written by Tony and Pulitzer winner Doug Wright with Lyrics by Amanda Green and Music by Trey Anastasio (lead singer for Phish) and Amanda Green. The plot is based […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #13: Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays in Community Theatres in DC/MD/VA

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays of 2016 in Community Theatres in DC/VA/MD Are: BEST DIRECTION AND MUSICAL DIRECTION IN MUSICALS IN COMMUNITY THEATRES IN 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Director Kevin Sockwell and Musical Director Arielle Bayer for A Grand Night for Singing at Montgomery Playhouse and […]

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Review: ‘Parade’ at Drama Learning Center

Parade is a musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Alfred Uhry. Although the original Broadway production had a short-lived run. the show is now often remembered as a powerful story of Southern pride and anti-Semitism. This is a challenging show to perform, especially by high schoolers. This production was […]

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Review: ‘First Date’ at Drama Learning Center

Looking for a respite from the winter doldrums and a glimpse of color, hope, and light-hearted entertainment? Go no further than the Drama Learning Center where founding director Stephanie Lynn Williams has gathered talented teens (two separate casts) in the area premiere of First Date. The Center’s Professional Training Program (TYA) performs the musical at […]

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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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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #1: Special Awards

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Special Awards have been awarded to: ARI ROTH AND MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC Mazel Tov to Ari Roth and Mosaic Theater Company of DC for launching a brand-new major company within barely a year, for announcing what may be the most ambitiously substantive and politically pertinent […]

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‘Peter Rabbit’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

The world premiere of the new musical Peter Rabbit at Red Branch Theatre Company in Columbia finally puts to rest one of life’s great riddles: Why are bunny tails so short? Answer: To keep tiny young playgoers from squirming in their seats. At only 90 minutes including intermission, Dustin Merrell’s original musical doesn’t so much run […]

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‘Dogfight’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Dogfight is a drama that deals almost entirely with surfaces — surface beauty, surface values, surface concerns and surface victories. Taken on that level, the fine new mounting of the musical by the Red Branch Theatre Company is another amazing gift to playgoers from this most searching and socially engaged of small stage companies. Based […]

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‘Bring It On’ at Drama Learning Center

The wonderful young talents at the Drama Learning Center in Columbia are pushing youth theater ahead by leaps and bounds — literally. There are so many back flips required by their newest TYA production of Bring It On: The Musical that they had to fill out their ranks with real high school cheerleaders and gymnasts. […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014: Special Awards

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2014 Special Awards have been awarded to: Since it opened in July 2013, The Anacostia Playhouse has become home for several of our most creative smaller theatre companies in the DC Metro area, including Theater Alliance and Scena Theatre. Thanks to Julia Robey Christian and Adele Robey for […]

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‘Triumph of Love’ at the Red Branch Theatre Company

Don’t go to Columbia’s Drama Learning Center just now looking for children’s theater. Triumph of Love, the new Red Branch Theatre Co. production playing there through October 18th, is by and for grown-ups, with enough ribaldry and romance to usher out the Age of Reason. It’s odd to put an audience rating on material that is […]

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Meet the Cast of ‘Ghost The Musical’ at Drama Learning Center Opening This Friday 6/13-Seth Fallon, Claire Cerand, and Josh Altenburg

TYA (Teaching Young Actors) at Drama Learning Center present the area premiere of Ghost the Musical. After getting special permission from Theatrical Rights Worldwide to present this title prior to its release for regional productions, the cast and production team are brimming with excitement over the opportunity to tell the story of this show in a new way. Meet […]

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‘john & jen’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Columbia’s Red Branch Theatre Company is out to test just how spare and lean a musical can get and still hold an audience in a magical spell. The company’s new staging of the off-Broadway 1995 show john & jen has just two cast members and a bare minimum of props, yet it is anything but challenged […]

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‘The Last Five Years’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Miss The Last Five Years at your peril. If you fail to catch this season-opener by the Red Branch Theatre Company, you’ll never know exactly when this hard-working Columbia playhouse made its big step into professional theater. In recent seasons, Red Branch has been cultivating a personal relationship with composer Jason Robert Brown, whose Bridges […]

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Composer Jason Robert Brown on ‘Songs for a New World’ on 3/15-16 at Young Artists of America and His Cabaret “I Could Be In Love with Someone Like You” on 3/17 at Red Branch Theatre Company

Composer Jason Robert Brown will be coming to Potomac, MD and to Columbia, MD next weekend to conduct and perform Songs for a New World with talented young singers and musicians at Young Artists of America at Winston Churchill High School on Saturday and Sunday March 15th and 16th, and then will head off to […]

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Tickets On Sale for Jason Robert Brown’s Cabaret: “I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You” at Red Branch Theatre Co. on Monday, March 17, 2014@7:30pm

JASON ROBERT BROWN TO OPEN RED BRANCH THEATRE COMPANY’S 2014 SEASON  Tickets for Jason Robert Brown’s cabaret are now on sale. Purchase tickets here, or call (410) 997-9352. Acclaimed and renowned American musical theatre composer Jason Robert Brown will present a benefit cabaret entitled “I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You” on Monday, […]

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