Tag Archives | Stephen Flaherty

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Review: ‘Anastasia’ at the Broadhurst Theatre

As the theatre season races to the end of its nomination deadline for the Tony Awards, musical shows are exploding all over the place. We’ve had half a dozen in the last two weeks, and Anastasia squeezed in during one of them. It opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 24th and continued the current […]

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Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Ford’s Theatre

Glorious! Dazzling! Verve! Bursting at the seams with voices and stories of America’s humanity and originating dreams. These are the words I felt as Ragtime, now at Ford’s Theatre, unfolded before me. And it all began with the show’s opening; a full-company production number in which 24 voices, 48 feet, nine musicians, and an upright […]

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Review: ‘Lucky Stiff’ at Silhouette Stages at Slayton House

The musical Lucky Stiff with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty opened March 10, 2017, at Silhouette Stages and performed at Slayton House in Columbia, MD, under the direction of Conni Trump Ross. This fast-paced production lives up to the exceptional reputation of Silhouette Stages as it takes you on […]

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Review: ‘Ragtime: The Musical’ at Wolf Trap

Easily one of most under-rated musicals to come out of Broadway in the last 20 years, Ragtime: The Musical—with book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens—follows the lives of three families and their communities through the tumultuous and promise filled early 20th century. For each member of the African American, upper-class […]

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Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Memorial Players

Both E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, Ragtime, and the musical adaptation of the same name, with Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, currently playing at Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill, begin with the same evocative lines: “In 1902, Father built a house at the crest of the Broadview […]

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Review: ‘Seussical the Musical’ at Charm City Players

Seussical The Musical opened on March 12, 2016, in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School for 6 performances only. If you are not kicking yourself for not finding the time to go, you should be. Seussical, directed by Stephen Napp, marks the 7th full featured production from Charm City Players Theater […]

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‘Seussical the Musical’ at NextStop Theatre Company

NextStop Theatre Company presents Seussical the Musical, based on the beloved works of Dr. Seuss and co-conceived by Eric Idle, Stephen Flaherty (music and book), and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics and book). For this production, Jennifer Lambert directs a large ensemble made up mostly of children (supported by a few adult professionals), and the result is […]

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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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‘Once on This Island’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron’s production of Once on this Island (book and lyrics by Lynn Aherns and music by Stephen Flaherty) starts off with a bang.  Well, to be more precise, a thunderclap. What follows is one of the most impressive thunderstorms ever created in live theater, courtesy of Lighting Designer Joseph Lovins. And what follows that […]

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‘Love Rocks!’ at The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington‘s (GMCW) swinging, rhythmic, acapella-oriented Potomac Fever Musical Group and the stellar more traditionally chorale group, the Rock Creek Singers, have offered up a Valentine’s Day treat for connoisseurs of music that pulsates and jumps with vibrancy and verve. Entitled Love Rocks!, the evening presented some twenty exciting and interesting musical […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-Week Ending 11/27/14-Part 1

Here is Part 1 of our new list of Scene Stealers honorees for the week ending 11/27/14.  ______ Brian Lyons-Burke as Henry Higgins in His Final Scene in My Fair Lady at Damascus Theatre Company “Throughout My Fair Lady, Henry Higgins is an emotionally void, grammatically snotty, upper-class gent who uses Eliza Doolittle as a project on a […]

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‘Little Dancer’ at The Kennedy Center

Little Dancer Offers a Glorious, Unique Addition to the World of Musical Theater Little Dancer is sheer perfection for ballet and musical theater fans alike – enchanting dancing, a glorious score, and a haunting, and memorable original book. That rarity in these days of Hollywood spinoffs – an original musical – The Kennedy Center’s mesmerizing […]

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