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Review: ‘Ben Dibble: Are We There Yet? Just a Little Father(hood Cabaret)’ at the Arden Cabaret Series

Ben Dibble might be as fine a cabaret performer as anyone in that field. He demonstrated that with the presentation of Are We There Yet? Just a Little Father(hood Cabaret), produced by the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Many excellent singers have failed in their attempts at that delicate art. Cabaret demands naturalism, which requires […]

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‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part Two: ‘The Curtain Rises’: ‘Flora, the Red Menace,’ ‘Cabaret,’ ‘Zorba,’ and ‘The Happy Time’

John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Richard Seff at a dinner honoring Harold Prince. Photo courtesy of Richard Seff. THE CURTAIN RISES. One of the properties for which I tried to get this new team hired was the Theatre Guild’s upcoming The Unsinkable Molly Brown which had Richard Morris as book writer. The Guild wanted a […]

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Review: ‘Company’ at McLean Community Players

Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously urbane, stylistic and sophisticated musical Company was groundbreaking when it first arrived on Broadway in the Seventies and it still remains relevant today. McLean Community Players are now presenting a most serviceable production of this exciting musical under the direction of Sharon Veselic who has stressed the positive aspects of this group […]

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Review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ at Olney Theatre Center

Revenge is sweet as pie in Olney Theatre Center’s Sweeney Todd. Director Jason Loewith serves up a grisly production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 Tony Award-winning musical that captures the essence of Sondheim’s genius creation with a stellar cast and creative team. Indeed, this production is a “team” affair. From the flawless ensemble that moves and sings in […]

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Review: Soprano Ailyn Pérez at The Barns at Wolf Trap

There’s no business like show business, but does that include opera? If in a few years people finally agree that opera is genuinely another form of musical theater, it may be because of the current career rocketship of American soprano Ailyn Pérez. Never mind her recent run as the star of the Metropolitan Opera’s uber-popular […]

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Review: ‘In Transit’ at Circle in the Square Theatre

I first ran into this musical which deals with the lives of several New  York subway commuters in 2010 when it first bounced into town onstage at the 59 East 59th Street Theatre off/Broadway. It was a small musical then, housing a cast of seven men and women who were so busy “getting there” that they […]

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Interview: Jennifer Childs and Monica Stephenson Bring Holiday Cheer to Philadelphia with ‘The Carols’ at 1812 Productions

1812 Productions’ Producing Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jennifer Childs teamed up again with musician Monica Stephenson, a long-time friend and former colleague at the company, for this year’s funny and heartwarming holiday show. The Carols, an original world-premiere musical comedy, with book, lyrics, and direction by Childs and music by Stephenson, weaves the story of […]

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Review #2: ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ at American University

American University’s Greenberg Theatre performed a hilariously funny ancient Roman farce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. With music and lyrics by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, it is uproarious and irreverent, raucous and rowdy, and is sure to please. Director Cara Gabriel and […]

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Chatting with Rupert Holmes About Landless’ Symphonic/Metal Version of his Musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

He’s a triple threat! He’s won Tony awards for writing the book, score, and lyrics for his Tony award-winning Best Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood,  not to mention Tony nominations for the musical Curtains and his play Say Goodnight, Gracie. Now he has given Landless Theatre Company his blessing to create a symphonic/metal arrangement of his score. I asked Rupert Holmes […]

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Tony Award Winner Rupert Holmes Joins Post-Matinee Discussion This Sunday, 9/18 at ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood-The Symphonic/Metal Version’ at The Arts Barn

This Sunday, after the September 18th matinee performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood there will be a post-show discussion with the MetalDrood team and acclaimed mystery novelist Rupert Holmes, Drood’s Tony Award-winning playwright-composer-lyricist. Holmes is an entertainment Renaissance man, with a descriptor that includes mystery novelist-playwright-composer-arranger-screenwriter-conductor-singer-songwriter. As a pop tunesmith, perhaps his best known hit […]

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Review: ‘Gypsy’ at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater has just opened their new production of Gypsy, the classic 1959 musical. Often listed among the greatest musicals ever written, Gypsy is dark, complex, and ambitious musical that can challenge even the best of theaters. Does everything come up roses for Washington County Playhouse? Gypsy is the story […]

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A Report on Landless Theatre Company’s Symphonic Metal ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Following the success of last year’s Sweeney Todd Prog Metal Version, Landless Theatre Company is back with their latest metal adaptation of a Tony® Award-winning musical. This time, the company tackles The Mystery of Edwin Drood, with innovative new symphonic metal arrangements created with the blessing of Drood composer Rupert Holmes. “I’m both intrigued and […]

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