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Review: ‘West Side Story’ staged by The Philadelphia Orchestra

West Side Story has never sounded as good as in last weekend’s performances by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. It even surpassed Leonard Bernstein’s own recording, which sounds sluggish in comparison. Never once did Yannick and the Philadelphians sound like a symphony orchestra performing a pops concert. Rather, the 42-year-old led a jazzy performance […]

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Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Academy of Music

Drag queens save the day and light up the stage in Kinky Boots, making its return to Philadelphia for a limited run this week at the Academy of Music. Presented in the Broadway Philadelphia series by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization, the national tour of the 2013 Tony Award-winning […]

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Review: ‘Wicked’ at the Academy of Music

From its origins in L. Frank Baum’s1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to its adaptation in MGM’s blockbuster 1939 film The Wizard of Oz to its annual TV broadcast on CBS beginning in 1956 (which made it one of the best-known and most-viewed movies in history), the fantasy of Dorothy’s journey to the Land […]

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Review: ‘Fun Home’ at the Forrest Theatre

Winner of five Tony Awards in 2015 – including the first-ever Best Musical honors given to a show written entirely by a team of women – Fun Home, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, is now playing a national tour with a six-day stop at the Forrest Theatre, and […]

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New Records: Listening to the Music of 3 Tony-Nominated Shows

New Records is a new column that discusses recordings of theatrical shows. It’s a companion to the theater reviews that appear here on DC Metro Theater Arts. This week, in connection with the Tony Awards, let’s take a look at albums from three of the most accomplished productions of the season: Dear Evan Hansen, Come From […]

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Review: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at the Forrest Theatre

When John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask (music and lyrics) were developing their gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch for its Off-Broadway premiere in 1998, the Berlin Wall had only recently come down (November 1989), David Bowie and Lou Reed, icons of the glam and punk rock music of the ‘70s, were still […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at the Academy of Music

Some shows never get old or lose their impact. The national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret, making its Philadelphia premiere for a limited run this week at the Academy of Music, is still as stunning as the original by Joe Masteroff (book), John Kander (music), and Fred Ebb (lyrics) was when […]

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The League of Professional Theatre Women’s 2017 Awards Celebration and Big Mingle

Founded in 1981, the mission of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a non-profit advocacy organization headquartered in New York City, is to promote increased opportunities, greater visibility, and a positive image for women in the field, through numerous programs and events. Each year the LPTW holds an awards presentation to recognize the exemplary work […]

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Review: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ at the Academy of Music

Words like breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and touching only begin to describe the epic journey experienced in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, currently playing at the Academy of Music. The story follows fifteen-year-old Christopher, a science and math genius on the autism spectrum, who decides to investigate the mysterious death of his neighbor’s […]

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Review: ‘An American in Paris’ at the Academy of Music

If you “love a Gershwin tune” (and who doesn’t?), An American in Paris, presented by Broadway Philadelphia for a limited run this Thanksgiving week at the Academy of Music, is the show for you! Based on the Oscar-winning 1951 film, with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, a script by Alan Jay Lerner, […]

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Who’s in Town?: Leslie Odom, Jr. on “An Evening of Unexpected Delights” Fundraiser at Baltimore Lyric Opera This Saturday,10/22 at 9 PM

You know him as Aaron Burr, Sir, the damned fool who shot Alexander Hamilton. Now get to know Leslie Odom, Jr., the man behind America’s most notorious villain. I spoke with Odom in advance of the 6th Annual An Evening of Unexpected Delights fundraiser benefiting The Journey Home at the Baltimore Lyric Opera House where […]

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Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ at Tantallon Community Players

Dreamgirls Sizzles with Soul Why is sudden fame so destructive? Can true friendship survive the pressures of show business? Those questions and a whole heaping spoonful of soulful, Motown-inspired music were a part of Tantallon Community Players’ Dreamgirls, playing through June 12th at Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington, Maryland. With music composed by Henry Krieger and the […]

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Season Preview: 2016-2017 Broadway Philadelphia Lineup at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia

Each year, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts brings the highest quality of Broadway’s offerings to Philadelphia for local audiences to enjoy. Their recently announced 2016-2017 Broadway Philadelphia Season promises to be one of the most exciting, including the best and brightest of Broadway’s most award-winning and talked about productions. “We’re 90 miles away […]

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Review: ‘Man of La Mancha’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Laurel Mill Playhouse proves the dream is possible in their powerful production of Man of La Mancha. This 1964 musical with its book by Dale Wasserman and music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion stands the test of time. It tells the story of a “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play-within-a-play, performed by […]

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Review: ‘Assassins’ at The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, NJ

Is there a more relevant topic in contemporary America, while gun control is being hotly debated by the presidential candidates, Congress, and the voting populace, than a look at gun violence via the murderers and would-be killers of US presidents? Based on an original concept by Charles Gilbert, Jr., Assassins, with music and lyrics by […]

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Review: ‘Once’ at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia

Once is not your usual Broadway musical. From the moment you enter the theater, the inventive staging immediately breaks through the proverbial fourth wall, as you are physically drawn into the performance, welcomed on stage to buy an actual drink, and soon find yourself among the cast of actors/musicians jamming to a few spirited Irish […]

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