Author Archive | Audrey Thornton


Review: ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ at Creative and Performing Arts Center

Ntozake Shange’s music-drama, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf [“for colored girls”] (1976), comprises a seminal work of poetry, music, and improvisational dance. In a series of twenty poems, Shange creatively self-describes her work as a “choreopoem” of pain, suffering, abuse, strength and resilience, and imbues it with a joy […]

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Review: ‘Shake Loose’ at MetroStage

Shake Loose: A Musical Night of Blues Moods & Icons Hang on to your seats, guys and gals! Over three dozen songs – twelve never sung before at MetroStage – and a libretto comprise a whirlwind, non-stop ninety minute romp and stomp down memory lane in the new musical production of Shake Loose: A Musical […]

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Pied Piper Theatre at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Audrey Thornton

Veteran director Vincent Worthington, who also serves as Set Designer and Lighing Designer of Pied Piper Theatre, masterfully lead Piped Piper Theatre’s first musical production at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014. A sure crowd-pleaser, the musical opened to an enthusiastic sold-out audience of families and patron arts supporters. Author L. Frank […]

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Aquila Theatre’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts by Audrey Thornton

From the first scene to the last, Aquila Theatre’s riveting posthumous production of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 play, Fahrenheit 451 was superb; the best I have seen in casting, design, lighting and music (credits follow). Directed by Artistic Director Desiree Sanchez the play scored high marks for updating Bradbury’s themes of censorship and the battle of […]

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‘World Blues’ featuring The Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, and Deva Mahal with Fredericks Brown at George Mason University by Audrey Thornton

Marvelous—such a musical treat! Three fantastic acts, all for the price of one admission. Blues with a world perspective greeted patrons on Friday evening, November 15, 2013 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in the artistry of the legendary Taj Mahal (born Henry St. Clair Fredricks, Jr.). Joined by famous South African folk-singer, […]

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‘Dancing in the Wings’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Audrey Thornton

Dancing in the Wings, a musical by Debbie Allen, returns again to the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University’s Manassas Campus. Adapted from the 2000 book by Debbie Allen and Kadir Nelson, this crowd-pleasing, Grammy Award-winning family friendly musical has something for everyone with fast-paced dialogue, exceptional singing, and a cast of young […]

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Jill Scott. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Jill Scott at Wolf Trap by Audrey Thornton

  Three-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, poet, and actress, Jill Scott appeared at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on July 15, 2013. Greeted by Washington’s humid 90 degree weather, the hot and steamy Monday night was alive with excitement and anticipation. It is unlikely that a jam-packed sweat-drenched crowd would sit through a thirty minute stage […]

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Earth, Wind & Fire:  Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Earth, Wind & Fire at Wolf Trap by Audrey Thornton

The musical high priests of ‘Cosmic Consciousness’ Earth, Wind & Fire played June 4, 2013 to a sold-out audience in The Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia. Spanning the musical genres of soul, jazz fusion, R&B, funk, disco, and rock, Earth, Wind & Fire (popularly known as EWF) are considered by top music […]

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Joe Sample. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Joe Sample at The Barns at Wolf Trap by Audrey Thornton

Continuing a long tradition of top notch performances, The Barns at Wolf Trap featured the compositions of contemporary jazz pianist Joe Sample on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Even before Joe appeared on stage, the ambiance of The Barns’ unique, intimate atmosphere was an inviting prelude with offerings of wine, beer and light […]

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: ‘The Gospel Truth’ Review by Audrey Thornton

In keeping with its blues-drenched hand-clapping theme, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra (MJO), delivered another festive evening of big band tunes at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. Under the accomplished direction of George Mason University’s Director, Jim Carroll, seventeen first-rate musicians entertained with a compilation of […]

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Soprano Kelly Cae Hogan (Blanche DuBois) and Baritone David Adam Moore (Stanley Kowalski). Photo by David A Beloff.

‘A Streetcar Named Desire (The Opera) at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts by Audrey Thornton

Virginia Opera’s third installment in their 2013 American series, A Streetcar Named Desire, an opera in three acts premiered at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Originally written in 1947 by American playwright Thomas “Tennessee” Williams, who received the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Streetcar was […]

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: ‘Mardi Gras with the MJO’ at George Mason University by Audrey Thornton

There is no annual holiday celebration in Louisiana without Mardi Gras! According to historians, Mardi Gras, a one-day prelude to Lent dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility rites. A national holiday only in Louisiana, its popularity continues to draw tourists from all fifty states as well as abroad. Modern […]

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Choral Arts Artistic Director Scott Tucker conducts the audience as well as combined choruses in the finale of 'Living the Dream… Singing the Dream, the 25th anniversary of Choral Arts’ MLK choral tribute' in partnership with WPAS. Photo by Russell Hirshorn.

‘Living the Dream… Singing the Dream Celebrating the Legacy of MLK’ at The Kennedy Center by Audrey Thornton

Kudos to another sold-out season performance of The Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS). For the third year, the societies commanded a musical feast of nearly 300 talented voices, with piano accompaniments, complete with African dance by Step Afrika! in The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall on Sunday evening, February […]

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