Author Archive | Eric Denver

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‘Gidion’s Knot’ at NextStop Theatre Company

I walked into NextStop Theatre Company’s Industrial Park Theatre (where Johnna Adams’ riveting Gidion’s Knot has recently taken up residence after a critically acclaimed run at Forum Theatre) somewhat comforted. Scenic Designer R. Scott Hengen’s set was very familiar – 4 student desks allowing 4 kids to sit at each desk configuration totaling 16 seats. Around the back […]

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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ with Garrison Keillor and Special Guests: Heather Masse & Vince Giordano

“I hear that old piano…”. These famous words open Garrison Keillor’s weekly program every Saturday night throughout the year. Wolf Trap has returned to tradition once again as it premiers its 2014 blockbuster season at the Filene Center with two nights of Prairie Home Companion (PHC) with Garrison Keillor, (from ‘the frozen tundra,’ as he […]

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Interview with H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program’s Bill Podolski on ‘Les Miserables’ by Eric Denver

I was so impressed by the quality of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program‘s production of Les Misérables School Edition that I asked  Director/Producer/Musical Director Bill Podolski to take us behind-the-scenes of putting this mammoth production together. Eric: How much rehearsal time did you have before the show closed on January 31st? Bill: We held auditions for the show the first week of […]

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‘Les Misérables School Edition’ at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program by Eric Denver

 Les Misérables School Edition played at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, VA on January 30, 2014 to a sold-out four-performance run. Under the capable and expert leadership of Producer, Director, and Musical Director Bill Podolski, this all-student extravaganza evolved over a four-month rehearsal process. Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical, performed in over 42 countries in […]

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‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at First Act at Act Two@Levine by Eric Denver

In the small intimate confines of the blackbox theater within the Strathmore complex, Saturday afternoon was a spectacular day for Chapter 39 of Genesis. First Act, a new program of Act Two @ Levine, presented a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring DC Metro area elementary and middle school students. The theater was […]

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Derek Tatum on Playing Don Kerr in Olney Theatre Center’s ‘A Chorus Line’ by Eric Denver and Joel Markowitz

The very talented Derek Tatum is a member of ‘the line’ in Olney Theatre Center’s production of the Tony Award-winning A Chorus Line. Derek takes us behind-the-scenes of his audition, rehearsals, and his career. Eric and Joel: Who do you play in A Chorus Line and how do you relate to your character? Why did you want to play […]

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‘Ballroom with a Twist’ at Wolf Trap by Eric Denver

“Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” is one of the songs from A Chorus Line, but doesn’t quite fit the Wolf Trap production Ballroom with a Twist at all. The best way to describe what was happening at the Filene Center last night was “Dance 100, Looks 100.” I must admit as a fan of Dancing with the Stars, […]

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An Interview with Magician Max Major by Eric Denver

With a packed house of 250 audience members, Max Major made his appearance for Arlington, Virginia patrons at the Arlington Drafthouse at 7:30 on June 29, 2013 for a one-night only performance of Think…An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic. I was excited to get a chance to experience first hand the performance and have a […]

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Source Festival: ‘Perfect Arrangement’ by Eric Denver

History 101 is a great place to begin to understand the ramifications of a Perfect Arrangement, which opens in the Spring of 1950. We find ourselves at the play’s outset smack in the middle of the Joseph McCarthy era, whose self-imposed Senatorial mandate was to weed out Communists in both the Government and entertainment Industry. On […]

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‘Fiddler on the Roof JR’ at BRAVO@KAT by Eric Denver

“A Fiddler on the Roof, sounds crazy, no?” That quote is the book’s first line of this classic musical which opened on September 22, 1964 on Broadway. One may ask…how could you possibly compare a three hour Broadway show to the JR  that’s only one hour long? Not so fast…don’t underestimate the ingenuity of Bravo@KAT […]

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‘Mame’ at Bucks County Playhouse by Eric Denver

You “Open a New Window” at the beautiful and newly renovated historical landmark – Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) in New Hope, PA., and look what happens- a fabulous production of Jerry Herman’s Mame. After reviewing other shows in the Philadelphia Theater community, and to share the successful efforts undertaken by its new Producing Director, Jeff Bernstein, this is […]

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