Author Archive | Gina Jun

Joshua Bell. Photo courtesy of The Strathmore Music Center.

NSO: An Evening with Joshua Bell at The Kennedy Center

It has been said that Joshua Bell may be the greatest violinist active today.  After listening to him play, as well as conduct, at The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) last night to a sold-out audience who seemed entirely entranced, that declaration may undeniably be more fact than opinion. For […]

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Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ at Hippodrome Theatre

Countering the brisk winter temperatures outside, Tony-nominated Broadway jukebox musical sensation Mamma Mia! unleashed flash bolts of pulsating heat with bold bright lights, zesty dance numbers and energetic performers, as it embarked on its farewell national tour making a three-day stop at the Hippodrome. Featuring the incredibly infectious music of ‘70s (and early ‘80s) Swedish […]

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Kathleen Madigan: ‘Bothering Jesus Tour’ Comes to the Weinberg Center for the Arts This Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8 pm

Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus Tour at the Weinberg Center for the Arts With a refreshing take on life’s absurdities and a brand-new Netflix special (“Bothering Jesus”), prolific comedian and television personality Kathleen Madigan will take the stage at the Weinberg Center for the Arts this Saturday, January 14, 2017, starting at 8 pm. Recipient of the […]

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Review: ‘Wicked’ at The Kennedy Center

Green seems to be the everlasting black for the blockbuster Broadway musical Wicked, as its national tour returns to The Kennedy Center’s Opera House this holiday season to tell The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz for a limited three and a half week engagement. Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Refreshing Charles Dickens’ beloved family holiday classic with a Baltimore-centric twist, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) spices up A Christmas Carol with local cultural history, festive music and special smoky effects, returning for its third annual season. Set in the Dickens’ era circa 1843, on Daniel O’Brien’s functional but fetching three-story row house, Founding Artistic Director […]

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Review: ‘Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley’ at Round House Theatre

Love is in the air for Miss (Mary) Bennet this Christmas in the imagined, holiday-themed sequel to Jane Austen’s literary masterpiece Pride and Prejudice – Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley – now receiving its rolling world premiere at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. In Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s winning new play, under Eleanor Holdridge’s astute direction, the […]

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Review: ‘The Divine Sister’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Just in time to ring in the holiday cheer and chuckle with a blaze this bustling season, Fells Point Corner Theatre (FPCT) presents the Baltimore premiere of actor/novelist/playwright/drag legend Charles Busch’s over-the-top hit comedy, The Divine Sister. Smartly staged and discerningly directed by Steve Goldklang on a minimalist set, the satirical production hilariously and irreverently spoofs […]

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Review: ‘Love Jones: The Musical’ at The National Theatre

Nearly 20 years after the cult classic, romantic comedy Love Jones made its big screen release, a celebratory musical reinterpretation takes stage at the National Theatre, showcasing award-winning R&B/soul singers Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn, Dave Hollister, and pioneering rapper MC Lyte. Adapted by Timothy Allen Smith and directed by Zadia Ife, with Theodore Witcher, the film’s […]

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Review #2: ‘An Evening with Chris Botti’ at Strathmore

World-renowned, Grammy Award-winning trumpet superstar Chris Botti returned to Bethesda’s Strathmore Music Center Thursday night to serenade a packed crowd to an elegantly enlivening evening of transformational jazz standards and innovative interpretations of pop classics. Joined by a colossally accomplished eight-member ensemble, including Baltimore native and powerhouse drummer Lee Pearson (who can even balance a […]

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Review: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ at The Kennedy Center

The national tour of the critically-acclaimed, five-time Tony Award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time made its sojourn to The Kennedy Center’s Opera House this past week, igniting the stage with an alluring plethora of multi-dimensional visuals, sounds, and movement. Based on Playwright Simon Stephens’ adaption from Mark Haddon’s internationally, best-selling […]

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Review: Kathleen Madigan: The Mermaid Lady Tour at the Lyric Opera House

Prolific comedian and TV personality Kathleen Madigan brought her new The Mermaid Lady standup tour to Baltimore Saturday night at the Lyric Opera House, featuring a fresh medley of her favorite material from the past two decades of touring topped with her time-honored, off-the-cuff Midwest charm. Opener Vic Henley revved up the show with a sharp-witted, often sidesplitting […]

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Review: ‘Bad Jews’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) launches into its new season with fabulous flare, opening with lauded young playwright Joshua Harmon’s critically-acclaimed, off-Broadway drama/comedy hit Bad Jews. Smartly staged (by Stage Manager Rachel Smith) and dexterously designed (by Set Designer Todd Mazzie), the 90-minute play takes place in a cramped studio apartment on New York’s Upper West […]

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Review: ‘BSO: The Music of David Bowie’ at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) honored the remarkable career and personality of glam rock icon David Bowie with a spectacular tribute production: The Music of David Bowie, featuring the late musician’s most celebrated catalog of compositions. Set behind a fully-whetted rock band and vocalist Tony Vincent (who has appeared on Broadway’s Rent, American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar, and TV’s The Voice), renown music arranger/conductor […]

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Review: ‘Hairspray’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Turning up the summer sizzle with a whirlwind of big hair, bright colors and dance-fueling music, Baltimore’s iconic, Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray returns to Toby’s Dinner Theatre with renewed energy and spark, showcasing a plethora of perfectly choreographed routines and powerful vocal performances all while tackling still timely issues of racial and socio-economic discrimination. Like the […]

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Review: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Infinity Theatre Company

In addition to bringing Broadway to Annapolis on a more intimate scale, Infinity Theatre Company transported audience members to a magical moment in time, opening last night with the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis […]

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Review: ‘Bakersfield Mist’ at Olney Theatre Center

Class and culture clash and collide to comedic heights in Stephen Sachs’ two-hander show, Bakersfield Mist, which opened this weekend at Olney Theatre Center. Dexterously directed by DC veteran John Vreeke and headlined by Olney Theatre Center Artistic Associates Donna Migliaccio and Michael Russotto, Bakersfield Mist is a sassy drama inspired by news accounts of a […]

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Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at The National Theatre

The National Theatre beamed with bright, bold colors and sheer spectacle last night, capping its season with a new production of The Wizard of Oz in an enthralling adaptation of the all-time popular classic, which feature beloved songs from the Oscar® – winning movie score, all the cherished characters and iconic moments, as well as new songs […]

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Review: ‘Detroit ’67’ at Centerstage

Centerstage closes out its 2015/16 season, culminating with internationally award-winning playwright/actress/television writer Dominique Morisseau’s powerful period piece Detroit ’67. Set during the five July days of the infamous 1967 Detroit riots, Detroit ’67 explores the dynamics of five compelling characters living at the epicenter of the violence, focusing on brother and sister Lank (Amari Cheatom) […]

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Review: BSO: All-Beethoven at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Showcasing Beethoven’s pioneering range and imaginative ingenuity, Conductor Markus Stenz led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the Romantic and triumphant incidental music to Egmont last night, priming enthusiastic concertgoers to the brilliant German pianist Lars Vogt‘s performance of the first concerto, a homage to Mozart’s classical grandeur. In rousing and captivating fashion, Stenz was a thrilling […]

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Review: ‘The Lion’ at Arena Stage

Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Benjamin Scheuer electrified Arena Stage’s Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle last night, debuting his one-man musical, The Lion. Affable, handsome and charismatic, Scheuer immediately lights up the stage with his beaming smile and warm energy, sporting a nicely-fitted steel blue suit, crisp white shirt and wavy golden locks. Directed by Sean […]

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