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Review: Aaron Tveit at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Aaron Tveit returns to his Broadway roots on Saturday evening during his debut at the Wolf Trap. Tveit (Next to Normal, Grease Live!) has not performed on a Broadway stage since his 2011 starring role as the charming con-artist Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can but remains one of Broadway’s sweethearts, with […]

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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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Review: ‘Fully Committed’ at The Lyceum Theatre in NYC

As  I gleefully watched Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s brilliant tour de force performance in this one man telephone marathon called Fully Committed, I pictured him  playing so many leading characters from years gone by. What a Music Man he would make, how tragicomically he would capture Pseudolus the Slave in A Funny Thing Happened On The […]

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In the Moment: A Look at Jack Viertel’s “The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built”

Revealing the concealed underpinnings and durable structures of American musicals is no easy undertaking. Let alone covering and analyzing the past seven decades of musical theater history. But, Broadway veteran Jack Viertel provides an invaluable, breezy, quite personal accounting of Broadway’s Golden Age up to the current mega-hit Hamilton. It all appears in his new book, […]

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Interviews With the Cast and Director of Kensington Arts Theatre’s ‘The Laramie Project’: Part 5: Francisco Borja

In Part 5 of a series of interviews with the Director and cast of Kensington Arts Theatre’s The Laramie Project, meet Francisco Borja. Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform before on local stages? My name is Francisco Borja and recent performances that I’ve been in are […]

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Meet the Cast of Reston Community Players’ ‘Master Class’: Part 2: Lisa Anne Bailey

Here is Part 2 of a series of interviews with the director, producer, and cast of Reston Community Players’ production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class. Meet Lisa Anne Bailey. Maria Callas, one of the most famous opera divas of all time, is teaching a master class in front of a live audience at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage […]

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The Long View: ‘How ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was Re-written over 50 Years Ago and Signature’s ‘West Side Story’ Masterpiece

Yes, Virginia — and DC and Maryland also — this West Side Story is Real. A Real Masterpiece. Even more, perhaps a Christmas miracle, in Shirlington Village. It’s just that good. Considered by many, indeed perhaps by most, rightly to be America’s incontestable “Best Musical” ever, yet it is only now staged for the first time […]

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Jeff Coon at The Arden Cabaret Series

Jeff Coon, a familiar and dependable face on Philadelphia stages for two decades, returned this weekend to the Arden Theatre, a company where he’s played everyone from John Wilkes Booth (in Assassins) to a singing frog (in A Year With Frog and Toad). This time it was to kick off the Arden’s new cabaret series […]

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‘Simply Sondheim’ at Signature Theatre

Including everything from Sunday in the Park with George to Company to Into the Woods and everything in between, the work of  has graced the stages of Signature Theatre an astounding twenty-four times; given Sondheim’s partnership with Signature Theatre for more than the past two decades, it seems clear that there’s no better way to […]

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‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Arts Collective @HCC

The legendary classic story of nice guy George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, comes to life on stage at Arts Collective at Howard Community College (AC) this holiday season. Very much like his father, George Bailey (Noah Bird), never seems to get a break. Kind and giving, he constantly sacrifices his own dreams for […]

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Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Interviews Part 2: A Peek at the Multi-Generational Cast of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

In James W. Rodger’s play adaptation of the Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life, you have the confluence of many generations from little Zuzu to Uncle Billy. When doing a play that is not only a classic on both stage and screen, you can see how these generations view the subject matter and the […]

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‘You’re Gonna Love Tomorrrow’ at the Red Branch Theatre Company

Musical theater doesn’t get more challenging than Stephen Sondheim — for audiences and performers alike. So hurrah for Columbia’s fearless Red Branch Theatre Co. for bringing us the Sondheim revue You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow as a mid-season fundraiser. At Saturday night’s performance, the onstage cast of 18 adult singers gave the score a fresh hearing, and […]

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5 Top Scene Stealers of the Week-Week Ending 6/13/14

Here are our 6  (We have a tie) Top Scene Stealers for the week ending June 13, 2014. Congrats to all our honorees!  A Special Scene Stealer of The Week: Frank Britton Returns as Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariut.  The joy that filled Forum Theatre’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscarot when […]

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‘Bastianello & Lucrezia’ at Urban Arias

Beautifully sung, hilariously acted, perfectly directed, brilliantly composed (John Musto for Bastianello and William Bolcom for Lucrezio), cleverly written (both by Mark Campbell)- these are just some of the ways to describe Urban Arias’ production of Bastianello & Lucrezia. Stage Directed by Alan Paul (This year’s Helen Hayes Award winner for directing Shakespeare Theatre Company’s A Funny Thing Happened […]

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