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‘The Visit’ at The Lyceum in New York City

Full disclosure: I have known and loved Chita Rivera and her talent since we were virtually toddlers. I was then (we’re talking the early 1950s) a baby agent and she had just emerged from the choruses of road companies into a featured role off/off Broadway in a tiny revue aptly named The Shoestring Revue. I wandered […]

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‘West Side Story + Roméo et Juliette’ at Young Artists of America and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras at Strathmore

What makes a standout performance that leaves the audience gushing long after leaving the theater? The Young Artists of America at Strathmore seems to have hit upon the perfect recipe – combine a sumptuous setting in The Music Center at the Strathmore, invite a myriad of local groups for creative collaboration, assemble nearly 200 talented […]

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‘West Side Story’ at Riverside Center Dinner Theater

Riverside Center Dinner Theater presents the musical classic West Side Story, based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins, with Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Full of spirited performances and thrilling choreography, Riverside delivers a powerful and very moving production. West Side Story is passionately directed by Jay D. Brock, […]

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‘West Side Story’ at The National Theatre

“Boy, boy, crazy boy! Stay loose, boy! Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it. Turn off the juice, boy! Go man, go, But not like a yo-yo schoolboy. Just play it cool, boy, Real cool!” Unfortunately Director David Saint fails to head the advice offered in Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant lyrics and the non-equity touring production […]

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‘West Side Story’ at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

Sparkling dance numbers, controversial social issues, music, tragedy, romance, and humor combine to make Our Lady of Good Counsel High School’s production of West Side Story a fun and thought-provoking theatre experience. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Arthur Laurents’ book, Leonard Bernstein’s music, and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics tell a tale of forbidden love […]

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“Bringing ‘A Chorus Line’ to Olney” Part One: Auditions, Rehearsals, and ‘Opening Night’ by Stephen Nachamie

Director/Choreographer Stephen Nachamie takes us behind the scenes of Olney Theatre Center’s production of A Chorus Line.’ Here is Part 1. OLNEY THEATRE CENTER ASKS STEPHEN TO DIRECT AND CHOREOGRAPH A CHORUS LINE One of my dear friends and early mentors was Director/Choreographer Tony Stevens – who in 1974 had the idea (with Michon Peacock) to start […]

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‘West Side Story’ at The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at The Music Center at Strathmore by Lauren Katz

In Kathleen Wheaton’s article in “Applause at Strathmore” magazine, she stated that Leonard Bernstein, composer of the West Side Story score, was unhappy with the film’s orchestration. Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, said that “the live score is much closer to what Bernstein originally intended.” Before last night, this idea would […]

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