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Review: ‘Big Fish’ at The Keegan Theatre

Family-friendly musicals are relatively rare these days. Family-friendly musicals that have adult themes are even rarer. Big Fish, with book by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is a rare bird indeed. T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock “heard the mermaids singing, each to each,” but he didn’t think that they would sing […]

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Review: ‘Ben Dibble: Are We There Yet? Just a Little Father(hood Cabaret)’ at the Arden Cabaret Series

Ben Dibble might be as fine a cabaret performer as anyone in that field. He demonstrated that with the presentation of Are We There Yet? Just a Little Father(hood Cabaret), produced by the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Many excellent singers have failed in their attempts at that delicate art. Cabaret demands naturalism, which requires […]

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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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He’s Back: Alex Stone on Playing The Con Man Again-in Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Alex Stone has returned to the stage to play one of his favorite roles: the con man: Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre, which ends its run this weekend. Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform on our local stages […]

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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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‘Emily Skinner: Broadway Her Way’ at AMP

At the Strathmore’s new AMP venue last night, musical theater star and singer extraordinaire Emily Skinner, dazzled the crowd-with her always winning combination of a soaring purity of tone and the ability to interpret a lyric like Frank or Ella. Skinner’s voice is truly one to make the Gods envious; her vocal instrument can plummet […]

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McLean Theatre Company Performs ‘Big Fish’ at International Thespian Festival, as the Show Garners 21 Cappies Nominations with Encore Shows June 13 and 14th at McLean HS and June 20th at GMU by Brent Stone

The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) was invited by the International Thespian Association to perform the musical Big Fish at the International Thespian Festival, Lincoln, Nebraska on June 25, 2015. The company also recently earned 21 Cappie nominations, the most of any national Capital Area high school theater company. Led by Director, Amy Poe, […]

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‘Big Fish’ at Act Two @ Levine

Big Fish is a production of the Pre-Professional Program at the Act Two @ Levine, derived and adapted from the Broadway production with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August. Kevin Kuchar directs a dream-team of young singers, dancers, and actors. Big Fish revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom (Liam Allen), a travelling salesman […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-January and February 2015-Part 1

Here is Part One of our Scene Stealers of January and February 2015. Congrats to our honorees. Maggie Erwin as Avery in the Seminar Scene in Rapture, Blister, Burn at Round House Theatre  “Maggie Erwin as the millennial Avery pretty much steals every scene she’s in. Her nasal deadpan delivery makes every line she has […]

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‘Big Fish’ at McLean High School’s Theatre Company

Attention all Broadway producers of a musical that shuttered much too quickly on Broadway: bring that show to the ‘Show Doctors’ at McLean High School’s Theatre Company and let Surgeon/Director Amy Poe perform some CPR on your show and – voila! – you won’t believe your eyes and ears! Big Fish moved to Broadway in the […]

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Review Just Posted. McLean Theatre Company Presents the Musical ‘Big Fish’ on February 16, 19-22nd by Brent Stone

Update: Here is Joel Markowitz’s review of Big Fish. ______ The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) premieres the musical Big Fish to the Metro DC area this February. Led by Artistic Director, Amy Poe, and Music Director Bobby McCoy (1st Stage, Keegan, McLean Community Players), the award-winning company brings this big-hearted musical of a father’s story, […]

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‘Spring Awakening’ at Act Two @ Levine

On Saturday afternoon, I saw the eight-time Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening by Act Two at Levine‘s  Pre-Professional Program in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle. The enthusiastic audience was enraptured at the matinee and the show received a standing ovation at the end. I was absolutely stunned and thrilled by the ‘professional’ quality of this production-from Director […]

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Act Two @ Levine Announces its New Season and Collaboration With Signature Theatre and Arena Stage

Act Two @ Levine announced that visiting artists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Cynthia Kortman Westhphal, and an exciting new collaboration with Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, in addition to a continuing relationship with Arena Stage. VISITING ARTISTS: Tony Award-nominees Pasek and Paul will work with Act Two at Levine’s Pre-Professional Program on November 24 at Strathmore’s Education Center. […]

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TrueTheatergoers’ TheaterThoughts: ‘Leading Tony Award Candidates — Musicals’ and Rate Your Shows and Win $100 in Tickets by John and Stephen Hauge

Every week we will be sharing John and Stephen Hauge’s TheaterThoughts from their popular site TrueTheatergoer. “From John Hauge: “My brother Stephen and I created the TrueTheatergoer.com website in October 2011 to promote theater in Washington, DC and on Broadway by providing an enriching collection of information on current shows and composite audience reviews and ratings of these […]

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