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Tag Archives | Gilbert and Sullivan

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Review: ‘Tomfoolery’ at Act II Playhouse

“Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it. “ ~ Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer’s Tomfoolery, as directed by Tony Braithwaite, is a wickedly wonderful celebration of musical wit and wordplay. Featuring superbly performed selections from Lehrer’s top satirical songs, interspersed with tidbits of the songwriter’s life […]

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Review: ‘No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review’ at George Mason University’s Center For the Arts

George Mason University (GMU) launched its Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration with a clever, bright, joyfully sung musical homage to the masterful Gilbert and Sullivan team and its invented topsy-turvy world with No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review. Packed with the wonderfully, never-ending energy of 20 or so singers and musicians from the […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #10: Best Direction in Musicals in Professional Theatres in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Musicals in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees: David James for A Christmas Carol at Toby’s The Dinner Theatre of Columbia. Matt Lenz for A Christmas Story: The Musical at The Hippodrome Theatre. Pierre-Jacques Brault A Christmas Story: The Musical at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #1: Best Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Musicals in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees! A Christmas Carol at Toby’s The Dinner Theatre of Columbia. A Christmas Story: The Musical at The Hippodrome Theatre. A Christmas Story: The Musical at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. American Idiot at The Keegan Theatre. Black […]

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Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Georgetown Day School

If the idea of “sophisticated family entertainment” sounds like a contradiction in terms—an oxymoron if ever there were one—then Peter and the Starcatcher, which just opened for a quick run at Georgetown Day School, may be just what the modern multi-generational group needs. That’s because this production combines youthful energy with professionalism, providing the kind […]

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Review: ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ at 2nd Star Productions

A merriment of song and dance from stunning cast, 2nd Star Productions’ H.M.S. Pinafore, is a toe-tapping delight. The Music is by Arthur Sullivan and Book & Lyrics by W. S. Gilbert. Director Jane B. Wingard brings together a stellar cast, whose voices fill the auditorium with joy and passion. Ms. Wingard also has a knack […]

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Chatting with Rupert Holmes About Landless’ Symphonic/Metal Version of his Musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

He’s a triple threat! He’s won Tony awards for writing the book, score, and lyrics for his Tony award-winning Best Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood,  not to mention Tony nominations for the musical Curtains and his play Say Goodnight, Gracie. Now he has given Landless Theatre Company his blessing to create a symphonic/metal arrangement of his score. I asked Rupert Holmes […]

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Review: ‘Who’s the Boss’ at The In Series

The In Series’ production of Who’s the Boss? is a fusion of two comic operettas, Giovanni Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury, re-imagined as companion pieces though they were written over a hundred years apart. In writer and Director Nick Olcott’s playful production, the two pieces are set in early-1900’s […]

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Review: ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre

The Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre’s (SSMT) production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance breathes fresh and hysterically contemporary life into an older operetta. Brilliantly directed by Jeremy Scott Blaustein, with very crisp musical direction from Karen Keating, The Pirates of Penzance is an 1879 operetta with music by Arthur Sullivan and book and lyrics […]

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Review: ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ at Victorian Lyric Opera Company

Conundrums seem to be Gilbert and Sullivan’s specialty. Their most famous works, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, explore the comic antics that ensue when seemingly simple people are thrown into chaos when a series of conundrums come their way. This template for success all started with the pair’s breakout hit, H.M.S. Pinafore, which […]

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Meet Cast Members, The Director, and Designers of Prince William Little Theatre’s ‘Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror’ Playing 3/11-20 at Hylton

Meet the designers, some cast members, and the director of Prince William Little Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror, playing 3/11-20 at Hylton Performing Arts Center. ______ THE DESIGNERS/CREW Michelle Matthews, Costume Design Tell us your role on the production team.  Have you had previous experience? I am Costume Designer Michelle Matthews. I have […]

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‘Pericles’ at the Folger Theatre

Pericles is a night of wonder, perfect for a romantic evening or a thought-provoking night out with family or friends. Watching it is like lying in the grass watching clouds move over a beautiful blue sky; mesmerizing, brief, and final. The original production was staged, to critical acclaim, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Director Joseph […]

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‘A Sensation Novel’ at Spotlighters Theatre

The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre kicks off their 54th season with the North American premiere of A Sensation Novel, a play in three “volumes” written by W. S. Gilbert. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he was one half of the famed theatrical duo, Gilbert and Sullivan, who together wrote more than a dozen […]

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