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Review: ‘An American in Paris’ at the Kennedy Center

Glistening The Kennedy Center’s lush Opera House with feted Hollywood glitz and glamour, the national tour of the 2015 multi-Tony-winning musical, An American in Paris, debuted Tuesday for a month-long engagement, featuring Bethesda native, Allison Walsh. Adapted and modernized, while still retaining the splendor of the iconic multiple Oscar-winning 1951 Vincente Minelli film, which won […]

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Review: ‘NSO Pops: Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company’ at The Kennedy Center 

Acclaimed vocalists Capathia Jenkins, Sy Smith and Montego Glover joyously hopped the A train to Harlem along with the NSO Pops in tribute to the Queen of Jazz in Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company. This year marks Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday and conductor Steven Reineke’s brilliant creation to honor the First Lady […]

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Review: ‘An American in Paris’ at the Academy of Music

If you “love a Gershwin tune” (and who doesn’t?), An American in Paris, presented by Broadway Philadelphia for a limited run this Thanksgiving week at the Academy of Music, is the show for you! Based on the Oscar-winning 1951 film, with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, a script by Alan Jay Lerner, […]

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Review: ‘Lost in the Stars’ at Washington National Opera #2

One of the most powerful musical dramas of the 20th century has just opened at The Kennedy Center, home of the Washington National Opera, for a one-week run. And theater lovers who long for the towering achievements of Broadway’s heyday—the 1940s, when names like Gershwin, Hammerstein and Weill dominated the stage—had better scramble if they want […]

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‘By George, By Ira, By Gershwin’ at The In Series

The In Series brings to life some of the funnest and iconic music of the 20th century by George Gershwin with most song lyrics by his brother Ira. They started out on Broadway before making it big on the big screen in Hollywood’s Golden Age. For this concert cabaret, six singers, pianist, and Music Director Reenie […]

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‘The American Pops Orchestra Presents Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin Spectacular’ at Lisner Auditorium

The American Pops Orchestra presented Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin Spectacular, starring Christine Ebersole, directed by Nathan Brewer, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on Friday, October 16, 2015. The American Pops Orchestra brought a fresh perspective to the American Songbook in its inaugural DC concert, Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin Spectacular. Orchestra founder and Music Director Luke Frazier has […]

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Filichia on Friday: “Paris Makes Me Thorny” by Peter Filichia

It’s an honor to bring Peter Filichia’s column every week on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday’ to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts. This Week:  Paris Makes Me Thorny ______ Read Richard Seff’s review of An American in Paris on DCMetroTheaterArts. ____ Purchase Peter Filichia’s New Book The Great Parade: Broadway’s Astonishing, Never-to-Be-Forgotten 1963-1964 Season HERE. ______ Recent ‘Filichia on Friday’ Articles April 17, […]

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‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ at The Warner Theatre

Set during the Roaring Twenties in the heyday of prohibition, the Tony-winning musical Nice Work If You Can Get It is a celebration of the best of the iconic music of George and Ira Gershwin. A musical comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It tells the tale of a wealthy, charming playboy Jimmy Winter […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-Week Ending 11/27/14-Part 1

Here is Part 1 of our new list of Scene Stealers honorees for the week ending 11/27/14.  ______ Brian Lyons-Burke as Henry Higgins in His Final Scene in My Fair Lady at Damascus Theatre Company “Throughout My Fair Lady, Henry Higgins is an emotionally void, grammatically snotty, upper-class gent who uses Eliza Doolittle as a project on a […]

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‘Crazy for You’ at Blake High School

Will we ever get tired of the classic narrative, “boy meets girl—boy loses girl—boy gets girl”? Never! Especially when it’s presented as a singing, dancing, comedic extravaganza such as Blake High School’s tuneful and energetic production of Crazy for You. With book by Ken Ludwig and music and lyrics by the legendary George Gershwin and […]

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‘Let’s Fall in Love: Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand, Songbook Classics, & More’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

A Valentine’s Day treat was offered to all those who were lucky enough to attend celebrated jazz and cabaret artist Ann Hampton Callaway’s concert Let’s Fall in Love: Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand, Songbook Classics, & More at last night at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. The very prodigious Callaway‘s artistic output is phenomenal from being the […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: Part 2 – ‘Process, Autobiography, and Responsibility: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner, Suzan-Lori Parks’ By Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Female theatre artists make up more than 50 percent of those involved in the theatre, yet the number of female playwrights being produced is dramatically lower. Welcome back to the conversation, and The Playwright’s Playground – an in-depth Playwright interview series with female playwrights in the D.C. theatre community. This month it is my pleasure […]

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‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ at National Theatre by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

There are many ways of presenting blackness on stage and defining blackness, and the theater remains a venue in which to challenge, question, and probe. Yet, before The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess made its Broadway debut, the reexamination of Porgy and Bess generated an intense cultural commentary and controversy as to whether this iconic work […]

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