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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at 2nd Star Productions

A show that’s “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” on every level. There has never been a nanny quite so magical – or musical – as Mary Poppins, a character created by author P.L. Travers in eight books written from 1934 to 1988. But, there was a hint that a magical experience was in store when an usher handed me […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #13: Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays in Community Theatres in DC/MD/VA

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays of 2016 in Community Theatres in DC/VA/MD Are: BEST DIRECTION AND MUSICAL DIRECTION IN MUSICALS IN COMMUNITY THEATRES IN 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Director Kevin Sockwell and Musical Director Arielle Bayer for A Grand Night for Singing at Montgomery Playhouse and […]

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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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‘The Music Man’ at 2nd Star Productions

Second Star’s current production of The Music Man takes its audiences back a full century to the (fictional) town of River City, Iowa in 1912. This classic tale of a con-artist who wins over skeptical townspeople and finds love along the way will enchant you and get your toes tapping. This version of the musical, with […]

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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ at 2nd Star Productions

As the weather turns sultry, Baltimore theater goers with an appreciation for irony should make it a point not to miss 2nd Star Productions current show, Kiss Me, Kate, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, and book by Samuel and Bella Spewack. Here the lives of the actors start to mirror […]

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‘I Hate Hamlet’ at 2nd Star Productions

It’s one thing to hate a beloved Shakespearean work; it’s a major faux pas to say so out loud. Paul Rudnick wrote the book for I Hate Hamlet while he was living in an apartment once occupied by the famed wastrel and stage and screen idol, actor John Barrymore, better known today as Drew Barrymore’s grandfather. […]

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The 15th Annual 2014 WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced

THE WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced January 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Sunday, March 8, 2015 – 7:00 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Tickets $17.50 at the Birchmere Box Office or through Ticketmaster (plus service charge) 111 productions (34 musicals, 77 plays) were adjudicated in 2014. Thirty-one community […]

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‘Twelve Angry Men’ at 2nd Star Productions

Sixty years after Reginald Rose wrote the script for a television film version (Watch it at the bottom of this review) and 59 years after it was adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel, Twelve Angry Men is more relevant than ever, and it’s being given a powerful and emotionally-wrenching production at 2nd Star Productions. […]

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‘Children of Eden’ at 2nd Star Productions

Am I on the Great White Way or am I really sitting in a theater in Bowie, MD? This is what I was thinking as I enjoyed 2nd Star Production’s opening night of Children of Eden now playing at 2nd Star Productions performing at The Bowie Playhouse. Directed by Vince Musgrave, this show has that Broadway […]

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ at 2nd Star Productions

Call on 2nd Star Productions! They’re the one this reviewer recommends for its fine production of Hello, Dolly! The timeless musical about the meddlesome widow who puts love in its place is alive and well and back on the boards of the Bowie Playhouse this season. Directed by Jane B. Wingard with Musical Direction by Joe […]

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‘Funny Money’ at 2nd Star Productions by Amanda Gunther

What would you do with 1,735,000 pounds? Hopefully do a better job of keeping your story straight than the zany characters in Ray Cooney’s Funny Money. An uproarious farce of epic proportions comes to the stage at The Bowie Playhouse through 2nd Star Productions taking the audience on a roller coaster of laughable moments that […]

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King Arthur (Gary Seddon), Lady Guenevere (Emily Mudd), and Lancelot (Ben Harris). Photo courtesy of 2nd Star Productions.

‘Camelot’ at 2nd Star Productions by Amanda Gunther

In short, there’s simply not a more congenial spot for ‘Happily Ever After’ than here in Camelot! And 2nd Star Productions delivers a resplendent happy musical with a rousing cast of characters as they close their season with Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot. Directed by Jane B. Wingard with Musical Direction by Joe Biddle, this historically […]

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