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Tag Archives | Marsha Norman

Adrianna Hicks and Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Review: ‘The Color Purple’ at the Forrest Theatre

It may take place in rural Georgia circa 1909, but because of today’s headlines about the mistreatment of women, The Color Purple is more relevant than ever. The tour of the recent Broadway hit (winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival) has arrived at the Forrest Theatre for a short run that ends this […]

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Review: “The Secret Garden” at Other Voices Theatre

Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman’s The Secret Garden boasts one of the most gorgeous scores in the history of musical theatre, but is rarely undertaken by community theatre groups due to its musical and technical complexity. Director Susan Thornton and Other Voices Theatre in Frederick have exceeded the challenge of mounting this heart-wrenching story and […]

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Review #1: ‘The Secret Garden’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

While most are familiar with The Secret Garden either from reading the book or watching the movie, the latest musical production by the Shakespeare Theatre Company raises the bar with a wonderful cast that delivers commanding yet moving performances. The audience was gasping and clapping during the entire performance. The cast moves around with ease […]

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Review: ‘night, Mother’ at Dominion Stage

Depression can be a tricky state; while it entails some sadness, the marker of depression goes beyond sadness. Indeed, it is a mental state that involves many other elements such as hopelessness, negativity, the inability to enjoy little things and much more. It is a mental illness rather than an emotion, and many people can […]

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‘Look at Me!’ Meet the Cast of Media Theatre’s ‘The Bridges of Madison County’

The latest offering at the Media Theatre, the popular musical The Bridges of Madison County, based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 novel, with a book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, and directed by Jesse Cline, opened recently to standing ovations and excellent reviews. Cast members took time out to answer two questions about the […]

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‘The Secret Garden’ at Center Stage

When I was a child, I read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, The Secret Garden. Like many other children my age, I relished the loveliness of the story and wished for a garden of my own. Although Burnett’s novel is beautifully written, I felt as though I truly saw the story come alive in the […]

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‘The Secret Garden’ at NextStop Theatre Company

Weary of winter, Washingtonians? NextStop Theatre Company has your antidote. Instead of a resurrection-vague Jesus Christ Superstar timed to Easter, this praiseworthy playhouse subbed in Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon’s lush, soul-searching The Secret Garden, an operatic and dark but uplifting musical of reawakening. Based on an Edwardian-era children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, it follows orphaned Mary who, having escaped […]

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In the Moment: Interviews of NextStop Theatre Company’s Evan Hoffmann, Katie Keyser, John Loughney, and Bobby Libby of ‘The Secret Garden’

We caught up with NextStop Theatre Company to learn more about its upcoming production of the musical The Secret Garden. The Secret Garden premiered on Broadway in 1991 and received multiple Tony Awards and multiple Drama Desk Awards. It has book and lyrics by Marsha Norman with music by Lucy Simon. The musical is based on the classic […]

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‘The Secret Garden in Concert’ at Young Artists of America by Brent and Linda Stone

Young Artists of America (YAA) presented classics from the musical The Secret Garden for their annual fall concert, held at the Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring. The 80 high-school aged performers, sounded little like teenage musicians as they sang and played in the orchestra with technical superiority and such musicality that the soaring score resonated in the audience’s […]

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Young Artists of America Presents ‘The Secret Garden’ in Concert Sunday at 4 PM

Young Artists of America Presents ‘The Secret Garden’ in Concert Sunday at 4 PM. One performance only! This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in lush, contemporary musical style by Composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Marsha Norman. This Sunday,November 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring 7995 Georgia […]

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‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘West Side Story + Roméo et Juliette’ Highlight Young Artists of America’s 2014-2015 ‘British Invasion’ Season by Rolando Sanz

Last season was a dream for us at YAA! We opened the season with a gala performance of SHOW BOAT in Concert at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in November 2013. Over 90 students were joined onstage by guest mentors from the Washington National Opera, Strathmore, National Philharmonic and The Catholic University of America. We could not have […]

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