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Review: ‘Merlin: A Traditional British Panto’ at The British Players

If your kids squirm through The Nutcracker, it might be time to consider a new Christmas theater tradition: the annual British Pantomime produced by The British Players. Pantomimes are traditionally performed at Christmas time (as the company’s beautifully-designed playbill explains) but are nearly always based on well-known children’s stories. This year’s production, Merlin, directed by […]

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Review: Joey Alexander at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

To say that 13-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander is a child prodigy is an understatement. He is the future of jazz. According to his bio on his website, he has appeared in performance with Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding at ‘Jazz Day’ at the White House. Growing up in Bali, Indonesia, Alexander’s father brought him to Jakarta to […]

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Review: ‘Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the American Songbook’ with Renée Fleming and Norm Lewis With The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II pioneered a flair that was all their own in the golden age of musical theater. From 1940 to Hammerstein’s death in 1960, this musical duo dominated the musical stage and big screen with hits such as South Pacific and Cinderella, and their mastery of creating stories through music that […]

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‘ReWrapped’ at the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

The annual Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) holiday concert entitled ReWrapped was a lively holiday treat that combined cutting-edge musical arrangements with a light, breezy, and jazz-flavored flair. This progressive, talented, and musically innovative organization is a jewel in the crown of the Washington, DC metro area‘s arts scene. Though there are still some fun […]

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Peabo Bryson’s ‘The Colors of Christmas: Bryson, Studdard, Holliday, Dayne’ at Strathmore

Holiday concerts just don’t get any better than Colors of Christmas. In a resplendent performance of Christmas classics and R&B favorites, the Strathmore Music Center’s starry-night Colors of Christmas was the perfect way to get into the holiday mood. The power-packed voices of Grammy Award-winning singing star Peabo Bryson and guest vocalists Taylor Dane, Jennifer […]

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‘Von Trapped’ at Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington

In the words of Maria, the hills are most definitely alive with the gorgeous sound of the stars of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s production of Von Trapped– a hilarious parody of the iconic 1959 musical The Sound of Music with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. A musical of […]

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Meet The ‘Big Kids’ by Joel Markowitz

As Big, The Musical-TYA concludes its run this weekend at Adventure Theatre-MTC, I had a chance to interview the five talented young members of the cast:  Brendan DeBonis, Marley McKay, Maya Brettell, Emma Sophie Moore, and Talia Brenner. Brendan: My name is Brendan DeBonis and I am 13 years old. I was Friedrich in Olney Theatre’s The Sound of Music last year and […]

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