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Review: ‘Rent’ at the National Theatre

Okay, twenty years ago I was more concerned with raising kids than living rough on the street, but that’s what the current tour of Rent celebrates. Where to live, how to love, finding work, survival, family are all on raw display from the moment the lights come up. Creator Jonathan Larson depicts how life in […]

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Review: ‘RENT’ at Gateway Playhouse

The Gateway Playhouse opened its 68th Season with the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical, RENT. With book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, this artistic musical is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. Directed by Matt Karis and choreographed by Gerry McIntyre, RENT is a fantastic production. It’s the East Village of New York […]

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Review: ‘Adam & Anthony Live’ at Strathmore

Suppose your two best friends were really talented and you invited them over to sing and tell stories and a few of your other friends found out and showed up to listen and it turned out to be a really fun, intimate evening. That would have been almost exactly like what happened at Strathmore last […]

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Who’s in Town? A Conversation with Adam Pascal, Performing in Concert with ‘Rent’ Costar Anthony Rapp at Strathmore This Friday, April 28th at 8pm

Rent fans are in for a treat as Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp team up for a one-night-only concert event at Strathmore this Friday, April 28th at 8 PM. Pascal and Rapp are forever joined in the hearts of musical theater fans thanks to their portrayals of Roger Davis and Mark Cohen in the original […]

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Review: ‘Rent’ at The Hippodrome Theatre

Fans of Rent, it’s time to “Occupy Baltimore” once again. Hook yourselves up with tickets by any means necessary to that 20th Anniversary Tour making a brief, flash-point stop inside the old Hippodrome Theatre. Paul Clay’s New York set design — love that tower of metal and rubble — prepares the audience for a piece of […]

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Review: Soprano Ailyn Pérez at The Barns at Wolf Trap

There’s no business like show business, but does that include opera? If in a few years people finally agree that opera is genuinely another form of musical theater, it may be because of the current career rocketship of American soprano Ailyn Pérez. Never mind her recent run as the star of the Metropolitan Opera’s uber-popular […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #14: Best Design in Professional and Community Theaters in DC/VA/MD

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #14: Best Design in Professional and Community Theaters in DC/VA/MD Are: John Alexander for his lighting for Blackberry Winter at Forum Theatre. John Alexander for his lighting for Black Nativity at Theater Alliance. Brian Allard for his lighting for Sleeping Beauty at Synetic Theater. Clint Allen for his projections for Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches: […]

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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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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #2: Best Musicals In Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA

Here are The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best Plays of 2016 in Community Theaters. Congrats to all the honorees. A Grand Night for Singing at Montgomery Playhouse and Arts on the Green. Anything Goes at Other Voices Theatre. Assassins at the Laurel Mill Playhouse. Avenue Q at Vagabond Players. Babes in Arms at The FrederickTowne Players. Bat […]

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Review: ‘BSO: The Music of David Bowie’ at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) honored the remarkable career and personality of glam rock icon David Bowie with a spectacular tribute production: The Music of David Bowie, featuring the late musician’s most celebrated catalog of compositions. Set behind a fully-whetted rock band and vocalist Tony Vincent (who has appeared on Broadway’s Rent, American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar, and TV’s The Voice), renown music arranger/conductor […]

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Review: ‘Tick, Tick…BOOM!’ at Spotlighters

Tick, Tick…BOOM!, as directed and choreographed by Jillian Locklear Bauersfeld, and with Book, Music and Lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, was an insightful semi-autobiographical and musical journey. Larson, famous for writing the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent, wrote Tick, Tick…BOOM! to vent his disappointment about the failure of his earlier work, Superbia, a musical […]

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Review: ‘Rent’ at Rockville Musical Theatre

Jonathan Larson’s sudden death the night before Rent’s off-Broadway premiere is one of theater’s most heart-breaking events. Larson never got to see his only show move to Broadway, win the 1996 Tony Awards for best book, best score and best musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Larson’s tale of a group of misfit artists […]

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Review: ‘Rent’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s production of Rent, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the musical’s Broadway premiere, is a powerful, heartfelt, and entertaining celebration of creativity and youth. With book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, and directed by Andy Scott, it follows a group of young artists and friends squatting in a New York apartment building, […]

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Review: ‘If/Then’ at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia

Broadway today is the era of musical/cartoon/film/remakes. We should, therefore, be grateful for anything that attempts a reasonably adult theme: in this case, how our decisions will create our future. If only the musical was better. “Best Worst Mistake”, “Some Other Me”, “You Never Know”, and “What Would You Do?” are some of the songs […]

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In the Moment: George Mason’s Center for the Arts Announces its Upcoming 2016-2017 Season

Next season’s Great Performances series at the Center for the Arts was recently announced to hearty applause at a lovely evening event on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, Virginia. Heading toward 30 years as a premiere performing arts venue in Northern Virginia, the upcoming 2016-17 Great Performances season clearly aims to engross and […]

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In the Moment: A Look at Jack Viertel’s “The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built”

Revealing the concealed underpinnings and durable structures of American musicals is no easy undertaking. Let alone covering and analyzing the past seven decades of musical theater history. But, Broadway veteran Jack Viertel provides an invaluable, breezy, quite personal accounting of Broadway’s Golden Age up to the current mega-hit Hamilton. It all appears in his new book, […]

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