Top 5 Publisher’s Picks for the Weekend of June 15-17

Looking for something to do this weekend?  I have been having a blast seeing shows all over town and here is what I recommend…

Top 5 Publisher’s Picks:

1. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the National Theatre

Certain as the sun rising in the East, families will enjoy this Disney classic.

READ Jennifer Perry’s review of the play.

READ Elliot Lanes’ ‘A Quick 5′ with Emily Behny (Belle).

Synopsis:  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Featuring the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice.

Dane Agostinis as Beast and Emily Behny as Belle. Photo by Joan Marcus.

2.  First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb at The Kennedy Center

It’s the music of Kander & Ebb, live in concert!

Synopsis: Come hear the music play! Celebrate the songwriting team who created Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Zorba, and many more in this musical revue featuring a cast of 6 backed by a 23-piece orchestra.

Patina Miller, Heidi Blickenstaff and Leslie Kritzer in the Kennedy Center production of 'First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb.' Photo by Joan Marcus.

3. 1814! The Rock Opera at the Creative Alliance

This Sunday from 7Pm until 9PM experience the free preview performance of two songs from the War of 1812 rock opera, 1814! for a documentary crew from Canada’s CBC-TV.

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Synopsis: The performance, in partnership with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, will feature Robert Bradley as Rear Admiral George Cockburn, Corey Hennessey as Major George Armistead, and Moira Horowitz as Mary Pickersgill. The band includes co-creators Dave Dudley and Dave Israel with Erik Sunday, Jim Schaffer, and Carl Weigel from National Razor FDIC. To add to the spectacle, you are encouraged to dress as if you are going to a patriotic heavy metal show in 1814.

4. Fiddler on the Roof at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre

I was there last year to see their summer production of Meet Me in St. Louis and had a good dinner and an even better show!  I expect the same high-quality family entertainment this year.

Synopsis: One of the longest running shows ever, gathering many awards and critical praise.  The story is placed in a small village in Tsarist Russia in which a poor Jewish family tries to balance their devotion to the traditions handed down through many centuries and the forces of the changing world around them.  It is dramatic, funny, tender, romantic, and up-lifting.

Ryan Burke as Tevye and Alexandra Goldstein as Golde. Photo courtesy of Montgomery College.

5. Bachelorette at Studio Theatre

Go see Bachelorette for girls night out!

READ Jennifer Perry’s review of the play.

READ Elliot Lanes’ ‘A Quick 5′ with Dylan Moore (Regan).

Synopsis: Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends celebrate a classmate’s wedding with a purse full of pills, acid wit, and a few eager men. A comic and lacerating look at toxic friendships and other lifelong commitments.

Jessica Love, Dylan Moore, and Laura C. Harris in 'Bachelorette' at Studio Theatre. Photo by Scott Suchman.

About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.