On the Road: The King and I at Walnut Street Theatre

Anna (Rachel York) and The King (Mel Sagrado Maghuyop). Photo by Mark Garvin.

The Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest and most subscribed to operating theatre in the country, is currently offering the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King and I, to the delight of Philadelphia theatre audiences. It’s easy to see why this great musical continues to endure even after 60 years. The themes of love, loss, and identity still resonate with modern audiences, and the songs- particularly “Hello Young Lovers,” I Whistle a Happy Tune,” and “I Have Dreamed”- are timeless.

You, Nero at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theatre

Nancy Robinette (Agrippina), Jeff McCarthy (Scribonius) and Susannah Schulman (Poppaea). Photo by Scott Schulman.Center for American

The general concept of You, Nero, a comedy currently playing at Arena Stage, is a good one. Set in ancient Rome, resident playwright Amy Freed explores the life and times of Emperor Nero, a man with a tremendous appetite for power and attention.

A Second Chance at Signature Theatre

Jenna (Diane Sutherland) and Dan (Brian Sutherland) share a toast in "A Second Chance." Photo by Christopher Mueller.

First time musical theatre composer and lyricist, Ted Shen’s autobiographical musical, A Second Chance, deals with situations we all can relate to in some way – loss, love, and regaining one’s life after a tumultuous change. For this reason, it is very accessible to audiences witnessing it at Signature Theatre. In the musical, introspective Dan […]

‘Boom! and Broadway’ with Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway at Music Center at Strathmore

Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway.

New York City favorites Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway, under the musical direction of Alex Rybeck, brought their unique harmonies to Music Center at Strathmore in a full length concert that featured songs from their latest cd Boom! Live at Birdland, (which is, in and of itself, the title of a show they have been […]

Circle Mirror Transformation at George Washington University

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Annie Baker’s play Circle Mirror Transformation had a production at Studio Theatre two years ago after premiering Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. In the past several years, it has become a regional theatre favorite. This week it is back in DC at George Washington University (GWU). This excellent production opens GWU’s Theatre and Dance Department’s 2011/2012 […]

The Book Club Play at Arena Stage

Eric Messner (Rob), Kate Eastwood Norris (Ana), Tom Story (Will), Ashlie Atkinson (Jen), and Rachael Holmes (Lily) in 'The Book Club Play.' Photo by Stan Barouh.

One of the reasons why people presumably join book clubs is for the social experience- the chance to meet other people who may have different interests, but share a love for books. This idea of the book club serving a social purpose beyond a shared reading of books is the foundation for Karen Zacarías’ sometimes […]

Reflections on Page-to-Stage at The Kennedy Center: ‘Sex on Wheels,’ ‘ Signature Theatre: American Musical Voices Project Repertory,’ and ‘Peter Pan: The Boy who Hated Mothers’ on Monday, September 5, 2011

The cast of 'Peter Pan'. Playwright and Director Michael Lluberes is in the center. Photo by Joel Markowitz.

For the past 10 years, The John F.  Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has invited local theatre companies to present readings as part of the annual Page-to-Stage Festival. It’s always an interesting conglomeration of known and respected local theatre companies, from Theater J to Signature Theatre, to university theatre arts programs, to small, professional companies […]

The Marcy and Zina Show at Signature Theatre

Composer Zina Goldrich and Author Marcy Heisler.

Marcy Heisler (lyrics) and Zina Goldrich (music) have been writing together for 18 years. The dynamic and original duo’s songs have been covered by Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Feinstein and a host of other Broadway and cabaret talent, including Stephanie J. Block and Emily Skinner. While it is always fun to hear their songs interpreted by […]

42nd Street at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York

Zak Edwards is Billy and Julie Kavanagh is Peggy in the Merry-Go-Round's production of "42nd Street. Photo provided by the theatre.

While in Upstate New York, we decided to take in a performance of one of the most well-known good time, old-fashioned musicals in the American musical theatre canon- 42nd Street. The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, in Auburn, New York, undertook this ambitious, large-scale production as part of its summer series. Under the roof, shaped like a Merry-Go-Round […]