Theatre Review: ‘Little Dancer’ at Kennedy Center

Tiller Peck and Company. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

The world premiere musical Little Dancer, now playing at Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre, takes us back to a time when musicals depended upon good storytelling and a strong score. Let’s face it; technology in theatre has given writers an excuse to get lazy because they know the physical elements will cover what’s wrong with the […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Susan Rome

Susan Rome

Susan Rome is currently performing the role of Empty in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (IHO for short) at Theater J. Susan’s past Theater J credits include The Moscows of Nantucket, The Argument, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Spring Forward, Fall Back and After the Revolution which gave […]

Theatre Review: ‘Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol’ at Adventure Theatre MTC

Chris Dinolfo as Tiny Tim  with Conrad Feininger as Scrooge in bed. Photo by Bruce Douglas.

It’s only mid-November and the holiday fare at area theatres is already beginning to appear. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is perhaps the most produced holiday story of them all. With its tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation from cold-hearted tight wad to warm and caring person, it’s no wonder the story continues […]

Theatre Review: ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ at Warner Theatre

The cast of Ghost Borthers of Darkland County. Photo by Harry Sandler.

Through the decades there have been many musicals that have not reached their full potential because of an element that didn’t measure up. More often than not, the book is the main culprit. Musicals such as The Baker’s Wife, Rags and Taboo all suffered from inadequate books thus bringing the scores for these shows down […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Luigi Sottile

Luigi Sottile

Luigi Sottile is currently making his DC area acting debut in Sex with Strangers at Signature Theatre where he is playing the role of Ethan. Luigi’s many regional credits include productions at Steppenwolf: Buena Vista (Noah); Arden Theatre: The Three Sisters (Andre) and Cyrano (Christian); – Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine); […]

News: For Composer Gary William Friedman, Light Still Sings all Over This World

Gary William Friedman

Click on the various links to hear some of the varied and wonderful musical stylings of Gary William Friedman. Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator Gary William Friedman is probably best known for a musical that premiered off-Broadway in 1970. It was called The Me Nobody Knows. Friedman wrote the show with lyricist Will Holt with additional […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Michael Winther

Michael Winther

Michael Winther is currently playing the role of Dan in Next to Normal at Center Stage. The production concludes its run this weekend. He last performed at Center Stage in The Boys from Syracuse. On Broadway Michael has appeared in Mamma Mia!; 1776; The Crucible; Artist Descending a Staircase and Damn Yankees.  Off Broadway credits […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Deidra LaWan Starnes

Deidra LaWan Starnes

Deidra LaWan Starnes is currently performing the role of Calphurnia in Julius Caesar at Folger Theatre. She previously appeared in Folger’s production of King Lear.  Area credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company: Much Ado About Nothing; Adventure Theatre: 12 Days of Christmas, Charlotte’s Web; Studio Theatre; Invisible Man, Passing Strange, In the Red and Brown Water, […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Vadim Feichtner

Vadim Feichtner

Vadim Feichtner is currently the musical director for Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre.  He was last seen on Broadway conducting The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His many Off-Broadway credits include Fly By Night, Little Miss Sunshine, Nobody Loves You, The Other Josh Cohen, Elegies: A Song Cycle, The Memory Show, Infinite Joy, The […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Me Nobody Knows’ presented by UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland

L-R Catherine (Noelle Roy) & Lloyd (Noah Israel), Bottom: Donald (Avery Collins), Clorox (Christopher Lane), Lillie Mae (Chioma Dunkley), and Rhoda (Rebecca Mount). Photo by Dylan Singleton.

Seems like this is the year for colleges to produce lesser known musicals and thank heavens for that! I can only take so many Hairspray and Spring Awakening productions at one time. University of Maryland’s entry is the Obie and Tony Award winning musical The Me Nobody Knows which premiered off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Parker Esse

Parker Esse

Parker Esse is currently the choreographer for Fiddler on the Roof  at Arena Stage which begins performances on October 31st. This is Parker’s  fifth production with Arena Stage and with artistic director Molly Smith. He previoulsy choreographed Arena Stage’s The Music Man (Helen Hayes nomination), critically acclaimed Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), The Light in the Piazza and A Christmas Carol 1941. […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Joseph Ritsch

Joseph Ritsch

Joseph Ritsch is currently the Co-Producing Artistic Director at Rep Stage. You would think that would be enough of a job to keep him busy but Joseph is also the director for Rep Stage’s season opener Venus in Fur.  Joseph is a principal ensemble member with Jane Comfort and Company, and has performed at The Joyce […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Bruce Coughlin

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Bruce Coughlin is currently the orchestrator for Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre which begins performances on October 7th. Elmer Gantry is not the first time Bruce has worked at Signature Theatre. He co-orchestrated Giant with Larry Hochman and also scored A Second Chance and Sycamore Trees.Bruce’s resume is as varied as anyone’s you’ll ever see. […]