Theatre Kibbitz: Renee Calarco on ‘The Religion Thing’ and Working with Brother Joe

Renee Calarco. Photo by James Meerdter.

During the run of The Religion Thing, which closed on January 29th, I asked Renee Calarco to talk about writing the play and the production at Theatre J and working with her brother Joe, who directed the show.

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.

Shall We Chat? Rachel York on Playing Anna in The King and I at Walnut Street Theatre

Rachel York as Anna in 'The King and I

I went up to Philadelphia to see the multi-talented Rachel York perform the role of Anna in The King and I at Walnut Street Theatre and as usual – Rachel York acted and sang the role so beautifully. I had a chance to ask Rachel about playing Anna and her royal visit to Walnut Street Theatre.

Children’s Theatre Rules at Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards

barrymore awards

I made my annual trip to Philadelphia to attend their annual  theatre awards called The Barrymore Awards. It’s always a very fun evening where the local theatre community comes together to cheer each other on and to celebrate the very friendly and close Philly theatre community. It’s so nice to hear everyone applauding and whooping […]

New Column Debuts: ‘A Quick 5′ For Cyndy A. Marion

Cyndy A. Marion.

Welcome to “A Quick 5.” This column poses 5 questions to people working in all aspects of the theatre. Some people you will recognize and some will be brand new to you. I have been working in the theatre for over 20 years and have come across a lot of interesting people. You will get a […]

On the Road: The World Premiere of ‘Newsies: The Musical’ at Papermill Playhouse


I confess that the 1992 cult Disney movie, Newsies, is a piece of childhood nostalgia for me. After all, I watched the movie in middle school, sang a selection of songs from it in high school chorus, and remember my little sister, also a musical theatre freak, belting out “King of New York” in her […]

On the Road: Jekyll and Hyde at The Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, WV

Andrew Lloyd Baughman as Jekyll as he prepares to take the formula which will change him into Edward Hyde. Photo by Tami McDonald.

One man’s battle with his dual nature comes alive on stage at Martinsburg’s The Apollo Civic Theatre. The musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella with added twists from Leslie Bricusse who wrote the book and lyrics and Frank Wildhorn who wrote the lush score. The Apollo Civic Theatre presentation features a talented […]

On the Road: Hugging the Shoulder, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Eli Grove as Jeremy in 'Hugging the Shoulder.'

If you are wondering why I am posting this on MD Theatre Guide there are 2 reasons: (1) To make you aware of what’s happening outside of our Washington Metro Area theatrical bubble, and (2) Because this play deserves to get a production at one of our fine local theatres. Jennifer and I were in […]

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

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 […]

The Wizard of Oz at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

Christopher Russell (Tinman), Ashley Wieronski (Dorothy), John Ramsey, (Scarecrow), and  Jason Sofge (Cowardly Lion). Photo by Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.

Sparkle! Sizzle! Emerald Flash! “We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.” If you are lucky enough to get tickets to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz in Lancaster, PA, you will have more fun than a season of watching “Glee!” The show was my childhood playing […]