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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]