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Monday, May 1, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Harvey’ at Everyman Theatre by Herb Merrick

Written by Mary Chase in 1944, “Harvey” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year. The original Broadway production ran for over four years (1,775 performances) and was directe…

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Grease’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Herb Merrick

  The musical “Grease” (music, lyrics, and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with additional songs by John Farrar) has remarkably survived over 50 years of Broadway and West End prod…

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Sunday, April 2, 2023

Concert Review: Leslie Odom, Jr. with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Herb Merrick

Leslie Odom, Jr. (actor/singer/composer) has accomplished a lot in the first 25 years of a diversified career spanning many performance genres. He has appeared in leading roles on film and s…

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Friday, March 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – A Celebration of the Music of Aretha Franklin’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Herb Merrick

Aretha Franklin (composer-singer-pianist), the “Queen of Soul,” had an astonishing six-decade career (1954-2017) during which she received 18 Grammy Awards and 44 nominations. She was th…

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Monday, March 20, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ at Baltimore Center Stage by Herb Merrick

John Dunton was the first known advice columnist. He answered questions sent to his British periodical “The Athenian Mercury” in 1690, with the assistance of experts in science, history,…

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Monday, March 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Sound Inside’ at Everyman Theatre by Herb Merrick

“The Sound Inside” by Adam Rapp (novelist, playwright, screenwriter, musician, and film director) is directed by Everyman Theatre’s founder and artistic director, Vincent M. Lancisi, a…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein’ at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Ashley Brown by Herb Merrick

  Composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and lyricist Lorenz (Larry) Hart (1895-1943) collaborated on 28 musical shows during the period 1919-1943. Upon Hart’s death in 1943, Rodgers formed…

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Marin Conducts TITAN’ presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall/Strathmore by Herb Merrick

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), an Austro-Bohemian conductor-composer, once said, “As soon as I am in the midst of nature and by myself, everything that is base and trivial banishes without a t…

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Conlon Conducts The Verdi Requiem’ presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Herb Merrick

Oscar Wilde once said, “The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” My experience of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) and his music began …

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Revolution: The Music of the Beatles. A Symphonic Experience’ presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Herb Merrick

An interviewer once asked John Lennon how the Beatles named their songs. John said he was getting a haircut at a salon when he heard one of the stylists ask a customer how she liked her hair…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Herb Merrick

“My Fair Lady,” with music by Frederick Loewe and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, is based on the 1913 play “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw. Shaw refused to give permission fo…

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