Sunday, February 18, 2024

A new musical shows how hard it is to make alcoholism interesting onstage by Naveen Kumar

Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James star in Broadway’s “Days of Wine and Roses,” Adam Guettel’s musical based on the 1962 movie.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ is only for people who really, really love ‘Rent’ by Chris Klimek

Neil Patrick Harris has directed a new, scaled-up production of Jonathan Larson’s musical “Tick, Tick … Boom!” at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

This ‘Next to Normal’ revival is like a David Lynchian fever dream by Thomas Floyd

Alan Paul oversees this projection-heavy revival of “Next to Normal,” Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s alt-rock musical about a mother with bipolar disorder.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

Chita Rivera’s tenacity made her one of the greatest Broadway stars by Peter Marks

Somehow Hollywood didn’t know what to do with Chita Rivera, but its loss was a win for decades of theater audiences.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

A guide to upcoming magic shows in the D.C. area by Sophia Solano

These illusionists and mentalists each have a unique take on what magic means.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

You always know exactly where the story’s going in this play by Rhoda Feng

“Shutter Sisters” at 1st Stage tells the story of two women whose lives intertwine in obvious ways.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

A brilliant turn-off-your-cellphone speech precedes an even better play by Trey Graham

“This Much I Know” at Theater J is about psychology, decision-making and Joseph Stalin’s daughter but is way more entertaining than that sounds.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

A feminist spin on a Sherlock Holmes mystery play by Celia Wren

Fans of Enola Holmes will enjoy “The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective” by the Washington Stage Guild.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

Can’t get to Broadway? There’s a ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ in D.C., too. by Zachary Pincus-Roth

The once-dismissed Sondheim musical “Merrily We Roll Along” should be seen, so consider Keegan Theatre’s impeccably sung production.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

A new musical uses sign language to tell the story of a deaf soldier by Thomas Floyd

A real-life World War I sniper inspired “Private Jones,” which is getting its world premiere at Signature Theatre in Virginia.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

Trying to tell Coco Chanel’s controversial life story — through ballet by Celia Wren

A dance show about Coco Chanel, the fashion trailblazer who was notoriously antisemitic and a Nazi collaborator, is making its U.S. premiere.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

A play’s emotional take on the Cuban diaspora in Miami by Heidi Pérez-Moreno

“Las Hermanas Palacios” looks at how immigration in the 1980s changed Miami – and the lives of those who arrived.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

A funny, eerie play about an HBCU dance troupe by Celia Wren

The world premiere of “The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company boldly mixes multiple genres.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

Synetic Theater reprises its riveting ‘Romeo & Juliet’ by Rebecca Ritzel

With its seamless and searing revival of “Romeo & Juliet,” Synetic Theater is banking on nostalgia and casting changes to bring audiences back.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

The best Broadway love songs about the love you feel right now by Washington Post Staff

A musical-theater love song playlist that will help you make sense of your feelings.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

An opera farce that might leave you asking: Aria kidding me? by Trey Graham

Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Soprano,” staged at Olney Theatre Center, only sometimes sings.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

The most promising theater to see in D.C. and N.Y. this spring by Thomas Floyd

Steve Carell, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong and Ralph Fiennes are among the big names gracing stages on Broadway and in Washington.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

This playwright’s task: Preserve ‘Peter Pan,’ make its racism walk the plank by Celia Wren

Sicangu Lakota playwright Larissa FastHorse was hired to recast “Peter Pan” for a national tour that has stops in Baltimore and D.C.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

A stirring and provocative musical about a deaf sharpshooter in wartime by Chris Klimek

Signature Theatre’s “Private Jones” is based on the life of a solider in World War I.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

It’s ballet. It’s jazz. But it’s really another dimension. by Celia Wren

The Washington Ballet’s “Jazz Icons: A Fine Romance” pairs two disciplines, and occasionally achieves cosmic liftoff.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM
Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Synetic Theater reels in a delightful ‘Golden Fish’ by Celia Wren

Company’s adaptation of a fairy tale is running in family-friendly repertory with an encore of its 2022 “Snow Maiden.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:06PM
Monday, December 11, 2023

How ‘Girl From the North Country’ repurposes the Bob Dylan songbook by Thomas Floyd

Writer-director Conor McPherson explains how he pieced together the acclaimed jukebox musical “Girl From the North Country,” at the Kennedy Center starting Dec. 12.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:36AM
Friday, December 8, 2023

‘As You Like It,’ with the songs of the Beatles, is a groovy good time by Thomas Floyd

The 1960s spin on “As You Like It” leans on the Fab Four’s hits and lots of slapstick to delight at the Shakespeare Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54PM

A tale of grief and faith ignites in Theater J’s ‘Moses’ by Celia Wren

Michele Lowe’s moving one-person play has it world premiere at the Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM

Avett Brothers musical ‘Swept Away’ makes for a spellbinding tale by Thomas Floyd

“Swept Away,” a roots rock musical about a 19th-century shipwreck, proves itself worthy of a Broadway voyage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:32PM
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Yes, it’s another Sondheim revue. And so much more. by Peter Marks

Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga are just two of the stars making things bright on London stages.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:02PM
Monday, December 4, 2023

The best of theater in 2023 by Peter Marks

“King Lear,” “Stereophonic,” “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Sunset Boulevard” were heartening examples of theater’s enduring power.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Thursday, November 30, 2023

At the Shakespeare Theatre, ‘As You Like It’ meets the Beatles by Celia Wren

About two dozen Fab Four standards are incorporated in this staging of the popular comedy.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:12PM

Finally, a killer ‘Sunset Boulevard’ with the perfect Norma Desmond by Peter Marks

Director Jamie Lloyd’s stunning revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1994 musical stars Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:02PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Woolly Mammoth’s ‘Public Obscenities’ is long on insight. Also, long. by Peter Marks

Playwright-director Shayok Misha Chowdhury invites us to India for a look at the clashes of values in “Public Obscenities.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:48PM
Monday, November 27, 2023

Cynthia Erivo doesn’t sing the same old tune by Thomas Floyd

The Tony winner talks about her Kennedy Center concert as well as her next movie “Drift” and filming “Wicked.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:12AM

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