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Friday, November 18, 2022

Dance Review:  Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo sparkles in a golden ‘Cendrillon’ at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Ah! The French Riviera, Monte Carlo, and we are reminded of private yachts in the harbor, European race cars on mountainous roads, a famous gambling casino, and Princess Grace with her Royal…

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Dance Review: Mark Morris Dance Group: ‘The Look of Love’ at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

    Fun! Fun! Fun! (if only for a too-brief hour) best describes the opening night at the Kennedy Center where “The Look of Love,” (a Kennedy Center co-commission) made its East Coast …

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Dance Review: ‘NEXTsteps’ presented by The Washington Ballet by Carolyn Kelemen

  Alone on stage or with a partner who is sensitive to her extraordinary moves, The Washington Ballet’s adored Maki Onuki mesmerizes an audience no matter the technique nor the style of d…

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Dance Nation’ at Olney Theatre Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Consider “Dance Nation” as a prequel to “A Chorus Line” and you will have a better understanding of the teenage and pre-teen angst of becoming a dancer. Then add “Mean Girls” to …

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Dance Review: The Washington Ballet performs a stirring tribute to Balanchine at Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts by Carolyn Kelemen

Wolf Trap Park is the perfect place to spend a late summer evening. The setting is serene, and the music seems to shimmer with the stars. You’re always invited to bring a picnic or indulge…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Dance Review: ‘NEXTsteps’ presented by The Washington Ballet by Carolyn Kelemen

  The Washington Ballet performs new dances with old memories.   Watching one of the last Washington Ballet’s (TWB’s) performances of “Moonlight” at the Sidney Harman Hall brought …

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Dance Preview: 15th Anniversary Performance of ‘Ballet Boutique: A Summer Celebration’ at Misako Ballet Company by Carolyn Kelemen

    Misako’s Japanese Touches Bring Added  Beauty to Ballet.     It’a very quiet—quite lovely, in fact—in the upstairs studio at Joseph Square, where Misako Aoki is rehearsing …

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dance Review: ‘Reframing the Narrative’ at Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

  It took over two hours to get to the point of ‘’Reframing the Narrative” (Program A) at the Kennedy Center Opera House. My “ah-ha” moment came as B.B. King sang from a recording…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Dance Review: The New York City Ballet at The Kennedy Center Appeals to All in ‘Visionary Voices’ by Carolyn Kelemen

    Dance fans know the New York City Ballet Company. That’s the dance troupe with the long-legged ballerinas; strong, technical male soloists; speed; and an unswerving dedication to the…

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Dance Preview: ‘A Tribute to Classical Ballet’ by The Classical Ballet Theatre of Maryland and L’Etoile Ballet Academy by Carolyn Kelemen

      Pretty, pastel costumes, new ribbons on the toe shoes, tiaras that sparkle bright as a shiny new penny. These are signs of spring recitals where young dancers awaken to the beauty o…

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Dance Preview: Howard County’s ‘Bald Ballerina’ Is Back with A Lot of Love at Annual Fundraiser to Combat Breast Cancer by Carolyn Kelemen

  “Returning to dance has been a way to focus on something other than cancer, said Maggie’s mom, Adona Kudirka, “and she’s grateful for all the support.”   Dance bags filled with…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

News: Kennedy Center’s 2022-2023 Ballet and Dance Season Preview by Carolyn Kelemen

Cultural vibrancy and exemplary artistry from world-class companies and artists will grace the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ stages during its 2022–2023 ballet and danc…

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with with Composer/Conductor/ Musician, Christopher Youstra by Carolyn Kelemen

  Chris Youstra is a man about town. He has conducted, accompanied, and rehearsed dozens of performers throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Currently he holds the titles of Music D…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Theatre Review: Young Artists of America Brings Broadway to Bethesda with ‘Aida’ for 10th Anniversary Celebration by Carolyn Kelemen

  There’s something about kids singing in a grown-up show that captures the attention of young and old alike. These were my thoughts as I watched an amazing performance by the Young Artis…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Dance Review: American Ballet Theatre Performs the Old and New at Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

  Last night’s opening program for the American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center proved to be bittersweet. Sweet because the ABT dancers appeared fit, fierce, and thrilled to be danci…

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Gerald Jordan, Apollo Creed in Toby’s Dinner Theatre’s ‘Rocky The Musical’ by Carolyn Kelemen

Gerald Jordan is a Maryland native who attended both Hofstra University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been an integral part of Columbia Centre of Theatrical Arts (…

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Dance Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Celebrates Black History Month at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

  By now you would think that Alvin Ailey’s famous dancers would be used to standing ovations and excited shout-outs mid-way through a dance. After all, for six decades, audiences have be…

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Theater Review:  ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ at the National Theatre had you humming all the way home by Carolyn Kelemen

    They say you judge a musical by the humming of show tunes as you leave the theater. Those of a certain age were not only humming…they were singing the lyrics to the familiar songs in…

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Pocast: Listen to Razzle Dazzle Radio’s ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’ with Broadway Stars, Ashley Fitzgerald and Ric Ryder by Carolyn Kelemen

For the first edition in 2022 of “Razzle Dazzle Radio,” Carolyn Kelemen, Judy Templeton, and Mo Dutterer take a trip down memory lane with guests, Ashley Fitzgerald and Ric Ryder, commen…

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Dance News: Seasonal Ballet Helps Everyone Make the Leap into a Holiday Mood by Carolyn Kelemen

A listing of “The Nutcracker” performances (and more) in the Baltimore/Washington area this season. As my grand-nephew, niece and I watched two productions of “The Nutcracker” this p…

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Dance Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ presented by The Classic Ballet Theatre of Maryland by Carolyn Kelemen

Until recently, the role of Clara in “The Nutcracker Suite” was mainly an acting part, played by a young girl in a pink nightgown. All she had to do was bop the mouse king with her shoe …

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Dance Review: Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s ‘Giselle’ at the Maryland Hall gives us the “Wilis” for a Halloween Treat by Carolyn Kelemen

For nearly two centuries, “Giselle” has been called “the ultimate romantic ballet,” and remains today the supreme achievement of The Romantic Era with its fusion of dance and drama. …

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Dance Review: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE at the Kennedy Center Lifts Your Spirits by Carolyn Kelemen

 Looking for a respite from the political chaos that surrounds us? Care to leave your troubles behind? How about an escape to the world of energizing, uplifting dance? Catch Ronald K. Brown…

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Dance Review: The Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Taylor-made moves still thrill! You couldn’t miss the thrill of live dance Thursday night in the Eisenhower Theater where the Paul Taylor Dance Company kicked off the Kennedy Center Perfor…

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

A vibrant ‘Godspell’ brings back the joy at Toby’s by Carolyn Kelemen

A lively reprise of the first show on its stage 41 years ago with the parables updated to the minute.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Podcast: Razzle Dazzle Radio Interviews the Incomparable Bruce Randolph Nelson by Carolyn Kelemen

Bruce Randolph Nelson, resident company member of Everyman Theatre, recently gave another tour-de-force performance in the streaming production of Everyman Theatre’s “An Almost Holy Pict…

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Dance Review: ‘Tear the Edge’ presented by the Chamber Dance Project by Carolyn Kelemen

As hope is the theme of “Songs of a New World,” then gratitude can be attributed to the Chamber Dance Project (CDP) in an exciting return to live performance after 24 months. Known for b…

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Theatre Review: ‘Songs for a New World’ presented by Monumental Theatre Company by Carolyn Kelemen

  Welcome to the dog days of summer as we all could use some respite from the heat, humidity, and ongoing COVID restrictions. Two unique programs, Monumental Theatre Company’s “Songs fo…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dance Review: ‘Step Afrika! Juneteenth Virtual Celebration’ includes a poignant tribute to the Little Rock Nine by Carolyn Kelemen

Among the many celebratory Juneteenth events held this past weekend, Step Afrika! ranks high on my list. There were prayers, parades, music, the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and…

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The fun begins ‘After Midnight’ in big band musical from Signature by Carolyn Kelemen

The singing, dancing, and songs are all highpoints. The filming, editing, and lighting are all superb.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

News: Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary 2021-2022 Ballet and Dance Season Preview by Carolyn Kelemen

  Buy a subscription and you won’t miss a beat! Call it intuition, cultural channeling, or just a hunch, but the feeling here is that this is going to be a lively, all-encompassing, much-…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards