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Friday, April 5, 2024

Theatre Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Herb Merrick

“Beauty and the Beast” marks the first time Disney produced one of its own film adaptations for the Broadway stage. The book by Linda Woolverton is adapted from the 1991 animated musical…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Hubba Hubba – A New Show About Romantic Love’ at Baltimore Theatre Project by Herb Merrick

Hubba Hubba” marks the return engagement of the 2023 production by Alex and Olmsted, puppeteer performance artists Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Verdon, with lighting by Tori Munoz. They d…

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Book Club Play’ at Everyman Theatre by Herb Merrick

One of the first documented book clubs was formed by Anne Hutchinson aboard a ship bound for the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634 in order to discuss sermons on Puritan beliefs Although book…

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Peter Pan’ at The Hippodrome Theatre by Herb Merrick

“Peter Pan” is a musical based on a 1904 play, “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up,” by Sir James M. Barrie and his subsequent 1911 novel, “Peter and Wendy.”  The play…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Concert Review: ‘Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue’ with Conductor/Pianist Wayne Marshall and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Herb Merrick

Congratulations to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for programming a most interesting evening of music exploring the ever-translucent boundaries between classical and popular music in the c…

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Crumbs from the Table of Joy’ at Everyman Theatre by Herb Merrick

“Crumbs from the Table of Joy” is one of the earliest plays by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lynn Nottage. The play premiered off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in 1995 as part of …

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘A Chorus Line’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Herb Merrick

“A Chorus Line” is an iconic musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. The Broadway production ran for approximately …

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Concert Review: ‘She’s Got Soul’ – Vocalist Capathia Jenkins with Lucas Waldin Conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Herb Merrick

This BSO Pops concert features actress/singer Capathia Jenkins with back-up singers Rajdilari, Randy Chalmers, and Sydney Brooke Harper, in a program of rhythm and blues covers of well-known…

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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Dial M for Murder’ at Everyman Theatre by Herb Merrick

“Dial M For Murder,” by British playwright Frederick Knott, premiered both on Broadway and in London’s West End in 1952. The initial production, featuring Maurice Evans, Anthony Dawson…

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Cinderella’ presented by ArtsCentric at Baltimore Center Stage by Herb Merrick

The character and story of Cinderella has a long tradition and many variants. In the first century A.D., the Greek geographer and historian Strabo reported an ancient Egyptian oral folk tale…

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Friday, November 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Herb Merrick

“Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” (originally titled “Here’s Love”), with music, book, and lyrics by Meredith Willson (“The Music Man”), premiered on Broadway in 1963 and i…

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Sunday, November 12, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Broadway Legends’ Ted Sperling, Scarlett Strallen, Hugh Panaro, and Dee Roscioli with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Herb Merrick

“Broadway Legends” is a superb evening of musical theatre songs from over the past 90 years. The performers all have extensive Broadway performance experience. Tenor Hugh Panaro holds th…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Funny Girl’ at The Hippodrome Theatre by Herb Merrick

“Funny Girl” is the musical story of Fannie Brice, an early 20th century star of film, stage, and radio, who specialized in zany comedy. The original production premiered on Broadway in …

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Sibelius Symphony No. 1,’ Conductor David Danzmayr and Soprano Christine Goerke with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Herb Merrick

President and CEO of the BSO, Mark Hanson greeted the audience and, in recognition of the human loss and suffering in Israel and Gaza, the orchestra performed John Williams’ “Elegy,” a…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Music Of Billy Joel And Elton John,’ Michael Cavanaugh with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff by Herb Merrick

Michael Cavanaugh is an actor, pianist, and vocalist focusing on the American rock ‘n’ roll canon. He was chosen by Billy Joel to star in the Broadway musical “Movin’ Out” and rece…

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ at Baltimore Center Stage by Herb Merrick

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” is a jukebox musical written by Lanie Robertson. The setting is a cabaret bar in South Philadelphia in March 1959 in which vocalist Billie Holiday…

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Concert Review: ‘Get Happy! Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial’ at Strathmore by Herb Merrick

Michael Feinstein, vocalist and pianist, is a music revivalist and archivist of the Great American Songbook. He is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Pasadena Orchestra and the Artistic Dir…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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

“Sister Act” is a musical adapted from the popular 1992 film of the same name, with new music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, with additi…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘A Doll’s House’ at Everyman Theatre by Herb Merrick

Henrik Ibsen’s three-act play, “A Doll’s House,” was published in 1879 in Copenhagen and sold 13,500 copies within the first three months. The world premiere at the Royal Theatre in …

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Theatre News: The World Premiere Revival of ‘The Wiz’ Launches pre-Broadway Tour at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre by Herb Merrick

The pre-Broadway national tour of “The Wiz” kicks off in Baltimore at the Hippodrome Theater from September 23-30, 2023, with a limited Broadway engagement planned for spring of 2024. Th…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Concert Review:  ‘Chuck & Eva’ presented by IN Series at Theatre Project by Herb Merrick

This production was not what I expected—a play about the story of the two musicians, Chuck and Eva, and how their unusual friendship led to the development of an album of songs from the Gr…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Broadway in the Park’ featuring Megan Hilty and Lea Salonga presented by Signature Theatre and Wolf Trap by Herb Merrick

Directed by Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, with the Wolf Trap Orchestra conducted by Jon Kalbfleisch, Signature’s resident music director, “Broadway in the Par…

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

Theatre Review: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ at The Hippodrome by Herb Merrick

Disney Theatrical Productions faced a challenge when it decided to produce a musical stage version of their successful film. “Frozen” is based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fair…

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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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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