All stories by Keith Loria on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Artists Who Inspire! #8: Dani Stoller by Keith Loria

In 'Girlhood' at Round House Theatre, the playwright is providing a voice for the next generation of actors.

SOURCE: at 08:13PM
Saturday, October 8, 2022

Fairfax native Lizz Picini now a Hot Box Girl in ‘Guys and Dolls’ at KenCen by Keith Loria

So popular is she that dance shoe company LaDuca named a shoe after her.

SOURCE: at 10:47AM
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Will COVID safety protocols survive at local theaters? by Keith Loria

As local laws no longer require masks and proof of vaccination, what will happen to the policies that have protected audiences and performers?

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:55AM
Thursday, January 27, 2022

After a long run on DC stages, Alan Wade bows out of acting by Keith Loria

Capping his distinguished decades-long theatrical career as a director and actor in the Washington area, he plays his last role on February 6, as Samuel Beckett.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:08PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Who’s getting DC theaters to do the work that undoes racism? by Keith Loria

Among consultants working with local arts organizations to end anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices, Young Playwrights' Theatre now plays a leading role.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:36PM
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Meet the dramaturg for ‘Hadestown’ by Keith Loria

Ken Cerniglia, a Catholic University grad, has been instrumental in developing work at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:24PM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

How a new NOVA theater will go on with the show despite a hit by Keith Loria

The lead was struck by a car—but Nightsky Theater will open its outdoor 'Picnic' on schedule.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:06PM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Herndon’s Misha Mullany sees theater dreams come alive in NYC by Keith Loria

She stars in and helms her own musical making its Off-Off-Broadway debut.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:40PM
Saturday, March 20, 2021

The Bengsons create new indie-folk musical for Arena Stage by Keith Loria

Shaun and Abigail Bengson met in New York City at a party and after talking, decided to start a band together. Their first rehearsal turned into their first date, and three weeks later, they…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:28PM
Monday, September 21, 2020

Corey Cott Gets Filthy Rich With His First Major Television Role by Keith Loria

The star of Newsies and Bandstand talks about his latest gig as a TV regular alongside Kim Cattrall, Benjamin Levi Aguilar, and Aubrey Dollar.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:31PM
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

DC horror stage producer turns to Edgar Allan Poe radio dramas, “visual landscapes for your ears” by Keith Loria

DC fans of theatrical horror, the often grisly Grand Guignol-style, will remember Molotov Theatre Group and its co-founder, actor/director Alex Zavistovich, who got them hooked. Molotov’s …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:24PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Denied a stage, Academy of Classical Acting 2020 grads perform Shakespeare and Shaw as live radio plays by Keith Loria

Due to the coronavirus, the intensive one-year MFA in Acting, Academy for Classical Acting, a joint venture between Shakespeare Theatre Company and George Washington University, was unable t…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:48PM
Thursday, May 14, 2020

DC Freshman becomes youngest ever winner of ESU National Shakespeare Competition by Keith Loria

Ava Blum, a 14-year-old freshman at Georgetown Day High School, recently took home first place in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. A resident of Washington D.C.�…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 03:54PM
Saturday, April 25, 2020

How The Glee Project Helped Launch These 4 Performers to Stardom by Keith Loria

Before Ali Stroker won her Tony Award, Alex Newell hit Broadway, Lindsay Pearce became Elphaba, and Blake Jenner worked with Peter Dinklage, they all got their start on the reality competiti…

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:00AM
Friday, April 24, 2020

How The Glee Project Helped Launch These Performers to Stardom by Keith Loria

Before Ali Stroker won her Tony Award and Alex Newell hit Broadway, they got their start on the reality competition series.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:14PM
Friday, April 17, 2020

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company holds free live-streamed Progressive Party April 20 by Keith Loria

With its planned fundraising spring gala impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is basking in a “show must go on” mentality and will host its live-streamed…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:12PM
Thursday, February 13, 2020

DC area theatres share their love for Victor Shargai on Valentine’s Day. by Keith Loria

From dimming a marquee, to moments of silence, to toasts and notes and thanks, this Valentine’s Day, the DC area theater community will express its love for Victor Shargai, philanthropist,…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:48AM
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Simon & Garfunkel Story. Fitting for our times, ‘The Sound of Silence’ and other S&G hits coming soon to DC. by Keith Loria

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met in elementary school back in the ’50s, and had their first taste of musical success as teens, performing as the duo, Tom & Jerry. They were signed to t…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:18PM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Rachel Bay Jones on Tackling a Mountain of a Role in The Kennedy Center’s Production of Next to Normal by Keith Loria

The Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner discusses playing lead Diana in the Washington, D.C., engagement of the Pulitzer-winning musical.

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:00AM
Friday, January 17, 2020

Tonya Beckman on Spring Awakening at Round House and the relevance of the 2006 musical to teens and parents today by Keith Loria

Bethesda-based Round House Theatre will be staging the groundbreaking musical Spring Awakening under the direction of Alan Paul. Previews begin January 22nd. Set in the late 19th century Ge…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:42PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A fight breaks out in Bethesda’s Harp and Fiddle Pub. It’s Joe Calarco’s play, A Measure of Cruelty by Keith Loria

In 2009, a 15-year-boy was doused with rubbing alcohol by four middle school classmates, who lit him on fire in a heinous tragedy that rocked a South Florida community. A few years later, pl…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:54PM
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Surprise hit show of 2019 by Keith Loria

This year, as we’ve already reported, 26 productions were so popular at the box office they earned extensions and 5 productions were co-produced and played or will play in each company’…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:33AM
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Adam Grupper plays a radicalized Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady by Keith Loria

When director Bartlett Sher mounted an acclaimed production of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center last year, it reminded many theater lovers why – with son…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:12PM
Monday, December 9, 2019

The Unprecedented Story of How 3 Versions of 1 Musical Played Broadway for 2 Years by Keith Loria

The Scarlet Pimpernel turned 20 this year—that is, its third and final revision did. Inside the crazy story of the Broadway show that opened in 1997 and changed nearly every day for two ye…

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:00AM
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review: A Christmas Story, The Musical at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, a sweet treat for the holidays by Keith Loria

It’s always a risky proposition to transform a beloved film into a musical, and for every Beetlejuice or Mean Girls success story, there’s a Ghost or Pretty Woman that just couldn’t mu…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:06PM
Friday, November 1, 2019

“Young people are rising up to shape the world they want to live in.” Joe Montoya, Crutchie in Newsies by Keith Loria

Newsies, the movie, established a cult following in 1992, with a pre-Dark Knight Christian Bale playing Jack Kelly, a 17-year-old newspaper hawker in New York City who leads the 1899 newsboy…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:24PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In eight months, Emily Tyra went from fighting brain cancer to dancing Denis Jones’ brand new choreography for A Chorus Line by Keith Loria

It was March in Los Angeles when actress and dancer Emily Tyra was out jogging and she was unnerved by a feeling she had never felt before. She immediately went home and told her husband, an…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:33PM
Friday, October 25, 2019

Václav Havel tribute celebrating The Velvet Revolution gets ready to open at Dupont Underground. Up close with The Havel Project by Keith Loria

Václav Havel was a renowned politician who went from political prisoner to serving as the last president of Czechoslovakia from 1989 until the country’s dissolution three years later, who…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:18AM
Monday, October 21, 2019

2019 Gary Maker Award recipient Lou Altarescu speaks on love and the rewards of serving as an usher by Keith Loria

Audiences attending the closing performance of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida at Washington Stage Guild Sunday, Oct 20th, witnessed a pre-show ceremony as Lou Altarescu accepted the 2019 Ga…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:24PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Kennedy Center’s Footloose Is Not the Footloose You’re Used To by Keith Loria

Stars J. Quinton Johnson, Michael Park, and writer-director Walter Bobbie talk about the changes for the concert series revival playing October 9–13.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Until Candida at WSG, this married couple had given up hope of ever performing on the same stage. by Keith Loria

The Washington Stage Guild, renowned for its delightful stagings of “house playwright” George Bernard Shaw, kicks off its 2019-20 season with one of his earliest comedies, Candida, direc…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 03:12PM

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