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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.…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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’…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

7 Broadway Favorites Who Balance Performing on the Main Stem and in Their Own Band by Keith Loria

Be More Chill’s Gerard Canonico, Hercules’ Tamika Lawrence and more reveal what it’s like to perform on Broadway and lead your own band at the same time.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

D.C.’s newest Artistic Director, Karin Rosnizeck, launches ExPats Theatre with Fringe hit Surfacing by Keith Loria

“It’s so good and so timely, I couldn’t let go of it. I knew if I didn’t mount it right after the Fringe experience, the danger of not coming back to it would have been very real. So…

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Can’t Miss Events at the Kennedy Center’s REACH Opening Festival by Keith Loria

Running through September 22, the new space offers plenty of opportunities for theatrelovers in D.C.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Rosa Joshi on directing 1 Henry IV featuring one of the best bromances in all of Shakespeare by Keith Loria

Noted Seattle-based director Rosa Joshi makes her D.C. directorial debut with Folger Theatre’s opening production of its 2019-20 season, which will find Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV on stage…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center by Keith Loria

For theater enthusiasts, Labor Day weekend isn’t about one last trip to the beach or three relaxing days at home. For those of us in D.C., it means it’s time for the annual Page-to-Stage…

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Round House Theatre in Bethesda reveals its major makeover. Here’s what you’ll see when you visit. by Keith Loria

After being out of house since January to make room for extensive renovations, Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md., has unveiled its new space just in time for its exciting 2019-2020 season…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What Eric Ruffin found while directing Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine by Keith Loria

When Mosaic Theater decided to stage two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient Lynn Nottage’s satirical Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine, artistic director Ari Roth sought a director who c…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s high-flying, death-defying Volta under the Big Top in Tysons, VA by Keith Loria

There are plenty of oohs and ahhs to be heard under the big top in Tysons, VA as Volta, one of Cirque du Soleil’s most daring shows to date, brings plenty of imaginative and original acts …

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

What’s It Like to Be a Teenager on Broadway? by Keith Loria

The high school stars of Dear Evan Hansen, What the Constitution Means to Me, and Beetlejuice reveal how they balance school and stage, self-care and professional prep.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Jayne Atkinson is playing Governor Ann Richards: “If she was alive today, she’d say we have to stop whining and start participating.” by Keith Loria

Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar are, among a mostly male field, serious contenders to be the Democratic Party’s pick for the 2020 presidentia…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Fight choreographer Casey Kaleba on prepping actors for whole-cast swordfights in new pirate musical Blackbeard at Signature by Keith Loria

Casey Kaleba, of Tooth and Claw Combat Arts, has been a fight choreographer at Signature Theatre for approximately a decade, teaching combat arts for shows from Jelly’s Last Jam to Midwest…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

She trains others for the spotlight. Now Deb Gottesman finds her own in Keegan’s comedy Ripcord. by Keith Loria

As co-founder and co-executive director of The Theatre Lab, Deb Gottesman is a well known and respected director and teacher, preparing up-and-coming actors for a life in the theatre. Now, a…

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