Friday, October 22, 2021

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence rises to a spiritual level in performance at the Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

In “Grace” and “Mercy,” love and connection are central in unexpected ways.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:12PM

Peter Scolari, stage and TV actor who won an Emmy for ‘Girls,’ dies at 66 by Matt Schudel

The versatile actor who appeared often on Broadway got his TV start with Tom Hanks in “Bosom Buddies.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:12PM

How Broadway’s set-making guru is tackling the comeback — from mold in stage fog to costumes that don’t fit anymore by Peter Marks

As show openings pile up, there’s a flurry of deadline, behind-the-scenes work for Neil A. Mazzella’s Hudson Scenic Studio.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Peloton’s Cody Rigsby is powerfully predictable on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

The fitness guru, who lacks a connection with his partner, could learn from the show’s same-sex couple, Jojo Siwa and Jenna Johnson.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:03PM

Leslie Bricusse, Oscar-winning composer and lyricist for ‘Doctor Dolittle,’ dies at 90 by Tim Greiving

He co-wrote hit stage musicals, worked on James Bond scores including “Goldfinger” and composed music for the Hollywood film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:48PM

Synetic Theater’s ‘The Madness of Poe’ delivers a haunting mash-up from the father of American horror by Thomas Floyd

Stylishly staged, though at times incongruent, Paata Tsikurishvili’s largely wordless production fuses “The Fall of the House of Usher” with “The Raven.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:42PM

Washington Ballet kicks off its return to in-person performance with two shows at the National Building Museum by Thomas Floyd

The company opens its “season of gratitude” with a showcase of contemporary and classic works.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24AM

97-year-old actor: ‘I enjoy working with other people, particularly young — well, in my case, they’re all younger than I am’ by Kk Ottesen

Mike Nussbaum’s long career has included film, television and working with David Mamet on stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Monday, October 18, 2021

A harrowing hostage story is told with stunning subtlety in Broadway’s ‘Dana H.’

Deirdre O’Connell turns lip-syncing into an absorbing synthesis of interviewee and actor.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:36PM
Saturday, October 16, 2021

With MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, this 70-year-old choreographer has big plans for the future by Sarah L. Kaufman

“Age doesn’t matter if you keep evolving,” says Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of the Urban Bush Women dance troupe.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Hadestown’ ushers Broadway back to the Kennedy Center in style by Peter Marks

The first musical in 19 months starts up in the Opera House.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

With the opening of ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ Broadway just got smarter — and more exciting by Peter Marks

The epic saga of Lehman Bros. becomes a sublime 3 1/2-hour dash through the history of American capitalism.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

On Broadway, ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ and ‘Lackawanna Blues’ deliver stories that defy stereotypes by Peter Marks

Individual perspectives are at the heart of crowd-pleasing works by Keenan Scott II and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM

As ‘Hadestown’ comes to the Kennedy Center, the show’s creators explain the magic behind one great song by Thomas Floyd

The Tony Award-winning musical, inspired by Greek myth, includes the showstopper ‘Wait for Me.’

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:12AM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Reality Winner’s arrest transcript becomes a scintillating Broadway show in ‘Is This a Room’ by Peter Marks

The gut-grabbing drama stars Emily Davis as the NSA contractor convicted of leaking classified documents.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:06PM

Soul-searching and suspense carry a riveting ‘Lesson of Jan Karski’ at Shakespeare Theatre by Celia Wren

A virtuosic David Strathairn plays the real-life Holocaust witness and diplomat in solo show written by Clark Young and Derek Goldman.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:36PM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

Kennedy Center stagehands reach agreement with the performing arts venue, sparing ‘Hadestown’ from cancellation by Peggy McGlone and Kelsey Ables

Two days after authorizing a strike, the stagehands union reached a deal Saturday with the Kennedy Center, ensuring the run of “Hadestown” and a slate of other dance, theater and music p…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:28PM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Paul Taylor Dance Company makes a triumphant return to Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

First in-person dance performance at the arts complex since the pandemic feels like a celebration of perseverance through deprivation.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Albert Einstein and Marian Anderson were good friends. But a new play at Ford’s Theatre only scratches the surface. by Peter Marks

Deborah Brevoort’s “My Lord, What a Night” restarts a hallowed D.C. institution, while at Woolly Mammoth, “Teenage Dick” reimagines Shakespeare.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:24PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

American Shakespeare Center cancels fall season amid reports of internal strife by Peter Marks

A theater company in Virginia shifts to introspection about equity and diversity issues.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

‘Thanksgiving Play’ at Olney Theatre Center takes a carving knife to wokeness by Celia Wren

A serious undercurrent runs through Larissa FastHorse’s funny if writ-large satire of White wokeness.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM

David Strathairn, now playing a Holocaust witness at the Shakespeare Theatre, reflects on the lessons of the past by Thomas Floyd

The Oscar-nominated actor, onstage in ‘Remember This: The Lessons of Jan Karski,’ see parallels between Karski’s fight and today.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:03PM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

‘Six’ is the pulse-quickening pleasure trove that Broadway has been waiting for by Peter Marks

The long-delayed musical, minted in Britain, gets its New York opening night.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:36PM

Carlisle Floyd, celebrated composer of ‘Susannah,’ dies at 95 by Tim Page

He melded lyrical melodies and easy-on-the-ear harmonies with his own librettos to create several of the most enduring works in the American opera repertory.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:42PM
Friday, October 1, 2021

She landed a job most dancers would kill for. Then she made an unthinkable pivot. by Sarah L. Kaufman

“The pandemic sped up the process,” Baltimore native Jessica Pinkett says of her decidion to leave Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to become a filmmaker.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM

‘Six’ was shut down on the day it was set to open. It’s finally getting its big Broadway night. by Peter Marks

“The whole energy of it is different,” a co-director says. “The whole experience is going to be bigger.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

The Tonys brought back the fanfare, but Broadway still faces many challenges by Peter Marks

Amid calls for inclusivity and equity, these Tony Awards campaigned hardest for the return of theatergoers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:32AM

Tony Awards 2021: ‘Moulin Rouge’ wins best musical, and ‘The Inheritance’ snags best play by Peter Marks

The delayed awards celebrate Broadway shows that opened in the 2019-20 season before the coronavirus shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:03AM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

The complete list of 2021 Tony Award winners

The winners from the 74th annual Tony Awards, including best musical and best play.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:36PM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

What to know about the 2021 Tony Awards by Anying Guo

The 74th Annual Tony Awards take place Sunday night. Here’s what to know about Broadway’s big night.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Arena Stage teams up with the Washington Nationals for a simulcast of the baseball play ‘Toni Stone’ by Thomas Floyd

A crowd of up to 12,000 will gather to watch Lydia R. Diamond’s play, about the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues, on the Nationals Park video scoreboard.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:06AM

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