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Benjamin Tomchik

Ben is an avid theatergoer who has seen over 115 musicals and plays. Some of his most memorable theatrical experiences include: accidentally insulting Andrew Lloyd Webber at a performance of Love Never Dies, attending the last Broadway performance of Elaine Stritch at Liberty and watching George Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers from the Presidential Box at the Kennedy Center Opera House.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Ben works in public affairs for a Washington, D.C.-based trade association and previously served in The White House. Ben has a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University and a Master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University.
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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Interviews: EVITA's Caroline Bowman Returns Home to the Kennedy CenterBWW Interviews: EVITA's Caroline Bowman Returns Home to the Kennedy Center
Posted: Sep. 29, 2014


BWW Reviews: Indulge in the Fantasy with Washington National Opera's Beautiful FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZONBWW Reviews: WNO’s Beautiful FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON
Posted: Sep. 23, 2014


BWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th SeasonBWW Reviews: Virginia Opera Company’s Uneven SWEENEY TODD
Posted: Oct. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: Creative Cauldron's JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Hits the Right NotesBWW Reviews: Creative Cauldron’s JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS
Posted: Oct. 7, 2014


BWW Interviews: Erin Baltsar Chats about GIRLS NIGHT and Bonding with the AudienceBWW Interviews: Erin Baltsar Chats about GIRLS NIGHT and Bonding
Posted: Oct. 13, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's MOBY-DICK at the Kennedy Center is Stunning!BWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's MOBY-DICK at the Kennedy Center is Stunning!
Posted: Feb. 24, 2014


BWW Reviews: An Energetic WEST SIDE STORY Returns to the National TheatreBWW Reviews: An Energetic WEST SIDE STORY Returns to the National Theatre
Posted: Jun. 4, 2014


BWW Reviews: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER at Arena Stage - A Story Worth RevisitingBWW Reviews: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER at Arena Stage - A Story Worth Revisiting
Posted: Dec. 7, 2013


BWW Reviews: MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE at Arena Stage, Offers Something for EveryoneBWW Reviews: MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE at Arena Stage, Offers Something for Everyone
Posted: Nov. 23, 2013


BWW Reviews: URINETOWN at Act Two at Levine DelightsBWW Reviews: URINETOWN at Act Two at Levine Delights
Posted: Mar. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 2 is a Fine Production of an Uninspired PlayBWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 2 is a Fine Production of an Uninspired Play
Posted: Apr. 21, 2014


BWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 1 is Well-Crafted and Magnificently DirectedBWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 1 is Well-Crafted and Magnificently Directed
Posted: Apr. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th SeasonBWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th Season
October 15, 2014

When Stephen Powell's Sweeney Todd lunges at the audience in vengeful anger declaring, "No ones in the chair, come on! Come on! Sweeney's waiting, I want you bleeders," It's hard to think of anything more thrilling. And yet, Powell's performance along with a glorious 28 piece orchestra only partially makes-up for the Virginia Opera Company's rather uneven production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
BWW Interviews: Erin Baltsar Chats about GIRLS NIGHT and Bonding with the AudienceBWW Interviews: Erin Baltsar Chats about GIRLS NIGHT and Bonding with the Audience
October 13, 2014

Erin Baltsar chats with DC BroadwayWorld about how she got involved with Girls Night, the audience reaction to the show and how a back flipping orphan in a community theatre production of Oliver inspired her to be an actress.
BWW Reviews: Creative Cauldron's JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Hits the Right NotesBWW Reviews: Creative Cauldron's JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Hits the Right Notes
October 7, 2014

Creative Cauldron's 2014-15 season is entitled, Oh the places we will go And it's hard not to feel transported back to 1950's Paris with their charming production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
BWW Interviews: EVITA's Caroline Bowman Returns Home to the Kennedy CenterBWW Interviews: EVITA's Caroline Bowman Returns Home to the Kennedy Center
September 29, 2014

DC BroadwayWorld recently spoke with Bowman about why she's eager to perform at the Kennedy Center, how research and jumping rope helped prepare her to play iconic Argentine First Lady Eva Peron, what life is like on the Evita national tour and the advice she would give to other DC-area actresses hoping to follow in her footsteps.
BWW Reviews: Indulge in the Fantasy with Washington National Opera's Beautiful FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZONBWW Reviews: Indulge in the Fantasy with Washington National Opera's Beautiful FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON
September 23, 2014

The enchanted journey we embark upon with Washington National Opera's season opener Florencia in the Amazon is a production filled with beauty and a timeless truth.
BWW Reviews: Studio Theatre's Intense BELLEVILLE Features Strong PerformancesBWW Reviews: Studio Theatre's Intense BELLEVILLE Features Strong Performances
September 9, 2014

Belleville may be a challenging play to sit through, but that doesn't stop Studio Theatre from staging an exceptionally solid production.
BWW Interviews: THE SHOPLIFTERS at Arena Stage Raises Questions and Forms Connections through ComedyBWW Interviews: THE SHOPLIFTERS at Arena Stage Raises Questions and Forms Connections through Comedy
September 2, 2014

Arena Stage, D.C.'s venerable theatrical institution along the Potomac River, has established a reputation over its last 64 seasons for presenting works that challenge, engage and entertain audiences. The world-premiere production of Morris Panych's comedy The Shoplifters, which opens its season, seems poised to continue that tradition, all thanks to a shoplifter named Alma and a security guard named Otto.
BWW Interviews: Landless Theatre Company's SWEENEY TODD Promises A Little Priest and A Lot of Prog-MetalBWW Interviews: Landless Theatre Company's SWEENEY TODD Promises A Little Priest and A Lot of Prog-Metal
August 8, 2014

When Landless Theatre Company announced that they were not only staging a production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but a Prog-Metal version of the musical, it caused many theatergoers to ask two questions: what is Prog-Metal and what does this mean for a show many consider a masterpiece?
BWW Reviews: DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN at the Warner Theatre Still Gets Big LaughsBWW Reviews: DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN at the Warner Theatre Still Gets Big Laughs
August 4, 2014

If you loathe formulaic television sitcoms where one spouse is always right and the other is wrong, then Defending the Caveman is certain to be something you'll enjoy.
BWW Interviews: DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN'S Vince Valentine Discusses Playing the Caveman for 10 YearsBWW Interviews: DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN'S Vince Valentine Discusses Playing the Caveman for 10 Years
July 28, 2014

DC BroadwayWorld.com recently sat down with Defending the Caveman's Vince Valentine to discuss how the show has been updated since playing on Broadway, what it's like to perform in the same role for a decade and why Yoda is credited in his biography.
BWW Reviews: THE HELLO GIRLS at Capital Fringe Excels at StorytellingBWW Reviews: THE HELLO GIRLS at Capital Fringe Excels at Storytelling
July 21, 2014

The Hello Girls: Unknown Heroines of WWI tells the story of 233 women who answered their country's call to service only to have that service questioned because of their gender. While the show may lack the theatrical flair of the Festival's other offerings, the story itself is too important to pass up.
BWW Interviews: Studio Theatre's 2ndStage Co-Directors Offer a New and Intimate CARRIE: THE MUSICALBWW Interviews: Studio Theatre's 2ndStage Co-Directors Offer a New and Intimate CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
June 28, 2014

DC Broadwayworld.com recently sat down with the co-directors of 2ndStage's Carrie: The Musical, Keith Alan Baker and Jacob Janssen, to discuss their vision for this production.
BWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's Emotionally Touching AN AMERICAN SOLDIERBWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's Emotionally Touching AN AMERICAN SOLDIER
June 16, 2014

I love theater that challenges me as an audience member and An American Soldier does just that.
BWW Reviews: No Rules Theatre Company's BOEING BOEING is a First-Class ProductionBWW Reviews: No Rules Theatre Company's BOEING BOEING is a First-Class Production
June 9, 2014

No Rules Theatre Company's revival of Boeing Boeing is a non-stop riotous romp filled with first-class performances.
BWW Reviews: An Energetic WEST SIDE STORY Returns to the National TheatreBWW Reviews: An Energetic WEST SIDE STORY Returns to the National Theatre
June 4, 2014

West Side Story returned to the storied National Theatre on Tuesday night with an energetic revival that contains all the elements of what made this show a beloved classic.
BWW Reviews: Court is in Session with Forum Theatre's Provocative Revival of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOTBWW Reviews: Court is in Session with Forum Theatre's Provocative Revival of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
May 28, 2014

Forum Theatre's solid revival of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is sinfully provocative.
BWW Reviews: Theater J's Thought-Provoking FREUD'S LAST SESSIONBWW Reviews: Theater J's Thought-Provoking FREUD'S LAST SESSION
May 20, 2014

Theater J has gained a reputation for producing theatrical works that address society's most contemporary and controversial issues in a manner that is intelligent and inviting. Now Theater J's thought-provoking production of Freud's Last Session seeks to explore humanity's most perplexing question: the existence of God.
BWW Reviews: Keegan Theatre's Deliciously Naughty Comedy THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY PAST MIDNIGHTBWW Reviews: Keegan Theatre's Deliciously Naughty Comedy THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY PAST MIDNIGHT
May 14, 2014

Be prepared for your gut to hurt after watching Keegan Theatre's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight because you'll have been laughing for the last 85 minutes. This production perfectly matches Keegan Theatre's talented acting ensemble with Ackerman's fresh, modern and sharp script.
BWW Reviews: Synetic Theater's THREE MEN IN A BOAT (TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG) Offers Timeless Insights Into TravelingBWW Reviews: Synetic Theater's THREE MEN IN A BOAT (TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG) Offers Timeless Insights Into Traveling
May 11, 2014

Synetic Theater's Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is an ingeniously witty exploration of the trials and tribulations of traveling all told through the exploits of three men and their dog cruising the Thames.
BWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 2 is a Fine Production of an Uninspired PlayBWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 2 is a Fine Production of an Uninspired Play
April 21, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's revival of Henry IV, Part 2 is a fine production filled with terrific acting and some wonderful ensemble moments. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop the play from failing to achieve the dramatic excellence of its prequel.


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