Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker is a theatre educator by day and theatre journalist by night. He is currently senior contributing editor for the Virginia regional section for Broadway World, and has contributed reviews and features to the Washington DC page since 2012. He also contributes to DC Theatre Scene, and is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association.


 


As an educator, Jeffrey has taught on the secondary level for more than 15 years. He lives safely below the Beltway where he is also novice playwright, husband and father. He is an experienced director and actor and has performed in musicals, Shakespeare, classics, operettas, and contemporary works. A native of Salem, Virginia, Jeffrey is a graduate of Roanoke College.


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BWW Review: Dive into THE GULF - A Sexy and Edgy World Premiere at Signature TheatreBWW Review: Dive into THE GULF - Sexy and Edgy World Premiere at Signature
Posted: Oct. 3, 2016


BWW Review: Don't Miss the Dazzling CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at NextStop Theatre CompanyBWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Dazzles At NextStop Theatre Company
Posted: Sep. 16, 2016


BWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY With 'Little House on the Prairie' Star Karen Grassle Charms and Warms the Heart At Riverside CenterBWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY at Riverside with PRAIRIE Star Karen Grassle
Posted: Oct. 24, 2016


BWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden AgeCountdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A History of Live TV Musicals from the Golden Age
Posted: Dec. 3, 2015


BWW Review: MAME is Back and Better Than Ever at Riverside CenterBWW Review: MAME is Back and Better Than Ever at Riverside Center
Posted: Dec. 13, 2015


BWW Review: A Festive CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns for A Holiday Run at Candy Factory Center for the Arts in ManassasBWW Review: A Festive CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns for A Holiday Run at Candy Factory Center for the Arts in Manassas
December 6, 2016

Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the quartet of seasonal spectres - if these characters are back in action, it must mean A CHRISTMAS CAROL has returned to spread humbug and cheer in the Kellar Family Theatre in Manassas. The resident community theatre at the Center for the Arts, Rooftop Productions, is offering their annual revival of the Dickens classic to delight audiences young and old. As a matter of fact, at the Sunday matinee I attended, there were nearly as many youngsters as grown-ups, which is a wonderful thing to see at a live theatre event.

BWW Interview: Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Director of THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING Starring Kathleen Turner at Arena StageBWW Interview: Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Director of THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING Starring Kathleen Turner at Arena Stage
October 24, 2016

Director Gaye Taylor Upchurch makes her Arena Stage debut working with Kathleen Turner (MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, MOLLY IVINS) in the play adaptation of Joan Didion's memoir THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING. Upchurch talked with Broadway World's Jeffrey Walker about directing the play, working with Turner, and the power of the witty and honest look at grief.

BWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY With 'Little House on the Prairie' Star Karen Grassle Charms and Warms the Heart At Riverside CenterBWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY With 'Little House on the Prairie' Star Karen Grassle Charms and Warms the Heart At Riverside Center
October 24, 2016

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents a first class production of Alfred Uhry's prize-winning drama DRIVING MISS DAISY. Expertly directed by renowned Washingon, DC-based actor/director Rick Hammerly and starring Karen Grassle from LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE in the title role, Riverside's DRIVING MISS DAISY charms and warms the heart.

BWW Review: Dive into THE GULF - A Sexy and Edgy World Premiere at Signature TheatreBWW Review: Dive into THE GULF - A Sexy and Edgy World Premiere at Signature Theatre
October 3, 2016

Audrey Cefaly's new play THE GULF is an exciting premiere to say the least. As funny as it is powerful, as tender as it is passionate, THE GULF reveals a pair of volatile lovers whose relationship is as sharp as a fishing knife - pointed and dangerous. As directed by Joe Calarco, the play is also a duo-de-force for the actresses who bring the love, sex and honky tonk to a small fishing boat floating aimlessly in the Gulf of Mexico. IT is also a tour de force for two actresses: Rachel Zampelli and Maria Rizzo light up the stage with fire and gritty realism.

BWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Offers a Bouquet of Musical Delights at Washington National OperaBWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Offers a Bouquet of Musical Delights at Washington National Opera
September 28, 2016

Legend has it there were five encores at the triumphant Viennese premiere of Mozart and da Ponte's Le Nozze di Figaro on May 1, 1786. By the same token, Washington National Opera's new production of the effervescent comic opera deserved just as many ovations. Now playing through Sunday, October 2 in the Kennedy Center Opera House, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with Mozart's bubbly score and de Ponte's delicious libretto sparkles as bright as ever. The cast of first class singing-actors and the prime conducting skills of James Gaffigan are reason enough to take a seat for this masterpiece.

BWW Review: Don't Miss the Dazzling CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at NextStop Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Don't Miss the Dazzling CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at NextStop Theatre Company
September 16, 2016

The vibe of the swinging sixties, the cat and mouse intrigue, the jazzy score, the witty lyrics - this is the winning combination NextStop Theatre Company has captured for their new and lively production of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN - The Musical. Take the red-eye flight to get your tickets for CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Between the bountiful cheesecake, strong performers, and memorable tunes, this is a ring-a-ding-ding musical that deserves to sell out.

BWW Review: You're Doing Fine OKLAHOMA! Riverside Center presents exciting production of Rodgers and Hammerstein classicBWW Review: You're Doing Fine OKLAHOMA! Riverside Center presents exciting production of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic
September 13, 2016

Rodgers and Hammerstein's first landmark collaboration is in great hands at Riverside Center in Fredericksburg. The production allows the power of the original musical to come to life with a talented cast, expert direction, and fleet-footed choreography.

BWW Review: National Tour Of Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Is A Dream Come TrueBWW Review: National Tour Of Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Is A Dream Come True
July 25, 2016

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA I just experienced at the Kennedy Center renewed my faith in the show: it is a delight for all the senses, possesses dazzling stagecraft, and is performed by a cast that mines the romance, danger, and intrigue from the story and score. I declare this production a dream come true. Chris Mann, formerly a contestant on THE VOICE headlines the show in the title role, performing with mystery and power. His Christine on the night I attended, Kaitlyn Davis, was stunning, as well.

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks  Washington,DC!
June 9, 2016

Warmer temperatures, longer days, vacations and stay-cations - it must be summer time. The summer months offer many options for live theatre and entertainment for the entire family. Here are our top picks for the hottest performances in the DMV. Musicals, literary classics, family fare and Fringe are all lighting up the stages in the DC-Metro area.

BWW Review: WAR OF THE WORLDS at Scena Theatre Will Have You On the Edge of Your SeatBWW Review: WAR OF THE WORLDS at Scena Theatre Will Have You On the Edge of Your Seat
May 20, 2016

Taking a trip to the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street will also transport you to a time when radio was king and one of the princes of the medium was the maverick actor-director Orson Welles. Welles and his Mercury Theatre Company on the Air produced a series of classic dramas on CBS Radio in the 1930s. Their most infamous broadcast was their adaptation of the H.G. Wells scifi classic "The War of the Worlds, sent over the airwaves on October 30, 1938 from New York City. That historic and iconic radio play has been translated to a new medium - the stage - by Scena Theatre in a riveting adaptation by Robert McNamara who also directed the production. Crackling with the excitement of live radio, Scena captures the ingenuity, talent and drama of that night.

BWW Review: LOOKING FOR ROBERTO CLEMENTE Back At Bat, Hits a Home Run at Imagination Stage in BethesdaBWW Review: LOOKING FOR ROBERTO CLEMENTE Back At Bat, Hits a Home Run at Imagination Stage in Bethesda
April 26, 2016

LOOKING FOR ROBERTO CLEMENTE is back again for a second production at Bethesda's Imagination Stage, one of premiere locations for theatre for young audiences in the DMV. From wee ones in booster seats to parents and grandparents, this musical play hits a huge home-run. Writer Karen Zacarias and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma have fashioned a rock-infused musical that entertains while sliding home a message of friendship and loyalty and the deeper lessons a hero can teach us.

BWW Review: More Lovelier Than Ever, MY FAIR LADY Blossoms at RiversideBWW Review: More Lovelier Than Ever, MY FAIR LADY Blossoms at Riverside
April 18, 2016

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's near masterpiece of a musical MY FAIR LADY took Broadway by storm 60 years ago this year and has become a 20th century classic. I am happy to report the plucky flower girl from the mean streets of London who gets molded into a proper lady is as lovely as ever as presented by Riverside Performing Arts Center. The sparkling wit, unrequited romance, musical hall turns and lush music are all performed with love and panache in director Patrick A'Hearn's production, featuring well-known DC actor Thomas Adrian Simpson as Henry Higgins and Riverside veteran Quinn Vogt-Welch in the title role.

BWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents an OTHELLO for Our TimesBWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents an OTHELLO for Our Times
March 4, 2016

Shakespeare Theatre Company proves once again their place as one of the nation's finest classical theatre companies with a new production of OTHELLO. A careful blend of grand spectacle and intimate relationships, William Shakespeare's mature tragedy leaps off of the stage with passion, wit, and pathos. Starring Pakistani-American Faran Tahir in the title role, this OTHELLO is filtered through the lens of Othello as a Muslim who has adopted Western dress and religion. The concept works and the tragedy still works as one of Shakespeare's best.

BWW Profile: Eddie Redmayne Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Eddie Redmayne Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
February 26, 2016

If the term up-and-coming actor needed a poster child, last year I would have said Eddie Redmayne would be a perfect match, owing to his Oscar win as Stephen Hawking in the acclaimed film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Now, I would say the 34-year old British actor has moved from the up-and-coming category into the column of established film actors. This Oscar season, Redmayne will once again face the red carpet and the possibility of leading actor Academy Award for his role in THE DANISH GIRL as the artist Einar who faces a personal conflict and the expectations of society when he transitions to Lily in the early 20th century.

BWW Profile: Mark Rylance Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Mark Rylance Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
February 25, 2016

The profile of Mark Rylance, veteran star of stage and screen, has risen this year due to a number of high profile projects. He is nominated for actor in a supporting role for his turn as Rudolf Abel, an undercover KGB agent who is tried for espionage in BRIDGE OF SPIES. This may be his first Oscar nomination, but Rylance is no stranger to accolades for his acting.

BWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Makes Welcome Return at Ford's TheatreBWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Makes Welcome Return at Ford's Theatre
February 2, 2016

Memories painful and poignant intermingle through a smoky haze in the sharp and vivid production of Tennessee Williams THE GLASS MENAGERIE now onstage at Ford's Theatre. Painstakingly directed by Mark Ramont, the production boasts a superb cast of actors whose nuanced and detailed performances mine the emotional depths of Williams' early and personal play.

BWW Review: MAME is Back and Better Than Ever at Riverside CenterBWW Review: MAME is Back and Better Than Ever at Riverside Center
December 13, 2015

Mame Dennis Burnside has coaxed the blues right out of the horn many times since the late 1960s and Riverside Center for the Performing Arts has brought the ditzy, glitzy and glamorous free-spirit back for a big, old fashioned musical hit. This new production of MAME looks and sounds like a million bucks and deserves to be a solid, sell-out for the holidays.

BWW Review: A Poignant Memoir Takes the Stage with HOLIDAY MEMORIES at Avant BardBWW Review: A Poignant Memoir Takes the Stage with HOLIDAY MEMORIES at Avant Bard
December 13, 2015

Like a sepia-toned photo from the pages of a family album, Avant Bard's production of HOLIDAY MEMORIES evokes seasonal joys untouched by commercialism and cynicism - two mortal enemies of the true spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas, in my opinion. Taken from two personal short stories by the iconoclastic author Truman Capote, this stage adaptation deserves to become an annual tradition.

BWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden AgeBWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden Age
December 3, 2015

Relive the Golden Age of Broadway and the magical moments from TV's past with Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews,Carol Burnett and many more as we look at the history of live TV musicals.

BWW Review: DEATHTRAP Ensnares with Wit and Style at NextStop Theatre CompanyBWW Review: DEATHTRAP Ensnares with Wit and Style at NextStop Theatre Company
November 4, 2015

DEATHTRAP is an old fashioned, twisty thrill ride. NextStop Theatre Company puts the thrill back in thriller with a briskly directed, well cast production of the venerable potboiler. If we gave out ratings at Broadway World, I would offer NextStop four big ones for a production that crackles with wit and delivers a bloody good time.



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