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: National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Dazzles and Delights at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Dazzles and Delights at Kennedy Center
Posted: Jun. 21, 2017


BWW Review: Superb KING LEAR at Avant Bard is Fitting Swan Song for DC Acting Legend Rick FoucheuxBWW Review: Superb KING LEAR at Avant Bard is Fitting Swan Song for DC Acting Legend Rick Foucheux
Posted: May. 31, 2017


BWW Review: Strut and Hustle to Riverside To Catch SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER And You'll Feel Like DancingBWW Review: Strut and Hustle to Riverside To Catch SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER And You'll Feel Like Dancing
Posted: Apr. 14, 2017


BWW Profile: LA LA LAND's Oscar-Nominated Stage and Screen Star, Emma StoneBWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated LA LA LAND Star Emma Stone
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Review: National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Dazzles and Delights at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Dazzles and Delights at Kennedy Center
June 21, 2017

Is this a rave? You bet your favorite things it is! Refreshing, revived, and ridiculously entertaining, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, now playing at the Kennedy Center through July 16 is a dream come true. Director Jack O'Brien has breathed new life into this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with vibrancy, an impeccable cast, and eye-popping designs set to delight audiences of any age.

BWW Review: Creative Cauldron Soars Down Yellow Brick Road for Magical WIZARD OF OZ in Falls ChurchBWW Review: Creative Cauldron Soars Down Yellow Brick Road for Magical WIZARD OF OZ in Falls Church
June 14, 2017

The beloved children's classic and vintage film musical THE WIZARD OF OZ has been enthralling audiences for decades. Creative Cauldron is doing its part to keep the magic of L. Frank Baum's story and the tuneful adaptation we all know and love alive with a magical production that puts a spell over the audience and transports them with imagination and heartfelt performances.

BWW Review: Riverside Center Presents Tuneful SOME ENCHANTED EVENING of Rodgers and Hammerstein FavoritesBWW Review: Riverside Center Presents Tuneful SOME ENCHANTED EVENING of Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites
June 14, 2017

A starry night, with a huge moon looking down, is the perfect setting for an evening of songs that have become part of musical theatre history. This is the look and the sound of SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, now running through July 16, 2017, at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, just south of DC off of I-95.

BWW Review: Attention Must Be Paid - LiveArts Presents Stirring DEATH OF A SALESMAN in CharlottesvilleBWW Review: Attention Must Be Paid - LiveArts Presents Stirring DEATH OF A SALESMAN in Charlottesville
June 2, 2017

Attention must be paid once again to Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN. One of Charlottesville's premier theatres is presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama with a strong cast of leading players and impeccably directed by William Rough. An all-volunteer organization, LiveArts has a strong reputation in Central Virginia and this production is proof enough that community theatre can move an audience and illuminate a famous play with pathos and fine acting.

BWW Interview: LiveArts in Charlottesville Explores DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Pulitzer Prize Winning American DramaBWW Interview: LiveArts in Charlottesville Explores DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Pulitzer Prize Winning American Drama
June 1, 2017

Charlottesville-based LiveArts, one of central Virginia's premiere volunteer theatre companies, is taking on DEATH OF A SALESMAN, placing it in their intimate Gibson Theatre space to once again throw a spotlight on Willy's tattered American dream, running through June 4, 2017.

BWW Review: Superb KING LEAR at Avant Bard is Fitting Swan Song for DC Acting Legend Rick FoucheuxBWW Review: Superb KING LEAR at Avant Bard is Fitting Swan Song for DC Acting Legend Rick Foucheux
May 31, 2017

Tom Prewitt, Avant Bard's current artistic director, knew who he wanted to take on this monumental role: Rick Foucheux. A 35-year veteran of stages large and small in the Washington, DC area, Foucheux has played everything from realism to the avant garde; modern and the classics. Capping off his storied career as he is about to leave the limelight to spend time as a grandfather and to travel, Foucheux taking on Lear is a match made in heaven. Effortlessly commanding the stage, Shakespeare's words and the arc of the tragedy seem newly minted in Foucheux's skillful hands.

BWW Review: Diva Maria Callas Commands the Stage Once Again in MASTER CLASS at MetroStageBWW Review: Diva Maria Callas Commands the Stage Once Again in MASTER CLASS at MetroStage
May 9, 2017

MASTER CLASS is McNally's fictionalized and highly entertaining play where "La Divina" once again brings her passions to the stage, this time as a teacher of young opera students. For the production now lighting up MetroStage, Illona Dulaski embodies Callas in a tour de force performance.

BWW Review: Peanuts Gang Still Charms in Rooftop Productions' YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWNBWW Review: Peanuts Gang Still Charms in Rooftop Productions' YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
May 7, 2017

The Rooftop Productions effort does well by the Gesner and Schulz creation. Director Ted Ballard keeps things simple, just as Schulz presented his characters in pen and ink. Coupled with identifiably perfect costumes by Mandy Ken, and cartoon inspired, primary-colored set pieces designed by Dale Walsh, Ballard's cast is able to bring to life the wit and wisdom of the Peanuts gang.

BWW Review: Stars Shine for Lyrical Tribute to Music and Legacy of Pete Seeger at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Stars Shine for Lyrical Tribute to Music and Legacy of Pete Seeger at Kennedy Center
April 18, 2017

For one night, folk music legend Pete Seeger's legacy in song was celebrated by a diverse array of musical talent. The Kennedy Center Concert Hall stage held a who's who including multiple Grammy winners, living legends and up-and-coming artists performing in tribute to the singer and activist Pete Seeger. Hosted by Larry Groce of National Public Radio's MOUNTAIN STAGE, the long and satisfying evening was officially entitled PETE SEEGER AND THE POWER OF SONG: TRIBUTE TO A FOLK LEGEND. No frills, no fuss, just great music performed with the same simplicity and power Seeger was known for during his own long career.

BWW Review: Strut and Hustle to Riverside To Catch SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER And You'll Feel Like DancingBWW Review: Strut and Hustle to Riverside To Catch SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER And You'll Feel Like Dancing
April 14, 2017

While not landmark piece of musical theatre, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER delivers a few hours of escapist fun and a slew of 1970's disco tunes that will likely take some audience members back to their days in bell bottoms, platform shoes, and hustling the night away. With strong leading performances, a strong emphasis on disco moves, and 20-plus songs from the Bee Gees and other tunes from the era, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER provides some escapist fun for a few hours. Riverside Center's production opened March 15 and continues through May 7, 2017.

BWW Review: Coming of Age with Heart and Humor in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Theater JBWW Review: Coming of Age with Heart and Humor in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Theater J
April 11, 2017

Featuring a cast of seasoned veteran actors working beside some of the DC-area's most gifted young performers, Theater J offers a sublime take on Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical look at growing up poor and horny in Depression era Brooklyn. Through the lens of nostalgia, Simon's 34 year-old play is like a valentine to a hard-scrabble upbringing sprinkled with humor, rather than the laugh riot of THE ODD COUPLE or the later RUMORS.

BWW Review: Keegan Theatre Presents Masterful PARADE, A Must See ProductionBWW Review: Keegan Theatre Presents Masterful PARADE, A Must See Production
March 18, 2017

Co-directed with precision by Christina A. Coakley and Susan Marie Rhea, Keegan's PARADE keeps the staging simple and imaginative, cutting away clutter and using only the barest of props and scenic elements to help the story unfold. No one who has seen previous Keegan musicals, such as HAIR, CABARET, or AMERICAN IDIOT could be surprised by the quality of this rendering of PARADE; I fully expect this production to be recognized multiple times when the next round of Helen Hayes Awards comes around.

BWW Feature: Building FENCES - A Journey From Stage To Screen and the Legacy of August WilsonBWW Feature: Building FENCES - A Journey From Stage To Screen and the Legacy of August Wilson
February 26, 2017

From the Broadway stage to the Pulitzer Prize, back to Broadway, and now as a film adaptation with four Oscar nominations, FENCES has riveted audiences for more than 30 years. The film, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, is nominated for Best Picture, with Washington and Viola Davis nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The fourth nomination is for the drama's original playwright August Wilson for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilson died in 2005. Wilson left behind an indelible legacy of dramatic work, having penned the ambitious American Century Cycle of ten plays focusing on the African-American experience in the 20th century.

BWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Michelle Williams Of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Makes Her Mark in Independent FilmBWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Michelle Williams Of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Makes Her Mark in Independent Film
February 25, 2017

From BAYWATCH to BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and beyond, actress Michelle Williams is making her mark in film. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for a role with relatively little screen-time in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. As Randi Chandler, wife of protagonist Lee Chandler - played by Casey Affleck - she was able to make a strong impression displaying the couple's complex relationship with just a handful of scenes.

BWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Star and Director of FENCES, Denzel WashingtonBWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Star and Director of FENCES, Denzel Washington
February 23, 2017

Television, film, the stage - As an actor, Denzel Washington has made an indelible mark in these arenas. His stature as an actor, director, and filmmaker has only been solidified this year with the release of the adaptation of FENCES, in which he not only costars with Viola Davis but directed. For the 89th Academy Awards, Fences is nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Supporting Actress. Washington already has Oscars for his roles in the Civil War drama GLORY and the gritty TRAINING DAY.

BWW Profile: LA LA LAND's Oscar-Nominated Stage and Screen Star, Emma StoneBWW Profile: LA LA LAND's Oscar-Nominated Stage and Screen Star, Emma Stone
February 20, 2017

Emma Stone's star is on the rise. The 27-year old actress has been a sought after leading lady for several years. Her Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the film BIRDMAN is only solidifying her reputation as one of Hollywood's most exciting young actresses of today. She recently ended her run on Broadway as the iconic Sally Bowles in the revival of CABARET, fulfilling a childhood dream.

BWW Review: Early Legends of Rock and Roll Light Up the Stage in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Riverside CenterBWW Review: Early Legends of Rock and Roll Light Up the Stage in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Riverside Center
January 27, 2017

Four towering music legends live on in a rousing, tune-filled walk down memory lane at Fredericksburg's Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. Fans of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins need look no further than the retrospective musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, now bringing audiences to their feet through March 5.

BWW Review: Riverside Center Brings On Nostalgia And Charm With A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICALBWW Review: Riverside Center Brings On Nostalgia And Charm With A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL
December 19, 2016

Making its regional premiere at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL is now ready to aim an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle at audiences through New Year's Eve.

BWW Review: Tom Story Is Fully Committed As 40 Characters In FULLY COMMITTED At MetroStage, A Tour De ForceBWW Review: Tom Story Is Fully Committed As 40 Characters In FULLY COMMITTED At MetroStage, A Tour De Force
December 19, 2016

Written and first presented two decades ago, FULLY COMMITTED was revised and revived in New York recently with Broadway veteran and one of the costars of TV comedy hit 'Modern Family,' Jesse Tyler Ferguson. This brought enough interest in the show to warrant additional productions and Carolyn Griffin, artistic leader of MetroStage thought it was the perfect vehicle for two of the DC areas hardest working artists: Tom Story and Alan Paul.

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.



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