Jennifer Perry

Jennifer Perry

Jennifer Perry is the Senior Contributing Writer for BroadwayWorld.Com's DC page.  She has been a DC resident since 2001 having moved from Upstate New York to attend graduate school at American University's School of International Service. When not attending countless theatre, concert, and cabaret performances in the area and in New York, she works for the US Government as an analyst. Jennifer previously covered the DC performing arts scene for Maryland Theatre Guide, DC Metro Theater Arts, and DC Theatre Scene.

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BWW Review: BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY Offers Joyous Music Experience at Arena StageBWW Review: BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY Offers Joyous Music Experience at Arena Stage
July 11, 2016

Whether you share BeBe's upbringing and/or personal faith or not, it's impossible not to enjoy the music and talented vocalists in this show, which is reason enough to give it a chance.
BWW Review: History is Musicalized at Capital Fringe With RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW and ROMANOVBWW Review: History is Musicalized at Capital Fringe With RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW and ROMANOV
July 10, 2016

As I scoured the Capital Fringe listings for 2016, two shows caught my interest. While both RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW and ROMANOV both musicalize moments in history and showcase some serious songwriting skills and musicianship, they couldn't be more different from one another stylistically. While there is considerable room for both shows to grow, a future life for both of them is definitely possible due to the strong central concepts, creativity and musical bases.
BWW Review:  Uplifting and Fun, but Ultimately Disappointing KINKY BOOTS Plays Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Uplifting and Fun, but Ultimately Disappointing KINKY BOOTS Plays Kennedy Center
June 18, 2016

BWW Review: 1st Stage Takes on a Rarely Done Musical With FLOYD COLLINSBWW Review: 1st Stage Takes on a Rarely Done Musical With FLOYD COLLINS
June 6, 2016

1st Stage's production is - for me, at least - a very, very welcome addition to the 2015-2016 theatre season. While Guettel's intricate and original score is, quite simply, extraordinary - and reason enough to make the trek to the McLean/Tysons Corner area to hear it sung live - Director Nick Olcott and his talented and committed cast and design team offer other reasons to pay this little gem of a production a visit.
BWW Review:  Andrew Morrissey's Score Shows Promise in Pallas' World Premiere of LOST IN WONDERLANDBWW Review: Andrew Morrissey's Score Shows Promise in Pallas' World Premiere of LOST IN WONDERLAND
June 3, 2016

Overall, I look forward to what the future holds for this new musical.
BWW Review:  Round House Theatre Ends its Season Strong with THE WHO & THE WHATBWW Review: Round House Theatre Ends its Season Strong with THE WHO & THE WHAT
June 2, 2016

Overall, THE WHO & THE WHAT is a strong way for Round House to end its season.
BWW Review: BLACKBERRY WINTER Makes Strong Premiere at Forum Theatre, Featuring One of DC's Best ActressesBWW Review: BLACKBERRY WINTER Makes Strong Premiere at Forum Theatre, Featuring One of DC's Best Actresses
May 27, 2016

Forum Theatre, under Dove's artistic direction, has made a wonderful habit of providing local audiences with opportunities to see unique world premieres. This production is yet another strong example, and with Twyford at the center it's must-see theatre. There's absolutely no reason for any seat to remain empty.
BWW Review: Creativity Abounds in THE GIRL WHO FORGOT TO SING BADLY at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Creativity Abounds in THE GIRL WHO FORGOT TO SING BADLY at Kennedy Center
May 23, 2016

The story, Lovett's performance, and the design elements clearly have the power to engage even those most restless children.
BWW Review:  Abbey Theatre's THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS Mixes Classic with Modern at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Abbey Theatre's THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS Mixes Classic with Modern at Kennedy Center
May 20, 2016

it's a shame this production only played the Kennedy Center for two performances, but for the lucky theatergoers that had a chance to see it, it is certainly a memorable one.
BWW Review:  THE WIZARD OF OZ Gets Modern Update at the National TheatreBWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Gets Modern Update at the National Theatre
May 6, 2016

Overall, there's a lot of mass appeal in this production, some fun musical moments, and opportunities for the entire family to visit the familiar and well-loved. Unfortunately, it simply pales in comparison to what we have seen before.
BWW Review: With DECLASSIFIED, Storm Large, Hudson Shad, and the National Symphony Go a Little Out of the BoxBWW Review: With DECLASSIFIED, Storm Large, Hudson Shad, and the National Symphony Go a Little Out of the Box
May 1, 2016

A little bit of this and that, a little bit zany and off-kilter, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
BWW Review: Explosive DISGRACED Makes Strong DC Regional Premiere at Arena StageBWW Review: Explosive DISGRACED Makes Strong DC Regional Premiere at Arena Stage
April 29, 2016

Akhtar's script is so beautifully complex yet simple, and asks some hard questions. The performances and physical production elements are first-rate. This is one of the strongest productions I've seen all season, and perhaps in recent years in the Washington, DC area.
BWW Interview: Leila Buck, Shana Gold Talk HKEELEE at Mosaic TheaterBWW Interview: Leila Buck, Shana Gold Talk HKEELEE at Mosaic Theater
April 26, 2016

Mosaic bills Leila Buck's solo show as "a probing portrait of a cosmopolitan Lebanese matriarch as remembered by her Lebanese-American granddaughter who attempts to piece together her beloved Teta's story." Ms. Buck and her director Shana Gold were gracious enough to answer a few of my questions over email about the impetus for the show, the development process, and expectations for this highly anticipated production.
BWW Review:  I AM ANNE HUTCHINSON/I AM HARVEY MILK Premieres at StrathmoreBWW Review: I AM ANNE HUTCHINSON/I AM HARVEY MILK Premieres at Strathmore
April 25, 2016

I am enormously thrilled that Strathmore took this one on. It's not the kind of event the largely classical venue usually presents and I hope to see more risk-taking in the future. The pieces offer up stories that need to be heard, and there's no denying the music and performers are first rate.
BWW Review:  Artistic Forms Brilliantly Collide in Damian Woetzel's DEMO:  PLACE at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Artistic Forms Brilliantly Collide in Damian Woetzel's DEMO: PLACE at Kennedy Center
April 24, 2016

In all my years of watching (and sometimes reviewing) a variety of artistic presentations at the Kennedy Center, I can hardly think of any other event that so perfectly offers a nicely packaged look at what the performing art center is all about.
BWW Review: FRANCES RUFFELLE Brings A Little Bit of Paris to Kennedy CenterBWW Review: FRANCES RUFFELLE Brings A Little Bit of Paris to Kennedy Center
March 27, 2016

There's something to be said about Ms. Ruffelle embracing her own originality and zest for life, and selecting songs that emphasize she's very much her own person and does things her own way. Her cabaret was unlike any other you'd experience from most of the women who have graced the Broadway or West End stages. Uniqueness can be a good thing.
BWW Review:  Irish Family Drama MOMENT Simmers and Explodes at Studio TheatreBWW Review: Irish Family Drama MOMENT Simmers and Explodes at Studio Theatre
March 21, 2016

Deirdre Kinahan's family drama MOMENT has had several productions to date, including here in the United States, but Studio's production marks the DC premiere. An excellent cast, a well-structured script, and an engaging story make MOMENT one of the strongest theatrical experiences I've had this season.
BWW Review:  Epic and Bold SAMSON Premieres at Sight & Sound TheatresBWW Review: Epic and Bold SAMSON Premieres at Sight & Sound Theatres
March 15, 2016

I would rack SAMSON up as another strong outing for Sight & Sound Theatres.
BWW Review: Darren Criss, Betsy Wolfe, and the National Symphony Bring a Little Broadway to Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Darren Criss, Betsy Wolfe, and the National Symphony Bring a Little Broadway to Kennedy Center
February 28, 2016

One thing I can always count on when I go to a National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Pops concert featuring music of the Great White Way - and perhaps beyond - is that the accomplished musicians and their exceptional conductor Steven Reineke will give it all the energy, vigor and verve it deserves. This was certainly the case on Friday night as the orchestra and guest vocalists Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe explored a bit of the current Broadway repertoire.
BWW Review:  ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS at StrathmoreBWW Review: ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS at Strathmore
February 15, 2016

Cumming gave the audience a concert to remember.


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