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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY
4/18-4/26/2014
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON creators Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers cook up an alternate universe (and draw parallels to today's political/populist landscape) with their musical about the seventh U.S. president, reinvented as an "emo" rock star. BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON tells the story of America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States--who cares if he didn't have permission?An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation's founding rock stars, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON recreates and reinvents the life of "Old Hickory," from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he's really, really hot?This wildly entertaining 90-minute show is perfect for comedic actors and singers, with minimal dancing required. BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is an actor driven rather than design-dependent musical; it encourages breaking the fourth wall, audience participation, and rocking out!
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 WEST SIDE STORY
LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL
4/11-4/26/2014
The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmarkBroadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet istransported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic loversfind themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American"Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a worldof hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative,heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.Highlighting the talents of a young ensemble cast, WEST SIDE STORY has found popularity in schools as well as professional theatres throughout the world. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Bernstein and Sondheim is often considered Broadway's finest--its songs part of the nation's musical heritage. As originally staged by the legendary Jerome Robbins, the show is an impressive showcase for accomplished dancers (a guide featuring the original choreography is available for rental). And with a reduced orchestration and transpositions on demand, this masterpiece is easier to mount than ever before!
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
ACT TWO AT LEVINE
4/25-4/27/2014
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 GODSPELL
OLDFIELDS SCHOOL
4/25-4/27/2014
Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life.Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL RETURNSVisit the official Godpell on Broadway site for tickets and more information on this new production.
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TWO TRAINS RUNNING
Round House Theatre
4/2-4/27/2014
August Wilson; dir: Timothy Douglas.
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THE MEMO
Single Carrot Theatre
4/2-4/27/2014
Vaclav Havel; trans: Paul Wilson; dir: Stephen Nunns.
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA KIDS
EVERGREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4/29-4/29/2014
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this special 30-minute stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA KIDS, featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences.This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. With this show's flexible cast size, your elementary school's production will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
Chapelgate Christian Academy
3/28-4/30/2014
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Book by Herbert Fields & Dorothy Fields
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S AIDA
WALTER JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
4/25-5/3/2014
Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a contemporary musicaltake on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princessand an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them, the younglovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining exampleof true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differencesbetween their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace andprosperity.With a pop-rock score that features stirring ballads androusing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a modern crowdpleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging andsinging.
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 URINETOWN
SOUTH CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL
4/24-5/3/2014
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 NEXT TO NORMAL
MILBURN STONE THEATRE AT CECIL COLLEGE
4/25-5/4/2014
Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.NEXT TO NORMAL is a deeply moving piece of theatre that provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. This show is ideal for community theaters, as well as colleges and regional theatre companies.
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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Olney Theatre Center for the Arts
4/9-5/4/2014
Lynn Ahrens; lyrics: Lynn Ahrens; music: Stephen Flaherty.
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AIR HEART
Theatre Project
4/24-5/4/2014
Mara Neimanis; dir: Bryce Butler.
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 NEXT TO NORMAL
The Milburn Stone Theatre
4/25-5/4/2014
THE MILBURN STONE THEATRE of North East, Maryland, winner of Best Theatre in the 2013 Broadway World Baltimore awards opens the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical, NEXT TO NORMAL by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt (the creative team behind this broadway seasons IF/THEN) on April 25th, 2014. NEXT TO NORMAL, is directed by MST Producing Artistic Director, S. Lee Lewis and features musical direction by Shane Jensen stars Lauren Spencer-Harris as Diana, the sexy, sharp and delusional bipolar depressive mother of the Goodman family, made famous by Alice Ripley on Broadway. Spencer-Harris has previously been seen on stage at MST as Miss. Gardner in CARRIE THE MUSICAL and Sally Bowles in CABARET. NEXT TO NORMAL also features MST favorites Andrew John Mitchell (9 to 5 THE MUSICAL, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST) as Dan, Chandler Smith (SPRING AWAKENING, 1776) as Gabe, and features the MST debuts of Darby Elizabeth McLaughlin as Natalie, Noah Mogaka as Henry and Kevin Ray Johnson as Dr. Fine / Dr. Madden. NEXT TO NORMAL opens Friday, April 25th, 2014 and runs till Sunday, May 4th, 2014. About NEXT TO NORMAL: Music by Tom Kitt | Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey April 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. | Sundays at 3 p.m. Musical Drama | Recommended for Mature Audiences With an electrifying modern score of more than 30 songs, this inspiring, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is an emotional tour-deforce. Gripping, dark, but ultimately hopeful, Next to Normal jolts you right in the arm with its story of a family coming to terms with its scarred past and bravely facing its prospects for the future. The New York Times raves, "It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical."
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 THE MUSIC MAN JR
LEONARDTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL
4/26-5/10/2014
Wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN JR. is a special adaptation of the classic masterful musical that is family entertainment at its best.The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the end.Perfect for community groups, summer camps, and schools, the cast features a soaring soprano ingenue and a leading role for a charismatic actor as well as over 20 roles for kids of every level. THE MUSIC MAN JR. is the perfect production for young people!
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 THE LAST FIVE YEARS
RED BRANCH THEATRE COMPANY
4/18-5/11/2014
THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up... or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. Written by Jason Robert Brown (PARADE, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD), THE LAST FIVE YEARS is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view. This intimate musical is perfect for small theatre companies and black box venues. With its two-person cast, acting stamina is a must. 
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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK
Everyman Theatre
4/16-5/11/2014
Lynn Nottage; dir: Walter Dallas.
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 LEGALLY BLONDE
CHARM CITY PLAYERS
3/8-5/18/2014
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.
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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Center Stage
4/16-5/25/2014
Christopher Durang; dir: Eric Rosen.
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
WAY OFF BROADWAY DINNER THEATRE
3/28-5/31/2014
You remember the plot. You love the characters. You know "the song." It's no less than the stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time.1920's Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star.The MGM classic has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance, is accounted for, including the showstopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make SINGIN' IN THE RAIN the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
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Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/20/2014 DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
PLUM POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4/25-6/7/2014
It's princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday, and Flora, Fauna and Merryweather must use their fairy magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent! This classic fairytale told Disney-style has many roles for a large chorus, from King Stefan and Queen Stefanie's Loyal Subjects to Maleficent's slimy goons. Songs from the beloved film, including "Once Upon a Dream," accompany fun new songs like "Maleficent!" and "A Little Magic Now" to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of kids and families.
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