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BWW Interviews: Talking Up SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage - Part 2
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 20, 2014

A 'crazy talented cast' brings the Leiber and Stoller songbook to life once again when Arena Stage presents SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE April 25 through June 8 in the Fichlander Stage. Director Randy Johnson and choreographer Parker Esse talked with BroadwayWorld's Jeffrey Walker about their vision for the show. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Talking Up SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage - Part 1
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 19, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller comes to Arena Stage April 25 to June 8, 2014. Part 1 of our interview with director Randy Johnson and choreographer Parker Esse looks at the legacy of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's collaboration and impact on the rock and roll era. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The show runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Levi Kreis, E. Faye Butler and More in SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Jay Adriel, Austin Colby & More Join Cast of Arena Stage's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LEADER OF THE PACK Closes Totem Pole Playhouse 2013 Season
by Marakay Rogers - Aug 21, 2013

The jukebox musical of Ellie Greenwich hits closes the 2013 season for Totem Pole with the roar of motorcycles and the harmonies of the Shirelles (more...)

Totem Pole Playhouse to Wrap Regular Season with Tribute to Songwriter Ellie Greenwich, 8/20-9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2013

You may not recognize her name, but if you know anything about rock and roll in the mid 1960s, you'll know her songs. Ellie Greenwich wrote or co-wrote many of the songs that became hit records for popular vocal groups produced by Phil Spector and his famous Wall of Sound technique and the legendary production team of Lieber and Stoller. Greenwich's rise from aspiring singer-songwriter and college student from Long Island to writing some of rock and roll's most iconic hits is portrayed in the musical Leader of the Pack, playing at Totem Pole Playhouse from August 20 through September 1. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Nova Y. Payton and More in Signature Theatre's DREAMGIRLS - Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 03, 2013

Signature Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls, playing in the MAX Theatre now running through January 13, 2013. Directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Xanadu, Really Really), this much-loved show captures the heart and hopes of a soulful female singing trio as they rise to international fame. BroadwayWorld has a first look at scenes from the production below. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Signature Theatre's DREAMGIRLS is Electric
by Charles Shubow - Dec 04, 2012

Delicious DREAMGIRLS is given top notch production and is extended to January 13, 2013. (more...)

Signature Theatre Extends DREAMGIRLS Through January 13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2012

Virginia's Signature Theatre announced today that the run of Dreamgirls is extended through January 13 due to popular demand - an addition of eight performances. Tickets to all performances are now on sale. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Nova Y. Payton, Crystal Joy, Cedric Neal and More in Signature's DREAMGIRLS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2012

Signature Theatre presents the Tony AwardŽ-winning musical Dreamgirls, playing in the MAX Theatre now running through January 6, 2013. Directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Xanadu, Really Really), this much-loved show captures the heart and hopes of a soulful female singing trio as they rise to international fame. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below. (more...)

Nova Y. Payton Stars in Signature Theatre's DREAMGIRLS, Now thru Jan 6
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2012

Signature Theatre sparkles this holiday season with the arrival of the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls, playing in the MAX Theatre starting tonight, November 13. Brimming with superstar talent, and directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Xanadu, Really Really), this much-loved show captures the heart and hopes of a soulful female singing trio as they rise to international fame. Dreamgirls plays from tonight, November 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. (more...)

Nova Y. Payton Stars in Signature Theatre's DREAMGIRLS 11/13-1/06
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2012

Signature Theatre sparkles this holiday season with the arrival of the Tony AwardŽ-winning musical Dreamgirls, playing in the MAX Theatre starting Tuesday, November 13. Brimming with superstar talent, and directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Xanadu, Really Really), this much-loved show captures the heart and hopes of a soulful female singing trio as they rise to international fame. Dreamgirls plays from November 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Olney Theatre Center is a Real Gas
by Charles Shubow - Aug 10, 2012

If the summer makes you yearn for a delightful musical, take the journey to the Olney Theatre Center and enjoy. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at James Gardiner, Carolyn Agan & More in Olney's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2012

Olney Theatre Center presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, opening tonight, August 1 and running through August 26. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production photos below. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes Look at Olney Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Stage Tube - Aug 01, 2012

Olney Theatre Center presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, opening tonight, August 1 and running through August 26. BroadwayWorld has a behind the scenes look at the cast, director, and a backstage tour of unloading Audrey II. Check it out below. (more...)

Olney Theatre Presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Now thru 8/26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2012

Olney Theatre Center continues its 2012 season with the hit musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS tonight, August 1 to August 26, 2012. (more...)

Olney Theatre to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 8/1 - 26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2012

Olney Theatre Center continues its 2012 season with the hit musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS August 1 to August 26, 2012. (more...)

A Theatre Lover's Guide to DC/Capital Area Theatres - November 2011 Offerings
by Joel Markowitz - Nov 10, 2011

November has over 60 more openings in the professional, community, universities, and children's theaters in the DC/MD/VA area. A week has already passed in November and over 20 new productions have opened. To read reviews of these shows, go to Maryland Theatre Guide, where I am the Editor and a columnist. A recent back surgery kept me from posting this earlier, so we have some catching up to do. (more...)

Helen Hayes Award Recipients Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2011

The 27th Helen Hayes Awards are being presented at the historic Warner Theatre tonight, April 25, 2011. In addition to 156 theatre artists, ensembles and productions nominated in 26 categories, three special awards will be given. (more...)

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