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.


BWW Review: Timely CARTOGRAPHY at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Timely CARTOGRAPHY at Kennedy Center
Posted: Jan. 13, 2019


BWW Review:  HAMILTON Proves it's Worth the Wait at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: HAMILTON Proves it?s Worth the Wait at Kennedy Center
Posted: Jun. 18, 2018

BWW Review:  Lea Michele and Darren Criss Rock Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Lea Michele and Darren Criss Rock Kennedy Center
Posted: Jun. 4, 2018

BWW Review:  The Hauntingly Beautiful Musical SNOW CHILD Premieres at Arena StageBWW Review: SNOW CHILD Premieres at Arena Stage
Posted: Apr. 28, 2018

BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Goes Center Stage at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: HOW TO Kennedy Center
Posted: Jun. 8, 2018

BWW Review:  ANASTASIA is a Sure Bet at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: ANASTASIA at Kennedy Center
Posted: Nov. 2, 2018

BWW Review: A Vocally Powerful CHESS at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: CHESS at Kennedy Center
Posted: Feb. 17, 2018

BWW Review:  MISS SAIGON Offers Up Dose of High Drama at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: MISS SAIGON at Kennedy Center
Posted: Dec. 15, 2018

BWW Review: Timely CARTOGRAPHY at Kennedy Center
January 13, 2019

Overall, this show benefits from a solid thematic foundation and compelling stories, but suffers in the area of presentation.

BWW Review: MISS SAIGON Offers Up Dose of High Drama at Kennedy Center
December 15, 2018

Based on the 2017 Broadway revival (a West End transfer) this new tour offers a solid mix of splash and raw, complex human emotion.

BWW Review: THE CHOIR OF MAN Provides an Ode to Pub Culture at Kennedy Center
November 23, 2018

Overall, if you are willing to overlook a few of the gimmicks, you can have a good time at the show. Even if it may not appeal to the most jaded of theater nerds, it is a feel-good kind of audience show. I can't fault any production that entices the audience to sit back and listen to some great music without the hint of autotune.

BWW Review: CRY IT OUT at Studio Theatre
November 19, 2018

Admittedly, I am not a parent - nor have I ever had the desire to be one. As a 30-something, I've never had to navigate through the family vs. career challenges depicted in Molly Smith Metzler's play CRY IT OUT, now playing at Studio Theatre. Yet, even without the ability to personally relate to the story, there's a lot to appreciate in the play and Studio's production of it.

BWW Review: ANASTASIA is a Sure Bet at Kennedy Center
November 2, 2018

Directed by Darko Tresnjak, 'Anastasia' is not to be missed at Kennedy Center. A strong story with an equally strong cast to bring it to life, coupled with some great music by one of Broadway's best writing teams, makes it a sure bet.

BWW Review: Broadway Goes Center Stage with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Kennedy Center
October 26, 2018

All things considered, this presentation offers a fabulous time at the theater.

October 21, 2018

One cannot deny the uniqueness of this piece and the immeasurable talent of all involved.

BWW Review: MEOW MEOW Brings the Party to Kennedy Center
September 16, 2018

And now for something completely different!

BWW Review: A Powerful GLORIA at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
September 9, 2018

It's an explosive and thought-provoking production in more ways than one - and a natural fit for Woolly.

BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Falls Short at Kennedy Center Despite Some Amazing Performances
August 3, 2018

A great cast succeeds despite a less than ideal production concept

BWW Review: Optimism Abounds in World Premiere of DAVE at Arena Stage
July 29, 2018

'Dave' is a really fun show with a strong cast. It's just the right kind of show we need in DC right now. While questions might emerge as to whether it can play elsewhere, I would suggest that no matter where you live, you may be eager to immerse yourself in a world of political optimism for a few hours.

July 15, 2018

I spent an evening and afternoon taking in a few offerings at this year's far more conveniently located Capital Fringe festival in Southwest DC. International Affairs and history nerd that I am, I took in a performance of BLACK CONFEDERATES and the exceptional THE BODY OF A WOMAN AS A BATTLEFIELD IN THE BOSNIAN WAR. I threw in a little musicalized mythology for good measure (Jo Williamson's METAMORPHOSE) as well as an avant-garde and wholly modern dance-theater piece, O MONSTERS, presented by Philadelphia's experimental performance ensemble New Paradise Laboratories.

BWW Review: HAMILTON Proves it's Worth the Wait at Kennedy Center
June 18, 2018

If the rousing and prolonged applause and immediate standing ovation is any indication, this show is going to wow local audiences all throughout the summer.

June 8, 2018

A cast of Broadway and television actors with vocal, dance, and comedy chops to spare join with a much-loved featured local theater star to deliver a must-see, entertaining semi-staged performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning (1962) musical comedy.

BWW Review: Lea Michele and Darren Criss Rock Kennedy Center
June 4, 2018

Featuring one of the most eclectic set lists I've encountered in recent years, Lea Michele and Darren Criss' - of 'Glee' and Broadway fame - one-night-only concert at the Kennedy Center was nothing short of entertaining and delightful.

BWW Review: BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is Entirely Unique
June 3, 2018

Featuring a compelling script, some of the best acting you're bound to see anywhere locally (most notably from Jon Hudson Odom) under the swift and inspired direction by Marti Lyons, and strong production elements (even music!), this is an unpredictable "only at Woolly" experience you won't want to miss. It's especially perfect for Pride Month.

BWW Review: WAITRESS Comes to the National Theatre
May 18, 2018

The musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's screenplay WAITRESS made history on Broadway when it came in with the first all-female creative team led by Director Diane Paulus. However, it's noteworthy for another reason - Sara Bareilles' varied, character-driven music and lyrics that would, in any other year, probably have won the Tony Award. These are not the only selling points for the current national tour though. Some strong casting, a fierce band fully integrated into the diner setting (led by DC's own tremendously talented Jenny Cartney), and female characters you want to root for in Jessie Nelson's book make this one to see.

BWW Review: Jeremy Schonfeld's IRON & COAL Premieres at Strathmore
May 6, 2018

The combination of all of these voices and musicians sharing this powerful story set the concert on a good footing, initially. Unfortunately, the evening ended up being a disappointment.

BWW Review: GIRLFRIEND at Signature Theatre
May 1, 2018

While the musical itself may not be my personal cup of tea as a whole, some catchy music (performed by a killer all-female band and two endearing actors) and the sweet, throwback story make it worthy of some positive attention.

BWW Interview: Jeremy Schonfeld Talks IRON & COAL at Strathmore, Songwriting, and More
April 29, 2018

On May 3 and 4, 2018, the Music Center at Strathmore just outside of Washington, DC will play host to the world premiere of IRON & COAL. In the lead up to the concert, composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions via email about the concert, his approach to music, and more.