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:  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


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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:  The Hauntingly Beautiful Musical SNOW CHILD Premieres at Arena StageBWW Review: SNOW CHILD Premieres at Arena Stage
Posted: Apr. 28, 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: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Goes Center Stage at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED...at Kennedy Center
Posted: Jun. 8, 2018


BWW Review:  MEAN GIRLS Makes Strong World Premiere at DC's National TheatreBWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at DC?s National Theatre
Posted: Nov. 19, 2017


BWW Review:  Come to the CABARET at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Come to the CABARET at Kennedy Center
Posted: Jul. 15, 2017


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


BWW Review:  A Little Mythology, an Exploration of War at Home and Abroad, and Something Entirely Different  Four Shows at the Capital Fringe
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 CenterBWW 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.

BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Goes Center Stage at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Goes Center Stage at Kennedy Center
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 CenterBWW 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 UniqueBWW 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 TheatreBWW 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 StrathmoreBWW 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 TheatreBWW 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 MoreBWW 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.

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

While the musical is not quite perfect, it's the strongest one I've seen this season in the DC area. I hope it has a future life beyond the production in Juneau later this year. It deserves it.

BWW Review: TWO TRAINS RUNNING at Arena Stage is Worthy of Another LookBWW Review: TWO TRAINS RUNNING at Arena Stage is Worthy of Another Look
April 8, 2018


BWW Review: Politics are Personal in TRANSLATIONS at Studio TheatreBWW Review: Politics are Personal in TRANSLATIONS at Studio Theatre
March 26, 2018

A solid production worth the effort to see.

BWW Review:  IN THE HEIGHTS Goes Center Stage at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Goes Center Stage at Kennedy Center
March 23, 2018

With the juggernaut that is Hamilton playing DC this summer, it was probably a good marketing strategy for the Kennedy Center to use its new Broadway Center Stage series to (re)-introduce local audiences to Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical, the Tony Award-winning In the Heights. Avid local theatergoers have likely seen the show before and fairly recently at that. Last season, Olney Theater Center and Round House Theatre co-produced a well-received production and GALA Hispanic Theatre presented the U.S. Spanish language premiere. However, the five-night, sold out run at Kennedy Center offers another look at the show - this time with an Encores-like staging featuring some of Broadway's best talent directed by original cast member Stephanie Klemons.

BWW Review:  Laura and Linda Benanti Return to Kennedy Center in THE STORY GOES ONBWW Review: Laura and Linda Benanti Return to Kennedy Center in THE STORY GOES ON
March 11, 2018

The show, aptly titled 'The Story Goes On,' featured an eclectic set list, but there was one common thread - each song was exceptionally well sung.

BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS at Arena StageBWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS at Arena Stage
March 4, 2018

This production is worthy of an audience based on the story alone.

BWW Review: Authenticity Reigns Supreme in MOM BABY GOD at Taffety Punk Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Authenticity Reigns Supreme in MOM BABY GOD at Taffety Punk Theatre Company
March 4, 2018

Madeline Joey Rose's solid research and attention to detail set her solo play apart from the myriad of others that have tried to introduce typical theatergoers to cultures (especially religious ones) that might be less familiar to them.

BWW Review: A Vocally Powerful CHESS at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: A Vocally Powerful CHESS at Kennedy Center
February 17, 2018

While Mr. Strong definitely did not fix the book issues that have plagued the show since its inception - and dare I say it made it even worse - this production is yet another example of why the show continues to be produced. The music is exceptional and at the Kennedy Center it's performed by some of the best in musical theater today.

BWW Review: NOURA at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: NOURA at Shakespeare Theatre Company
February 17, 2018

Heather Raffo's play is challenging, but ultimately rewarding.

BWW Review: FAMILIAR at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is a Must-SeeBWW Review: FAMILIAR at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is a Must-See
February 12, 2018

It's a powerful work and one of the strongest offerings to date in the ongoing Women's Voices Theater Festival. Under Adam Immerwahr's impeccable direction, a supremely talented cast brings out the best of the exceptional script.

BWW Review:  HANDBAGGED at Round House Theatre Offers a Masterclass in ActingBWW Review: HANDBAGGED at Round House Theatre Offers a Masterclass in Acting
February 11, 2018

While the script is not the most engaging, the acting work is exceptionally strong.



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