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


BWW Interview:  Jeremy Schonfeld Talks IRON & COAL at Strathmore, Songwriting, and MoreBWW Interview: Jeremy Schonfeld Talks IRON & COAL at Strathmore
Posted: Apr. 29, 2018


BWW Review:  GIRLFRIEND at Signature TheatreBWW Review: GIRLFRIEND at Signature Theatre
Posted: May. 1, 2018


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


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


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: JONAH Makes a Big Splash at Sight & Sound Theatre in LancasterBWW Review: JONAH Makes a Big Splash at Sight & Sound Theatre
Posted: May. 30, 2017


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


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


BWW Review:  Laura and Linda Benanti Return to Kennedy Center in THE STORY GOES ONBWW Review: Laura and Linda Benanti Return to Kennedy Center
Posted: Mar. 11, 2018


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.

BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! Comes to Kennedy CenterBWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! Comes to Kennedy Center
January 12, 2018

It's fun and sometimes that's all you need.

BWW Review:  THE BOOK OF WILL Delights at Round House TheatreBWW Review: THE BOOK OF WILL Delights at Round House Theatre
December 8, 2017

Under Ryan Rilette's excellent direction, a uniformly marvelous cast gives one of the best ensemble performances I've seen this season of a very strong play.

BWW Review:  AMAZING GRACE Musical Gets Another Life in Washington, DCBWW Review: AMAZING GRACE Musical Gets Another Life in Washington, DC
December 7, 2017

There's a lot to like at the World Stage Theater right now. While this production and any subsequent national tour stops is likely to find its most receptive audience in people with an upbringing and faith similar to my own, it's not only for those that can recite every verse of the title song (and many other hymns) without even thinking for a minute, or can identify with the idea of God showing His presence in their lives. The idea of putting yourself on a better path after losing your way is something most everyone, regardless of faith or lack thereof, can understand. Even if the whole idea sounds schmaltzy, at the very least there's reason enough to check out the many talented members of the young cast.

BWW Review:  CURVE OF DEPARTURE More Than Satisfies at Studio TheatreBWW Review: CURVE OF DEPARTURE More Than Satisfies at Studio Theatre
December 3, 2017

All told, 'Curve of Departure' is an eighty-minute emotional rollercoaster that packs more of a punch than any play I've seen this season.

BWW Review:  MEAN GIRLS Makes Strong World Premiere at DC's National TheatreBWW Review: MEAN GIRLS Makes Strong World Premiere at DC's National Theatre
November 19, 2017

I hope this one has great success on Broadway. It has the potential to be an audience favorite.



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