Keith Tittermary

Keith Tittermary Keith Tittermary is a Washington DC based music director, pianist, and actor. He recently appeared as Horton in Damascus Theatre Company's Seussical and as Brian in Red Branch Theatre's Avenue Q, which he performed for the composer, Jeff Marx. He is currently a faculty member at the Levine School of Music, where is the music director for the Pre-Professional program, having recently conducted Parade at the Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage. As an orchestrator, he works extensively with Joan Cushing, and provides arrangements and orchestrations for new musicals, as well as jazz and big band charts.


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BWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Goes Under The Sea at Wolf TrapBWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Goes Under The Sea at Wolf Trap
Posted: Jun. 30, 2017


BWW Interview: Go Under The Sea with Prince Eric KunzeBWW Interview: Go Under The Sea with Prince Eric Kunze
Posted: Jun. 23, 2017


BWW Review: Wildwood Summer Theatre serenades SPRING AWAKENINGBWW Review: Wildwood Summer Theatre serenades SPRING AWAKENING
Posted: Aug. 11, 2017


BWW Review: Titus Tackles Serious Issues at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Titus Tackles Serious Issues at the Kennedy Center
Posted: May. 21, 2017


BWW Review: Sail the High Seas with HOW I BECAME A PIRATEBWW Review: Sail the High Seas with HOW I BECAME A PIRATE
Posted: Sep. 26, 2017


BWW Review: Langston Hughes' Poetry Comes Alive at MetrostageBWW Review: Langston Hughes' Poetry Comes Alive at Metrostage
Posted: Oct. 10, 2017


BWW Review: Langston Hughes' Poetry Comes Alive at MetrostageBWW Review: Langston Hughes' Poetry Comes Alive at Metrostage
October 10, 2017

Politics can be the graveyard of the poet. And only Poetry can be his resurrection. Langston Hughes, 1964 These words by the great Langston Hughes adorn the backdrop of Metrostage's moving production of Carlyle Brown's Are you now, or have you ever been Waiting for the play to begin the audience is left to ponder these words and how they frame the action on stage. Politics and the arts have had a difficult time coexisting during certain eras, particularly during the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1953-54, which colloquially known as McCarthyism. The 90 minute intermission-less play takes place on the eve of Mr. Hughes testimony to the committee and the committee hearing itself. The evening before the hearing, Mr. Hughes is struggling to comprehend his subpoena to the hearings while attempting to write the poem, Georgia Dusk .

BWW Review: Sail the High Seas with HOW I BECAME A PIRATEBWW Review: Sail the High Seas with HOW I BECAME A PIRATE
September 26, 2017

This summer when I was watching a movie, I saw a trailer for the yearly sequel of Pirates of the Caribbean. I thought to myself, are pirates still a thing? With so many other film villain tropes out there, why do we keep coming back to pirates? Well, as evident by the hordes of children adoring How I Became A Pirate at Adventure Theatre MTC, the pirates are alive and well and soaring the high seas.

BWW Review: Wildwood Summer Theatre serenades SPRING AWAKENINGBWW Review: Wildwood Summer Theatre serenades SPRING AWAKENING
August 11, 2017

Back in the late 1970's Wildwood Summer Theater was producing a disco-themed West Side Story in the old Rockville Mall. In that production was a young high school kid named Michael Mayer who was dancing as a Jet. In 2007, that young kid won a Tony Award for directing the new Broadway Musical, Spring Awakening. Since 1965, WST has been producing shows that feature those between the ages of 14 and 25 in every single aspect. From director to orchestra to designer, every person involved is under 25.

BWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Goes Under The Sea at Wolf TrapBWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Goes Under The Sea at Wolf Trap
June 30, 2017

Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman made their mark with the early Disney musicals, and always included a sense of "home" and "belonging". As much as Disney's The Little Mermaid is a princess-story aimed at the pre-teen audience, it also has a deeper message of being a fish out of water, only in Ariel's case she is a fish in water who doesn't belong.

BWW Interview: Go Under The Sea with Prince Eric KunzeBWW Interview: Go Under The Sea with Prince Eric Kunze
June 23, 2017

Disney's The Little Mermaid is coming to Wolf Trap from June 29 - July 2. The smash musical, based on the 1989 Disney film, will only be here for 5 performances. I had the opportunity to talk to Broadway Veteran, Eric Kunze, who plays Prince Eric.

Polarbear Opens Mouth and A Story Jumps Out at the Kennedy CenterPolarbear Opens Mouth and A Story Jumps Out at the Kennedy Center
May 21, 2017

Sometimes you attend a performance and one of the most memorable parts is something unscripted and spontaneous, and that leaves you with a lasting impression of the performance. In Mouth Open, Story Jump Out, the phenomenal solo performance by UK spoken word artist, Polarbear, something unscripted happened and it was truly wonderful.

BWW Review: Titus Tackles Serious Issues at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Titus Tackles Serious Issues at the Kennedy Center
May 21, 2017

The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences takes a bold leap in bringing this one man show from Red Bridge Arts in Scotland. Titus, a show recommended for audiences 12 and up tackles serious issues that unfortunately in today's society, children may face.

BWW Review: University of Maryland Explores the Underworld in THE ORPHEUS ADVENTUREBWW Review: University of Maryland Explores the Underworld in THE ORPHEUS ADVENTURE
April 10, 2017

The Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland's School of Music is a two-year program for graduate students in Opera Performance. Their ambitious The Orpheus Adventure is a gorgeous endeavor between the School of Music, along with the Theater and Dance Departments.

BWW Review: Forum Theatre celebrates #NASTYWOMENREPBWW Review: Forum Theatre celebrates #NASTYWOMENREP
March 21, 2017

Men are like weapons. Women are like wounds. That is a poignant line and an apt summation of the first part of Forum Theatre's #NastyWomen ethos. The first piece in this horrifying, yet deeply moving, work is Monica Byrne's What Every Girl Should Know, which takes place in 1914 and follows four teen girls in a New York reformatory.

BWW Review: BOEING BOEING Soars at Highwood TheaterBWW Review: BOEING BOEING Soars at Highwood Theater
January 31, 2017

Highwood Theater in Silver Spring has been providing education in a 'community-produced' environment for more than 10 years, but recently has moved into producing professional theater in their new black box theater. I applaud the work that founder and Executive Director Kevin Kearney has been doing and the organization he has created.

BWW Review: The American Pops Orchestra Sings a Joyful Tribute to STREISANDBWW Review: The American Pops Orchestra Sings a Joyful Tribute to STREISAND
January 17, 2017

The American Pops Orchestra, founded in 2015 by Maestro Luke Frazier has a mission to 'breath new life into orchestral pops programming and inspiring new audiences to discover the wealth of material in the Great American Songbook in dynamic ways.'

BWW Review: IRVING BERLIN: A SIMPLE MELODY Serenades a Delightful SongBWW Review: IRVING BERLIN: A SIMPLE MELODY Serenades a Delightful Song
January 10, 2017

The In Series, which creates innovative theatrical programming around a classical music core of opera, cabaret, and song, presents a tune-filled look at the music of Irving Berlin, one of America's most celebrated composers. Artistic Director Carla Hubner notes in the program: "George Gershwin called Berlin 'the greatest songwriter that has ever lived.'" I tend to agree, although I would reserve that for Mr. Gershwin, but at the In Series, they crafted a delightful evening filled with some of his most memorable songs.

BWW Review: AN IRISH CAROL Serves Up a Pint at Keegan TheatreBWW Review: AN IRISH CAROL Serves Up a Pint at Keegan Theatre
December 20, 2016

Adapting Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is somewhat of a requirement for established theatre companies. There are many versions of the tale from musicals, CGI movies, radio plays, and irreverent comedies. Playwright (and Keegan Theatre Company Member) Matthew Keenan adds his version to the litany of adaptations and does so with a delightful spin in An Irish Carol.

BWW Review: RUTHLESS THE MUSICAL Kills at Creative CauldronBWW Review: RUTHLESS THE MUSICAL Kills at Creative Cauldron
October 11, 2016

"Dying is easy, comedy is hard". The old adage has been attributed to countless comedians over the years. When a musical comedy attempts to combine comedy and death, the outcome can either be successful (think Monty Python) or fall on its face. Ruthless! The Musical, a 1992 off Broadway campy musical, which opened this week at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, falls into the latter category. The intermission-less show written by Marvin Laird and Joel Paley has funny bits, and a few memorable songs, but overall the piece, which has had a successful life in regional theater, is just flat. Sure, it spoofs musicals like Gypsy and movies like All About Eve, but the humor is a bit rudimentary and plays more like a bad SNL skit, then a well-polished farce.

BWW Review: KNUFFLE BUNNY Spins a Great Tale at Adventure Theatre MTCBWW Review: KNUFFLE BUNNY Spins a Great Tale at Adventure Theatre MTC
September 27, 2016

Every child has that one stuffed animal that they can't live without. Every parent knows the dilemma of what happens when the toy goes missing and the tantrum that follows. In the opening of Adventure Theatre - MTC's 65th season, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical perfectly describes every parent's worst nightmare: the missing beloved toy.

BWW Review: JUMANJI Soars to Life at Adventure Theatre MTCBWW Review: JUMANJI Soars to Life at Adventure Theatre MTC
June 29, 2016

'Wow! This is amazing!'

BWW Review: CITY OF ANGELS Jazzes It Up at NextStopBWW Review: CITY OF ANGELS Jazzes It Up at NextStop
May 16, 2016

The Broadway composer Cy Coleman is completely underrated. His range of musicals stretch from traditional musical (Little Me) to 60's pop (Sweet Charity) to comic operetta (On The Twentieth Century). His greatest triumph is the hard jazz / film noire musical City of Angels. On Saturday night, the DC area professional premier opened at NextStop Theatre in Herndon, Virginia.

BWW Review: THE RHINEGOLD Magically Opens WNO's The Ring CycleBWW Review: THE RHINEGOLD Magically Opens WNO's The Ring Cycle
May 3, 2016

In 2006, then Washington National Opera Artistic Director Placido Domingo announced that the Opera would take on their first complete cycle of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). In the subsequent years, the opera produced the first three of the four-some, but not in quick succession. As the opera and the nation suffered an economic downturn, the complete cycle was never realized. Until now.

BWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Sizzles at Round HouseBWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Sizzles at Round House
April 7, 2016

Brick, the fermenting favorite son in Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof says that there are two ways out of life: death and liquor. Brick is trying to escape his life with the latter, while Big Daddy is facing the first. Father and son are so far away from each other that when the climax of the show occurs during the second act, you see the intersection between one who wants to live and one who wants to forget.

BWW Review: PROOF Enlightens at 1st Stage in TysonsBWW Review: PROOF Enlightens at 1st Stage in Tysons
April 5, 2016

David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof is about as well constructed a play as ever written. The simple story revolves around Catherine, a young woman on the eve of her 25th birthday who is dealing with the death of Robert, her mathematician father; the arrival of her precocious sister, Claire; and Hal, a young former PhD student of her father's coming to go through his writings.



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