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Marakay Rogers

Marakay Rogers

 America's most uncoordinated childhood ballet and tap student before discovering that her talents were music and writing, Marakay Rogers finally traded in her violin for law school when she realized that she might make more money in law than she did performing with the Potomac Symphony and in orchestra pits around the mid-Atlantic. Unfortunately, she forgot to factor in the student loan repayments! She has never recovered from being chewed out by Terrence Mann in public for hanging up her bow. 


A graduate of Wilson College (PA), Marakay is also a writer, film reviewer and interviewer. Additionally, as of 2014, she serves as vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the Beaux Arts Society, Inc. and is a member of GALECA. 


She's also taught college-level communications, writing, theatre criticism and English literature classes, has received multiple writing awards  for several small-press novels, and is listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in America".  She has done additional post-collegiate English and drama studies coursework with Open University (UK) in drama and literature.


Her junior high English teacher was Broadway star Katrina Yaukey's mother, Kay Yaukey.  (Her high school math teacher was Ordean Yaukey, Katrina Yaukey's father, but between Marakay's mother, an editor, and Katrina's mother, English won out.) Marakay is senior theatre critic for Central Pennsylvania and a senior editor for BWWBooksWorld as well as a classical music reviewer. In her free time, Marakay practices law and often gets it right.



 


 


 




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BWW Review: PENTHESILEA: THE WOMAN WHO KILLED ACHILLES
September 15, 2021

Theater of the Seventh Sister and Orpheus Theatre Company join forces to retell the Trojan War on the field of battle

BWW Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Allenberry Playhouse
September 8, 2021

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT was Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's first foray into Biblical themes. Starting with the well known Old Testament tale of a young boy, jealous siblings, and an astonishing journey provoked by a doting father's excessive gift, the production featured song stylings and production numbers spoofing everything from country to calypso to French chanteuse.

BWW Review: GREASE at Allenberry Playhouse
July 20, 2021

What can you say about a show that's been around for fifty years and shows no signs of slowing down? You know GREASE. Whether from the original show, the film, or the revised stage version that adds the big movie songs, it's in your head and you might just know and love all the words. Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey originally tried it out in their hometown of Chicago, and since then there's been no looking back.

BWW Review: OVER THE RAINBOW - THE SONGS OF JUDY GARLAND at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
June 1, 2021

Hey, we see you. That ticket to the WIZARD OF OZ singalong. That flying monkeys T-shirt. You with the porcelain collector edition ruby slippers. And you - the one who still says Friends of Dorothy. And you - the one with the complete soundtrack to the 1954 A STAR IS BORN, we see you too. Oh, the clGreat American Songbook lover in the corner - we caught you, too, humming 'I'll Get By..'

BWW Review: PRODIGAL at Servant Stage
May 30, 2021

A video of the live workshop performances of this new musical invites you to send feedback as if you were at the workshop

BWW Review: A Whipsmart MATILDA at the Belmont
January 7, 2020

She's naughry. She's smart. Sometimes she's sweet. And all she really wants to do is read Rene Staub serves up a delightful MATILDA.

BWW Review: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE at the Belmont
November 6, 2019

The Shirley Jackson classic takes on new life in the Belmont's house of horrors

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA, That's a Spicy Musical at Allenberry
September 27, 2019

Dustin LeBlanc directs an energetic and enthusiastic production of the ABBA musical for Keystone Theatrics at Allenberry Playhouse.

BWW Review: March to see THE MUSIC MAN at SERVANT STAGE
September 20, 2019

I'm often asked if Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN is dated. Perhaps I should say yes, but I tend to say no. A production that can remind you that the underlying plot of the story isn't all sweetness and light and that it actually has what was once controversial material that we usually gloss over can make this classic of 20th century American musical theatre something anyone can appreciate. Unlike RENT, THE MUSIC MAN is pretty much wholesome, but done right, it's not too sweetly wholesome.

BWW Review: FROZEN JR Sparkles at BELMONT THEATRE
September 20, 2019

You know FROZEN. You probably love it. You've seen it a few times - or a hundred or more if you have small children around. You've had 'Let It Go' be your earworm more than once.

BWW Review: BUDDY at the Belmont - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
August 19, 2019

Does everyone love Buddy Holly? The Brits certainly do. Alan Janes' BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY opened on the West End in London in 1989 and ran for eight years the first time, toured the United Kingdom over 25 years, and was revived for a year on the West End in 2007, so there's been massive love for the show there for three decades. It's been here, too, as BUDDY opened on Broadway in 1990 and has kept going around America since then as well.

BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY In Time For Ascot At The Belmont
June 20, 2019

Rebe Staub directs a lush version of the classic in time for the Royal Ascot races, matching the famous race scene to the season.

BWW Review: THE MOTHER...WITH THE HAT Rocks At EPAC
June 17, 2019

Bob Checchia directs the unspeakably titled modern classic of trust, mistrust, and moral relativity

BWW Review: Rainbow Does NANA DOES VEGAS!
June 5, 2019

Nana is back, this time in Las Vegas. Will what happens there stay there without someone being eliminated?

BWW Review: RAGTIME Mesmerizes at EPAC
May 8, 2019

Ephrata director Ed Fernandez reminds audiences that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

BWW Review: MOON OVER BUFFALO Shines on the Belmont
April 18, 2019

The Belmont does justice to Ken Ludwig's classic in his home town.

BWW Review: INLAWS, OUTLAWS AND OTHER FAMILY MATTERS Sparks Laughs at Rainbow
March 2, 2019

Jonathan Erkert directs a sketch comedy show about the trials and tribulations of happy families.

BWW Review: Grow For Seymour at the Belmont's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
February 23, 2019

The alien plants have descended and the Belmmont knows how to grow them

BWW Review: A Timely, Thoughtful ANNIE at the Belmont
November 25, 2018

Whether it's the seasonal climate or the political one, Rene Staub's production of ANNIE seems more relevant than most.

BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Oyster Mill
November 18, 2018

Oyster Mill presents a spare but meaningful version of the Jason Robert Brown musical



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