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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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Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Keystone Theatrics At Allenberry Playhouse
August 8, 2022

When Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg put THE WIZARD OF OZ together, they knew they had a good thing. So did the studio. And audiences knew it, too. There's still a crowd that will show for any public performance of the movie, especially if it's a sing-along. It's this popularity that turned the movie into a stage musical, to keep the magic going.

Review: THE MUSIC OF QUEEN+JOURNEY at Prima Theatre
June 27, 2022

What did our critic think of THE MUSIC OF QUEEN+JOURNEY at Prima Theatre? It's true that Prima Theatre's own music shows can be its best productions. This one, THE MUSIC OF QUEEN+JOURNEY, is no exception to that rule. This was performed outdoors in 3021; now, post-pandemic, it comes to Prima's stage, tuneful all the way. Executive Artistic Producer Mitch Nugent directs this delightful musical mayhem for a warm summer evening with evident pleasure. Your pleasure will be equally evident.

BWW Review: THE BUZZ IS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Mickey's Black Box At Rock Lititz
April 16, 2022

Goths, not hippies, spread the buzz about Lindsay Bretz-Morgan’s Jesus at Rock Lititz venue. The casting works perfectly, and offers some insights. Read our critic's review.

BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: MURDER BALLAD IS A SHOW TO DIE FOR at PRIMA Theatre
March 29, 2022

The one-act rock musical promises, and delivers, on murder. This is not your grandmother's Agatha Christie drawing-room whodunit.

BWW Review: Plunge Into An ART BATH at The Blue Building
March 22, 2022

Violin, dance, opera singers and the sounds of Nina Simone are just a few possible experiences you can have at one time at The Blue Building.

BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Brightens Servant Stage
March 18, 2022

The oft- performed theatrical concert at the Junction Center is as cheering as the new weather coming in with it.

BWW Interview: Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes an Art Bath
March 14, 2022

Anthony Roth Costanzo is taking a break from rehearsing Handel's RHODELINDA at the Metropolitan Opera. He has a few minutes to talk about singing countertenor both in opera and in popular music. 'Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi all wrote for countertenor - they were composing for castrati.' Fortunately the creation of castrati ended, but, alas, so did composing for countertenor. 'All the roles are before 1750 and after 1950.'

Keystone Theatrics Stages PUFFS (OR: SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC AND MAGIC)
February 26, 2022

Love Harry Potter? Loathe Harry Potter? Take a trip to the Allenberry Playhouse to see Keystone Theatrics' production of PUFFS: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic.

BWW Review: JOY TO THE WORLD Brings Back Caroling
December 17, 2021

Caroling around the Christmas tree never gets tired, especially when it’s a whole song and dance show.

BWW Reviews: ELF the Musical by Keystone Theatrics
December 17, 2021

Come because you loved the movie, stay because you love the music.

BWW Review: ON THE NAUGHTY LIST at Prima
December 9, 2021

It’s fun to be naughty at Christmas! Let’s count the ways…

BWW Review: The Dessoff Choirs Premiere CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD
November 9, 2021

The famed Dessoff Choirs, conducted by Malcolm J. Merriweather, presented the first New York production of Craig Hella Johnson’s acclaimed choral work

BWW Review: SOON at Prima Theatre
October 5, 2021

Climate change rocks the earth. Your roommate is heading to the beach. What will you do about that Bar Mitzvah for your fish?

BWW Review: AMAZING GRACE at Servant Stage
October 4, 2021

The show’s been on Broadway and national tour; Lancaster has first ever regional production

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.