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: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Oyster MillBWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Oyster Mill
Posted: Nov. 18, 2018


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Posted: Jun. 20, 2019


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BWW Review: Rock On With HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at EPACBWW Review: Rock On With HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at EPAC
Posted: Oct. 29, 2018


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

BWW Review: Dare to Enter VERONICA'S ROOM at the Belmont
October 29, 2018

Ira Levin's thriller might have been written for the Belmont's black box Studio Theater.

BWW Review: Rock On With HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at EPAC
October 29, 2018

Gender has never been more bent, and Plato never more accessible, than in the classic one-act rock musical.

BWW Review: TITANIC is Huge at Servant Stage
October 9, 2018

Servant Stage has done some great work, of course. They've put together delightful revues of everything from the Great American Songbook to gospel to bluegrass, and taken them on the road to nursing homes, parks, and other places that truly can use live professional entertainment. Over the past couple of years, however, they've also gotten more settled into single-location larger productions, still on their pay-what-you-will plan that gives them outreach to those who can't afford high ticket prices.

BWW Review: Belmont's WEST SIDE STORY Flies High
September 25, 2018

Director Rene Staub's production of the Bernstein and Sondheim classic has packed the house at the Belmont main stage.

BWW Review: York's TAFE Takes On OUR TOWN
August 13, 2018

One of the fist modern instances of 'breaking the fourth wall,' Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN is a story addressed directly to an audience - by the production's Stage Manager, the narrator and an occasional player in the story. It's a tale of the life of the fictional Grover's Corners, New Hampshire from 1901 through 1913, seen through the eyes of two neighboring families and the Stage Manager's decription of the locale.

BWW Review: Paul Hood Presents I, JOURNEYMAN Premiere in Mechanicsburg
August 12, 2018

Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg presented the premiere of local playwright Paul Hood's new I, JOURNEYMAN, a psychological suspense play examining the effects of guilt and secrecy.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY This Summer's Best Bet at EPAC
July 27, 2018

WEST SIDE STORY, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Leonard Bernstein, a triple-header team, WEST SIDE STORY, that walked off with six Tony nominations in 1957, is somehow the musical that lost to THE MUSIC MAN for Best Musical that year. Now, there's not a thing wrong with THE MUSIC MAN, but everything has always been very right about the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet meet the gritty streets of New York.



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