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Prologue Theatre Launches Workshop Program FOREWORD: A New Works Series Photo Prologue Theatre Launches Workshop Program FOREWORD: A New Works Series
by Stephi Wild - Nov 12, 2020

Prologue Theatre has launched their new workshop program, FOREWORD: A New Works Series. FOREWORD is structured as a series of two-week intensive, virtual workshops during which playwrights are paired with a director, actors, and a stage manager who will help to further develop their play. 

VIDEO: See Natascia Diaz, Kathleen Marshall, Tracy Lynn Olivera and More in THE SIGNA Photo VIDEO: See Natascia Diaz, Kathleen Marshall, Tracy Lynn Olivera and More in THE SIGNATURE SHOW Episode 7
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 23, 2020

Signature Theatre releases the seventh episode of The Signature Show, a free biweekly half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and memories of Signature’s past and a glimpse into its future.

THE BAND'S VISIT Tour Wins Helen Hayes Award for 'Outstanding Visiting Production' Photo THE BAND'S VISIT Tour Wins Helen Hayes Award for 'Outstanding Visiting Production'
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 25, 2020

On September 25, the 36th Annual Helen Hayes Awards concluded, after a series of virtual events celebrating Washington's dynamic and diverse theatre community.

This Week's Helen Hayes Award Winners Announced Photo This Week's Helen Hayes Award Winners Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 10, 2020

The 2020 Helen Hayes Awards, recognizing the outstanding work on Washington area stages in 2019, continued its four-week virtual event series. 

American Pops Orchestra Presents Virtual Music Performances To Support Audiences And  Photo American Pops Orchestra Presents Virtual Music Performances To Support Audiences And Artists: APO UNITED
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 26, 2020

American Pops Orchestra (APO), in light of the coronavirus pandemic, is stepping up to offer music to soothe nerves while supporting musicians and performers facing a loss of their incomes.

BWW Review: CROWNS  at Creative Cauldron Photo BWW Review: CROWNS at Creative Cauldron
by Elizabeth Seablom - Feb 19, 2020

Regina Taylor's Crowns is the story of a young teen from Brooklyn sent to live with her grandmother after the traumatic death of her brother. The more time she spends in South Carolina, the more she learns about herself, her ancestors, and the beautiful art of hat-wearing. Crowns not only draws from old southern traditions within black churches but of generations long before them, passed down through beautiful hymnals and energetic storytelling.

Washington Chorus Names Eugene Rogers As Its Fifth Artistic Director Photo Washington Chorus Names Eugene Rogers As Its Fifth Artistic Director
by Stephi Wild - Feb 6, 2020

On the eve of launching into its 60th anniversary season starting in the fall of 2020, The Washington Chorus announced today that it has appointed acclaimed conductor Dr. Eugene Rogers as its fifth Artistic Director, succeeding Christopher Bell beginning in July of 2020. Dr. Rogers' appointment was unanimously approved by the Washington Chorus board of trustees on unanimous recommendation from the Chorus' Artistic Director Search Committee, following an eight-month global search which yielded more than 80 highly qualified candidates.

THE BAND'S VISIT, JITNEY, And More Nominated for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards Photo THE BAND'S VISIT, JITNEY, And More Nominated for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 3, 2020

Tonight, at a celebration honoring theatre excellence on stages across the Washington area, theatre artists, administrators, patrons, and special guests gathered in the National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery for theatreWashington's announcement of nominees for the 36th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, which will be presented on Monday, May 18 at an event at the Anthem.

VIDEO: Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman Sing 'Freedom' From GUN & POWDER Photo VIDEO: Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman Sing 'Freedom' From GUN & POWDER
by Stage Tube - Jan 20, 2020

Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman are set to star as the Clarke sisters, Mary and Martha, in Signature Theatre's world premiere production of Gun & Powder with book and lyrics by Angelica Chéri and music by Ross Baum. Gun & Powder will run from January 28 a?' February 23, 2020 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre and will be directed by Robert O'Hara (Broadway's Slave Play).

Signature Theatre Announces Casting And Creative Team For GUN & POWDER; Solea Pfeiffe Photo Signature Theatre Announces Casting And Creative Team For GUN & POWDER; Solea Pfeiffer, Emmy Raver-Lampman, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Dec 16, 2019

Solea Pfeiffer (New York City Center's Evita, West Coast Premiere of Hamilton) and Emmy Raver-Lampman (Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton) are set to star as the Clarke sisters, Mary and Martha, in Signature Theatre's world premiere production of Gun & Powder with book and lyrics by Angelica Chéri and music by Ross Baum. Gun & Powder will run from January 28 a?' February 23, 2020 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre and will be directed by Robert O'Hara (Broadway's Slave Play).

BWW Review: THE DEAD at Scena Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE DEAD at Scena Theatre
by Mary Lincer - Dec 15, 2019

Alliance For New Music-Theatre Announces Its 2019-2020 Season As The First Theatre-In Photo Alliance For New Music-Theatre Announces Its 2019-2020 Season As The First Theatre-In-Residence At DuPont Underground
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 9, 2019

First Full Season in DU¬†launches a¬†double bill this Fall of V√°clav Havel's¬†Protest¬†and the company's original music-theatre work¬†Vanńõk Unleashed¬†in celebration of the 30thAnniversary of the Velvet Revolution, and in the Spring presents¬†The Dunbar Operaby Steven M. Allen to commemorate the 150thanniversary of the country's first African-American high school (Dunbar in the district,) plus two short Family a?oeDoggya?? Operas by composers Nick Benavides and Dawn Avery,¬†Pepitoand¬†Georgia and Bo.

Theatre Week Kickoff Party To Feature 45+ Theatre Organizations, Children's Programmi Photo Theatre Week Kickoff Party To Feature 45+ Theatre Organizations, Children's Programming
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 26, 2019

The 2019 Theatre Week Kickoff Party celebrates the launch of the 2019-2020 theatre season and the start of Theatre Week in the Washington region. The event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 11am-4pm at Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater. It is a free event and tickets are available through the TodayTix app and website.

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at The Keegan Theatre Photo BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at The Keegan Theatre
by Sam Abney - Aug 10, 2019

Few characters become so embedded in the fabric of pop culture that merely the mention of a color can elicit their memory. Such is the case, however, for Elle Woods, the golden-haired Malibu native at the center of Legally Blonde. Talk about the color pink for too long and someone in your circle is guaranteed to quote one of the now-iconic lines made immortal by Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 film. The 2007 Broadway musical burdened its star, Laura Bell Bundy, with the responsibility of carrying on Ms. Witherspoon's legacy while appearing in almost every scene and belting her lungs out. This hot pink explosion of female empowerment and sisterhood is a deceptively demanding production with a non-stop score by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin. While the DC premiere at The Keegan Theatre is a fun evening, the overly-choreographed production feels like Elle Woods' first day at Harvard: its trying a little too hard.

LEGALLY BLONDE Announced At The Keegan Theatre Photo LEGALLY BLONDE Announced At The Keegan Theatre
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 24, 2019

The Keegan Theatre closes out its 22nd season with the award-winning musical LEGALLY BLONDE, opening on August 3, 2019. Based on the hit movie, LEGALLY BLONDE is a fabulously fun and energetic musical, wrapped up with a snappy pink bow! It features music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. The DC premiere production at Keegan is directed by Ricky Drummond with music direction by Helen Hayes Award-winner Walter "Bobby" McCoy and choreography by Ashleigh King. 

VIDEO: Get A First Look at JUBILEE at Arena Stage Photo VIDEO: Get A First Look at JUBILEE at Arena Stage
by Stage Tube - May 1, 2019

Jubilee is now on stage at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Inspired by the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, this uplifting new work chronicles the bold African American ensemble as they travel the world, captivating kings, queens and audiences with hymns and spiritual songs supported by their rich voices. Check out video from the production below!

Full Cast And Creative Team Announced For JUBILEE At Arena Stage Photo Full Cast And Creative Team Announced For JUBILEE At Arena Stage
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 20, 2019

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for the world premiere of Tazewell Thompson's inspirational a cappella music infused play, Jubilee. Inspired by the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, this uplifting new work chronicles the bold African American ensemble as they travel the world, captivating kings, queens and audiences with hymns and spiritual songs supported by their rich voices. Written and directed by Thompson with vocal arrangements and music direction by Dianne Adams McDowell, Jubilee runs April 26 - June 2, 2019 in the Kreeger Theater.

BWW Review: THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR at Creative Cauldron Photo BWW Review: THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR at Creative Cauldron
by Sam Abney - Feb 19, 2019

There is nothing outright wrong with Thunder Knocking on the Door, the blues-filled musical which opened at Creative Cauldron this past Saturday. But there isn't much that is right with it either. Overall, the production is a firmly middle-of-the-road endeavor where the mismatched cast are unable to elevate the subpar source material. At the end of the day, this is a show that thinks it has more to say that it actually does.

Creative Cauldron Presents THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR Photo Creative Cauldron Presents THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
by Julie Musbach - Jan 25, 2019

The mysterious guitar playing shapeshifter knocks on Creative Cauldron's doors again in Thunder Knocking on the Door, a blues musical fable written by Keith Glover, with lyrics and music by three-time Grammy award winner Keb' Mo' and Anderson Edwards. The acclaimed artists behind Creative Cauldron's Bold New Works productions, Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner, are directing and choreographing the production. Smith received praise for his gorgeously and lovingly directed Thunder Knocking at the Door production, which played a sold out run at Creative Cauldron back in 2013. The show runs from February 14 March 10 at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30PM, Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 7:30PM, and Sundays at 2:00PM & 7:00PM. Press Night is Saturday, February 16th at 7:30 pm.

BWW Review: The InSeries Revives FROM U STREET TO THE COTTON CLUB Photo BWW Review: The InSeries Revives FROM U STREET TO THE COTTON CLUB
by Roger Catlin - Jan 9, 2019

They pipe street noise onto the stage as the latest production of InSeries opera company begins.

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