BWW Review: THE BALLAD OF MU LAN at Imagination StageBWW Review: THE BALLAD OF MU LAN at Imagination Stage
by Mary Lincer - Jul 1, 2019

Children will thoroughly enjoy the vivid physicality of Alvin Chan's hour long adaptation of The Ballad of Mu Lan, onstage at Bethesda's Imagination Stage through August 11. Chan's use of the stylized movement Jingju (Beijing Opera) suits both the 1500 year old Chinese tale and the requisites of children's theatre: the style is broad and active yet simple to read. Chan's script in up to date English completes a package which also includes gorgeous scenery and props by Joseph D. Dodd, sensational cinematic, animated videos by Chesley Cannon, and colorful costumes, also by Chan. (more...)

MOULIN ROUGE, JAGGED LITTLE PILL & More Earn Nominations for 23rd Annual IRNE AwardsMOULIN ROUGE, JAGGED LITTLE PILL & More Earn Nominations for 23rd Annual IRNE Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2019

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) today announced the nominees for the 23rd Annual IRNE Awards, which honor the best of the previous year's actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies. Moulin Rouge!, a new musical produced by Global Creatures, and An American in Paris, produced by the Ogunquit Playhouse, led with 12 and 11 nominations, respectively, in the Large Stage Musical Category. The Huntington Theatre led all companies with 31 nominations across seven productions, including 11 for Man in the Ring, the story of six-time world champion prizefighter Emile Griffith. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Ford's Theatre This DecemberA CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Ford's Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault announced that acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace will return to Ford's to perform the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the company's holiday production of A Christmas Carol. Performances of the classic Charles Dickens story begin November 15 and continue for a six-and-a-half-week engagement through December 30, 2018. This "musically high-spirited" and "infectiously jolly" (The Washington Post) production is adapted by Michael Wilson and directed by Michael Baron. (more...)

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD Rages Into REP Stage's Horowitz Theater at HCCBWW Review: SWEENEY TODD Rages Into REP Stage's Horowitz Theater at HCC
by Cybele Pomeroy - Sep 13, 2018

REP delivers a punk treatment of Sweeney Todd that is astoundingly compact, hideously dynamic and impressively submersive. The set is efficiently arranged, a versatile, vertically integrated playing space, full of grunge and London-isms. The Company members display powerful, accurate and impressive vocal prowess. Every one of them is physically precise, flexible and compelling. Director Joseph Ritsch has confidence in his cast's ability to manage multiple roles, so they form the Ensemble as well. This retro-modern treatment of Sondheim's popular opera makes salient points about who are the most fragile and disenfranchised people of a community and the destructive powers of a personal agenda. (more...)

SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Rep Stage - This is SWEENEY like you have never seen it before!!SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Rep Stage - This is SWEENEY like you have never seen it before!!
by Charles Shubow - Sep 12, 2018

Rep Stage Producing Artistic Director Joseph W. Ritsch Directs, Choreographs, and does the Set Design for a 'hair-raising' rendition of this Stephen Sondheim classic musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Preview Of SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET At Rep StagePhoto Flash: Sneak Preview Of SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET At Rep Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), opens its 26th season with  "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," directed and choreographed by Joseph W. Ritsch with music direction by Stacey Antoine. Set in modern-day East London, this production of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Tony Award-winning musical thriller features a diverse ensemble of eight and a chamber orchestra of keyboard, violin, and woodwinds.  (more...)

Rep Stage Launches Season with Musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetRep Stage Launches Season with Musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2018

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), opens its 26th season with 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' directed and choreographed by Joseph W. Ritsch with music direction by Stacey Antoine. Set in modern-day East London, this production of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Tony Award-winning musical thriller features an ensemble of eight and a chamber orchestra of keyboard, violin, and woodwinds. (more...)

Rep Stage Launches Season with SWEENEY TODDRep Stage Launches Season with SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2018

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), opens its 26th season with 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' directed and choreographed by Joseph W. Ritsch with music direction by Stacey Antoine. Set in modern-day East London, this production of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Tony Award-winning musical thriller features an ensemble of eight and a chamber orchestra of keyboard, violin, and woodwinds. (more...)

Rep Stage Launches Season With SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREETRep Stage Launches Season With SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), opens its 26th season with  'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' directed and choreographed by Joseph W. Ritsch with music direction by Stacey Antoine. Set in modern-day East London, this production of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Tony Award-winning musical thriller features a diverse ensemble of eight and a chamber orchestra of keyboard, violin, and woodwinds. (more...)

Nancy Ko Productions to Present Staged ReadingsNancy Ko Productions to Present Staged Readings
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2018

On Today, July 21st at UMBC the story and music of Nanay Ko will be coming together for the first time. The writers along with the audience will be able to hear and give feedbacks before going into production in October. Our stage reading cast includes Justine 'Icy' Moral as Christine, Don Mike Mendoza of La Ti Do as Narrator, Cheryl J. Campo as Mary, Russwin Francisco as Tony, Krystle Cruz as Megan, Diego Maramba as Dennis/John, and Christina McCann as Bess/Claire. (more...)

Nancy Ko Productions to Present Staged ReadingsNancy Ko Productions to Present Staged Readings
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2018

On Saturday, July 21st at UMBC the story and music of Nanay Ko will be coming together for the first time. The writers along with the audience will be able to hear and give feedbacks before going into production in October. Our stage reading cast includes Justine 'Icy' Moral as Christine, Don Mike Mendoza of La Ti Do as Narrator, Cheryl J. Campo as Mary, Russwin Francisco as Tony, Krystle Cruz as Megan, Diego Maramba as Dennis/John, and Christina McCann as Bess/Claire. (more...)

Rep Stage Announces Cast For SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREETRep Stage Announces Cast For SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2018

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), has announced casting for its first show of the upcoming season, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Set in modern-day East London, this production of the Tony Award-winning musical features an ensemble of eight in an intimate setting laced with brilliant wit, diabolical humor, and extraordinary music. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Ford's TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Ford's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2017

AcclaimedWashington actor Craig Wallace returns to Ford's Theatre to perform the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the company's holiday production of 'A Christmas Carol.' Performances of the classic Charles Dickensplay began November 16 and continue for a six-week engagement through December 31, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begin Next Month at Ford's TheaterPerformances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begin Next Month at Ford's Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

Beginning November 16, acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to Ford's Theatre to play Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol a production heralded as a rich visual and vocal treat (TheaterMania) and infectiously jolly (Washington Post). Performances continue through December 31, 2017. (more...)

Creative Caludron to Present D.C.-Area Premiere of THE MISTRESS CYCLECreative Caludron to Present D.C.-Area Premiere of THE MISTRESS CYCLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

Creative Cauldron opens the 2017-18 season with the DC area premiere of an intelligent and thought-provoking new musical, The Mistress Cycle. Creative Cauldron Artistic Associate Matt Conner is directing the production. Created by an award-winning female musical theater creative team, Beth Blatt (Book and Lyrics) and Jenny Giering (Music), The Mistress Cycle tells the story of five mistresses from different times and cultures. (more...)

Creative Caludron to Present D.C.-Area Premiere of THE MISTRESS CYCLECreative Caludron to Present D.C.-Area Premiere of THE MISTRESS CYCLE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Creative Cauldron opens the 2017-18 season with the DC area premiere of an intelligent and thought-provoking new musical, The Mistress Cycle. Creative Cauldron Artistic Associate Matt Conner is directing the production. Created by an award-winning female musical theater creative team, Beth Blatt (Book and Lyrics) and Jenny Giering (Music), The Mistress Cycle tells the story of five mistresses from different times and cultures. (more...)

BWW Review: RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre is Rapturous
by Charles Shubow - Mar 21, 2017

Do not miss this spectacular presentation of the Tony Award-Winning musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Oliver, Nova Y. Payton, Jonathan Atkinson and More in RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Ford's Theatre Society presents the musical Ragtime directed by Peter Flynn, choreographed by Michael Bobbitt and with Music Direction by Christopher Youstra. Ragtime is currently playing thru May 20, 2017, at historic Ford's Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Kevin McAllister and Jonathan Atkinson in RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

Ford's Theatre Society presents the musical Ragtime directed by Peter Flynn, choreographed by Michael Bobbitt and with Music Direction by Christopher Youstra. Ragtime plays March 10 to May 20, 2017, at historic Ford's Theatre.  BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek below! (more...)

All-Star D.C. Cast Begins Previews Tonight for RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

Ford's Theatre Society announced full casting and design team for the musical Ragtime directed by Peter Flynn, choreographed by Michael Bobbitt and with Music Direction by Christopher Youstra. Ragtime plays March 10 to May 20, 2017, at historic Ford's Theatre. (more...)

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