BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at The Keegan TheatreBWW 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. (more...)

LEGALLY BLONDE Announced At The Keegan TheatreLEGALLY BLONDE Announced At The Keegan Theatre
by BWW News Desk - 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.  (more...)

BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS at Rep Stage in Columbia - It's a Sheer Delight!BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS at Rep Stage in Columbia - It's a Sheer Delight!
by Charles Shubow - May 8, 2019

When I left the Studio Theatre at the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College in Columbia where the Rep Stage is housed, I went up to Director Joseph W. Ritsch with a big smile on my face. He told me he wanted to end their season with a comedy that audiences would enjoy. Well, mission accomplished! (more...)

Rep Stage Closes Season With Fast-Paced Comedy THE 39 STEPSRep Stage Closes Season With Fast-Paced Comedy THE 39 STEPS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2019

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), closes its 26th season with "The 39 Steps," a comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan. Based on the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, this fast-paced spoof of the classic 1935 film is a joy for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. (more...)

Rep Stage Closes Season With THE 39 STEPSRep Stage Closes Season With THE 39 STEPS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), closes its 26th season with "The 39 Steps," a comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan. Based on the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, this fast-paced spoof of the classic 1935 film is a joy for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. (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...)

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...)

Way Off Broadway Concludes Season with Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEASTWay Off Broadway Concludes Season with Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will bring its 2018 Mega-Mini Season to a close this summer with an extended run of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the international family favorite musical adapted for the stage from the 1991 animated movie. (more...)

Way Off Broadway Welcomes The Return Of The Berenstain BearsWay Off Broadway Welcomes The Return Of The Berenstain Bears
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

After a brief hiatus at the beginning of the year, Way Off Broadway is kicking off its 2018 Family Theatre Series season with the return of The Berenstain Bears on Stage! The show, which first premiered at the theatre in 2015, will have a limited engagement for its second go-around, running April 21st - May 20th, with six performances only. (more...)

Photo Flash: A First Look at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMPhoto Flash: A First Look at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre has taken on one of Stephen Sondheim's romping classics: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! The show returns to Way Off Broadway with this brand new staging after it was first seen at the Frederick theater in 2002. Check out the first photos from the production! (more...)

Way Off Broadway Welcomes The Return of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMWay Off Broadway Welcomes The Return of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2018

In 2002, The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre opened its season with a set of new owners and the hilarious musical comedy farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Sixteen years later, the Kiska family, who purchased the theatre in 2002, and Way Off Broadway are very excited to see the return of one of the funniest shows to ever appear on the WOB stage. Forum will continue the theatre's 2018 Mega-Mini Season, running March 23rd - May 19th. (more...)