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Wheelock Family Theatre Announces 40th Season Photo Wheelock Family Theatre Announces 40th Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 18, 2021

WFT@BU has announced their season productions as part of their 40th anniversary year! WFT@BU will resume live, in-person productions in the spring of 2022 with The Wizard of Oz and Make Way for Ducklings. In the 2022/23 season, WFT@BU will produce Matilda, a To-Be-Determined production, and Bud, Not Buddy.

IPEX Theatrical Artists Announces Inaugural Client Slate Photo IPEX Theatrical Artists Announces Inaugural Client Slate
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 20, 2020

IPEX's initial roster includes independent music company Reservoir, production company Gershwin Entertainment Corporation, and musicals including Broadway's A Night with Janis Joplin, Tony Award-Winning Million Dollar Quartet, and the in-development Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust Road.

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 A.A. Cristi - 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.

Adventure Theatre Presents MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS Digital Presentation This Sunday Photo Adventure Theatre Presents MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS Digital Presentation This Sunday
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 21, 2020

a??a??a??a??a??a??a??Adventure Theatre MTC, previews one of its 2020-2021 Season productions online with a digital presentation of the script, Make Way for Ducklings adapted by Sandra Eskin and Michael J. Bobbitt (Blueberries for Sal) with music and lyrics by William Yanesh (Caps for Sale, Blueberries for Sal), April 26, 2020 at 2pm. Directed by Raymond Caldwell, this presentation is free and available streaming live on Facebook. 

Ford's Theatre Has Announced Casting for GUYS AND DOLLS Photo Ford's Theatre Has Announced Casting for GUYS AND DOLLS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 11, 2020

Ford's Theatre Society announced full casting and design team for Guys and Dolls, directed by Peter Flynn. The production features Maria Egler as Miss Adelaide, Joe Mallon as Nathan Detroit, Bueka Uwemedimo as Sky Masterson and Karen Vincent as Sarah Brown. The musical features showstoppers 'Luck be a Lady,' 'Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat,' 'Take Back Your Mink' and more, and plays March 13 to May 20, 2020, at historic Ford's Theatre. The production is recommended for ages 10 and older.

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 A.A. Cristi - 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.

Phoenix Chorale Performs COSMOS February 28- March 1 Photo Phoenix Chorale Performs COSMOS February 28- March 1
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 16, 2020

The Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of new Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas, performs its first concert of the new decade with achingly beautiful music inspired by the beauty of the night sky. Cosmos will be performed February 28 - March 1, 2020 in venues around the Valley; see detailed schedule below.

Cast and Creative Team Announced for DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! (THE MUSICAL Photo Cast and Creative Team Announced for DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! (THE MUSICAL!)
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 30, 2019

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces the full cast and creative team for¬†Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!), a Kennedy Center-commissioned world premiere from the Kennedy Center's first-ever Education Artist-in-Residence, Emmy Award¬ģa?'winning writer and¬†New York Times¬†best-selling author and illustrator¬†Mo Willems. This fabulously fun and funny musical, running November 23, 2019a?'January 5, 2020 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater, features a script by Willems and¬†Muppet Babies¬†executive producer¬†Mr. Warburton¬†with music by¬†Deborah Wicks La Puma, direction by¬†Jerry Whiddon, choreography by¬†Jessica Hartman, and dramaturgy by¬†Megan Alrutz.

BWW Review: EARTHRISE at Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: EARTHRISE at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - Jul 30, 2019

We are now at the midpoint of summer and you are most likely looking for something a little bit different to do with your kids before sending them back to school. What if I told you that the Kennedy Center is currently producing a World Premiere Commission that is both entertaining and educational? I hope you'd say 'Tell me more!' because I have plenty to say about this brand new musical for all ages called Earthrise. The production was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch.

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Theatre Company Celebrates Artistic Director, Michael Kahn Photo Photo Flash: Shakespeare Theatre Company Celebrates Artistic Director, Michael Kahn
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 19, 2019

On Sunday, June 16, Washington, D.C.'s theatre community gathered to celebrate the end of MICHAEL KAHN's 33-year tenure as Artistic Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company with musical and dramatic performances, special guests from the worlds of entertainment, politics, and media, and a mayoral proclamation.

BWW Review: The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Celebrates 50 Years  Photo BWW Review: The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Celebrates 50 Years with Jason Robert Brown, Lindsay Mendez, and More
by Jennifer Perry - Apr 20, 2019

The future of musical theater is looking pretty bright.

 BWW Review: WINNIE THE POOH at Adventure Theatre Photo BWW Review: WINNIE THE POOH at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 8, 2019

Oh bother! Adventure Theatre is currently presenting a hunny of a show with Le Clanché du Rand's delightful stage adaptation of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh.  Under the fine direction of Shirley Serotsky, Milne's 100 Acre Wood and its inhabitants magically come to life with a story of lost tales, huffalumps, and much more.

Photo Flash: First Stage Presents BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Photo Photo Flash: First Stage Presents BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 15, 2019

Adapted for family audiences from the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical, BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the story of Huck and his friend Jim, a slave, as they travel along the mighty Mississippi River. Huck tries to help Jim escape to freedom and reunite with his family. Their shared journey of discovery proves humorous, suspenseful and heartwarming. Mark Twain's timeless classic comes alive on stage at First Stage in this coming-of-age musical which features live bluegrass music with fiddles, guitar, harmonica, piano and more.

BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Comes To Milwaukee's First Stage Photo BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Comes To Milwaukee's First Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2019

Adapted for family audiences from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the story of Huck and his friend Jim, a slave, as they travel along the mighty Mississippi River. Huck tries to help Jim escape to freedom and reunite with his family.

BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Comes To Milwaukee's First Stage Photo BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Comes To Milwaukee's First Stage
by Julie Musbach - Mar 1, 2019

Adapted for family audiences from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the story of Huck and his friend Jim, a slave, as they travel along the mighty Mississippi River. Huck tries to help Jim escape to freedom and reunite with his family.

BWW Review: HUCKLEBERRY FINN'S BIG RIVER at Adventure Theatre Photo BWW Review: HUCKLEBERRY FINN'S BIG RIVER at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 15, 2019

The 1985 Broadway season might have been one of the weakest on record for musicals; in fact, only three shows were nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards that year. We had an Ellie Greenwich jukebox musical (Leader of the Pack), one of Harold Prince's big budget disasters (Grind), and a musical based on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Big River). Needless to say, at least in my opinion, Big River won the Tony Award for Best Musical and several other awards in part due to a lack of competition. Despite some catchy songs by Roger ‚ÄúKing of the Road‚ÄĚ Miller the show suffered, in my opinion anyhow, from there simply being too much of it. William Hauptman's book tried to focus on multiple stories as opposed to having Huck and his relationship with runaway slave Jim be the true heart.

Adventure Collaborates With Black Community For Huckleberry Finn's BIG RIVER Photo Adventure Collaborates With Black Community For Huckleberry Finn's BIG RIVER
by Julie Musbach - Jan 10, 2019

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation, takes a mighty leap down the Mississippi River with Huckleberry Finn's Big River, revised from Tony Award winning musical Big River, adapted from the classic Mark Twain book. With the support of over 100 consensus organizers (individuals and organizations serving the black community), this revision uses the original music and lyrics by Roger Miller with new arrangements and orchestrations by William Yanesh. Additionally, this revision, expands the role of Jim, now the same age as Huckleberry, and removes offensive language.

BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL Extends For One Final Weekend Photo BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL Extends For One Final Weekend
by Julie Musbach - Oct 22, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation, brings to the stage the world premiere musical, Blueberries for Sal, written by Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Nominated playwrights Michael J. Bobbitt and Sandra Eskin and featuring new music and lyrics by William Yanesh (Caps for Sale, Winnie the Pooh). Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the book by Robert McCloskey, this female helmed musical is recommended for all ages and closes October 28, 2018.

BWW Review: ATMTC Thrills with BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL Photo BWW Review: ATMTC Thrills with BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL
by Keith Tittermary - Sep 26, 2018

Fats Domino once sang, 'I found my thrill, on Blueberry Hill.' He might have been channeling little Sal, the central character in Robert McCloskey's 1948 picture book, Blueberries for Sal. The book which in its almost 70 year existence, has been cited in many best of lists and was an award a Caldecott Honor in 1949. And finally, Adventure Theatre MTC has turned it into a delightful stage adaptation which is now playing through October 21, 2018 at Glen Echo Park.

ATMTC's Presents World Premiere Musical BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL Photo ATMTC's Presents World Premiere Musical BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL
by Stephi Wild - Sep 8, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation, brings to the stage the world premiere musical, Blueberries for Sal, written by Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Nominated playwrights Michael J. Bobbitt and Sandra Eskin and featuring new music and lyrics by William Yanesh (Caps for Sale). Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the book by Robert McCloskey, this female helmed musical is recommended for all ages and opens September 21, 2018. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or by calling 301-634-2270.

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