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BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: FOOTLOOSE at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - October 12, 2019

Every once in a while you run across a big dilemma with a production. What happens when everything falls into place except one big thing? For the answer to this question look no further than the latest installment of the Broadway Center Stage series at Kennedy Center Footloose. (more...)
BWW News: Some of the Many Reasons why the ALAN MENKEN AND BROADWAY STARS Concert took us to A Whole New WorldBWW News: Some of the Many Reasons why the ALAN MENKEN AND BROADWAY STARS Concert took us to A Whole New World
by Elliot Lanes - September 17, 2019

The newly opened REACH at Kennedy Center continues the institution's promise set forth by President John F. Kennedy of arts for all. (more...)
BWW Review: 4615 Theatre Company's ENRON at Dance Loft on 14BWW Review: 4615 Theatre Company's ENRON at Dance Loft on 14
by Hannah Wing - August 12, 2019

4615 Theatre Company's Enron, directed by Jordan Friend, is an entertaining, satirical glimpse into a whirlwind scandal. (more...)
BWW Review: EARTHRISE at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: EARTHRISE at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - July 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. (more...)
BWW Review: 52 PICKUP at Capital FringeBWW Review: 52 PICKUP at Capital Fringe
by Elliot Lanes - July 26, 2019

In order to pull off a successful solo show there are a few things you absolutely need to have. (more...)
BWW Review: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY at Capital FringeBWW Review: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY at Capital Fringe
by Elliot Lanes - July 9, 2019

Master monologist Mike Daisey is known locally for his many performances at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. When you go to a Mike Daisey performance you expect to continue the conversation afterwards. His stuff is that thought provoking and is always spot on. (more...)
BWW Review: 50 YEARS OVER THE RAINBOW: A JUDY GARLAND CELEBRATION at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: 50 YEARS OVER THE RAINBOW: A JUDY GARLAND CELEBRATION at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - July 2, 2019

This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of the iconic entertainer Judy Garland. Can you believe she was only 47 when she passed? Think of the body of work she left us in such a short life. (more...)
BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! At Kennedy CenterBWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! At Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - June 10, 2019

Throughout theatrical history many great ladies of the theatre have tackled the role of Thornton Wilder's famous matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in the musical Hello, Dolly! In 2017 a brand new revival of the show hit Broadway starring Bette Midler (with Donna Murphy alternating in) and later on in its run Bernadette Peters. That production is now touring the country with Tony Award winning actress Betty Buckley in the starring role and veteran actor Lewis J. Stadlen as the well-known half a millionaire Horace Vandergelder. (more...)
BWW News: ALIX IN WONDERLAND A GENDER JOURNEY DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE to Make its World Premiere this July at The Theatre LabBWW News: ALIX IN WONDERLAND A GENDER JOURNEY DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE to Make its World Premiere this July at The Theatre Lab
by Elliot Lanes - May 30, 2019

Washington DC's premiere arts education institution The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts presents it's second world premiere musical as part of its Summer Musical Institute for Teens program. (more...)
BWW Review: Folger Theatre's LOVE's LABOR'S LOST at the Folger Shakespeare LibraryBWW Review: Folger Theatre's LOVE's LABOR'S LOST at the Folger Shakespeare Library
by Hannah Wing - May 7, 2019

Folger Theatre's Love's Labor's Lost, directed by Vivienne Benesch, compliments the uniqueness of this comedy through a delightfully funny cast and production set during the 1930's. (more...)
BWW Review: STOMP at the National TheatreBWW Review: STOMP at the National Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - April 24, 2019

For 25 years now the percussion spectacular known as Stomp has been making beautiful noise all over the world. This high-octane audible feast is back in town at the National Theatre for a week and the historic rafters are shaking from the melodious vibrations Stomp brings with it. (more...)
BWW Review: HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Cult Classic at Keegan TheatreBWW Review: HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Cult Classic at Keegan Theatre
by Hannah Wing - March 14, 2019

While short-lived on Broadway, Keegan Theatre's regional premiere of Hands on a Hardbody, directed by Elena Velasco and Mark A. Rhea, proves this musical is on its way to becoming a cult classic. (more...)
BWW Review: TAP DOGS at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: TAP DOGS at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 24, 2019

The art of tap dancing is taken to new heights…literally…in the high octane, high energy worldwide sensation known as Tap Dogs. Not only do the eight male performers do traditional tap routines in this 80-minute industrial extravaganza, they take it to places tap hasn't gone before incorporating, water, scaffolding blowtorches, and more. (more...)
BWW Review: SHE A GEM at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: SHE A GEM at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 18, 2019

With all of the media options at their disposal today, creating theater pieces that will keep young people totally engaged is getting to be more and more of a challenge. Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) division's latest attempt at something fresh sometimes succeeds and sometimes doesn't. Most of the success in She A Gem can be attributed to the oh so fly direction of Paige Hernandez and her talented cast and design team. Whether or not the playwright Josh Wilder was up for the challenge is open to debate. (more...)
BWW Review: Nellie McKay at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Nellie McKay at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 10, 2019

The recording artist/composer/free spirit known as Nellie McKay is not your typical performer to be sure. It's actually hard to even associate her with a particular musical genre because she performed a little bit of everything in her concert at Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series. (more...)
BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 8, 2019

There are certain performances from Broadway history that can never be replicated, one of which is Robert Preston's star turn as the flimflamming boys band sales man Harold Hill in the 1958 Tony Award winning musical The Music Man. It was a bit of a shock when it won best musical that year because it beat out the revolutionary West Side Story. Ah well, commercialism nearly always wins. (more...)
BWW Review: THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER at Keegan TheatreBWW Review: THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER at Keegan Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - December 23, 2018

There are many companies presenting Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) shows in and around the DC area. One of the newest is a company that's been around for over twenty years, but has relatively recently branched out into the family entertainment genre. (more...)
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S CRYSTAL at Capital One ArenaBWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S CRYSTAL at Capital One Arena
by Elliot Lanes - December 7, 2018

For many years now, the famed Cirque du Soleil has been combining the two worlds of circus and theater to create some spectacular productions. Anyone that has seen one of their shows in Las Vegas or elsewhere knows that when you attend a Cirque production, it's an unforgettable experience. Cirque has repurposed the music of The Beatles, taken us to a spectacular jungle world and elsewhere in their past productions, but with their latest touring show Crystal the company adds ice skating to their repertoire. Combining traditional circus skills with breathtaking ramp jumps, break dancing, show skating and much more Crystal is not your typical Cirque du Soleil production. It takes place entirely on an ice rink, but for those that remember it, this is not your standard Ice Capades by any stretch of the imagination either. (more...)
BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Presented by Ballet West at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Presented by Ballet West at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - December 6, 2018

There are certain theatrical presentations you can always depend on for sheer holiday joy at this time of year. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker is definitely high on that list. The music has spawned many different interpretations over the years, including Duke Ellington's version featuring a swinging saxophone section. The music is also used in many television commercials so even if you didn't know the music was from the classic ballet, chances are you at one point or another have been exposed to The Nutcracker. (more...)
BWW REVIEW: HOW TO KEEP AN ALIEN at Solas NuaBWW REVIEW: HOW TO KEEP AN ALIEN at Solas Nua
by Elliot Lanes - December 4, 2018

How far would you go to be with the one that you love? Sonya Kelly's autobiographical How to Keep an Alien, now being presented by Solas Nua, explores this question with warmth, humor, and a tour-de-force performance from DC acting goddess Tonya Beckman. This production marks the first time Kelly has not performed in the show herself. (more...)
BWW REVIEW: INDECENT at Arena StageBWW REVIEW: INDECENT at Arena Stage
by Elliot Lanes - November 30, 2018

There are some plays in the history of Broadway that you just scratch your head as to why they didn't have a longer run. Paula Vogel's Indecent is definitely one of those plays. It opened to rave reviews on Broadway, won the Tony Award for best direction and only ran 128 performances. The award win gave the show a considerable box office bump, but not enough to convince the show's producers to make a run of it in the summer heat. Thankfully, PBS preserved the Broadway production for posterity and the play is now getting a much deserved second life in regional theaters across the country. (more...)
BWW REVIEW: WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS: A DECADE IN CONCERT at Kennedy CenterBWW REVIEW: WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS: A DECADE IN CONCERT at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - November 26, 2018

Any one of us that has ever seen an animated feature or short produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios knows that the music is always a big component in making the film a success. Let's face it, aren't you all still singing 'Let it Go' from Frozen even though the film is now five years old? Songs like that one and classics like 'Heigh Ho' and 'A Whole New World' are etched in our collective memories for a lifetime. (more...)
BWW Review: Creative Adaptation of Children's Book HOW TO CATCH A STAR Charms at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Creative Adaptation of Children's Book HOW TO CATCH A STAR Charms at the Kennedy Center
by Barbara Johnson - November 25, 2018

I had two main questions about the world premiere Kennedy Center commission of HOW TO CATCH A STAR: would it match the original children's book's ability to appeal to kids and adults alike, and would it be as visually charming as Oliver Jeffers's illustrations? I'm pleased to report that the answer to both is a resounding yes. Appropriate for ages three and up, HOW TO CATCH A STAR uses stunning projection design (Olivia Sebesky) and quirky choreography (Orange Grove Dance Company) to tell the story of how a boy's seemingly impossible dream of catching a star leads him to discover important lessons about life. (more...)
BWW Review: Scena Theatre Puts a Hollywood Spin on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCEBWW Review: Scena Theatre Puts a Hollywood Spin on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
by Barbara Johnson - November 6, 2018

Now playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center is an all-female, 1930s Tinseltown take on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, directed by Robert McNamara. It's an undeniably creative angle to approach Wilde, in the vein of Scena's previous gender-bending production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and it has its share of funny and dramatic moments. However, its busy design and occasionally manic delivery miss the mark at times. (more...)
BWW Review: LONG WAY DOWN at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: LONG WAY DOWN at the Kennedy Center
by Hannah Wing - October 29, 2018

Long Way Down delves deeply into the circumstances surrounding urban gun violence, and the impacts which it has on those left in its bloody wake. (more...)

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