Baltimore Backstage - March 10, 2006
Thursday night I had the pleasure to attend the
And then there were no more performances. Looking forward to seeing the well-received "And Then There Were None" at the Spotlighters. You only have tonight, March 10, and Saturday night, March 11. Call 410-752-1225.
Closing this week-end, Center Stage's courageous production of "The Murder of Isaac".
Also closing this week, the
Theater Bargains Anyone?
Baltimore/>/>'s Everyman Theatre also offers a "Pay-What-You-Can" for its production of "A Number" by Caryl Churchill for the Tuesday night, March 14 preview performance at 7:30/>. Opening night is Friday, March 17. Call 410-752-2208.
Here's another addition to my wish list for
If you missed the wonderful Center Stage production of "The Rainmaker" or want to compare and contrast, the Arena Stage has the show till April 9. They offer a Target Family Fun Pack: 4 orchestra seats, 4 non-alcoholic drinks, and 4 snacks for $100. Call 202-488-3300 (children must be between the ages of 5 and 18). Over 1,000 families took advantage of this offer during their run of "Damn Yankees".
You may recall my mentioning how much I enjoyed the Disney televised "High School Musical". The CD of this production is now the nation's #1 selling music album. It's beating performers such as Mary Blige, Barry Manilow, Andre Bocelli, and Eminem. What is happening here? What it is, not exactly clear. But young people love this show. Statistics don't lie. During six telecasts from January 20 to Feb. 13, the movie drew 8.4 million kids ages 6-11 and 8.7 million aged 9-14. This core may very well be the future of musical theater. The DVD arrives on May 23 with two versions: the original and a sing-along edition that displays on-screen lyrics so viewers can participate in the musical numbers. Bonus material includes dance lessons by choreographer Kenny Ortega. Fans will be able to learn the moves by using the DVD remote's angle feature to see dance steps from different points of view. This technology could be used in future musical releases. What fun it would be to have sing-along editions of "Rent", "The Producers" and the soon to be made "Hairspray".
You can catch "High School Musical" tonight, March 10 on Disney @ 8 p.m. Set your tivos, dvrs, and video-tape machines.
I will use this space occasionally to suggest music purchases. Seventeen songs from the jam-packed "Wall to Wall Sondheim" event held
Finally, you may recall my recommendation of the film "Mrs. Henderson Presents". I recommend this to all theater lovers. Now showing at the Rotunda Cinemtheque and Valley Center in Owings Mills.
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