Korie Lee Blossey as The Genie in Aladdin. Photo: Deen van Meer

POOF! What Do You Need? An Interview with Korie Lee Blossey on playing The Genie in Disney’s Aladdin

Well Ali Babba had them had them 40 thieves!

Scheherezade had a thousand tales!

But Baltimore you in luck ‘cause on your stage— you got a
brand of magic that never fails!

Make way— for Disney’s Aladdin! Hey, clear the way,
on the street downtown, hey you, let us through, and come on down— get your
tickets in your hand and be the first to see this show!

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Dreaming The Impossible Dream with Third Wall Productions- Interviews With The Cast Of Man Of La Mancha: Andy Collins, Timoth David Copney, Jessica Preactor, Nick Rose

To right the unrightable wrong! To love pure and chaste from
afar! To try when your arms are too weary! To reach— the unreachable star! This
is their goal— Third Wall Productions— with their upcoming production of Man
of La Mancha
, directed by Mike Zellhofer. In a TheatreBloom exclusive,
we’ve sat down with the entire cast of the production and gotten an idea of
what it is to dream the impossible dream.

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Footloose at The Kennedy Center

In the
summer of 1984, a little movie with a big soundtrack took the world by storm
and launched a young up-and-coming leading man for whom at the time you’d be
pressed to find movie connections of two degrees into the stratosphere as the
ubiquitous megastar Kevin Bacon. Filling out the cast with veteran actors like
John Lithgow and Dianne Weist along with breakout performances from young
actors like Lori Singer, Chris Penn, and Sarah Jessica Parker,

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The Phantom of the Opera at The Hippodrome

Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation…darkness wakes
and stirs imagination…open up your mind…let your fantasies unwind…because it’s
here— The Phantom of the Opera! The much-awaited, long anticipated
return of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece, wearing its new-age millennial
skin, The New Production of The Phantom of The Opera tells Broadway’s
most haunting love-adjacent story with much more smoke and whistles for the new
age of theatergoers. Directed by Laurence Connor with Choreography by Scott Ambler,

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Proxy at Rapid Lemon Productions

They say try and remember the good times, or think about the
good memories, when doling out advice for how to cope with the loss of a loved
ones. But good memories get ruined by grief; they make you wish you could
forget entirely. What if there was no more need for forgetting? What if loss
was no longer necessary? Enter Proxy, the last show on the Rapid Lemon stage
for their 2019 calendar season.

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Escape to Margaritaville at The National Theater

You may not know where you’re gonna go when the volcano
blows but three chords is all it takes to find yourself wasting away with a
cheeseburger in paradise. If you want a license to chill, The National Theatre
in Washington DC has just the thing for you (and all your Parrotheads out
there!) Escape to Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffet Musical, is making a
one-week vacation in the nation’s capital and has 25 different songs on the
Buffet buffet for all your relaxation needs.

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The Deer in the Spotlight Productions company of Evil Dead: The Musical (2019) Photo: Matthew Peterson

Evil Dead: The Musical at Deer in the Spotlight Productions

Deadites always like to get their freak on! And when they
get together, they do the NECRONOMICON!!! It’s that time of year— that’s right,
fellow S-Mart shoppers! Time to pick up your BOOM Stick, lend good ol’ Ash a
hand, and— what the f*ck was that!? OH. It was Deer in the Spotlight Productions
bringing their sold-out sensational annual production of Evil Dead: The
Musical
to Baltimore for just two weekends this October.

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(L to R) JacQuan Knox as Alice Russell, Parker Bailey Steven as Lizzie Borden, Caitlin Weaver as Emma Borden, and Siobhan Beckett as Bridget Sullivan in Lizzie. Photo: Shealyn Jae Photography

Lizzie at Guerrilla Theatre Front

In the house of Borden, there’s a lock on every door. And a
story with those 40 whacks— here’s your chance to learn much more! About Lizzie
Borden— more than just the creepy nursery rhyme about the girl who gave her folks
40-ish whacks with an axe to do them in. Guerrilla Theatre Front is putting up Lizzie
as their fall offering to the musical theatre community and it’s a stellar
show. Directed by Greg Bell with Musical Direction by Megann Baldwin,

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Jekyll & Hyde at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

Before we plunge into the guts of
this review, let me offer an admission: I am not generally a fan of musicals.
That said, I am incredibly fond of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case
of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
. I even reread it in preparation for reviewing
Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical, with book and lyrics by Leslie Briscusse
and music by Frank Wildhorn. I imagined that my affection for the source
material would,

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The Addams Family at Street Lamp Community Theatre

The
little black box theatre that could, Street Lamp Productions in Rising Sun, closes
out their 4th season with a fan-favorite show that had a short life on Broadway
but has quickly become a modern classic staple of community and regional
seasons, The Addams Family, directed by Jamie and Andrew DiMaio.

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

Marshall
Brickman and Rick Elice’s book may be short on Addams’ culture (with 80 years’
history of rich Addams pop culture to draw upon—the original New Yorker comic
panels,

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A Few Good Men at Tidewater Players

Aaron
Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, directed by Todd Starkey, opens up to
one of our only moments watching Greg Stiffler give us a reason to care about
the tragedy the play is built around, by making him a vulnerable guy.  A man is dead and Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson
(played by Lamar Leonard) and Pfc. Louden Downey (played by Jordan Baumiller)
stand accused of murder.  Moises
Estrada’s lighting and sound design built atmosphere as Eva Grove’s costume
coordination lent an air of authenticity to these characters,

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40 Whacks: A Round-Table Talk with the Women of Lizzie

Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother 40 whacks;

When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.

That’s the Lizzie that most people think of when they hear
the name Lizzie Borden. The axe-murdering disturbed little girl who chopped up
her parents. Only she wasn’t a little girl, she was 32. And technically she was
acquitted of the charges. She didn’t even testify at her own trial.

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Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at The National Theatre

It’s a shocking revelation when you’re evicted from your own
life. As it turns out the well-traded promise of “a baby won’t change the way
we live” is in fact, as many have suspected for years, a lie. Popping into The
National Theatre of DC for just six performances, Mike Birbiglia’s The New
One
is a poignant and hilariously engaging telling of his experience of becoming
a new father. The one-man comic show is a bit like narrative stand-up only with
deeper meandering trails that dance all around the core of the story.

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The Book Club Play at Silver Spring Stage

There is something delightfully universal about a book club
that almost anyone can relate to. So believe the characters of Karen Zacarías’s
The Book Club Play when their perfectly ordinary book club has been
selected to be featured in a documentary about the phenomenon. As the cameras
roll, and the club members find their lives under scrutiny, their perfect
social circle begins to unravel. Silver Spring Stage’s production, as directed
by Karen Fleming,

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The Bodyguard at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

I hope life treats you kind. And I hope you have all you’ve
dreamed of. And I wish to you joy and happiness— but above all this, I wish you—
to go and see the stellar regional premiere production of The Bodyguard at
Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia. Directed by Mark Minnick and Toby Orenstein
with Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings and Choreography by Shalyce
Hemby, the iconic 90’s film turned stage musical finds its footing with a true
focus on the story in the well-seasoned hands of Mark Minnick,

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The Finger at Venus Theatre

Every new beginning feels so heavy; only the trees know
everything. In life and death, in grief and suffering, we experience things
differently. Regardless of your cultural heritage, your geographical
upbringing, or your placement in life, grief and loss come to each in their
time in their own way. Debuting its 69th women-empowering script,
Venus Theatre is pleased and proud to present the Western Hemisphere and North
American premiere of The Finger,

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Bobtail Bong Bong at InterAct Story Theatre

Are you ready with your watching eyes and your listening ears?
OH! And the most important thing of all! Your I-MA-GI-NATION! That’s right! You’ll
need all three of those things to really enjoy yourself with InterAct Story
Theatre’s brand new immersive theatrical experience for young audiences, Bobtail
Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tail Tale
, written and directed by Ali
Oliver-Krueger. Inspired by a Japanese folktale, mukashibanashi, this is
a true exploration of the company’s namesake,

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Matilda at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland

When I grow up… I will be smart enough to know that the real
cool place to go is Children’s Playhouse of Maryland to see all these awesome
kids before they grow up! And now’s your chance to change their story— by
coming to support some of Baltimore’s most talented young performers in their current
full-length production of Matilda, the Roald Dahl story turned stage
musical opening the 2019/2020 theatre season for CPM.

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Bright Half Life at The Strand Theatre

When I was
considering attending Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life, I committed a
horrendous crime, in that I read a review containing a summary.  A couple starting out like a fire caused by a
comet.  The marvelous beginning, the slow
and painful waning, and an end showcasing the doom that was always in store, as
if asking us if it was really worth the good times.  Knowing the half-life referred to a
relationship and not a radioactive isotope was all I was after! 

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Helen On Wheels at Best Medicine Rep Theatre

Never a dull moment ‘round Helen Wheeler’s house! And that’s
the dag’gum truth, gosh darnit! Making it’s east coast regional premiere, Helen
on Wheels
by Cricket Daniel has sprung up at Best Medicine Rep Theatre
under the direction of Kelsey Yudice and it’s a doozy. A real comic gem about
the aging and grieving process, this delightfully light-hearted comedic romp gives
audiences a glimpse into the life of Helen Wheeler, for all intents and
purposes the first lady of Crockett in Wheeler County Oklahoma.

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The Gulf at Peter’s Alley

In the program for the Peter’s
Alley production of Audrey Cefaly’s The Gulf, the director’s note begins
with a quote from the playwright: “…Audiences want to fall in love. But people
don’t fall in love with plot. They fall in love with people.” It’s a
sentiment the show’s director, Aly B. Ettman, obviously shares, and it’s a
sentiment that clearly informs both Cefaly’s script and Ettman’s direction.

Anna Fagan (left) as Betty and Jasmine Brooks (right) as Kendra in The Gulf.Amanda N.

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Heidi Schreck in What The Constitution Means to Me. Photo: Joan Marcus

What The Constitution Means To Me at The Kennedy Center

Like the play being revieweditself,
this review is by necessity going to be different. No cute opening paragraph.
No clever parallels. No history lesson to set the stage. Let me start right out
by saying that in 2019, this play couldn’t be more important. After two
off-Broadway incarnations and a Tony-nominated Broadway debut last spring
(winning the Obie Award for best new American play, the New York Drama Critic’s
Circle for best American play, and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best new
play as well as a Pulitzer nomination along the way),

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Surfacing: An Inventory of Helplessness at ExPats Theatre

One of the newest companies to grace the DC Theatre Scene—
ExPats Theatre, founded by Karin Rosnizeck— is getting their footing under them
after a performance at the Capital Fringe Festival this past summer. With an
extended version of their production of Surfacing: An Inventory of
Helplessness
, ExPats Theatre sets up shop in The Atlas Performing Arts
Center— in Theatre Lab I— for a weeks to test the waters. The piece, written by
Austrian playwright Julya Rabinowich and translated into English by Karin
Rosnizeck,

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Mr. Wolf at Single Carrot Theatre

Is the universe actually infinite? Or is infinite a generic designation
we apply to whatever it is that we don’t understand? Ponderous thoughts, deeply
vexing, and entirely not my own. They spring from the pen-eternal of playwright
Rajiv Joseph in his work Mr. Wolf, now an immersive theatrical
experience with Single Carrot Theatre. Directed by Genevieve de Mahy and Lauren
Erica Jackson, Mr. Wolf is taking on an infinite life of its own inside
The Rectory of St.

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Love Sick at Theater J

Never rouse love. But once love has been awakened, never put
it back to sleep! The chilling and inspiring message behind a new musical now
on stage with Theater J, not only kicking off their 2019/2020 season, but
welcoming the company home to their space in residence at the Edlavitch DC Jewish
Community Center on The Trish Vradenburg Stage inside the Aaron & Cecile
Goldman Theater. Love Sick, an evocative and timeless musical,

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1 Henry IV at The Folger Theatre

“The heavens were all on fire, the earth did tremble.”

Shakespeare’s tale of the roles and
duties of fathers and sons is brought to life with energy and thoughtfulness in
director Rosa Joshi’s 1 Henry IV at the Folger Theater. The second
installment of the Henriad tetralogy, the play deftly balances the personal and
political consequences of the deposition of Richard II.

The cast of Folger Theatre's 1 Henry IV (Peter Crook as King Henry IV at center) C. Stanley PhotographyC. Stanley Photography The cast of Folger Theatre’s 1 Henry IV (Peter Crook as King Henry IV at center) C.

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Where In The World Have You Been Hiding? An Interview with The Phantom of The Opera’s SarahGrace Mariani on Playing Meg Giry

It’s here— The Phantom of the Opera! Well, almost! In
just a few short weeks, the newly imagined National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber
& Cameron Mackintosh’s critically acclaimed musical success will be landing
in Charm City for just two short weeks! The Phantom of The Opera comes
to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre from October 6, 2019 through October 20, 2019;
the spell-binding masterpiece still has tickets available for sale!

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Proof at Everyman Theatre

A taste for the mystery of numbers is excessively rare,
especially among those more theatrically inclined. Creatives and cultivators of
art tend to shy away from “the numbers” but don’t let that scare you away from
seeing Everyman Theatre’s 2019/2020 season opener— Proof, by David
Auburn. Directed by Paige Hernandez, there is an evocative warmth that
dominates this play filled with bughouse logic.

(L to R) Bruce Randolph Nelson as Robert, Jeremy Keith Hunter as Hal, Katie Kleiger as Catherine, and Megan Anderson as Claire in Proof. Photo: DJ Corey PhotographyDJ Corey Photg (L to R) Bruce Randolph Nelson as Robert,

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The cast of Into The Woods at Phoenix Festival Theatre

Into The Woods at Phoenix Festival Theatre

Two midnights gone. The slotted spoon doesn’t hold much soup
but it can catch— well, in this case, the Phoenix Festival Theatre production
of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods appearing now as a part of LIVE! at
Harford Community College. Directed by Dickie Mahoney and with Musical
Direction by Terri Matthews, the iconic fairytales of happily after plague the
stage in a warped and twisted fashion, craftable only by the depraved mind of Sondheim.

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