Urinetown at STAR ltd.

Look at the stream! Full of Hope and Bobby! What a wonder you’ll see— how you’ll laugh— maybe pee— when you look at the stream! AT THE STREEEEAM! STAR ltd., streaming live from the Black Box Theatre of the Chesapeake Arts Center (who is operating under limited capacity restriction and allowing performers only into the space at this present time), is bringing you the much-needed laugh of 2021 with their uproarious and hilarious production of Urinetown.

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Jesus Christ Superstar at On Air Players

Hosanna— Hey-sanna— sanna— sanna— wow! Hey JC, JC— you’re alright by me! And that’s saying something for my second-least favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber musical! Players On Air have outdone themselves with their return to live, in-person theatre this summer. Producing Jesus Christ Superstar (for one weekend/four performances only) with a full company, a fabulous concept, and some brilliant stage talent, really has me singing a different tune when it comes to the Nazarene-Superstar!

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The Trail To Oregon! at The State Theater of Havre de Grace

Friends don’t let friends ford the river! But it’s only a game, right? Or at least it was, until Starkid made it into one of their zany, irreverent musicals. Currently appearing at The State Theater of Havre De Grace, The Trail To Oregon! (based on the old Macintosh computer game The Oregon Trail) is a trip. Period. Down memory lane, also that, but mostly just an outrageous, tongue-in-cheek, ludicrous musical mishap that will put a barrel full of belly laughs out there for all to enjoy.

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The company of Niagara at Well Played Theater. Photo: Rick Hartwig.

Niagara at Well Played Theater

Hey, pal— feelin’ blue? Don’t know what to do? Hey, pal— I mean you! C’mon and— well…take a barrel over the falls? No job? Cupboard bare? One room, no one there? Hey, pal! Don’t despair! Don’t you want to— go over Niagara on a jet ski? Come on over in your own machine! A brand new musical is taking the scene, and everybody’s got the right to their dreams— even if those dreams involve soaring,

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Elf at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

We need a little Christmas! Right this very season! Santa Claus & Buddy— and Toby’s has a reason— yes, they’ve got a little Christmas, right this very minute— they’ve got a little Christmas now! What finer way to welcome the world back to live theatre in the round than with all of the warmth, delight, and exuberant cheer that a Christmas musical can bring? Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia is giving the world exactly what they want and need this summer-long season.

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Full Speed Ahead! Maryland Ensemble Theatre launches their 2021-2022 season, back on stage LIVE!

It’s a surreal experience— being in a crowd of enthusiastic, energetic, theatre people after over a year of being isolated from that crazy, amazing, loving bunch of people who have so much to offer to the performing arts community in Frederick. But in minutes of being amid the Maryland Ensemble Theatre 24th season launch gala, it felt as if no time had passed at all, as if just last season this exact thing had happened.

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Karli Cole in Midsummer: A Most Rare Vision

Midsummer: A Most Rare Vision at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say that indeed dreams— rare visions or not— do come true; live theatre with in-person audiences have returned to us once more. The Maryland Ensemble Theatre is at their finest in bringing a most peculiar, wondrous and intriguing theatrical endeavor to those of us who have waited so long to return to the theatre. Directed by Julie Herber,

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Always, Patsy Cline at Free Range Humans

A secret’s no fun unless you tell somebody! So we’re gonna tell the world of the DMV that Frederick’s best kept secret is a little-known professional company slowly bursting its way back onto the scene with a semi-revival of a sold-out hit show from before the pandemic! Free Range Humans, roosting in Baker Park’s Bandshell for this show, is proudly producing Always, Patsy Cline, a light-hearted, feel-good musical to welcome audiences back to live theatre after what feels like an eternity away from the stage.

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Variant Strains at Best Medicine Rep

As the 17-year brood-X cicadas are upon us, I recall distinctively the last time they were here— 2004. I recall it not because I remember the cicadas but because it forced my high school graduation ceremony indoors. In chain-reaction style thinking, I thought of my 11th grade American History teacher, who asked the class a question that garnered no clear answer then and plagues my mind ambiguously now: What makes an event history? Or more accurately,

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Legally Blonde at The Suburban Players

Legally Blonde at The Suburban Players

They’re back in the game! Back on the case! If you out— that’d be a waste! They’ve lit a fuse and they’ll show you who’s— Legally Blonde! After what feels like an eternity, The Suburban Players of St. Demetrios has finally opened their production of the smash-hit musical Legally Blonde. And the best part is that they’re on stage, live, with an in-person audience! Directed by Lauren Spencer-Harris,

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Serious Adverse Effects at Rapid Lemon Productions

Your mind is boundless. Allow this notion to guide you closure to the fullness of you. Or allow Rapid Lemon Productions and their first live on-stage performance of 2021 to guide you to the fullness of you. After over a year’s hiatus from live, in-person, on-stage performances due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, Rapid Lemon Productions is back in action with a world premiere of Serious Adverse Effects by upcoming playwright Derek Lee McPhatter.

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Newsies at Mount Saint Joseph High School

Now is the time to seize the day! After over a year of live-theatre being suspended due to the Covid-19 Global Pandemic, the world is slowly starting to open up again and that includes the stage. And the stage at Mount Saint Joseph High School with their three-performance production of Disney’s Newsies. Directed by Michael V. Hartsfield with Musical Direction by Susan Esserwein and Choreography by Katie Sheldon and Brook Urquhart, this energizing tale of Newsboys on strike for their rights as working members of society is a fantastic way to welcome audiences back to the stage after such long,

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God Bless Them, Everyone! An Interview with Henry Cyr & J Purnell Hargrove about Third Wall Productions’ A Christmas Carol Radio Drama Podcast

“It’s true wherever you find love— it feels like Christmas!” My favorite quote from my favorite adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolA Muppet Christmas Carol— and while we may not be gathering at big Christmas parties this year, or packing into the theatre to see the latest area rendering of the Dickensian holiday classic, the statement stands— wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas. Henry Cyr and J Purnell Hargrove,

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Zoomin’ Speech & Debate at The Baltimore Theatre Collective

In an overzealous, albeit admirable, attempt to commit to producing their previously announced season, The Baltimore Theatre Collective— one of Baltimore’s most recent live-theatre incarnations pre-Global-Covid-19-Pandemic— Artistic Director Tommy Malek alongside four talented area actors set their sights on delivering their production of Stephen Karam’s Speech and Debate. Directed by Tommy Malek and featuring Seth Fallon, Amanda Matousek, Pamela Northrup, and Max Wolf, this show is the mark of a true effort in the “keeping the faith” movement of theatres all across the world whose stages have been darkened by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

To laugh? Or not to laugh? That won’t really be much of a
question as Chesapeake Shakespeare Company attempts all 37 of Shakespeare’s
plays with three guys, one stage, and 2 hours traffic upon it. Yes, the Bard’s
almighty collection— as condensed, despoiled, and distilled by Adam Long,
Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield— also entitled The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare Abridged
— now finds its way onto the Globe-esque stage of Chesapeake
Shakespeare Company
under the direction of Artistic Director Ian Gallanar.

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Steel Magnolias at MAD

It’s the
1980s. Fashions are colorful. Big hair is in. Clouds of hairspray linger in the
air. It is against this backdrop that the latest offering from NASA Goddard’s
MAD Productions is set. Steel Magnolias
(directed by Paul Morris and produced by Katrina Jackson)tells the story of a gaggle of women in Chinquapin, Louisiana, who
spend their time socializing at the fictional “Truvy’s Beauty Shop” –
gossiping, getting their hair and nails done,

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The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On at Tidewater Players

They are family! They got all their sisters— you’ll see! That’s
right, they’re back! All four original Wonderettes— Cindy Lou, Betty Jean,
Missy, and Suzie— are back and dreaming on, this time to celebrate their
favorite home-room teacher— Mrs. McPherson (watch out, audience!) and her
retirement party after 39 years as a Springfield High Chipmunk! Tidewater
Players knows how to put on a show when it comes to everyone’s favorite
foursome; their production of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On is wholesome
family fun that features four talented individuals breathing new life and
dreams into many iconic tunes of the late 60’s and late 70’s!

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The Wanderers at Theater J

Not all those who wander are lost; time has tested such a
proverb, but what if those who are lost don’t know they are wandering? Wandering
from their faith, wandering from their lives, wandering from themselves, life
is short and full of illusions, so who really understands whether or not they
are happy? An evocative and poignant new drama by Anna Ziegler wanders through
these notions, exploring the paths our lives take when we are lost and
wandering.

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Footloose at The Suburban Players

I’ve got this feeling— that nothing’s holding them down;
they’re hitting the ceiling— they’re tearing up the east side of town— with
their production of Footloose! Footloose! They’re kicking off their weekday
blues! With the hottest production of the dated 80’s classic this side of Charm
City, The St. Demetrios’ Suburban Players are giving audiences all over Carney,
Parkville, and Baltimore a thrilling joyride through Bomont! They’re cutting
Footloose! And you won’t want to miss it!

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at The Heritage Players

Baltimore is full of theatre shows; some comedies, some with
duels, but I prefer a company that produces flashy jewels! A show on your stage
might be quite continental— but “in concerts” are your new best friend! At
least, they are for The Heritage Players this winter. On their third annual “musical
in concert” The Heritage Players breathes new life into a golden oldie— Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes
. Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Malek (with Lori
Struss-Weatherly),

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Steel Magnolias at Showcase On Main

Too twisted for colored TV, Showcase On Main is bringing
everyone’s favorite beauty-shop-gossip-fest to their stages this February. That’s
right, come on out to Elkton, MD and take a whack at— Steel Magnolias,
Directed by Lee Lewis. With just six people in the cast, and the cozy intimate
setting of SoM’s playing space, it’s a narrative experience filled with heart,
soul, and everybody’s favorite emotion— laughter though tears. There are some powerful
performances and some unique twists that make the show specific to Showcase On
Main;

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The Band's Visit national tour. Photo: Matthew Murphy.

Haled’s Song About Love: An Interview with The Band’s Visit’s Joe Joseph

“Not break the ice; you melt the ice. You melt yourself and soon
you’re all one puddle.” The lead-in lyrics from “Haled’s Song About Love”, the
feature number performed by Joe Joseph’s character, Haled, in The Band’s
Visit
. TheatreBloom Founder Amanda Gunther sits down with Joe Joseph and ‘melts
the ice’ in a quick conversation about his experience on tour with the
production and why he’s excited for it to come to Charm City.

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Legally Blonde at Third Wall Productions

They’ve got that beeeeeend and SNAP! See how good they’re
getting? Beeeeeend and SNAP! All the fun they’re having? They’ve sprung the trap;
you’ll cheer and clap for their beeeeeend and SNAP! And generally for their
production of Legally Blonde! Third Wall Productions breaks up the
midwinter blues with their second show of the 2019-2020 season— Legally
Blonde
! Directed by Henry Cyr with Musical Direction by Patty DeLisle, and
Choreography y Cecilia &

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Talia Suskauer as Elphaba. Photo: Joan Marcus

Wicked at The Hippodrome

Magic is a demanderating mistress! And who better to know
that than the witches of Oz! Yes, for one short day— well, several short days
(through March 8, 2020)— you too can see the Emerald City, and hear the
splendor, and experience the glory that is the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked
as it defies gravity and lands once more in Baltimore! Green with envy yet?
You will be if you don’t get your tickets and they’re red hot like ruby
slippers!

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Sean Coe (left) as Albert, Whitley Cargill (center) as Jack, and Holly Gibbs (right) as Bessie in Give Me Moonlight

Give Me Moonlight

There are somethings that you cannot put into words;
experiencing the joy of a world premiere is one of those things. Rapid Lemon
Productions presents the world premiere of Give Me Moonlight by Ariel
Mitchell. This surrealist tale of historical happenings in rooted in the truth
of Albert and Bessie Johnson, who eventually built a castle in Death Valley. Directed
by Noah Silas, the play features just four actors and carries a loosely woven
narrative of hope and despair,

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The 39 Steps at Constellation Theatre Company

Constellation
Theatre does amazing work. However, The 39 Steps, while delivering
vibrant performances and a reasonable proportion of laughs, does not quite rise
to the level of theatre we expect from this company, largely due to an
inconsistent vision for this adaptation of a classic film to the stage. 

Patrick
Barlow’s play — a long running success in both London and New York–adapts the
1935 Alfred Hitchcock adventure film, The 39 Steps,

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DeCarlo Raspberry (left) as Lola and Matt Hirsh (right) as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. Photo: Jeri Tidwell Photography

The Sex Is In The Heel! Talking Some Kinky Boots with Kinky Boots Stars and Helen Hayes Award Winners Matt Hirsh and DeCarlo Raspberry

PINK is for playthings.

YELLOW’s for warnings.

PURPLE for princes.

BLACK for wannabes.

GREEN is for pickles.

But RED… RED IS FOR SEX!!!

Serving up all the sex, the sauce, the sassiness, and the
serious heart and soul, Kinky Boots is all the rage at Toby’s Dinner
Theatre
of Columbia. Marking the regional premiere of the production, whose
successful run on Broadway sent it touring around the country before it finally
landed in Columbia,

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Loserville at The Fredericktowne Players

Pinch me! Is this real? I got a one-way ticket into Loserville
the musical! Now appearing on the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community
College with The Fredericktowne Players, Loserville, the incredibly
underrated and fabulously feel-good musical all about communication is under
the superb direction of Matthew Bannister with Musical Direction by Matthew Dohm
and Choreography by Laurie Newton. The tagline’s not wrong— think Grease
meets The Big Bang Theory
— but it’s so much more than that.

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9 To 5 at Stand Up For…Theatre

Tumble on the stage and they’re
hopin’ and a wishin’! They’ve poured themselves a cup of ambition— Stand Up For…
Theatre! is doing 9 to 5. They’re singin’ and a dancin’; they got their
blood pumping! Dolly Parton’s musical will really keep you jumping! I’ll say it
again— they’re producing 9 To 5. Produced by Grant Myers, Directed by Ed
Higgins, with Musical Direction by Brandon Seehoffer, and Choreography by
Lenore Florez,

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Next To Normal at The Kennedy Center

The
Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage series drastically shifts gears but
continues to strike gold with their current production of Tom Kitt and Brian
Yorkey’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal. They have enjoyed great success for the last three
seasons mining a pleasing blend of golden age musicals like How to Succeed in Business Without Really
Trying
and The Music Man and
modern age classics like In the Heights and The Who’s Tommy,

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