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Terrifying Thrills with Baltimore Theatre Collective’s Creepy Kooky Cabaret

They’re being pulled in a new direction! Quite literally in
all senses imaginable too! Baltimore Theatre Collective, formerly known as The
Purple Light Theatre Company, has progressed into its next phase of life, now
under the auspices of Baltimore Theatre Collective. And just as their first
major cabaret was attempting to get underway, a snag in their original performance
venue pulled them right over to Genesis Arts, a dance studio in Columbia’s Red
Branch corridor.

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What to Expect From Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Deadline Photo Credit- Deadline

Acclaimed director Aaron Sorkin’s is taking his
adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird on the road next year, starting
in August 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in
Washington.

It will eventually go coast to coast, bringing the classic tale of racial
prejudice in the deep south to theaters across the U.S. It’s
been hugely successful on Broadway and up until March 2019 it hadn’t played to
a single empty seat
 since opening
in December 2018.

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Tina Marie DeSimone (left) as Rosie, with Heather Marie Beck (center) as Donna and Coby Kay Callahan (right) as Tanya in Mamma Mia.

Mamma Mia! Here They Go Again: Reviving Mamma Mia at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Mamma Mia! Here they go again! My, my, just how much you’ve missed them! Mamma Mia! What a show again— my, my, how could you resist them? Well don’t resist too much longer as they’re just at the midway point of their six-week revival engagement of the sold-out stage production of Mamma Mia! at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. After sensational success last season, with a 13-week engagement that made getting tickets for Hamilton look easy,

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Phantom of the Opera Tickets Now on Sale at The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore

He’s here— The Phantom of the Opera! He’s with us, it’s the show! He’s here! The Phantom of the Opera! Return to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Broadway Theatre after much too long an absence! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fantastical The Phantom of the Opera returns in a spectacular new production by Cameron Mackintosh and tickets are on sale today— July 26, 2019!

Quentin Oliver Lee as ‘The Phantom’ and Eva Tavares as ‘Christine Daaé’ in The Phantom of The Opera. Photo: Matthew Murray.Matthew Murray Quentin Oliver Lee as ‘The Phantom’ and Eva Tavares as ‘Christine Daaé’ in The Phantom of The Opera.

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Much Ado About Nothing at Storytellers: A Theater Arts Academy

Marry, sirs and madams and those of all genders, I shall
commit no false report; moreover, I will speak no untruths; secondly, I shall not
be a slanderer; sixth and lastly, I shall belay a jovial account; thirdly, I
shall verify only just things pertaining to this account; and to conclude, I
send ye my most polished praises to this Storytellers: A Theater Arts Academy’s
production of Much Ado About Nothing. Hopping houses,

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King James: Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rajiv Joseph’s Play to Star LeBron James

King James: Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rajiv Joseph’s Play to Star LeBron James

Few things are more riveting than a good old-fashioned sports story, and few athletes are more prominent than NBA superstar Lebron James. For Rajiv Joseph, then, it’s a simple act of putting two and two together: Joseph’s play, King James, is inspired by LeBron James’s life and career, which is set to premiere in 2020. 

Amanda N.

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Les Miserables at Storytellers: A Theater Arts Academy

The time is now. The day is here. Les Miserables is on stage at Storytellers: A Theater Arts Academy!
Boldly tackling the iconic behemoth that is Les
Miserables
, under the Direction of Terry Sweet Bouma, with Musical
Direction by Chris Pinder, this talented cast of young performers weaves a
story like no other with their spirited and emotionally intense retelling of
Cameron Macintosh’s Les Miserables.

Amanda N.

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A Little Pre-Tonys Seasonal Speculation

Late Season Broadway & Tony Potential

The 2018 season on Broadway hasn’t come to an end just yet, and in fact there are some exciting openings and previews this month. However, with the date set for the 2019 Tony Awards, which will recognize achievements in the 2017-18 season, it’s not too early to talk about award potential, particularly for some of the more recent shows.

At this early stage,

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Poe’s Last Stanza comes to Elkridge Furnace Inn

Halloween. Ghosties and Ghoulies.  Scarecrows and Skeletons.  Pumpkins and Poe.  Yup.  Poe.  We all know Poe…master of the macabre, father of the modern murder mystery…and ravens…and tell tale hearts…and black cats.  Some of us love him.  Some of us would be happy to hear him nevermore.

Poe and Halloween – they just seem to go together.  Poe’s legacy has become a tribute to madness, moodiness and morosity.  We forget the rapier wit,

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Twelfth Night at Storytellers: A Theater Arts Academy

I have unclasp’d to thee the book even of my secret soul. Where lies my text? In Storytellers: A Theater Arts Academy’s bosom! In what chapter of their bosom? To answer by the method, in their current production of Twelfth Night. Directed by Terry Sweet Bouma with Assistant Directors Alyssa Bouma and Alex Foley, this true comedy of errors and mistaken identities is a fine showcase of youth digesting and transforming Shakespeare.

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Maryland Ensemble Theatre Announces 2018/2019 Season

They are not throwing away their shot! Maryland Ensemble Theatre may not be producing Hamilton for their 2018/2019 season (though they are raffling off a pair of tickets to see the highly sought-after show through August 4, 2018— click here to not throw away your shot!) but they are certainly bringing a fantastical new line-up to their stage for the coming season. With three regional premieres and a little something for everybody from classics to new and edgy,

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Chicago: A Burlesque Review at Bunns of Steele

Start the car, I know a whoopee spot where the leather is cold and the dancers are hot! It’s just a leather bar where these burlesquers are— and all— THAT jaaaaaazzzzz…..hatcha! Whoopee! Skadoo…and all that jazz! That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Bunns of Steele is bringing you the finest burlesquers in Baltimore as they come together to present that sinfully stellar musical Chicago. Directed by Tommy Gunn and Produced by Bunny Vicious with Choreography by Tapitha Kix,

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Beatles Celebration Comes to the National

Let it Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles is coming to Washington, DC. On April 14, 2018, the acclaimed concert that wowed Broadway and London’s West End is going to be staged in the nation’s capital at the historic National Theater.

First staged in 2012 under the direction and musical supervision of John Maher, whose credits include directing Thriller Live (a Michael Jackson tribute concert),

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Ceej Crowe as Caitlin Padgett

One of the Gang at Do or Die Productions

Start the car— I know a whoopee spot! Where the gin is cold and the piano’s hot! Well, not exactly. The gin might be cold…but they sure ain’t got no piano. But what they do got is the head of The Irish Mafia, Kieran Padgett Jr., and the head of The Italian Mafia, Fabrizio Santorini, settling down into Maggie’s House…for a peace negotiation. Only it ain’t Miss Maggie’s House no more because she done left it to Charity.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas at Pasadena Theatre Company

Fah who foraze! Dah who doraze! Welcome, Christmas, come this way! Fa who foraze! Dah who doraze! Welcome Christmas, Christmas day! It’s Pasadena Theatre Company’s turn to trim up the tree with Christmas stuff, like bingle bells and whofoo fluff! Their trimming up the town with their production of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Directed by Chuck Dick with Musical Direction by Lindsey Miller, this time-honored animated Christmas classic from 1966,

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A Christmas Carol at Memorial Players

Bah! Humbug! It’s that time of year when every theatre company goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on their lips and a production of A Christmas Carol on their stage! Even The Memorial Players of Bolton Hill have fallen into step with the holiday tradition and are mounting the Dickensian classic this season, but don’t be fooled! They aren’t presenting any old Christmas Carol, they’re adding deep thoughts, spooky edges, and a true reformation that really makes strong parallels to the world we live in today ring true,

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A Christmas Carol at KAT 2nd Stage

Tis the season to be— producing A Christmas Carol, most certainly. Thanksgiving weekend is fair game for theatres to start turning out their productions of Dickens’ most time-honored, cherished, and stageable tale. Running through December 10, 2017 as a co-production with Arts on the Green, The Kensington Arts Theatre’s 2nd Stage is putting up their very own A Christmas Carol, featuring young actors and adult actors alike! Adapted for the stage by Laura Victor and Directed by Jordan Clifford,

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Druid Hill Haunt: A Chiller Thriller Roller Show at Fluid Movement

The haunting may be over, at least Halloween has passed us by. Another year, another spooktacular evening of trick-or-treating, costumes, and all the spooky outings you can handle. But for those who aren’t quite ready to let go of the chilling holiday spirit, for all you ghoulish guys and gals who aren’t ready to dive headlong into the green-and-red sing-a-long of Christmas, Fluid Movement has a treat for you! Why Baltimore’s unique performance art company is stirring up a spooktacular event to help preserve the spirit of Halloween all year through!

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John Kelso as Edgar Allen Poe in Poe's Last Stanza by Ceej Crowe

Poe’s Last Stanza at Do or Die Productions

Tis the season to be inclined toward mischief and mayhem. Even if Halloween itself be over, and November freshly fallen upon us, who among us is really ready for that other holiday— the one with the elves and the singing and the snow? Settle back into the autumnal enchantments of a Baltimore classic, Poe’s Last Stanza, a yearly running and returning tradition produced by Do or Die Productions and hosted at their resident venue,

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Into the Woods Jr. at KAT Second Stage

Children are a blessing if you know where they are. Nothing’s so distressing though as when they keep you guessing so— be sure to get your ticket, and travel very far…all the way out to The Gaithersburg Arts Barn to see the first show of Kensington Arts Theatre’s “KAT SECOND STAGE” season— Into the Woods Jr. Directed by Fred Zirm with Musical Direction by Arielle Bayer, this abridged Sondheim production, which exclusively features the first half of the original full-length musical (minus a few racy and raunchy bits to make it appropriate for younger audiences— though it should be clear that the foot-maiming of Cinderella’s Step Sisters is still an active part of the performance),

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Rocky Horror Burlesque & Dinner Shadowcast at Bunns of Steele Burlesque

How’d you do, I—

See you’ve met my— faithful area Burlesque Troupe, Bunns of Steele.

And they’re just a—

Little hyped up because

It’s that time of year when

Everyone starts to squeal!

Don’t get strung out! You’ve got your chance

To see a thrilling thing, but it won’t last!

So get your—

Tickets quick!

And enjoy the show—

The Rocky Horror Burlesque Dinner &

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LES MISÉRABLES Tickets On Sale!!!

ONE CHANCE MORE! Another show- another opportunity- to see Cameron Mackintosh’s critically acclaimed production of…

LES MISÉRABLES

The musical phenomenon that has swept the globe returns to The National Theatre in Washington D.C. for a limited engagement starting on December 20, 2017 and playing through January 7, 2018. 

TICKETS WILL MOVE QUICKLY! Don’t miss your chance to purchase them! 

TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPTEMBER 22,

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Sing the Bells of Notre Dame with Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Teen Professional Theatre’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Morning in Columbia the city awakes— to the bells of Notre Dame!

The merchant man sells and the baker man bakes— to the bells of Notre Dame!

Toby’s Teen Professional Theatre, as a part of Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, is offering up a bold regional premiere this summer with their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the infamous Victor Hugo novel with songs from the iconic Disney animated film,

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Charlotte’s Web at Artistic Synergy

Chin up! Chin up! Everybody loves a happy face! Wear it! Share it! It’ll brighten up the darkest place! Twinkle! Sparkle! Let a little sunshine in! You’ll be on the right side looking at the bright side up with your chinny-chin, chin up! Salutations! It’s Artistic Synergy’s reason to twinkle— sparkle— and let a little sunshine into the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church basement this summer! Presenting for the first time— a children’s production featuring the children of Artistic Synergy!

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The company of Into the Woods at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre

Into the Woods at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre

Careful what you say…people will listen! Careful the things you do…people will see! I’m saying to you, go to the woods of Montgomery County…therein you will find an enchanting production of Into the Woods at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre! They’re being mighty careful with this finely honed production, celebrating their 40th anniversary year of providing a quality summertime theatrical experience with talents students aplenty. Directed by Walter Ware III,

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GO GO GO SEE Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this summer at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Go! Go! Go! Go go see Joseph… 

That’s what the papers say! As Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia celebrates the 45th year of Columbia Center for the Arts (CCTA) and the 50th anniversary of the city of Columbia, what better way to celebrate than with five show-stopping female leads, all of whom have starred on the Toby’s stage in the past, now lined up to be a part of Toby’s present? 

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Peter Pan at The Salem Players

Are you ready for today’s lesson? Listen to teacher, and repeat after me! I will fly second star to the right and straight on to The Salem Players to see their production of Peter Pan before it sails off to Neverland forever! I will believe in fairies and clap my hands to prove that I do! And most importantly, I won’t grow up, no matter what! If all of that makes sense then you’re in the right place for a magical and fun-filled evening’s entertainment!

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Rite of Spring by The Moxie Fords

You can learn a lot of things from the flowers, and especially in the month of June— but what can you learn from swans and dancing birds at the office Christmas party in the tail-end of the month of April? The Moxie Fords show you exactly what with their brand new dance-inspired variety show Rite of Spring. Premiering for a two-performance engagement over the weekend of April 29th and 30th, 2017 in the black box space of Stillpointe Theatre,

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Into the Woods at Storytellers: A Theater Arts Academy

And though scary is exciting— nice is different than good! Isn’t it nice to know a lot? The student performers of Storytellers: A Theater Arts Academy’s current production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods now definitely know a lot more about theatre than when they walked through the door! Directed by Terry Sweet Bouma, this fairytale adventure sets the bar high for the academy’s first production, but Bouma and the staff deliver, giving these student performers an exceptional chance to experience a real musical theatre production from every angle.

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Not Throwing Away Their Shot: The Kennedy Center announces their 2017/2018 Theatre Season

Not throwing away their shot— no! Not throwing away their shot— whoa! The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts announced what the world of Washington DC theatergoers has been waiting to hear for months now: their official schedule for the upcoming 2017/2018 season, which of course includes the ever-coveted, infamous Broadway touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Storming Broadway, the nation, and the world with its wonders, the incomparable musical sensation of the 2010’s will be making an extended 14-week stay in the Opera House theatre during the summer of 2018—  all but concluding the 2017/2018 theatre season for The Kennedy Center.

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