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Tick, Tick…BOOM! at Stillpointe Theatre

Cages or wings? Which do you prefer? Ask Stillpointe Theatre, it’s clear that they prefer to soar over the Baltimore Theatre scene with their dazlious wings, showcasing their astonishing talent in their summer musical production of Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…BOOM! Directed by Grace Anastasiadis with Musical Direction by Stacey Antoine, this primer to Rent is delivered with precision, balance, and perfection to the eye, ear, and heart.

Tick.

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Knuffle Bunny is just hoping to make it to Infinity Theatre Company this summer- will you!?

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Infinity Theatre Company

Aggle! Flaggle! Klabble! Who can understand a word of what tricky Trixie is saying? Well, Knuffle Bunny, that’s who! And of course, if Trixie is flailing her arms and gibbering at the top of her lungs— and— oh no! SHE’S GONE BONELESS!!! It can only mean one thing! That her dearest, darlingist Knuffle Bunny has gone— MISSING!!! Join Mom, Dad, and of course Trixie as Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical gets underway this summer at Infinity Theatre Company.

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Bonnie & Clyde The Musical at Monumental Theatre Company

You’ve seen all the stage shows there are to see

With musical fortitude and pride

But if there’s something new you’re craving

Try out the musical of Bonnie & Clyde.

Monumental Theatre Company is of the suggestion

That they ought to go and raise a little hell

So they’ve put together this here production

Of two famous outlaws we know well

Bringing to the DMV the professional premiere

For a little company that is quite the great stride

It’s a limited run,

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Coby Kay Callahan as The Narrator

Go! Go! Go! See Coby Kay Callahan As The Narrator In Joseph At Toby’s

Strange as it seems, there’s been a run of crazy dreams— the dream of playing The Narrator in this 2017 summer production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. And a woman who can interpret the way Miss Coby Kay Callahan does will go far— in fact? She’ll become a star! Taking her place as the third narrator in this rotating series of leading ladies, Callahan presents a convivial and honest narrative character right from the get-go.

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Cabaret at The Kennedy Center

What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum! Come to the Cabaret! The Roundabout Theatre Company is pleased to give to you— and be sure to give it back when you’re finished with it— Kander and Ebb’s stunning Cabaret. Directed by BT McNicholl, this production is showing the nation’s capital that life is beautiful, the girls are beautiful,

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Peter Pan at The JCS Summer Community Theatre

Think lovely thoughts! Mermaids! Pirates! Candy! No, no, no, lovelier thoughts! Think lovely thoughts! Make-believe! Dancing! Candy! No, no, no, no, no! You must think LOVELY thoughts! The JCS Summer Community Theatre production of Peter Pan? YES! You can fly! You can fly! You can fly! (See, how lovely a thought that was?) Quick— now that you’re all sprinkled up with your pixie dust and your lovely thoughts of fantastically imaginative and wonderfully performed community theatre,

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Spring Awakening at Spotlighters Theatre

11 July and the question is shame. Will you feel shame if you don’t go and see Spring Awakening at The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre this summer? The answer is yes. Shame is a product of education, but do not remain ignorant to this impressively evocative and intimate piece of highly charged sensual musical theatre. Directed by Jillian Bauersfeld with Musical Direction by Michael W. Tan, this gripping and moving musical drama traverses the controversial plains of adolescence blossoming into maturity despite the deliberate ignorance engrained from the religious and parental rule that governs the time.

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The Cast of Godspell at Pasadena Theatre Company

Godspell at Pasadena Theatre Company

When your trust is all but shattered, when your faith is all but killed— because every company and their brother all across the state of Maryland seem to be turning out productions of Stephen Schwartz’ pre-Wicked musical wonder, fear not! And prepare ye the way of Chuck Dick, who— like Lazarus— has risen with strength and fortitude to set Pasadena Theatre Company back on its feet! And what better way to do it than with an iconic and textbook production of Godspell?

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Macbeth at The Gypsy Wagon Theatre Compay

Tis the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes: a theatre company hath sprung up afresh in Reisterstown. But not just any theatre company, nay, but The Gypsy Wagon Theatre Company, whose full intention is to be mobile. At first appearing to be little more than a tin can on wheels, do not be deceived, this collapsible trailer-esque stage is purporting a tall order of theatrical design— when it comes to lighting especially— and currently presenting a mighty solid production of Shakespeare’s very own Macbeth.

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The Tempest at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Directors Donald Hicken and Sally Boyett have created a sparkling Tempest under the stars at the Charles Carroll house in Annapolis. With a spreading tree dominating the scene and a shrub hedge covering the back stage, the hill slopes toward the river for Shakespeare’s watery play. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair… and some bug spray and you’re ready for Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest this July. 

The early evening and the river bring a hint of cool weather to summer in Annapolis,

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Seussical at Heritage Players: The Other Half of Jojo

Oh! Excuse me there, reader, but I thought you’d like to know

Just what was seen today with the other Jojo!

Remember me, reader? We spoke last week about Seussical?

Well Heritage Players is two weeks in with that musical!

I don’t usually go back to see a show twice

But this show was smashing, it was really quite nice!

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Godspell at Infinity Theatre Company

If you have ears to hear, then listen! Live from Annapolis it’s Godspell! In the summer of ’17 when everyone seems to be picking up the good book of John-Michael Tebelak (with Music and new Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) Infinity Theatre Company is reinventing the story of Godspell in a refreshing and original new fashion. Directed by Alan Ostroff with Musical Direction by Laura Mueller, Godspell is being presented like a studio recording of Saturday Night Live and if you’ve ears to hear me,

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Seussical at The Heritage Players

It’s most certainly definitely a sweltering summer!

But please, oh please, don’t let the weather be a bummer!

Because there are so many things you can think if you try!

Like a production of Seussical that you shouldn’t pass by!

Why, it’s The Heritage Players offering up their zany summer show!

And it’s a pretty darn good one, take it from me— I should know!

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Mary Poppins at Howard County Summer Theatre

Stretch your mind beyond fantastic! Dreams are made of strong elastic! And Howard County Summer Theatre is living up the dream of a practically perfect production with their 2017 showing of Mary Poppins. Proudly wearing the badge of honor of Howard County’s imaginatively theatrical free-thinkers, Director Tom Sankey is certainly a person who sees beyond his blinkers! This show is amazing! This show is fantastic! This show far exceeds the community theatre standards and expectations of a main-stage Broadway-scale Disney musical.

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Third Wall Productions

Andrea Rudai

What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening! What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening? Jesus Christ Superstar! That’s what’s a-happening! At Third Wall Productions— in temporary residence at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Towson— and it’s shaking down the bricks of the temple— well, the church, at any rate. Directed by Mike Zellhofer with Musical Direction by Daniel Plante, this iconic story of the man of the bible is existing in its finest and purest essence: a story told through song with Third Wall Productions.

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Finding Neverland at The Hippodrome

I can feel it! Anticipation in the air— something just beyond compare— to any other show I swear— there’s just something about this show that I cannot express! Maybe it’s the wonderment of pure theatrical magic or perhaps the fantastical imaginative journey that sparks the soul alive, but whatever it is, there’s something about this show— this Finding Neverland— that mere words cannot express with any hope for justice! Arriving at The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore to close the 2016/2017 theatre season,

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Go! Go! Go! See Janine Sunday as The Narrator in Joseph at Toby’s

Strange as it seems— there’s been a run of— Narrators!!! Toby’s Dinner Theatre is well underway with its 10-week summer-long run of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Co-Directed by Toby Orenstein and Mark Minnick! Taking her turn at the narrative helm, long-time Toby’s performer and DC-area actor Janine Sunday steps into the role of The Narrator through July 7, 2017. While Joseph— and all his brothers as well as the rest of the cast— are still being performed by the same cast members as when the production opened on the 15th of June,

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She Stoops to Conquer at Britches and Hose


She Stoops to Conquer 
lives halfway between the comedies of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. Its mistaken identity plotlines bring to mind As You Like It and Comedy of Errors, while the class conflicts mirror both the contrasts of The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Importance of Being Earnest. It’s a bit like a Jane Austen novel, if Jane wrote comic plays rather than satirical novels.

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Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile at Thunderous Productions

There’s always a moment where you can turn back before it’s too late! And the “too late” moment of missing Thunderous Productions’ summer offering of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile is quickly approaching! With just a few performances left in the Greenbelt Arts Center black box three-quarters-thrust space, this edgy classic murder mystery will keep you on your toes questioning through to the end. Directed by Rick Starkweather, this is one whodunit whose conclusion will have your spine tingling by the time it unwinds.

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The cast of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Toby's Dinner Theatre

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Way, way back many decades ago— not long after the city of Columbia began! Toby Orenstein started up a dinner theatre— the finest one in all of Maryland! Toby’s! Dinner and show! That’s the place— this summer— to go! Toby’s! Dinner and show! They’re showing Joseph, just thought you should know! It’s a dazzling production of many colors, this Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,

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The Sound of Music at The Kennedy Center

How do you solve a problem like Maria? By putting her on the Opera House Stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts this summer! Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic The Sound of Music rolls into the big performance venue for five-week engagement, bringing the timeless tale and iconic songs that the nation has revered in the highest musical regard since Julie Andrews first took up the role on screen in 1965.

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Legally Blonde at Phoenix Festival Theater

Is that their show up on this site? That means they’re doing something right! They’re so much better— yes so much better— oh yes, yes, yes, yes— yes! MUCH BETTER! That’s Phoenix Festival Theater with LIVE! At Harford Community College, and they’re so much better with their production of Legally Blonde! Directed by Roger Schulman with Vocal Direction by Chris Rose and Orchestral Direction by Will Poxen, the daughters of Delta Nu are bringing to you a live and active production of the Elle Woods musical that will have you bouncing along in your seats.

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Forever Plaid at Cockpit in Court

Funny Foursome Performs Fabulously: Forever Plaid pleases crowd at Cockpit in Court

If you should have the urge for an evening of happily cheesy doo-wop Pennsylvania white bread happiness, you’ll enjoy Forever Plaid at Cockpit in Court on the Essex campus of CCBC, (Community College of Baltimore County), part of Cockpit in Court’s Summer Theatre lineup. The lyrics are crisp, the personalities fresh but familiar,

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Hedwig and The Angry Inch at The Kennedy Center

To walk away you have to leave something behind. Be prepared to leave your judgements behind as you walk away from mainstream life and step into the glory, the glamour and pure wonderment that is Hedwig and The Angry Inch now appearing in the Eisenhower Theatre of The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts this summer of 2017. Directed by Michael Mayer, with Musical Staging by Spencer Liff and Musical Direction by Justin Craig,

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A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline at Infinity Theatre Company

Come on in and sit right down and make yourself at home! Infinity Theatre Company is opening its doors for the 2017 summer season with a country classic— Miss Patsy Cline— though unlike you’ve seen and heard her previously on the Infinity Stage! Directed by Tommy Iafrate, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline offers exactly as its namesake implies! An intimate jukebox musical; A Closer Walk pays tribute to the late Patsy Cline with some of her greatest hits and career highlights like performing at The Grand Ole Opry and some of Hank Williams’ covers that she really enjoyed singing!

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

It has been 365 days— give or take a day here or there— since last the Courtyard of Reynolds Tavern was opened for their summer seasonal “Comedy in the Courtyard” series. And in those 525,600 minutes— give or take some minutes— William Shakespeare has written exactly zero news plays, absolutely no new sonnets, and penned no new roles of any sort! There are still 1,122 roles, 37 plays, and 154 sonnets to get through and there are still only three dudes to get through it!

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Crazy Mary Lincoln at Pallas Theatre Collective

“Sic semper tyrannis!” The three words shouted in 1865 that halted the world, orphaned a nation, and widowed the First Lady of the United States. But such a toll more than just her husband did those words and one single gunshot take from Mary Todd Lincoln. In a visceral and edgy new musical by Jan Levy Tranen and Jay Schwandt, the aftermath of those left in President Lincoln’s wake is explored and the focal lens honed sharply on the president’s widow.

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Seussical at Street Lamp Productions

If you’ve brains in your head and you’ve feet in your shoes

Then hurry up quick! There’s no time to lose!

For two hours of whimsy! For two hours of fun!

You must take a journey up to Rising Sun!

There’s a little black box theatre there, tucked away in a corner

And if you need a great show, they’re what the doctor ordered!

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Mary Poppins at 2nd Star Productions

They’re practically perfect, in every way! Almost practically perfect, that’s what we say! Mary Poppins popping up on the Bowie Playhouse Stage by way of 2nd Star Productions. Directed by Fred Nelson with Musical Direction by Sandy Melson Griese, this charming and quaint little Disney ditty is a lovely offering for the summertime. Anything can happen if you let it and they’re letting anything and everything happen on that stage; well, practically,

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Arsenic and Old Lace at Cockpit in Court

Madness, thy name is Brewster! Me thinks the aunties doth protest too much! Oh— wait a minute— the season of Shakespeare and all’s well that goes with that has concluded. Let’s try this again. Madness runs in the Brewster family; it practically gallops, though it isn’t quite the truth either. Madness doesn’t run through the Brewster family, it meanders slowly taking its time to get intimately acquainted with each and every member! And you’ll find out just how intimately insane the Brewster clan is but only if you venture out to Cockpit In Court for the first mainstage show of their 2017 season!

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