“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.
“Not break the ice; you melt the ice. You melt yourself and soon
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 &
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
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,
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.
Barlow’s play — a long running success in both London and New York–adapts the
1935 Alfred Hitchcock adventure film, The 39 Steps,
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,
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.
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
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,
The sex is in the heel! And the heels are all over that
stage at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia as they are serving up a big old
helping of Kinky Boots for dinner this winter. Marking the regional
premiere of Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s Broadway sensation, Kinky
Boots has a world of joy to offer. Under the superb direction of Mark Minnick,
with Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings,
Practical cats, dramatical cats, pragmatical cats, fanatical
cats! Oratorical cats, delphioracle cats, allegorical cats, metaphorical cats!
And then of course there’s the Jellicle Cat. What— you ask— is a Jellicle Cat?
Well…no better way to learn than to venture out in the moonlight to Baltimore’s
Hippodrome Theatre and see them live in action. Cats, the first show of
the 2020 calendar to land in Charm City will mesmerize you, enchant you,
Are you ready for Broadway in your own backyard? Baltimore’s
Hippodrome Theatre just announced their 2020/2021 season and they’re bringing
shows hot off Broadway right to the heart of Charm City! The season features
six shows making their Baltimore debut:
- Tootsie (10/13/20 – 10/18/20)
- Pretty Woman (12/8/20 – 12/13/20)
- Mean Girls (01/19/21 – 01/24/21)
- The Prom
Strip away myth from the man and you get a strangely vexing
yet utterly intriguing new-age production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus
Christ Superstar. Now appearing, albeit unseasonably, at The Hippodrome
Theatre in the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, this original rock opera,
the first of its kind back in 1970 is now celebrating its 50th
Anniversary Tour. Directed by Timothy Sheader with Choreography by Drew McOnie,
the production is a post-apocalyptic amalgamation of its rock musical concert
roots and modernity that burble caustically in some spots but gel smoothly in
If you look for it, love actually is all around you.
Unless you’re bitter-pill Cassie, whose got an icepick up her hoo-hah over
love, romance, and happy endings. As the zany and quirky title might imply,
Second City’s Love, Factually, is bringing you the jaded and hardened
look at the warm-n-fuzzy feel goods of the holidays this December at The John
F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Appearing through December 29 in the
Fiddler on the Roof for Christmas? Unthinkable.
Unheard of. On the other hand, it’s a brilliant story with glorious music. On
the other hand, it’s not A Christmas Carol or some other stalwart
tradition in the nation’s capital. On the other hand, The National Theatre is
bringing tradition to their stage for a limited week-long engagement smack in
the middle of December this year. With original Direction by Barlett Sher
(recreated here by Sari Evans) and original choreography by Hofesh Shechter
(recreated here by Christopher Evans),
There’s a saying that they have up in Havre de Grace
That helps keep happy smiles on their face
“If you want a Christmas show filled with glee— make sure
that it’s sparkle-jolly-twinkle-jingle-y!”
And The Tidewater Players is sparkling, twinkling, jolly,
jingling their way across the stage of the Havre de Grace Opera House with
their seasonal production of Elf! Directed by Laurie Sentman Starkey,
with Musical Direction by Stephanie Carlock Cvach and Choreography by Carissa
What is magic? Is it just a misdirection that a magician attempts to hide their secret moves? Or is it something more than that? You’ll have to find out this holiday season at The National Theatre as The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays lands for a one-week limited engagement in the unprecedented 16-show season of one of DC’s national artistic treasures. Featuring world-class magicians— The Elusive, The Trickster, The Daredevil, The Delusionist, The Manipulator,
Actor/writer/one-man-force-of-nature John Leguizamo
entered the National Theatre opening night to thunderous applause, which he
immediately attempted to quell. “We can’t waste any time,” he interjected, “We
have to unteach everything you’ve learned so far, and that’s a lot of shit to
undo.” He was not wrong, in the next two hours proceeding to offer a strong
opposition to the whitewashed revisionist history we’ve all been taught in high
school. Expertly guided by Tony Taccone’s taut direction,
After all of those years being
stuck on a page, did you ever imagine it up on the stage?
And what is this “it” to imagine,
you ask? It’s some pretty big thinks; it’s a mighty big task!
As Christmas approaches, write to Santa,
say your prayers,
Because Seussical— the
musical! Is now on stage at St. Gabriel Miracle Players!
They went out of the box— and
their sky turned bright pink!
It’s almost nearly getting close to counting down to Christmas!
It’s almost time to see the show light up the stage for Christmas! It’s really
only just 34* days away! It’s almost nearly getting close to counting down to
Christmas Day! And what better way to spend your festive holiday? Then by
seeing A Christmas Story at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia! Directed
by Shawn Kettering with Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings and Choreography
by Mark Minnick &
Gotta keep— one jump, ahead of the box-office line! One
swing— ahead of the rest! Disney’s got a show that truly tops the rest! So make
way— for Disney’s Aladdin! Make way— for Disney’s Aladdin! Coasting
in on a magic carpet just in time for the holidays this highly adventurous, memorably
Disney stage show brings you a cave of wonders and them some when it comes to
“Interviewer: Did you ever think
maybe you were no good?
Nevelson: …No, I don’t think I ever thought that, but I did think I’d maybe never get where I knew I could–to that space I knew was supposed to stand in… To occupy.”
The compulsions that drive an artist to fame, and the nebulous line between truth and created persona, animate Edward Albee’s Occupant, directed by Aaron Posner, which opened last night in a sharply mounted production at the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center (Theater J).
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
How can you connect in an age when strangers, landlords,
lovers, your own blood cells betray? What binds the fabric together when the
raging, shifting winds of change keep ripping away? RENT! While often
appreciated as somewhat of a “period piece” or an iconic stamp in musical
theatre history, now entering its 25th years (in the fourth
incarnation of the 20th Anniversary Tour), Rent is still
incredibly relevant to today and all that’s happening around us in our 525,600
Hear me now! Oh thou bleak and unbearable world— thou art in
need of good quality musical classics on the stage! There’s a company, with
their banners all bravely unfurled now hurling their gauntlet to thee— they are
they— Third Wall Productions— bringing you the Man of La Mancha and all
of its exquisite fantasy! They are they— Third Wall Productions— with their Man
of La Mancha and your destiny calls you to go!
Truth is stranger than fiction. But don’t you fret,
Baltimore, this one will be a real Lally-cooler, you’ll see. Once it figures
out just what it wants to evolve to be. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s
rewind, right back to the 1890’s with America’s first serial killer. Enter
Green Globe Theatre and their production of Devil In Me, a new work
written and directed by Lianna von Haubritz. There is much happening in this intriguing
If you’re looking for a little something different this
fall, if you need a change of pace but still want to support local theatre then
The Woodbrook Players have your ticket. They’re actually offering up four
one-act plays of the 20th century all gently squeezed together and
bundled up as an evening— or afternoon’s— entertainment. While the through-line
of what ties these four specific works together is a bit of a stretch, the
performances are solid,
The impossible dream interview series may be coming to a
close— just in time for you to stop dreaming of Third Wall’s Man of La
Mancha and go see it! They open tomorrow! (Friday 11/8/19) and there are
still tickets available! You won’t want to miss this timeless classic, rarely
produced in Baltimore, as it sweeps past its own impossible dreams and brings
you hope of dreaming once more. In the final installment of the interview
Christmas before Thanksgiving?
Humbug! Don’t let me see one light, hear a carol, or find Santa in a mall until
I’ve had my turkey. Unless of course you are talking about seeing Scrooge, directed by William Price, at
Scottfield Theatre Company.
@machpe Scrooge at Scottfield Theatre Company. Photo: @machpe
With this aversion for early
Christmas you can imagine my thoughts while driving forty minutes north to
Havre de Grace.
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause!
Surely that’s everyone’s feeling on Tech-week Tuesday when it comes to any
production, but particularly that of Third Wall Productions’ Man of La
Mancha. In the penultimate installment of the “Dreaming the Impossible
Dream” series, we feature members of the ensemble, the horse, the good Duke
& Doctor, and the innkeeper’s wife.
Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom (L to R) Maggie Flanigan,