Now is the time seize the day! Or in this case, “Carpe scaena!” And seize the stage like they did! Street Lamp Productions presentation of Disney’s Newsies, Directed and Choreographed by Bambi Johnson, is well worth the drive to Rising Sun, MD. I reckon it may be a bit out of the way for some Baltimore City folk, (Admittedly, had my mother not lived in Colora for over eleven years, I may not have known about it either.) but I promise you it’s worth the trip.
Watch and you’ll see— you too can be— part of their world! If you book your tickets quickly, that is, you too can be a part of the irresistible holiday magic happening at Toby’s Dinner Theatre this Christmas. Presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Directed and Choreographed by Mark Minnick with Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings, this epic adventure will bring you under the sea and into the fully animated world of Disney’s cherished coming-of-age tale about a little mermaid and her dreams to be part of the human world.
“Tale as old as time” perfectly describes this musical and I can’t think of one person that hasn’t watched this classic Disney movie, or most recently the remake in 2017. Beauty and the Beast at Damascus Theatre Company under the direction of Lee Michele Rosenthal and musical direction by Marci Shegogue will leave you feeling magical and uplifted, however there are a few bumps along the path. I must admit,
Fun fact: The story of Beauty and the Beast was originally published in 1740 as “La Belle et La Bête,” a French tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Gallon de Villeneuve (now, that’s a mouthful!) Oddly enough, there weren’t any talking clocks or candelabras involved in that iteration. Two and a half centuries later, Disney turned it into the animated classic most modern audiences are familiar with. It has also been adapted for the stage,
Look at their set; isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think their set design is so sweet? Wouldn’t you think Michael Rasinski’s the guy— the guy who’s designed everything? Look at those lights— colors so bold! How many wonders can Lighting Designer Thomas Gardner behold? Looking around the stage you’d think— the creative team’s done everything! They’ve got James Hunnicutt designing the properties. They’ve got Brent Tomchik making splashes with sound. You want Choreography? That’s Karli Burnham.
What’s in the papes today? Who made the headlines? Above the fold?!? Why it’s Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre with their real swell production of Disney’s Newsies. Directed by Edward Carignan, with Musical Direction by Rick Edinger, and Choreography by Dionysia Williams, this charming tale based on the 1992 film of the same name, will catch your eye like a bold and sassy headline on the morning paper. Filled with heart and some incredibly impressive moments,
Toby’s Carries Banner! Makes Newsies Smash Success!
Toby’s on a mission! Kills competition with stellar new musical production!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Newsies makes area premiere at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia! Directed by Mark Minnick & Toby Orenstein with Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings and Choreography by Ilona Kessell, this moving and inspirationally sensational Disney musical inspired by the 1992 Disney film is a regular prize-winning affair.
Aha! Oui, oui, mah friends! The day we have waited for may be at hand! The Tidewater Players are producing Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Ah…Beauty and The Beast. Think what that means! They’ll be singing again! They’ll be dancing again! They’ll be dressing up in glitter galore! They’ll be acting again! They’ll be living again! They’ll be entertaining audiences by the score! And The Tidewater Players,
They’ve got the spirit (you’ve got to hear it) under the sea! Disney’s The Little Mermaid, part of Phoenix Festival Theater’s 2017-2018 season, is a coming of age story that is bursting with talented performances throughout. Along with Music Director Chris Rose and Choreographer Amanda Poxon, Director Laurie Starkey has assembled a talented cast that truly breathes life into the Disney classic.
Upon entering the theater, the audience member is immediately transported to an underwater world due to thoughtful decorations,
No one’s dressed like they are— glitter-pressed like the are— no one’s show’s as incredibly blessed as they are! For their whole run is already sold out! There are definit’ly worse problems to haaaaaave! Their production’s so unique and awesome! That September Song packed all the seats that they have! Who do they think they are? That theatre has tangled up with the right people— darn right they have! Well, gosh it disturbs me to say this,
Little town, Glydon’s a quiet village. The Glyndon Area Player’s play, a theatrical feast! Little town, filled with talented people…putting on a production…of Beauty and the Beast! And this isn’t your run of the mill Disney musical! This fine Disney classic, under the skillful direction of Homero Bayarena, assisted by Teresa Ertel, with Musical Conduction by Andrew Zile and Vocal Direction by Tom Zepp, is magnificence in excelsis! The attention to detail,
Now, here is a riddle to guess, if you can— hear the bells of Notre Dame! What makes a monster and what makes a man? Sing the bells…bells…bells…of Notre Dame! You’ll only discover the answer to this mystifying riddle in the stunning, stirring, brilliant, and breathtaking production of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts’ Teen Professional Theatre this summer. Directed by Stephen Fleming with Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings and Choreography by Mark Minnick,
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,
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.
Ma chere Mademoiselles— and monsieurs— it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that Toby’s the Dinner Theatre of Columbia welcomes you tonight. They invite you to relax, to pull up a chair as they proudly present Disney’s Beauty & The Beast. Be— their— guest! Be their guest! Put their service to the test! With exquisite food, a stunning show— here you’ll only get the best! They’ve got song!
Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba! Sithi uhm ingonyama. You may not recognize it in print, but when you hear it? You know it. And the English translation? Here comes a lion! Oh, yes, it’s a lion! And oh yes— here comes The Lion King Jr. to The Children’s Playhouse of Maryland this spring! Breaking onto the stage for a sold-out run, CPM delivers the stellar children’s community theatre area premiere of one of Disney’s finest musical stage adaptations.
The most exciting time of year for theatergoers everywhere is when their favorite theatres start to announce the upcoming season. Charm City is no exception and The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore has just announced major plans for its 2017/2018 season. The CareFirst Hippodrome Broadway Series is making a big splash with seven tremendous Broadway sensations sweeping through over the next year and TheatreBloom was so excited to share the news, we had to have a chat with Ron Legler,
So you’re never going to believe me— but I guess you will if you go and see it for yourself— but there’s a crazy world premiere musical happening in the Max at Signature Theatre this fall! Debuting— after previous incarnations as a novel and two major motion pictures (about 25 years apart)— as a stage musical, Freaky Friday lands in the Max with a propulsive rock sound, a textbook Disney outline, and a sensational story that you just have to see to believe.
I’ll tell you a tale of the bottomless blue, and it’s hey— to Glyndon Area Players— heave-ho! Look out, folks, a mermaid be waiting for you in mysterious fathoms below! Not just one mermaid, but a dozen or so. And one wicked sea witch. Oh, and a cantankerous crustacean. And a lovesick guppy. And a prince! And so much more if you’ll just plunge in and take the journey with GAP for their 19th season as they present Disney’s The Little Mermaid for the summer of 2016.
Now playing at the gorgeous Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a book by Doug Wright is sailing into port with Charm City Players through July 17! This musical, filled with exciting songs and dances and a cast of memorable characters, closes out CCP’s season with flair. Perfect for families and little ones, this show offers reprieve from the hot summer sun with some great performances at a decent price!
Time to grab your spoon full of sugar and head over to The Phoenix Festival Theater’s latest undertaking, Mary Poppins the Musical. Disney’s magical nanny is at it again and ready to provide a jolly holiday for believers of all ages! Directed and Choreographed by Kim Brueggemann, this production, while exhibiting some welcome bursts of charming energy (mainly during dance routines) overall feels under-speed. I attribute most of the clunkiness to the book of this musical (one I’ve seen now about three or four times),
Down here all the fish are happy, as aft through the waves they roll! The fish at Charm City Players’ production of The Little Mermaid have no troubles and life is de bubbles under the sea! Diving into Part 2 of the TheatreBloom exclusive interview series we sit down with one very special fish— Flounder— played by Logan Dubel, and talk all about his experience as the yellow and blue striped guppy.
Thanks for sitting with us,
Tale as old as time, tune as old as song! The timeless Disney classic Beauty & The Beast returns to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre this spring as a part of the CareFirst Hippodrome Broadway Series. Presented by NETworks Presentations LLC, the classic fairytale musical brings all of your favorite characters home to Charm City for a fantastical night out at the theatre. Directed by Rob Roth, this Disney delight is geared for younger audiences and of course those young at heart,
Milburn Stone Theatre’s got no troubles, life is the bubbles under the sea! They’ve got the spirit, you’ve got to hear it, and yes it’s hotter under their water— why who better to bring the magic of Disney to the main stage than the theatre’s new Artistic Director Bambi Johnson? Opening up a sensational production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, with music and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, and Alan Menken,
I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but the end of the series got here just now! Read and you’ll see, the last one to be, “Part of Your World.” Launched just in time to celebrate opening weekend of The Milburn Stone Theatre production of The Little Mermaid, TheatreBloom concludes the series by sitting down with Karalyn Joseph, who is currently playing the title character in the production.
Thank you for sitting down with us,
We’ll admit that in the past she’s been a nasty…they weren’t kidding when they called her, well, a witch. We’re talking about Ursula, of course, and not the delightful Nance Weber who is playing the nasty villain in Milburn Stone Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid. In the fourth installment of the “Part of Your World” interview series, we’ve sat down with Nance to find out what it’s like to take on such an iconic villain.
Look at this stuff! Isn’t it neat! Wouldn’t you think these interviews are complete? Well, you will once you read them, naturally. Join TheatreBloom in an exclusive 5-part series that delves “under the sea” at Milburn Stone Theatre to meet some of performers of their upcoming production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Kicking off the “Part of Your World” series, we get underway with Zach Rogers and Carl Pariso, playing Grimsby and Prince Eric respectively.
In the conclusory installment of #weirdfrance, TheatreBloom readers are invited to meet the woman behind the— well, the woman. The world’s most beautiful, albeit unlucky, woman, Deedee as played by actress Casey Dutt. Cohesion Theatre Company is nearly ready to debut their production of 13 Dead Husbands but not before hearing what Casey has to say.
Give us the usual introduction if you would be so kind.
Casey Dutt: I am Cassandra,
Let’s get down to business! We’ll defeat the Huns! But only if we band together and write our own destiny! Pumpkin Theatre is doing exactly that with their second annual “For-Kids-By-Kids” production. This time it’s Disney’s Mulan Jr. coming to the stage with all the wonderful things a Disney musical entails. Directed by Erin Confair, with Music and Lyrics by Matthew Wilder, David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori, and Alexa Junge,
Brush away the dirt and soot and get ready to go over the rooftops with Toby’s veteran performer Jeffrey Shankle as he gives the readers of TheatreBloom an exclusive interview on what it’s like playing one of the most magical roles of his performing career. Shankle, currently involved in Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia regional premier of Mary Poppins the Disney musical, is playing Bert, the loveable jack-of-all-trades chimney sweep who reminds us anything can happen if we let it as he narrates the tale of the Banks family and their involvement with the infamous flying nanny title character.