Ricky Ian Gordon’s new musical Sycamore Trees is funny, sad, ephemeral, serious, witty, and pensive. It’s the composer’s poetic and moving take on his own boisterous family saga. And happily, it’s flawlessly executed by a first-rate, veteran cast and a top-notch stage band—an incomparable advantage for any new production.
Archives for June 2010
Avenue Q heads for DC
This summer the performers and puppets of Avenue Q will live at 7th & D Streets NW when the national touring company of the Tony Award winning musical returns to DC, this time to the Lansburgh Theatre from July 15 thru August 15. Avenue Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the […]
Treadwell: Bright and Dark
In a word, Treadwell: Bright and Dark, now in its world-premiere run at Arlington’s Theatre on the Run, is dull, dull, dull. Actually, that’s three words. But you get the picture. Directed by Stephen Jarrett and starring Melissa Flaim in the title role, this brand new, not-ready-for-prime-time one-woman show was penned by Allison Currin and […]
Sycamore Trees composer Ricky Ian Gordon
It takes a lot of persistence and courage to keep plugging on for 27 years to finish a work based on your own life and family. It also takes a lot of chutzpah to show all the ups and downs and to put it on a stage for the whole world to see. That is […]
Arena’s Sophisticated Ladies extends to June 27
In the show stopping curtain call for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Broadway star Maurice Hines leads his tappers, singers and musicians in a show stopping curtain call, ending with a group shout out ‘We love you madly.”
Watching paint dry in John Logan’s Red, is anything but dull; it’s totally fulfilling. Alfred Molina is stunning as Mark Rothko.
How could they have made an almost boring album out of such a fun show? The experience of Memphis on Broadway is up-beat, engaging, humorous and extremely well paced under the direction of Christopher Ashley. The experience of “Memphis” on Rhino Records (a label that doesn’t specialize in musical theater scores but has a fair […]
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