My friends and many of my fellow critics/reviewers tell me that Once is a great show. Obviously, the Tony Award nominators agree, having included it in no less than eleven of the categories including Musical, Book for a Musical, Direction, Orchestrations, Choreography, Leading Actor in a Musical and Leading Actress in a Musical.
Archives for May 1, 2012
Shakespeare Theatre to receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award
Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, got some extra sparklers when The Tony Awards selected it to receive the 2012 Regional Theatre Award.
Tony Award nominees include Follies, Clybourne Park and Venus in Fur
Nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards, announced at 8:30am this morning, included three productions of special interest to Washington theatregoers. In the Best Revival of a Musical category, Follies, the Eric Schaeffer directed musical, has 8 nominations. Performers seen in that production when it premiered at The Kennedy Center, who are now vying for Tonys, are […]
The Big Meal
The Big Meal is the big deal: the moments in life that really matter – birth, love, and death – chopped up into digestible bits and soaked in a vinegar-ish marinade for eighty minutes or so. It is also the big feel, in that its only subject is what we feel in our hearts as […]
Wives & Wits
Two one acts by Shaw at Washington Stage Guild open with the master playwright’s own words, not about romantic coquetry or love and devotion, but about sex. What he’s talking about is upfront and out there, it’s scandalous sex, which he explores to the max in the first adorable of two one acts presented.
Verdi’s first major operatic hit, Nabucco, opened this weekend at the Kennedy Center in a sumptuous new Washington National Opera production by American director and designer Thaddeus Strassberger. The visual spectacle of the first two acts carried both story and directorial concept, evoking Biblical spectacles painted on great canvases, in static yet strikingly heroic composition.
Ghost The Musical
In 1990, the screenplay of “Ghost” earned an Oscar for its author, Bruce Joel Rubin. The film was a crowd pleaser, and that made it instantly eligible for the “let’s make a musical of it” crowd. So Mr. Rubin joined up with Dave Stewart, a British musician, producer, author and entrepreneur, and together they’ve come […]