It’s true. Lee Mikeska Gardner, area arts administrator, director and actor – you may remember that Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal compared her memorable performance as “Crazy Terry”, alcoholic wife of jazz musician Gene in Side Man at 1st Stage to Edie Falco’s on Broadway – will become the artistic head of the […]
Archives for November 25, 2013
Lyle the Crocodile
Lyle’s a class-act. He cleans, serves and can save the day—that is, if you are willing to look beyond his reptilian snout and sharp incisors. He may be green, but he’s an extraordinary crocodile with a performance past.
American Voices all star Concert at the Kennedy Center
American music, such as it is, is so diverse and far-reaching that there are rarely opportunities for artists representing one genre of music to engage with their fellow artists in other genres and share a commonality – the love of music and how it can be leveraged to tell a story with conviction. Thanks to […]
Pre-Broadway tryout of If/Then
As a self-professed musical theatre geek, there are few things that give me greater joy than being able to witness the seeds of a new, completely original musical begin to grow. Local theatregoers have such a chance right now as Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s anticipated musical If/Then premieres at Washington, DC’s historic, yet until […]
Miracle on 34th Street
Turning a beloved film into a musical isn’t easy – certain themes are hard to translate into song, and people notice when lines and entire scenes are cut to make room for these songs.
American Voices at The Kennedy Center: Classical Singing
Dispatches from American Voices: Renee Fleming & Friends Opera singer Renee Fleming contacted Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center over a year ago with the idea to gather together singers, songwriters, teachers, managers and producers from across the spectrum of music genres and styles. What could these artists learn from each other? And what could […]