Vanessa Hudgens is a brief breath of spring amid this harsh winter as the spirited gamine Gigi in a new, Broadway-bound production of the Lerner and Loewe musical Gigi now underway at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Eric Schaeffer.
Archives for January 2015
Arena Stage’s newest world premiere by Ken Ludwig, Baskerville, is a rollicking comedy where 3 actors play 30+ characters in a jam-packed 2 hours of farcical fun. Heading to the back offices of Arena, I met with Jess Goldstein, whose role as Costume Designer for Baskerville tasked him with creating literally dozens of designs for […]
When King Hedley II opens at Arena Stage on February 6, Jessica Frances Dukes will appear in the role of Tonya. It’s a special moment in time for the native Washingtonian: her six-year-old self first sat in the audience of that hallowed regional theater. “It’s almost like graduation year for me,” she says as we […]
The best thing about Washington National Opera’s world premiere of Penny in the Terrace Theatre is that in a rare “tuning of the spheres” another new opera was commissioned and given a respectable viewing and hearing. This is the third year that Artistic Director Francesca Zambello has carried the banner forward in her personal crusade […]
I sat down with playwright Madhuri Shekar at Signature Theatre, where her play In Love and Warcraft ran in the ARK until January 25th. We’d done the getting-to-know-you thing: She’s from LA, grew up in India, and moved back to the states to get her MA in Communications and an MFA in playwriting at USC. […]
Ah, the annual Helen Hayes Awards announcement ceremony. A room full of hope and tension; the hush as the names are read, broken by the occasional gasp or cheer; the surprising results mixed with the predictable ones; the wide smiles on the faces of the anointed and the quick exit of some of the disappointed.
It’s exhilarating when history not only comes to life, but catches fire. That’s what happens in Kemp Powers’ powerful fact-fiction mash-up, One Night in Miami, an East Coast premiere brought dazzlingly to the stage with cinemascope style by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah and a knockout cast.
Nothing can quite prepare you for the seismic impact of this innovative script in the hands of a stellar cast and designers with Bernardine Mitchell at the helm of Bessie’s Blues. Twenty years after its inaugural D.C. production, Bessie’s Blues still has the sass and flair that garnered all those Helen Hayes awards, electrified audiences, […]
Nominations for the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards as announced Monday, January 26, 2015 by theatrewashington.org
President Barack Obama presented a passionate State of the Union address last Tuesday night, but for those who feel that their voices are not being served, theater members of dog & pony dc will lead the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture’s “From Where I Stand: People’s State of the Union” from 7:30 to 9:30 […]