The sentiment expressed in the jaunty tune “Slap That Bass” tells us why Signature Theatre has chosen to stage Crazy For You: “the world is a mess with politics and taxes and people grinding axes… so slap that bass and let that be your tonic.” This vivacious production is certainly good medicine for a low […]
It isn’t every day that you’re asked to play God, so when 7-time Helen Hayes-nominated actor Tom Story was offered the chance to take on the titular role in Signature Theatre’s production of David Javerbaum’s An Act of God, no divine intervention was needed for him to say “yes.”
When Will Gartshore had the opportunity to be in Signature Theatre’s upcoming production of A Little Night Music, there wasn’t much need to think about it. “You just say ‘yes’ to a Stephen Sondheim show,” he says. “It’s sophisticated and funny and a combination of Chekhov and Oscar Wilde set to music. It’s one of […]
It was in the spring of 2007 when the Signature Theatre decided to hold its first-ever Open House event, a chance to introduce itself to those in the community who weren’t familiar with the theater, showcasing performers and offering ticket deals for the year ahead.
Christ’s last mortal days are a “strange thing, mystifying” in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1970 Jesus Christ Superstar. But as conceived by director Joe Calarco in Signature Theatre’s new production, they’re a little stranger and more mystifying than they need to be — that despite generally solid performances and an excellent musical team.
If you get too weirded out by the second song in Signature’s newest world premiere musical, Midwestern Gothic, where out-of-work mechanic Red takes Polaroids of his stepdaughter Stina in “A Million Poses” while she eggs him on by asking “Do you think I’m pretty?” you may have signed on to the wrong musical. Because it only […]
Love, fear and the Almighty will run through Signature Theatre’s 2017-2018 season, according to a schedule jointly announced by Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland.
The world premiere of Midwestern Gothic is being staged at Signature Theatre’s intimate ARK Theatre marries music, lyrics and orchestrations by Josh Schmidt and book and lyrics by Royce Vavrek. Signature Theatre associate artistic director Matthew Gardiner, the musical’s director, told us it came about through Signature’s American Musical Voices Project.
If Dolly Gallagher Levi is still going strong, and if Mame Dennis could charm the husk right off of the corn, then it can be said Mrs. Elva Miller could stop traffic – with her voice.
As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.