1. ‘The Jungle Book’ at Creative Cauldron.
“Ellen Selby and Laura Connors Hull, the Co-Directors gave a more real, raw and honest version of the story, make no mistake, though, it is still full of fun and whimsy like you may expect.” – Michael Garvey.
Synopsis: A musical adaptation of one of the most well-loved books in the English language in 2015. Danger lurks everywhere for young Mowgli as he learns the “laws of the jungle” from his friends Akela, the wolf, Baloo, the bear, and Bagheera, the panther, who warn him that Shere Khan, the tiger, wants to eat him. But when Mowgli is forced to leave his friends and return to the village from which he came, he soon learns that man is the most dangerous creature of all. With sensitive themes about loyalty, honor, courage, and persistence, the Jungle Book stories have an irresistible appeal for audiences of every generation.
2. ‘Icarus at the Border’ at Towson University.
“The performances are consistently brilliant…” Max Garner.
Synopsis: The Queen is in love with the flying White Bull God.
Icarus inhales sweet, dangerous fumes at Delphi. The Minotaur, paces in his maze cave. Blind Tiresias, the sage, sees all. In a dream state, Freud imagines these archetypes on his couch. Generals watch the sky on fire.
3. ‘Amadeus’ at Folger Theatre.
“This ‘Amadeus’ is note-perfect, starting with the powerful leading performance by Ian Merrill Peakes as Salieri.” – Lee Jeffreys.
Synopsis: The play opens in Vienna, November 1823, where whispers and rumors are rampant that Antonio Salieri, once the famed director of the Italian opera and a favorite of Emperor Joseph II, has admitted to murdering Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart thirty-two years prior. Now an elderly man in a wheelchair, Salieri speaks directly to the audience and begins to explain the story behind the rumors.
4. ‘Agnes of God’ at Factory 449.
“…three exceptional performances, tight direction, and innovative staging and design.” – Peter Orvetti.
Synopsis: Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of Agnes, a novice nun accused of murdering her newborn. During her investigation of the death, which inevitably leads to questions of the child’s conception, Dr. Livingstone contends with objections from the convent’s calculating Mother Superior, the church itself, and even Agnes, who professes total ignorance of both the process of procreation and of her own pregnancy. As questions are asked and secrets revealed, the three women are forced to re-examine the meaning of faith, the power of love and the existence of modern-day miracles.
5. ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at Olney Theatre Center.
“‘Singin’ in the Rain’ will drive away your stormy clouds with sparkling dancing, luminous singing and enough musical merriment to take you through the holidays and into the New Year.” – Susan Brall.
Synopsis: The greatest movie musical of all time comes to life on the Mainstage and for once, rain during the holidays is guaranteed to make you smile. Comden and Green’s ingenious tale of Hollywood’s transition from the silent era is buoyed by the thrill of live singing and dancing to some of the greatest songs in the American canon including “Good Mornin’,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” and “Moses Supposes.”