1. “A Chorus Line” at Dundalk Community Theatre
“…talented cast…if you go see this production of “A Chorus Line,” you’ll see a lot of wonderful…” – Timoth David Copney
Synopsis: “A Chorus Line” is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the American Musical Theatre— the chorus dancers, those valiant, over dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who dance for the love of it. It’s all about “What I Did for Love.”
2. “(title of show)” at Dominion Stage
“…a brilliant performance that had the audience laughing, clapping, hooting, and hollering…“ – Helen Ganley
Synopsis: Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show]—taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the “[title of show]” —follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. (Note: The last weekend of shows has been cancelled but the theatre hopes to reschedule at a later date.)
3. “Glitterus: Dragon Rising” by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS)
“Through emotional ballads, quirky characters, stellar song writing, comedic prowess, and plenty of sexual innuendo to go around, the journey to restore balance might be more about grace, humanity, friendship, and revelry.” – Kateri Pelton
Synopsis: Save the dragon, save the world! Legendary Glitterus is the last remaining dragon in a world that has plunged into the darkness of heart and spirit. In order to continue her species and save the world, Glitterus summons five Mystics from scattered tribes to find her lost eggs. During the Mystics’ journey to save the baby Glits and defeat the power-hungry Tower Wizard, they laugh, they battle, they funk out with their junk out, and learn that they are stronger when they fight united. With anthemic rock music, intense vocal harmonies, and heavy ballads plucking your ear strings, you will laugh, you will cry, you will slide out of your seats during “Glitterus: Dragon Rising!”
4. “Freestyle Love Supreme” at Kennedy Center
“…when Bancroft noted their final song, I was shocked that it was already over…phenomenal…” – Kelsey Casselbury
Synopsis: Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. Now—direct from Broadway—the original hip hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale. The subject of the recently released Hulu documentary We are Freestyle Love Supreme, every performance of this Grammy®-nominated show brings the unexpected, as the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip hop, improvisational comedy ride. The performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. See it for the first time each time—as no two shows are ever the same.
5. “American Voices” at Columbia Pro Cantare
“The whole night was one to just sit back and enjoy…a delight. “ – Susan Brall
Synopsis: Columbia Pro Cantare closed its season with “American Voices,” featuring a commissioned work by Roland Carter, a tribute to The Honorable John Lewis. Also featured were pieces translated from the Mohawk work, Karoniakatatie.