Live & About Blog

From U Street to the Cotton Club

“Take the A-Train” from DC’s thriving music scene on U St. to the roaring nightlife of the most famous of Harlem clubs — from the revolutionary home of the True Reformers to New York’s famed Cotton Club – this joint will most definitely be jumpin’! Playwright Sybil Williams brings us stories of courageous people in turbulent times,

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Taking Up Serpents by WNO

Our first Live & About Outing of the 2019 Winter/Spring season was to WNO’s premiere of Taking Up Serpents by American composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Jerre Dye – a story of 25-year-old Kayla, the estranged daughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who is dangerously bitten by one of his own snakes. Kayla’s journey home forces her to confront

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Aida by Constellation Theatre

Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang Directed by Michael J. Bobbitt Based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, this epic spectacular by glam music genius Elton John chronicles a star-crossed love affair between Aida, a Nubian princess kidnapped from her country, and Radames, an

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Silent Night Dress Rehearsal

Alliance was able to celebrate the centennial of WWI Armistice by attending the dress rehearsal of the Washington National Opera’s production of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night. Based on the true story of a spontaneous wartime ceasefire, an event depicted in the 2005 film Joyeux Noel, there was a Christmas Eve

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ROOMS a Rock Romance

Glasgow in the 1970’s. Monica, an ambitious singer songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker.  They quickly become entangle creatively and romantically with their music and their quest for stardom taking them to London and New York City, discovering a vibrant new punk music scene along the way. A gritty rock musical exploring the universal desire

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Scottsboro Boys

Scottsboro Boys

You may want to read the review of the Signature production in DCTheatreScene by Susan Galbraith https://dctheatrescene.com/2018/06/01/review-the-scottsboro-boys-at-signature-theatre/ Susan wrote in her review, “Signature Theatre and its own “Scottsboro boys” have given us a musical for our times.  Smart. Searing. Dangerous. Funny. Provocative.” But before you weigh in on agreeing or not with her assessment, maybe

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Paper Dolls

  People have called Paper Dolls “a play with music.” It’s also been billed as a “karaoke musical.”  We have 20 people coming to see the show in two different groups, so please continue the conversation of this titillating and thought-provoking show by addressing any of the following questions and sharing your reflections.    

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