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Black Pearl Sings!

Black Pearl Sings!

Frank Higgins’ play is set in Depression-era Texas and, while based on some of the early musicologists’ collecting folk songs, imagines a meeting between a White musicologist from the Library of Congress and a jailed African American woman with a powerful voice. Their subsequent relationship shows that they both are carrying a great deal that

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kabarett

Kabarett & Cabaret

Artists like Frederick Hollander, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Hanns Eisler, and Franz Waxman took the music-theatre form of cabaret and created a potent expression of the zeitgeist of Berlin from World War I into the thirties. What distinguished it for you, and how did you feel it change, even with several of the same artists working

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Road Show

Road Show

More than one person mentoring me in the writing of music-theatre works has reminded me that they are not so much written as re-written. Stephen Sondheim, who has managed to dominate “the American musical” writing for the last half a century, has taken this much to heart. Not able to let this project of his

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Lost in the Stars

Lost in the Stars

Read Susan’s Review here: http://dctheatrescene.com/2016/02/15/lost-in-the-stars-from-washington-national-opera-review/ On Wednesday night, February 10, members of our Live & About group attended the Dress Rehearsal of Washington National Opera’s production of Lost in the Stars, first produced in collaboration with Capetown, South Africa then to audiences who were moved to tears and then to cheers at the Glimmerglass Festival

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As You Like It

As You Like It

The Tsikurishvilis, the founding artistic directors of Synetic Theatre, have done it again. They’ve made it a habit to mine Shakespeare and create a “silent” physical-theatre approach to the bard’s word-rich lexicon. This time they have taken on As You Like It – and they have pushed even further outside the box to create a

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Dialogues of the Carmelites

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Despite dire weather forecasting, our Live &About group was almost 20 strong as we processed to the Kennedy Center to take in a dress rehearsal  of  Washington National Opera’s Dialogue of the Carmelites. Please share your thoughts about any of the questions I posted below or ask a question of your own: Is Blanche’s loyalty

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Bessie's Blues Poster

Bessie’s Blues

For this show at MetroStage, our gang of Live & Abouters needed to sit up and pay attention as Bernadine Mitchell and her cohorts rocketed back and forth in time and space and sang about Bessie, the blues-singing wonder. So, based on this show by Thomas W. Jones II, what do you think “the blues”

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Diner Poster

Diner

The last show of our 2014 lineup brought out 18 of our ‘Live & Abouters’ to Signature Theatre last night to see Sheryl Crow’s new musical in creative partnership with Barry Levinson, who wrote and directed the world premiere. We had a lively and eclectic discussion about the work, starting as we usually do with

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