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The humidity may be rising this summer, but the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s (ASGT) production of The Full Monty is bringing the sizzle. The ASGT, now in its 51st year, remains one of the Annapolis community’s artistic jewels. Having finished its recent production of the musical Sister Act, the ASGT is now tackling the rags-to-riches story The Full Monty. Set in Buffalo, New York, six unemployed steel workers are low on both cash and prospects. While spying on their wives at a girls’ night out, the men realize just how much the women enjoy watching male strippers and hatch a get-rich-quick scheme that is both daring and titillating.

J.M. Barrie, of Peter Pan fame, once said, “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” Audiences can experience the triumphs and trials of the famed writer as Finding Neverland flies into Hippodrome Theatre this month. Performing from Tuesday, June 27th to Sunday, July 2nd, Finding Neverland is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name. The story follows J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer– and the man– he yearns to be.

Broadway star and Columbia native Caroline Bowman returns to her roots performing as the narrator in Toby Dinner Theatre’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (running until August 27th). Bowman, who will be one of five veteran actresses to play the role of the narrator throughout the duration of the show’s run, will help to commemorate both the 45th year of the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA), as well as the 50th anniversary of the city of Columbia.

The soulful music of Sonia & Disappear Fear is set to captivate audiences at Baldwin’s Station this Pride month. Performing in the historic town of Sykesville, Sonia’s music will enchant listeners on Thursday, June 22nd at 8 p.m. “Audiences will be able to really celebrate June Pride at this performance” explained Sonia Rutstein, who performs under the moniker Sonia Disappear Fear. The Baltimore born and raised singer/songwriter has been making music for nearly 30 years. She has toured the world with 18 award-winning albums delivering powerful songs that challenge injustice, while performing with passion and hope. She’s gained a devoted and growing fan base in over 20 countries.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Open to Interpretation

Croatian string duo Two Cellos first came to our attention with its rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” Since making its major-label debut in 2011, the pair has applied the classical crossover shtick to songs by Nine Inch Nails, U2, Sting, Nirvana, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Kings of Leon, AC/DC, Coldplay, Radiohead, Muse, and even the Magnetic Fields, to name a few. On Score (Portrait), Two Cellos turns its attention to the music of the silver screen, and the work of legendary film composers such as Henry Mancini (“Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Ennio Morricone (“Cinema Paradiso”), Francis Lai (“Love Story”), Nino Rota (“Love Theme” from The Godfather), James Horner (“My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic), John Williams (“Main Theme” from Schindler’s List), and Vangelis (“Titles” from Chariots of Fire), among others, with a pleasing albeit safe outcome.

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