Center Stage’s 2014-2015 season comes to a close with the world premier production of the new musical Marley, which weaves together the life and songs of reggae music legend Bob Marley. The lobby of the theater has been transformed with a dirt floor, a Jamaican shanty town, domino players, performances and dancing by ensemble members beginning 30 minutes before the show. Posters for the two opposing Jamaican political candidates Michael Manley and Edward Seaga line the walls and show the divisions in the country.
Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore’s queer theatre company, will be presenting its third installment of the 2014-2015 Season with Holly Hughes’ The Well of Horniness beginning on June 5. This film-noir detective genre puts the focus on women in this all-female cast. The other two plays of the season– 4:48 Psychosis and The Revelation of Bobby Pritchard– featured strong female characters as well.
The Edward A. Myerberg Center will present the Broadway Tenors in Concert, an evening of favorite musical theatre hits, at its annual fundraising event Thursday June 4, 2015 at 7 p.m., at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore). The Broadway Tenors bring the greatest Broadway songs to life in this enchanting evening – from the classic “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific to newer favorites, like “Oh, What a Night!” from the hit Jersey Boys. The renowned tenors Brent Barrett, John Cudia, and Kyle Dean Massey add additional Broadway fun and flair with special medley material written just for them, and a fully-staged and choreographed theatrical show.
If you think our modern Congress is dysfunctional, you should have been around when the founding fathers of our nation conducted business in the 2nd Continental Congress in the summer of 1776. Arguments can lead to physical scuffles. Personal insults and name-calling were commonplace including branding a colleague a “landlord” or worse, a “lawyer”! A delegate from New York had never voted on any matter because he cannot understand what the people of his state are saying.
Founding artistic director Ian Gallanar has brought an appropriately fresh and young eye to Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, even injecting a few contemporary references within the production itself. When Mercutio does not feel his friend is up to a challenge from Tybalt because he is already “dead” – pierced through the heart by Cupid’s arrow for the “hard-hearted wench” Rosaline, he says Romeo is “Shot through the ear with a love song.” The actor, the marvelous Vince Eisenson, “sings” the line in the melody of Bon Jovi’s classic 1986 rock song, “You Give Love a Bad Name,” which opens with the lyric “shot through the heart.”
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