Save me a seat at The Elephant Man: The Musical

June 26, 2009


It must be summer, the Fringe Festival is almost here!!!  Ticketing for the festival is now open.

As always, Fringe provides a staggering array of performances choices.   Most of the productions are best approached with an open mind and a split of champagne.  But if you can muster both, you can have a lot of fun!

Stephen Holden on Diana Krall

June 25, 2009

The NYTimes on the jazzstress at Carnegie Hall: “The concert’s somber mood was interrupted by some moments of hard swing (“ ’Deed I Do” and “I Love Being Here With You,” the latter prefaced by an extended stride piano solo) in which Ms. Krall’s emphasis on vocal sound over verbal elucidation was even more pronounced. Yes, on one level, Ms. Krall is a middle-of-the-road pop-jazz diva. But just below the surface lies an interpreter who is talking to herself in a private language that is all about rhythm.”

Sad Callaway News

June 25, 2009

John Callaway, father of cabaret stars Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway, died Tuesday.  Callaway was a Chicago press legend who also performed two autobiographical solo shows.

Signature Sizzling Summer Cabaret — with an incredible $75 all-access pass

June 25, 2009

Signature Theatre Presents its Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret Series July 7 – 24

Signature Initiates the Program “21/24 Signature Lab” with Presentations of Two Brand New Musicals and a Cabaret of New Songs on July 22, 23, and 24

Arlington, VA – Signature Theatre, the recipient of the 2009 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre, presents its Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret series July 7 through 24 — three weeks of live music and performances ranging from cabaret and show tunes to jazz, blues, and R&B.  In addition, the innovative theater will produce performances of two brand musicals in a new innovative program called “21/24 Signature Lab” and a cabaret of songs written by Signature’s “Next Generation” of composers.

On July 7, behind-the-scenes stars appear onstage in Revenge of the Understudies II featuring performances by the understudies of this season’s Signature productions.  On July 8 and 9, Helen Hayes Award winner Natascia Diaz, star of Kiss of the Spider Woman, returns to spin cabaret magic.  On July 10, Washington area chanteuse Judy Simmons performs at 7:30 pm, followed by Washington Improv Theatre at 9:30 pm doing “iMusical: The Improvised Musical” — amazing improvised scenes, lyrics, and music, all inspired by a single audience suggestion.  On July 11, Helen Hayes winner Will Gartshore, one of Signature’s favorite leading men, will perform his cabaret Perfect/Finite, an eclectic combination of pop, rock, and contemporary theater songs of auspicious beginnings, messy endings, and love’s beautiful flaws.

The second week of cabarets begins on July 15 with popular Signature actor Stephen Gregory Smith performing with his unique brand of humor and style. On July 16, hot young theater composer Peter Lerman will entertain with his own musical compositions.  Former Broadway Dreamgirl and award-winning artist Julia Nixon will perform music from rhythm & blues to funky torch songs and velvety ballads on July 17 for two performances.  On July 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm, the Tony®-nominated Scottish actor/singer Euan Morton comes down to Arlington from New York’s Oak Room at the Algonquin and Joe’s Pub to take over Signature, while the 9:30 show on July 18 brings “Second City” alum, comic and cabaret performer Colleen McHugh.  

The third week of performances starts on July 21 with Signature favorite, Tony Award®-nominee, and star of Signature’s upcoming Dirty Blonde, Emily Skinner, singing the wide range of her repertory from the heartbreaking to the humorous.  On July 22, Signature offers up new music by some of the most exciting young musical theater composers of our day, Gabriel Kahane, Adam Gwon, Peter Foley, Marisa Michelson and Matt Conner.  “The Next Generation Composer Cabaret, part of Signature’s American Musical Voices Project, will be performed by some of Signature’s favorite singer/actors.  

In July Signature also launches a new series called 21/24 Signature Lab, part of the American Musical Voices Program – the Next Generation, funded by The Shen Family Foundation.  After 21 days of rehearsals, on July 23 and 24 two new musicals will be presented in concert in the MAX Theatre, performed by some of Signature’s outstanding artists.   The concert performances include The Hollow, book by Hunter Foster (Kiss of the Spider Woman), music and lyrics by Matt Conner (Nevermore and Partial Eclipse) and directed by Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer; and The Boy Detective Fails, book by Joe Meno, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, and directed by Joe Calarco

All performances take place in Signature Theatre’s modern theater complex.  Starting 45 minutes before performance time, patrons can visit Ali’s Bar in the Signature lobby and bring choice wine, beer, mixed drinks, and chef-prepared fare right to their table in the Theatre.  Tickets for all cabarets and 21/24 are $20 general admission.  An all-access cabaret pass costs $75.  A pass for both 21/24 shows costs $30.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT (7328) or visiting

 The schedule of events is:

  • July 7    7:30, 9:30      REVENGE OF THE UNDERSTUDIES II
  • July 8    8:30               NATASCIA DIAZ with Michael Pemberton
  • July 9    8:30               NATASCIA DIAZ with Michael Pemberton
  • July 10  7:30               JUDY SIMMONS with Howard Breitbart
  • July 10 9:30               WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATRE- imusical
  • July 11  7:30, 9:30      WILL GARTSHORE with Rita Dottor
  • July 15  8:30               STEPHEN GREGORY SMITH
  • July 16  8:30               PETER LERMAN
  • July 17  7:30, 9:30      JULIA NIXON with Dave Ylvisaker
  • July 18  7:30               EUAN MORTON with Bryan Reeder
  • July 18  9:30               COLLEEN McHUGH
  • July 19  7:30               EUAN MORTON with Bryan Reeder
  • July 21  8:30               EMILY SKINNER
  • July 22  8:30               Next Generation Composer Cabaret     
  • July 23  6:00               21/24 The Hollow
  • July 23 8:15               21/24 The Boy Detective Fails
  • July 24  6:00               21/24 The Boy Detective Fails
  • July 24  8:15               21/24 The Hollow

Emily Lethea Everson at Maggie’s Cabaret

June 25, 2009

From what I heard from Ron, I seemed to be the only person in town who wasn’t at Emily Lethea Everson’s debut cabaret, It’s a Jungle Out There, at Maggie’s Cabaret last Friday.  (Which would explain out house at Mother Courage.)  Needless to say, from his report, that a great time was had by all and Emily and music director, Howard Breitbart, put together quite a show.

Here’s hoping she does it again, so I can see it!

Here’s the set list:

  • I’m Late
  • I Wish It So
  • It’s a Jungle Out There
  • Lost in Wonderland
  • Heart’s Desire
  • Defying Gravity
  • She’s Always a Woman
  • You Can’t Go Home Again
  • I Wish
  • Play Me
  • The Time Has Come
  • The Owl and the Pussycat
  • One Woman’s Story (Elves)
  • Here’s to Life
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe (Encore)

  • Barbara Papendorp Sings Porter at the Playbill

    June 24, 2009

    Ron saw Barbara’s Cole Porter show last week and thoroughly enjoyed it.  He brought home a program, and here is the set list:

    • Let’s Do It
    • Paris Medley
    • Get Out of Town
    • I Get a Kick Out of You / I’ve Got You Under My Skin / Begin the Beguine
    • Thank You So Much, Missus Lowsborough-Goodby
    • Friendship
    • You Do Something to Me
    • Well, Did You Evah
    • After You, Who
    • The Physician
    • Miss Otis Regrets
    • So In Love
    • Experiment
    • Why Can’t You Behave / Let’s Misbehave

    The show runs again this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm at 1409 Playbill Cafe (1409 14th St NW, Washington DC) Tickets $20.

    Mother Courage at a Discount!

    June 24, 2009

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    In a move Mother Courage herself would approve of, discount tickets to the show are available on Goldstar.  C’mon, where can you get so much alienation so cheap!?  And Nancy Robinette is spectacular in the role.