Category Archives: Out and About

JingleBall Returns to DC! Monday, Dec 15th. Tickets on Sale This Weekend!

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I’m new to Jingleballing. Went to my first show last X-Mas and it was a blast. I mean really, you get to see all the top touring acts in one place in a quick 3 hour span. I was skeptical at first and thought there would be a lot of dead spots, but Hot 99.5 and iHeartRadio did an amazing job of keeping things moving.

This year’s line up isn’t as good as last years, but hey it has Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, OneRepublic, Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Lil Jon, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Kiesza, Rixton, Rita Ora and Shawn Mendes, with special guest host Nick Jonas.  You all know how much I love me some Dems Lovats, but this will be my 3rd time seeing her in a year.  Sign up on Hot99.5 website to get the code to get your pre-sale on. Press release after the jump.

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Theater Review: Evita Stumbles at The Kennedy Center

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The seven-time Tony Award-winning Evita has returned to The Kennedy Center in an extended engagement running Sept 30 – Oct. 19. For some reason I’ve never had a particular desire to see this, nor listen the the soundtrack, and that includes the 1996 movie starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. But given a musical directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford, with lyrics by the great Tim Rice and music by the even greater Andrew Lloyd Webber, it’s time that I cross this show off my musical bucket list.

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Dirty Dancing The Musical Brings the Fun to DC.

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Washington, DC – National Theater, 9/2/14. Is Jillian Mueller trying to corner the market on Broadway shows based on ’80s musical films? She was on tour earlier this year playing the lead in the musical touring production of Flashdance. Now she returns to Washington, DC to kick off the national tour of another show based on an ’80s movie classic: Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage. The production includes set designs by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell, costumes by Jennifer Irwin, sound by Bobby Aitken and video production by Jon Driscoll, based on a book by Eleanor Bergstein.

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The Lion King Returns to DC With a Spectacular Production!

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There’s a reason TV and movie studios are flocking to Broadway. Disney’s venerable stage version of The Lion King has grossed over $1 billion at the theatrical box office, and the touring production now at Washington, DC’s The Kennedy Center will celebrate its 5,000th performance on July 13th, at 1:30pm.

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Side Show The Musical Gets Stunning Revival at The Kennedy Center

Side Show Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theatre New revival of the hit musical! Synopsis: Inspired by the lives of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Sideshow is about a press agent who brings the twins out of a sideshow and puts them into vaudeville.  CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Additional Book Material: Bill Condon Starring Erin Davie, Emily Padgett, Matthew Hydzik, Robert Joy, Ryan Silverman, David St. Louis, Brandon Bieber, Matthew Patrick Davis, Charity Angel Dawson, Lauren Elder, Derek Hanson, Javier Ignacio, Jordanna James, Guy Lockard, Kelvin Moon Loh, Barrett Martin, Con O'Shea-Creal, Don Richard, Blair Ross, Hannah Shankman, Josh Walker, DeLaney Westfall Scenic Design: David Rockwell Costume Design: Paul Tazewell Lighting Design: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer Sound Design: Kai Harada Special Make-Up Effects Design: Dave Elsey & Lou Elsey Wig and Hair Design: Charles G. LaPointe Make-Up Design: Cookie Jordan Illusion Design: Paul Kieve Production Stage Manager: Linda Marvel Casting by Laura Stanczyk Casting Technical Director: Doug Grekin Orchestrations: Harold Wheeler Original Arrangements: David Chase Associate Director: Dave Solomon Associate Choreographer: Janet Rothermel Produced by Max Woodward General Manager: John J. Hance Musical Direction and Arrangements by Sam Davis Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast Directed by Bill Condon

The award for one of the most unique, surreal musical theater experiences of the year has to go the gorgeously staged Kennedy Center production of Side Show : The Musical. This production is from the team that brought us Dreamgirls. Side Show features book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, and is directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon. Sam Davis serves as musical director and arranger and conducts the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and in a nice change of pace, the show is doing an extended residency, playing June 13 – July 14.

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TV Stars Taking Over Broadway Means Dollars!

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The Broadway League reported that the 2013-2014 season attendance soared to 12.21 million and grossed $1.27 billion, outselling the combined ticket sales of the 10 surrounding professional sports teams including the Mets, Yankees, Jets and Giants. How is that possible? High profile TV stars who shine as brightly live as they do on screen are attracting tourists from all over the world. Here’s a roundup of TV’s biggest names and where you can find them on Broadway this season.

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Review: The Blue Man Group at National Theater

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They say the 3rd time is the charm and nowhere is that more evident than my experience seeing the wonderfully strange, wacky, comical, and surreal experience known as Blue Man Group.  It amazes me that somehow Blue Man Group, founded by entrepreneurs Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink has been around since 1991 and has been seen by more than 17 million people. How do you describe the indescribable? It’s not a musical, it’s not a play, it’s an experience.

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CinemaCon 2014 – We came, we saw, we partied!

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I know you all expected at least one epic meltdown from me. But nope, this year, I had the magical pass that got me into every event without jumping through hoops. So I had a very easy time. One thing is clear: it seems the studios are more interested in unveiling trailers and news on their own terms than giving shows like CinemaCon the prominence it once held; very few exclusives were unveiled at the show.

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Interview: Shondra Leigh, Cirque Du Soleil ‘Immortal World Tour’ Dancer

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Cirque Du Soleil’s hugely popular Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour is a spectacle that the late, great Michael Jackson would have been proud of. Featuring an amazing soundtrack of remixed hits, it’s like attending a full-on MJ Concert – complete with a live band, only without the Immortal One himself.

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