Category Archives: Out and About

Dreamworks In Concert Comes Wolftrap – Tomorrow (Thurs)

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I hate it when events are one night only. Dreamworks Animation in Concert is coming to Wolftrap tomorrow night (June 30th) and I can’t go. Whine…. I live for concerts like this. It’s a fantastic way to introduce orchestral music to people who don’t like it.  The concert features favorite moments from beloved films of DreamWorks Animation with music performed by the National Symphony Orchestra against the backdrop of large projection screens.

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2016 Tony Performances Include Hamilton, School of Rock!

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One of the best reasons to watch the Tony Awards® – even if you haven’t been able to take in any shows – is that the show includes performance set pieces from the nominated musicals.

This year, some of those performances will be by the casts of Hamilton, School of Rock and The Color Purple. For a complete list of performance, follow the jump.

The 70th Annual Tony Awards® will hosted by James Corden and broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 12th (8/7C) by CBS.

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Fourteen Added To Tony Awards® Presenters List!

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The 70th Annual Tony Awards® will have fourteen more presenters when it airs on Sunday, June 12 (8/7C) on ABC – hosted by James Corden.

Among the names added to impressive roster of presenters are: Uzo Aduba, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Earl Jones and Andrew Rannells. Follow the jump to check out the full list.

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Broadway’s Stars In The Alley is Tomorrow (Friday)!

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The cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical performs at the 2014 Stars in the Alley Concert Photo by Amanda Schwab

One of my favorite events of the years is Broadway’s Stars In The Alley. Every year for the last few years, the Broadway League puts on a free outdoor concert. The 2 hour event is sort of an unofficial dress rehearsal for the Tony Awards and features appearances and performances from over 30 different Broadway shows. The event is held Friday, June 3rd, in the historic Shubert Alley on West 44th, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, rain or shine.

The nice thing is, it’s usually a well organized event and normally starts on time, so get there early! This year’s participants include performances from the cast of Something Rotten, The Color Purple, Get On Your Feet and more. The cast of Hamilton will make an appearance as well, although not performing. Here’s a full list.

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The Waitress Musical Previewed!

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Sometimes life makes you feel like you’re stuck. Sometimes it’s your own choices that get you there – the people who spend your time with or the activities where you put your energy that leave you feeling like you have nowhere to go. Other times, it’s other people’s decisions that seem to trap you.

Once in awhile, it’s factors out of anyone’s control, and simply the twists and turns of happenstance. For Jenna, the main character in Waitress, it feels like all of the above. The various events that led her there aside, Jenna feels stuck – and Waitress is a musical about how people can move forward even when they don’t know exactly where forward is.

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soars in Baltimore!

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Be our guest! Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast lavish Broadway production arrives at Baltimore’s glorious France-Merrick Hippodrome theater for one week only – May 10 – 15. This production is a shining example of all the things that make Disney great and the one glaring thing that always annoys me.

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Washington DC’S National Theater Getting in on Hamilton Action

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This is going to be a total cluster. In order to even hope to get tickets to Hamilton over a Year away, you pretty much have to subscribe to The Kennedy Center’s Broadway Subscription for the next 2 seasons. That’s several thousand dollars just to see this stupid show. Now to muddle the waters even further.

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Pitbull, Mr. Worldwide Comes to Verizon Aug 4th!

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A friend recently said that he had this running joke about Pitbull being everywhere. I didn’t notice this until he mentioned it and he’s right. I see his mug on TV or here him mentioned at least five times a week. Mr. Worldwide is coming to The Verizon Center, August 4th. Prince Royce is joining him on The Bad Man Tour.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m. local time through Friday, May 13 at 10 p.m. local time. Tickets for the general public go on sale Saturday, May 14 at www.livenation.com.

Hamilton Sets Record For Tony Award Nominations!

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As expected, Hamilton dominated the nominations for the 70th Annual Tony Awards® when they were announced this morning.

The revolutionary play garnered a record-setting 16 nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music & Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, several technical awards and a handful of acting awards.

For a complete list of the nominations, follow the jump.

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Stevie Vai World Tour

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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, Steve Vai has announced he will be embarking on a very special world tour celebrating the groundbreaking recording.  Normally I don’t care about announcements for concerts that I can’t see. But come on it’s the legendary Steve Vai! And if I dream big enough maybe they’ll fly me to one of these weird countries to see him. Hey, one can hope. Don’t crush my dreams man!

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