Category Archives: Out and About

Theater Review: Little Dancer Shines at The Kennedy Center

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It’s not every day Washington, DC theater goers get treated to a world premiere Broadway show, so when it happens, it feels extra special. Little Dancer The Musical has been playing at The Kennedy Center for a few weeks before it had it’s official bow November 20th.

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Nickelback announces new album No Fixed Address at House Of Blues

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A Nickelback backdrop adorned the stage of the House Of Blues on Sunset Boulevard yesterday afternoon, November 5. Fans waited with excitement for their favorite band. The anticipation was undeniable. Then the music started. And the magic began.

For the 1,500 lucky fans, including myself, who came to this intimate venue, it wasn’t just another rock concert. Not only was this the first time Nickelback brought a performance to the celebrated strip venue, but all proceeds went to a music/arts program for underserved youth. And it celebrated the announcement of their long awaited new album, NO FIXED ADDRESS, hitting stores on November 17!

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Kids Night on Broadway Details Announced! Tickets On sale TODAY!

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Tickets for the 2015 KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY® are on sale for the public tomorrow, starting at 11:00am E.S.T. KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY, which will take place Friday, January 9th, 2015 to Thursday, January 15th, 2015, is an annual event when kids ages 6 to 18 can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more.

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Movies By Kids, For Kids 5th annual Film Festival And Awards Show

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Limos pull in front of the Writer’s Guild Theatre as throngs of people are milling about in the sidewalk. There are the flashing of cameras, entertainment news media, and known celebrities taking pictures with fans.  Is it the Emmys? No, but the 5th annual Movies By Kids, For Kids Film Festival And Awards Show on November 1 in conjunction with Kids In The Spotlight and hosted by Ty Burrell,  is perhaps one of the most memorable awards shows you’ll attend. The movies were created, written, and cast by foster care and underserved youth.

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Hollywood loves technology at The Luxury Technology Show

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Hollywood loves technology.  From “Star Wars” to “Back To The Future” and beyond, the push for bigger and better never ends.  So why not bring the future from the silver screen to reality?

The Luxury Technology Show, produced by RAND Luxury, made its premiere from 4pm-9m last night at The Petersen Automotive Museum in LA.  RAND is known for launching Evening of Luxury events for the affluent lifestyle.  It has launched the newest innovations from Lamborghini, Leica, Rolls-Royce, SONY, Aston Martin, Bentley, Hasselblad, Giorgio Armani and Montegrappa.    Last night was no exception.  

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The Who Hits 50! Man I feel OLD! Tour Coming to Verizon Center Next Year

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The Who is kicking off their greatest hits tour next April in Tampa, Florida. They will hit the DC Area next November. NOVEMBER 2015. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 17th. OCTOBER 2014! Are they kidding me?

Have I said recently how much I loathe the idea of buying tickets this early? I have no idea where I’m going to be NEXT week, that alone 12 freaking months from now? I love The Who, but this is ridiculous. Official press release and tour information after the jump.

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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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