Tag Archives: Baltimore’s France-Merrick Hippodrome

Exclusive Interview with Stomp’s Alexis Juliano

The long running hit, Stomp is touring once again and folks in Baltimore better act quick. The show will be at the Hippodrome, March 18 – 19. I recently did an email interview with Alexis Juliano, one of the show’s stars.  Alexis is an award-winning dancer, teacher and choreographer. She is best known as a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance.

She has performed as a part of Tap Kids, the Hands Down Tap Project, Tap N Time, Jarod Grimes Underground Tap, Universal Studios’ winter parade, Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzy Feet Gala, Capezio A.C.E. Awards, So You Think You Can Dance Tour and the Fox Presentation of Grease LIVE!

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Interview: Shaping Sound’s Nick Lazzarini

Saturday,, March 12th, Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater is going to be awashed in modern dance as Nick Lazzarini, the season one winner of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, brings his modern dance show Shaping Sound to Baltimore. Described as “an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. In After the Curtain, these visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting.” The show should be a fun night on the town. I did an email interview with Nick earlier this week.

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Exclusive: Ron Legler, President of Hippodrome Theater Talks Hamilton, 2017 Broadway Season and more!

Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre

Everyone knows that I love a good musical and one of my favorite theaters is Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater. I have front row season tickets (paid my own money). Last week the theater announced that yes, Hamiton IS coming to Baltimore in 2018. Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre, to talk about Hamilton and their amazing upcoming 2017 season which includes the American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Love Never Dies, the sequel to one of the biggest broadway show of all time The Phantom of the Opera.

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Exclusive: Mamma Mia Star Lizzie Markson Talks about the Final Tour

Based on the music of Abba, the long running hit show Mamma Mia is in the middle of it’s farewell tour. The tour stops at Baltimore’s France-Merrick Hippodrome Theater this weekend for a very limited engagement. I caught up with one of the stars of the current production – Lizzie Markson. She plays the Sophie a young woman who is about to get married. Ahead of her wedding she wants to find out who her real father is. She invites the 3 candidates to her wedding and music and hi-jinks ensue. Really it’s just an excuse to wear funky 70’s outfits and sing Abba. Nothing wrong with that. Mamma Mia is at the Hippodrome, January 13 – 15th. Check out the official tour site for a stop near you.

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Cinderella and Hippodrome Team Up for Charity!

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During the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Hippodrome, November 1-6, the theatre as well as the below locations will be accepting donations of costume jewelry, girls’ princess dresses and teen prom dresses for girls in need.

  • Heart to Heart Hair Studio, 215 W Bel Air Ave, Aberdeen
  • Happy Hair Salon, 6 Commercial Plaza, Elkton -Amanda’s Florist, 203 N. Washington St., HdG
  • K & B Bridals, 54 N. Main St., Bel Air
  • The Hair Cuttery at Harford Mall

The program is sponsored by the Aberdeen Lioness Lions Club, the Hippodrome and the company of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

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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Theater Review (Baltimore): Wicked on Tour Mostly Soars!

Alyssa Fox and Carrie St. Louis (Photo by Joan Marcus 2015)
Alyssa Fox and Carrie St. Louis (Photo by Joan Marcus 2015)

It’s hard to believe that Wicked, one of the most popular and highest grossing shows (over $3 billion) in the history of Broadway, has been around for only 12 years. It’s become one of those seminal productions that feel like they’ve always been there. While I’ve never been a fan of the cast recording and am frankly sick of “Defying Gravity” (how many times can Glee cover that song?), it’s always been one of my bucket-list musicals. I’ve never seen a touring production and have never been able to see it when I’m in New York City. So I was ecstatic when I saw it on the schedule for an extended stop at Baltimore’s France-Merrick Hippodrome Theater. Last week I was able to check it off my list.

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Theatre Review (Baltimore): ‘Annie’ – The Musical Soars

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OK, as I look outside on this dreary, dreary day, all I can think is “The sun will come out tomorrow…” Baltimore’s France-Merrick 2015 Broadway Season starts off with one of my all time favorite musicals, Annie. After listening to the abominable soundtrack for Sony’s recent modern take on Annie, it’s nice to see a return to innocence and the music we all know and love. No one asked for a hip-hop dance mix of “Tomorrow”!

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