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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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Percy Jackson – The Musical?

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Chris McCarrell, will star in a brand-new production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical this March at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street). Written by Joe Tracz (Netflix “Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Rob Rokicki (Strange Tails), and directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar), the strictly limited engagement will begin performances on March 23, opening on Tuesday, April 4 and will run through May 6, 2017.

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The Wiz Comes to Fuse on Thanksgiving

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Don’t nobody bring me no bad news! No more facebooking or election related posts. I’m done with Politics, getting back to doing what I like. Posting about fun stuff. The Wiz is coming to Fuse on Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite musical soundtracks, not as enamored with the classic film because its 70s, disco aesthetics freaks me out man. I feel like I need to be high or the movie is making me high watching it. But it has Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsy Russel and Richard Pryor in their Prime! #Wizgiving Thursday, November 24 at 8 p.m. ET/ PT, 7c on Fuse. Yes I feel dirty typing #Wizgiving.

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.

Exclusive: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail Talks with Michelle about Hamilton, The Fosters and more!

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Like all musical theater lovers I’ve been obsessed with  Hamilton this year. Primarily because I was offered a chance to see the show during the press previews and I didn’t go because I was too lazy to see it. Now that it’s a worldwide phenom, the press people tell me to go away, whenever I ask for a ticket. I did manage to see it, by chance. I told Director Thomas Kail my Hamilton story and he got a laugh out of it.

Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel was in DC to receive the National Archive Foundation’s Record of the Year Award. We talked a bit about television and his mother’s love of The Fosters (a show I used to be obsessed with), making Broadway more accessible to everyone, politics and there’s a short clip of his Q and A at the end! Also receiving the award was Thomas Kail (Hamilton Director) and Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow. Also on hand were Hamilton Director Thomas Kail and Hamilton Author Ron Chernow.

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Lin Manuel Miranda Receives National Archives Record of Achievement Award

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I think everyone who follows me on Facebook knows of my obsession and story regarding Hamilton. I was offered press tickets during it’s opening run, but was too damn lazy to go up to NYC to see it. Then of course once it exploded I lost my opportunity and my contact was like “Go away you hockey puck!” By pure chance I ended up seeing the show earlier this year.  So to say I was excited to get a chance to meet and talk to Lin-Manuel Miranda was an understatement.

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Love Jones The Musical? Yes, it’s Happening!

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Love Jones The Musical, a stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed 1997 Love Jones film, is scheduled to tour nationally this Fall/ Winter. The stage production will boast an all-star cast of R&B music’s biggest names including Chrisette Michelle, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Raheem Devaughn and Dave Hollister whowere all carefully selected to star in the must see musical event of the year. Love Jones The Musical will debut in Oklahoma City on September 9th.

For more information about Love Jones The Musical, go to www.lovejonesthemusical.com. It comes to DC’s National Theater Nov 15 – 22nd.

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The Bridges of Madison County Soars at The Kennedy Center

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The Broadway musical, Bridges of Madison County starts its extended run at The Kennedy Center this week. The show, based on author Robert James Waller’s hugely successful book, which was also adapted into film by Clint Eastwood. This is a story about love won, love lost and the general messiness of life.

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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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