1st Stage, 8, A Little Night Music, Arena Stage, Beauty and the Beast, Broadway, DC Theatre, First You Dream, Flora the Red Menace, Keegan Theatre, Kensington Arts Theatre, Kristin Chenoweth, Legally Blonde, McLean Community Players, Memphis, National Theatre, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, Rooms, Signature Theatre, Spring Awakening, The Arlington Players, The Columnist, The Kennedy Center, The Music Man, The Normal Heart, Woolly Mammoth, Xanadu
My lack of posts should highlight that I’ve been a little busy the past couple months. Naturally, theatre is keeping me very entertained. Here’s the lowdown of what I’ve seen since my last post:
- Rooms at the Kensington Arts Theatre (2 times). I was incredibly impressed with this community theatre group for putting on more contemporary, original, and provocative works.
- The Music Man at Arena Stage (4 times). What a wonderful production in the round.
- Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway. Christian Borle gave the most inspired, hilarious performance I’ve ever seen. So happy he won the Tony!
- Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway. Lovely cast.
- Once on Broadway. This is one example of truly wonderful theatre. I’ll be seeing this award winnning show again soon!
- Newsies on Broadway. I adore this show. It is the most uplifting and fun show on Broadway at the moment I think.
- The Columnist on Broadway. John Lithgow gave an incredible performance, and the show taught me about a time in history I was unaware of (having not been alive).
- Xandadu at Signature Theatre (3 times). This was the perfect show to see after a long day at work. So fun!
- Spring Awakening at Keegan Theatre (2 times). This production reawakened my love for this amazing show. So touching.
- A reading of “8” at Woolly Mammoth. Even a reading of this show was very moving. So well cast too.
- Flora the Red Menace at 1st Stage. I felt like this show delivered. Very talented young cast for a low price. I was very excited to see Sam Edgerly in the show after watching his stunning performance in Bare at American University earlier this year.
- Kristin Chenoweth in concert (2 times). What can I say ~ I adore her.
- First You Dream at The Kennedy Center (3 times). What a beautiful compilation of Kander & Ebb’s best work. Insanely talented cast!
- Memphis at The Kennedy Center. I was very impressed with this production having seen the show on Broadway as well. So happy the show will live on via the tour.
- The Normal Heart at Arena Stage (3 times). Never have I ever seen a play as profound, honest, and meaningful as this. Moreover, the cast exquisitely presents Larry Kramer’s depiction of love and hope amidst a time of discrimination, heartbreak, and terror. It closes July 29, and I highly, highly recommend you see this production. It’s beautifully devastating.
- A Little Night Music at Arena Stage (put on by The Arlington Players). For a community theatre production, this was stellar.
- Beauty and the Beast at the National Theatre (2 times). Having grown up on Disney, I enjoyed seeing my favorite Disney film on stage again.
Whew! As I’ve said, I’ve been busy. With an upcoming trip to New York City and Signature’s Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret series starting, July is going to go by fast. Here’s what I recommend you see in the DC area in July:
- The Normal Heart at Arena Stage. If you’re on a budget, try for the $40 tickets, or if you can go on a week night, you might be able to rush. This is a must-see.
- The Music Man at Arena Stage. It’s the opposite of The Normal Heart. It closes July 22, so hurry. There are discounted tickets avaialble through Goldstar and various Arena Stage promotions.
- Check out some of the cabarets coming to Signature Theatre! There are so many options, there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy. Only $25 per ticket!
- Many, many organizations are putting on Legally Blonde, but if you’re near the McLean area, you should check out the McLean Community Players’ production. Kate Merryman will be fantastic as Elle Woods, and the rest of the cast will be worth seeing as well.
In case you were wondering, the title of my post is based on the last song of Spring Awakening, which closes at Keegan Theatre this weekend. For me, at the moment, “purple summer” is signifying the enlightening theatre I am seeing this summer. If you have any questions about theatre in and around DC, New York City, or London, let me know.