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After a whirlwind weekend in New York City, I am more than excited for the 8-show week that lies ahead. This past weekend, I saw Ghost, Newsies, and Once (all repeats for me). I thoroughly enjoyed each show, and each performance had a fantastic audience. Not surprisingly, the most overwhelming response came from Newsies. Not only did the line to get in the theatre extend two blocks, but the crowd roared at every opportunity during the show.

I recommend:

  • Newsies for families and children. Also, anyone who is a fan of the movie, for they all tend to be hugely addicted to the musical (myself included).
  • Ghost for high school and college students. The technical elements are fascinating for the most part. Also, I was especially fond of Caissie Levy’s, Richard Fleeshman’s, and Bryce Pinkham’s performances. The day I attended there were several school groups who adored the show.
  • Once for everyone 14+. I don’t think the kids will appreciate this show, but anyone in high school or above could understand the story and enjoy it. It’s original, beautiful, and heartfelt. Also, the entire ensemble is wonderful. I was particularly touched by Steve Kazee’s performance on Sunday ~ he seemed especially emotional, more so than the last time I saw the show. It’s the one show my parents and I would be willing to see again.

Last week, I also enjoyed two of Signature’s Sizzlin’ Summer Cabarets. If you’re in the DC area, you really must see some of these performances. Matthew Scott and Kirsten Scott presented an entirely musical performance depicting how they met and fell in love. The song choices were ideal, a mixture of contemporary and classic musicals with a little pop music thrown in. Will Gartshore was funny and intelligent during his cabaret, and I was pleased by his choice in guests as they really spiced up the already delightful act. This week, Signature favorites, like Natasha Diaz, Carolyn Cole, and Stephen Gregory Smith, take the stage. Also, next Monday, Signature will host Nick Blaemire and the Hustle. I hope younger audiences will come out to this show since Nick’s a twenty-something with an already stellar Broadway career. Furthermore, he’s coming with his band from New York City for a one night engagement ~ don’t miss it!

Lastly, in case you’re unaware of the DC area’s community theatre scene, I recommend you check out the McLean Community Players‘ production of Legally Blonde at Alden Theatre. It’s a fun, family-friendly show, featuring Kate Merryman, who I’ve been hoping would play Elle since I saw her as the Narrator in MCP’s production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat last year. Here’s a review of the show for more information.

July is heating up, and I recommend escaping the heat by seeing a show!