1st Stage, Altar Boyz, Arena Stage, Dreamgirls, Dying City, Into the Woods, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Manna Nichols, MetroStage, musical, My Fair Lady, National Tour, Nova Y. Payton, Play, Signature Theatre, Sondheim, theatre, War Horse, Wicked
Reflecting on my last month and half and what’s to come, I feel like Sondheim says it best, “There are big-tall-terrible-awesome-scary-wonderful giants in the sky!” (Into the Woods). With several opportunities and challenges ahead, this lyric comes into my mind. Sondheim’s masterful lyrics exquisitely bring to life emotions that can be difficult to adequately express. Moreover, this lyric also reminds me of the giant musicals touring and playing in regional theatres across the country right now.
Theatrically-speaking, I’ve continued to be busy and blessed. Some of the highlights of my experiences in the D.C. area include:
- Dying City at Signature Theatre was captivating, thought-provoking, and poignant. If you like shows that make you think and question morality, I recommend you see this play if it comes your way.
- Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at MetroStage had an all-star cast and was full of grand, show-stopping musical numbers.
- Wicked (National Tour) was as thrilling as the Broadway production. It’s a fun mega-musical for all ages.
- War Horse (National Tour) continues to impress and move me. The puppetry is stunning and incredibly well orchestrated while the fantastic performances of the cast bring to life this epic tale.
- My Fair Lady at Arena Stage reinvents the classic musical in the round. You can’t help but leave the theatre humming the familiar tunes. I was pleased to see a cast that’s largely new to Arena Stage, in particular Manna Nichols, who excellently portrays Eliza Doolittle.
- Dreamgirls at Signature Theatre features notable cast performances, costumes, music, and choreography. Nova Y. Payton is spectacular as Effie and her performance is not to be missed this season if you’re in D.C.
- Altar Boyz at 1st Stage has a cast of actors mostly new to the D.C. area. This 90-minute musical includes tight harmonies, exhilarating choreography, and abundant laughs.
With any luck, I’ll be back in New York City soon for the first time since August and able to catch up on some of what’s playing on and off Broadway. With the holidays in full gear, there’s thankfully lots of theatre to see!