THEATRE NEWS – 2/20/09

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SHOWTUNE VIDEO MADNESS,
is a hit on Tuesday nights at the Club Hippo. The event is now 4 hours-
from 8:30pm until 12:30am every week.

The Baltimore City Paper has made SHOWTUNES a critic pick for a fun night on Tuesdays in Charm City. Everyone is Welcome to the hottest night out in town. Free Admission!!!

Bring your friends and join us. Free snacks and theme nights (with prizes twice a month). And the best Broadway, Hollywood and comedy on the big projection screens in full stereo.
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Big news from Arena Stage:

Not only was their smash hit production of, NEXT TO NORMAL, recorded for CD release this week (with the original Arena Stage cast) it is opening on Broadway @ the Longacre Theatre on March 27th with an official opening night on April 15th.

Also, 33 Variations, which had it’s world premiere last seas at Arena will open with Jane Fonda starring at the Eugene O’Neil theatre on Broadway March 9th.

A full review of Arena’s current show- Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, will be posted on this website over the weekend.
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The First United Church in Fell Point will be hosting a production of, Godspell, next weekend February 27th – March 1st. Godspell was written by composer Stephen Schwartz who also has a little show on Broadway you may have heard about called, WICKED. Tickets are available at the door (cash only) and the location is 1728 Eastern Ave.
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The Greenbelt Arts Center will open the popular drama, Amadeus, with a run from March 13th until April 4. Their phone number is 301-441-8770 and the locations is 123 Centerway in Greenbelt.
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Olney Theatre Center is presenting the area premiere of an original play by Mark Twain, ‘Is He Dead? now until March 8th. REVIEW WILL APPEAR ONLINE THIS WEEKEND.
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Scapino! (a long way from Moliere) is being performed at the McManus Theatre at Loyola College weekends Feb. 13th – 22nd. 410-617-5024.
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Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind is playing at RepStage at HCC in Columbia until March 1st. At once wildly comic and deeply affecting, this turbulent love story entwines the destines of two families, from California and Montana, into a searing snapshot of America today.
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Arena Stage is presenting a star-studded production of Edward Albee’s- ‘A Delicate Balance’ until March 15th. The pivotal roles are played by two original cast members from the Broadway production of ‘Angels in America,’ Kathleen Chalfant and Ellen McLaughlin. To obtain tickets for this 1967 Pulitzer Prize winning play are available at:www.arenastage.org or 1-202-488-3300
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Signature Theatre in Arlington has extended their production of, ‘The Little Dog Laughed’ until March 15th. Tickets: http://www.signature-theatre.org. See the review on this website. Also Signature’s disappointing and expensive production of ‘Les Miz’ closes this Sunday.

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The Vags opens a new production of Harold Pinter’s- ‘Old Times’ shortly which runs from 2/27 – 3/29
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Charyl Churchill’s- ‘Cloud Nine’ is now playing at Audrey Herman’s Spotlighters Theatre until March 8th. It is a parody and spoof of the Victorian age and its rigid attitudes especially towards sex. The show is suggested for mature audiences only. Now until March 8th. Ticket Reservations at: 410-752-1225.
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Toby’s Dinner Theatres:Baltimore-
‘Sophisticated Ladies’ until March 15th (‘Disney’s Beauty & Beast’ next)
Columbia- ‘High School Musical’ & ‘My Way’ in repertory.
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The Hippodrome has a busy couple of months ahead with the following shows-
Menopause: The Musical – 3/5-8
Riverdance – 3/10-15
Celetic Woman- 3/17 & 18
CATS- 3/24-29
A Bronx Tale- 4/14-26 (starring ChazPalminteri)

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Warner Theatre in DC-
A Bronx Tale- 2/28-3/8
Jesus Christ Superstar- 3/17-22 (Starring Teddy Neely)
RENT- 5/26-31 (Starring Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp)
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National Theatre in DC-
A Chorus Line- 3/10-4-12
Chicago- 3/31-4/12
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Bethesda Theatre-
Pluck, The Titanic Show- beginning 2/12
Forbidden Broadway- beginning 3/12
Menopause: TheMusical- beginning 4/14
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