Entries by Keith Loria

Ford’s The Wiz Remains Relevant

Ford’s Theatre is inviting audiences to “ease on down the road” with a new staging of the Tony-winning musical The Wiz, directed by Kent Gash and playing March 9 to May 12. The Wiz is a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African American culture, […]

A Cappella Artists Set to Harmonize at Kennedy Center

With the success of the Pitch Perfect movies and NBC’s The Sing-Off, a cappella has had a rebirth over the last five years, as the image of barbershop quartets and “old-fashioned” music has been wiped clean. Today’s a cappella stars often incorporate beatboxers, and provide infectious melodies and soulful harmonies to radio hits that younger […]

National Theatre Presents Les Misérables

Nick Cartell remembers sitting in the lobby of an Arizona high school auditorium preparing to do his first-ever show – a kid’s theater production of Pinocchio – when his castmates started talking about this new Broadway show, Les Misérables. “I knew nothing about it, and they pulled out the soundtrack and started playing it, and I immediately fell […]

Amber Tamblyn Set For Poetic Debut at Kennedy Center

At 34, Amber Tamblyn has accomplished a great deal in the entertainment world. She’s achieved success as an actress, writer and director, and has been nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy. Whether it’s her breakout role as the title character in Joan of Arcadia, playing rebellious Tibby in the popular movie adaptation of […]

Lisa Loeb Heads to Bethesda

As an independent artist, Lisa Loeb catapulted to fame in the mid-90s with the endearing “Stay (I Missed You)” off of the Realty Bites soundtrack, and went on to record a series of critically acclaimed albums, producing hit songs such as “Do You Sleep,” “I Do” and “Let’s Forget About It.” With her signature glasses […]

Getting to Know The King and I’s Tuptim

It was 66 years ago that Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I first graced the Broadway stage, and the classic musical has been beloved by theatergoers ever since. Lincoln Center Theater’s 2015 production won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, and the acclaimed production, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, is now […]

Brewing Up Business

The craft beer market has grown into a $23.5 billion industry, and the Washington metro area is growing right alongside it. In 2016, more than 5,300 breweries were in operation around the U.S., and represented approximately 12 percent of market share by volume for the overall beer industry, according to recent data released by the […]

Firefly 2017 Bigger than Ever

There’s never been a dearth of great talent at Firefly, as hundreds of musicians head out to Delaware’s Woodlands of Dover International Speedway every year to take part in one of the summer’s most exciting music festivals. But for the 2017 event, taking part June 15-18, organizers wanted to up the excitement even more. “Our […]

Washington Chorus Plans Epic Send-Off for Julian Wachner

After about a decade at the helm of the Washington Chorus, music director Julian Wachner will conduct his last official performance with the group on May 14 during their season finale concert at the Kennedy Center. Wachner will go out with a bang, however, as the Washington Chorus will be joined onstage by the Gay Men’s […]