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Vote on November 4!

August 10, 2014 · No Comments

And when you do, vote for me! If you live in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, that is. And, more specifically, if you live in Single Member District 2B02. That’s the area of about 2,000 residents I’d like to represent as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.

The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 2B) needs strong advocates for our great neighborhood. As a Commissioner, I would promote responses to quality-of-life concerns that reflect a fair balance between residential and commercial interests, and I would encourage effectiveness, efficiency and transparency from the government agencies that play a role in the livability and vibrancy of our community.

If you’d like to stay in touch, let’s connect on Twitter or Facebook!

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Hooray for Hollywood (Fringe)!

March 26, 2011 · No Comments

I’m thrilled to be producing “The Blue Lagoon: A Musical” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. There will be six shows from June 21 to 26 at Theatre Asylum, and insanely talented New York actors Anthony Johnson and Shayna Albertson and director Kenny Howard will be reprising their incredible work on the show for the L.A. run — its fourth production! I’ll post updates here, of course…

In other news, I’ve launched a Twitter account: And I’ve been remiss in publishing links to my Post articles. I had a lovely chat with composer Joseph Thalken about his new musical, “And the Curtain Rises,” at Signature. And in the fall, I popped in to Theater J to see how their “Odd Couple” was shaping up.

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“[title of show]” business

April 2, 2010 · No Comments

Bowen and Bell’s musical “[title of show]” looks to be in good hands at Signature. Previews start Tuesday, and I enjoyed a rehearsal visit last week for my latest Weekend assignment.

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Cutting-edge Sondheim

February 13, 2010 · No Comments

Signature Theatre is tackling “Sweeney Todd” for the third time in the company’s history, and I enjoyed getting a sneak peek at the production for a new Weekend article. Break a leg, all! Or cut off a leg, or something like that…

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A “Blue Lagoon” with a citrus twist

January 6, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Orlando production of “The Blue Lagoon: A Musical” opens Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House Resort. Jane Horwitz mentions the show in today’s Backstage column in The Post, which also features a nice photo of exceptional New York talents Shayna Albertson and Anthony Johnson, who are reprising their CringeFest performances for the Orlando run, again under the direction of the gifted Kenny Howard. For tickets, visit the online box office of producer Wanzie Presents. And if you’d like a glimpse of Shayna and Anthony in action, so to speak, check out this YouTube clip.

Orlando poster for “The Blue Lagoon: A Musical”

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Arthur’s Theme

November 13, 2009 · No Comments

Actor Todd Alan Johnson and director-choreographer Stephen Nachamie spoke eloquently about “Camelot” for my new OnStage article in Weekend. The show opens Nov. 18 at Olney. Break a leg, all!

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“Zero Hour” Approaches

August 29, 2009 · No Comments

I enjoyed chatting with Jim Brochu, the creator and star of “Zero Hour,” and Piper Laurie, the show’s director, for an OnStage article in Weekend. “Zero Hour,” about the colorful and complex life of Zero Mostel, opens today at Theater J, and the play is New York-bound in the fall. Break a leg, all!

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Painting the Town “Blue”

July 24, 2009 · No Comments

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Opening Night

July 22, 2009 · No Comments

Anthony Johnson and Shayna Albertson in “The Blue Lagoon: A Musical,” opening July 22 at the Producers’ Club Grand Theater in New York.

“The Blue Lagoon: A Musical” 2009 production photo

Photo by Tony Spinosa

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News Splash!

July 15, 2009 · No Comments

“The Blue Lagoon: A Musical,” a subversively funny take on the classic tale of shipwrecked teen cousins in lust, will open on July 22 at the Producers’ Club Grand Theater in Manhattan. The show is slated for four performances as part of International CringeFest, a three-week celebration of naughtily bad plays, musicals and films.

“The Blue Lagoon: A Musical” is based on Henry de Vere Stacpoole’s 1908 novel “The Blue Lagoon: A Romance,” which has inspired several stage and screen adaptations over the years, including the infamous 1980 film starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. The latest incarnation — featuring book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Padget — premiered at the 2007 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C., where it enjoyed a sold-out run and an enthusiastic response from audiences and critics. Nelson Pressley of The Washington Post praised the show for its “lovely melodic themes” and its playful, alternative style: “two goofy performances and an inflatable baby pool as the lagoon in question — how Fringe is that?”

The New York premiere of “The Blue Lagoon: A Musical” features Shayna Albertson (2008 graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts) as Emmeline and Anthony Johnson (recently on the NETworks North American and Asian tour of “Hairspray”) as Richard. The production is directed by Kenny Howard, who is also helming the CringeFest show “Dragness of God and the Naked Holy Ghost,” among other off-off-Broadway projects this summer.

“The Blue Lagoon: A Musical” — anchoring Act 2 of CringeFest’s “Dames at Sea” theme night — will be performed on July 22, July 27, Aug. 1 and Aug. 6 at the Producers’ Club Grand Theater, 358 West 44th Street. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students) and are available by phone at 212-242-6036 or online at

For more information about International CringeFest, produced by NY Artists Unlimited, visit

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