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GIVEAWAY! Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at The National Theatre

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GIVEAWAY!!! You deserve a “Parents Night Out”, so enter to win 2 tickets for Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at The National Theatre – Wednesday, September 25th 7:30pm. Leave a comment on this post to be entered. I will randomly draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, September 17th. Good luck! 

Mike Birbiglia’s The New One
Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 29
The National Theatre
http://thenationaldc.com/events/category/series/mike-birbiglias-the-new-one/
Sizzle Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNZySV04RjQ

He’s made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and “Thank God for Jokes.” (He was also really funny in that one season of “Orange is the New Black.” And in “Billions.” And “Broad City.”) Now he’s direct from Broadway, telling a new story in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Lin-Manuel Miranda called THE NEW ONE “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Do not miss THE NEW ONE. Some people say it’s his best one. (It was John Mulaney. Also Vogue.)

Run time: Approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes, no intermission. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Children under the age of four are not permitted to attend the show.

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Enjoy a Parents Night Out at Fun Home showing at The National Theatre + GIVEAWAY!

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Do you need a night out without the kids? Then this giveaway is for you! I have 2 tickets for the grand opening night, Wednesday, April 19that 7:30pm up for grabs! Just leave a comment on this blog post to enter. I’ll draw and notify a winner on March 29th. Good luck!

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The groundbreaking, life-affirming and exquisite new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway. (New York Times)

What the critics are saying:

“A RARE BEAUTY THAT PUMPS FRESH AIR INTO BROADWAY.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“EXQUISITE. AN EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE.” –Chicago Tribune

“A LANDMARK PRODUCTION THAT WILL FOREVER CHANGE WHAT IS POSSIBLE IN MUSICAL THEATRE.” –The Huffington Post

We are thrilled to offer you an exclusive discount to the first ten performances of Fun Home at The National Theatre! Use code KEYS to save more than 30% on select seats!

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1003566/?cobrand=nationaltheaterdc&partner_id=240#_ga=1.104802119.696061450.1407168584



The Wizard of Oz at The National Theatre

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I was thrilled to be able to spend Wednesday evening with my 5 year old daughter, Clara at The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre. It was the tour’s second night in DC and it was a completely magical adventure to Oz! Clara has been in a bit of an Oz craze ever since we visited The Wizard of Oz themed playground at Watkins Regional Park a few months ago. When we got home from the playground she immediately wanted to see the movie and has watched the all-time classic starring Judy Garland several more times since then. So, it was really special to see The Wizard of Oz on stage in this new adaptation of the of the popular MGM screenplay.

We were enthralled right from the start of the show. My daughter especially loved the live dog playing Toto and it was evident he was a favorite for many people with all sighing coming from the audience! The stage set and costumes were impressive! Glinda the good witch had the most amazing sparkly dress. My daughter is still talking about it! The performance used a lot of special effects like projections, strobe lights, smoke, haze, and loud noises. The song and dance numbers were all very entertaining and had the audience “oohhhing and aahhhing”.

National Touring Production of the Wizard of Oz.Justin G. Nelson as Mayor of Munchkinland, Rachel Womble as Glinda and Sarah Lasko as Dorothy and Company in “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” in The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre May 3-15. www.thenationaldc.com © Daniel A. Swalec

I think it is neat that a local actor stars as Dorothy. Sarah Lasko is a University of Maryland and Rockville High School graduate and she most recently appeared at Imagination Stage. Her performance was outstanding!

I definitely recommend the show for kids ages 5 and older. There are some witch scenes that might scare the more sensitive younger kids. It’s the perfect show to enjoy as a family because it’s a story that appeals to all ages and it’s fun! I absolutely love theater dates with my oldest daughter and this one was an extra special treat!

National Touring Production of the Wizard of Oz.Aaron Fried as Lion, Jay McGill as Tin Man, Morgan Reynolds as Scarecrow and Sarah Lasko as Dorothy in “We’re Off to Meet the Wizard” in The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre May 3–15. www.thenationaldc.com © Daniel A. Swalec

Hurry and catch a show if you can, it’s only in DC through May 15. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz start at $48, plus applicable service charges, and are available at the National Theatre box office, online at TheNationalDC.org, or by calling (800)-514-3849. A day of performance lottery for a limited number of best available tickets at $25 each cash only will be held at the theater two hours before each performance.

 



Annie at the National Theatre – Review

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“The sun will come out tomorrow….”. Clara and I will be singing the iconic Annie songs for quite a while after watching the opening night show at the National Theatre! It is the world’s best musical for good reason and the performance Tuesday evening was nothing short of spectacular!

HardKnockLifeHeidi Gray as Annie and Macy as Sandy in Annie at the National Theatre March 15 – 20, 2016. www.thenationaldc.com © Joan Marcus

We were captivated right from the start. “It’s the Hard Knock Life” was the second scene in the first act and it was amazing! There was so much talent among the cast that it is hard to pick our favorites but Annie is of course at the top of the list. Heidi Gray was a joy to watch; there is serious talent packed into that adorable little girl. Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan had us laughing out loud and Mr. Warbucks played by Gilgamesh Taggest was another favorite. And the scenes with Sandy the dog were definitely loved by Clara.

AnniexmasThe Company in “A New Deal for Christmas” in Annie at the National Theatre March 15 – 20, 2016. www.thenationaldc.com © Joan Marcus

The set, the costumes, the music, and the acting was all so, so good. I can’t recommend it enough! The show lasted about 2 hours and 30 minutes with an intermission. It was a really late night for Clara, so I packed her pajamas and changed her when we got to the car and she was fast asleep. But it was so worth the tired eyes the next morning! We both absolutely loved the show and it made for a memorable momma-daughter date night!

Annie&SandyMacy as Sandy and Heidi Gray as Annie in Annie at the National Theatre March 15 – 20, 2016. www.thenationaldc.com © Joan Marcus

There are just 6 performances remaining, so hurry up and grab your tickets:

• Thursday, March 17 7:30pm
• Friday, March 18 8:00pm
• Saturday, March 19 2:00pm
• Saturday, March 19 8:00pm
• Sunday, March 20 1:00pm
• Sunday, March 20 6:30pm

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Here is the official show blurb if you would like to learn more about the cast and production:

WASHINGTON, DC (January 12, 2016) Leapin’ lizards! With more than 400 performances under her belt, the new U.S. National Tour of Annie will play the National Theatre for one week only, March 15 – 20, 2016. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of Annie is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic 1977 Tony Award®-winning original.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $48 plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available at the National Theatre box office, online at TheNationalDC.com, or by calling (800) 514-3849. A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of best available tickets at $25 each – cash only – will be held at the theater two hours before each performance. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling (202) 628-6161 ext. 227. For more information, call (202) 628-6161 or visit TheNationalDC.com.

After touring the production to 41 cities across the nation, Troika Entertainment, LLC is pleased to announce select new lead cast members for the 2016 leg of the tour.

The new production features a 25-member company: newly cast in the title role of Annie is Heidi Gray, an 11-year-old actress from the Augusta, GA area, making her tour debut. Also new to the Orphanage are Sage Bentley as Tessie, Bridget Carly Marsh as July, Annabelle Wachtel as Molly, and Casey Watkins as Duffy. They join Molly Rose Meredith as Pepper, and Emily Moreland as Kate. Chloe Tiso joins the company as Grace Farrell.

Continuing to star in the company are Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks, Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily, and Jeffrey B. Duncan as FDR. Sunny and Macy, rescue terrier mixes, star as Sandy.

The featured ensemble includes Chelsey Lynn Alfredo, Jonathan Cobrda, Ruby Day, Todd Fenstermaker, Madisen Johnson, Brianne Kennedy, Tyler Lenhart, Brendan Malafronte, Theresa Rowley, Kelsey Shaw, Connor Simpson, and Daniel Forest Sullivan.

Annie has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who incorporates selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography.

The original production of Annie opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album, and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The first national touring company of Annie played National Theatre for 18 weeks in 1978. The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, has been performed in 28 languages, and has been running somewhere around the world for 38 years.

The beloved score for Annie includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by Costume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas), and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown). The lovable mutt “Sandy” is once again trained by Tony Award® Honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde). Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA and Holly Buczek CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.