July 25, 2011
The lively new production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is another opportunity to consider the deep local roots of this show - and to ponder your preference for it in one medium or another. My own vote for best version has to go to the original 1988 movie, directed by John Waters. How can anyone ever surpass the late Divine as that plus-sized Baltimore housewife and icon, Edna Turnblad? The Broadway musical is great fun too, of course, and there have been several memorable actors playing Edna, as well as her similarly hefty daughter, Tracy, who undertakes a fight for civil rights and social justice on several fronts.
June 21, 2011
Like "The Secret Garden" that gives this 1991 Broadway musical its title, the production at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre takes a while to blossom. It has its share of vocal highlights and always remains enjoyable, but the story's powerful emotions are fitfully conveyed before finally coming across with full force at the end. The reason partly lies in the musical itself. Based on the beloved 1911 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the story concerns a 10-year-old girl, Mary Lennox, who is orphaned when her parents suddenly die in India.
July 23, 1998
"Blood Brothers," the long-running British musical about ill-fated twin brothers, separated at birth, opens tomorrow at Cockpit in Court's Upstairs Cabaret Theatre.Written by Willy Russell, author of "Shirley Valentine" and "Educating Rita," the musical is a kind of updated version of "The Prince and the Pauper," in which a cleaning lady is coerced into secretly giving one of the newborn twins to her wealthy employer. Cockpit's production is directed by Eric Potter and stars Jason Ayestes and Tom Burns as the twins and Liz Boyer as their birth mother.
July 27, 2012
The Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is in the midst of its 40th anniversary season, a significant milestone for a company that has tackled a sizable breadth of repertoire, from "Lysistrata" to "Hairspray," and maintained wallet-friendly ticket prices the whole time. This year, the troupe, based at the Community College of Baltimore County in Essex, has offered productions of "The King and I" and "Steel Magnolias," as well as a children's show, "Dr. Dolittle. " An eager, if uneven, production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard" opened last weekend on the main stage; "Laura," a play version of the hit 1940s film, opens Friday in the cabaret theater.
March 30, 2012
This week's apparent mental breakdown by a Jet Blue pilot could have had a very different ending. Imagine that the ill pilot had pulled the gun that many pilots now carry and started a gunfight in the cockpit. The law that allows pilots to bring arms onto planes was enacted following the9/11tragedy. But over the years, we watched time and again as brave passengers have dealt with safety threats directly without the need of armed force. Within recent weeks we've witnessed graphic on-board meltdowns by a flight attendant and now a pilot.
July 25, 1991
Two neurotic composers hungry for a hit song travel the rocky road of romance in Cockpit in Court's scintillating version of the musical "They're Playing Our Song," being presented on the Mainstage of Essex Community College through Sunday.This snappy, bright and very funny look at the up-and-down relationship between a man and a woman was written by Neil Simon, with grand music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager that incisively reveal the frustrations, longings and hopes of all lovers everywhere.