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By Knight-Ridder News Service | January 5, 1992
The Victorians used to say the sun never sets on the British Empire. These days, it never sets on Andrew Lloyd Webber.Mr. Webber is his own empire, a commercial colossus whose songs sit astride the pop musical world the way the English navy did the 19th-century one. In Germany, a Teutonic Elvis Presley figure called Greaseball sings in Lloyd Webber's "Starlight Express" in the town of Bochum. In the United States, Barbra Streisand and everybody else who was singing "Send in the Clowns" a generation ago have recorded "Memory" from Lloyd Webber's "Cats."
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
OK, so the first thing you need to know about this Midweek Madness installment is that it isn't quite mad. But let's face it, when you think of Patricia Routledge, who turned 85 this week, you think of Hyacinth Bucket (it's pronounced "bouquet"), the fussy, snobby character she portrayed to hilarious effect on the 1990s Britcom "Keeping Up Appearances. " (Given how often it still airs on PBS stations over here, perhaps it could also be called "Keeping Up Ratings. ") One of the many brilliant things about Miss Routledge is her ability to imitate hideous singing as Hyacinth.  It takes a true singer to do that perfectly, and she is a true singer.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
OK, so the first thing you need to know about this Midweek Madness installment is that it isn't quite mad. But let's face it, when you think of Patricia Routledge, who turned 85 this week, you think of Hyacinth Bucket (it's pronounced "bouquet"), the fussy, snobby character she portrayed to hilarious effect on the 1990s Britcom "Keeping Up Appearances. " (Given how often it still airs on PBS stations over here, perhaps it could also be called "Keeping Up Ratings. ") One of the many brilliant things about Miss Routledge is her ability to imitate hideous singing as Hyacinth.  It takes a true singer to do that perfectly, and she is a true singer.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 6, 2007
A sure sign that summer has arrived is the Talent Machine Co. rehearsing for two shows - one for ages 5 to 14 and another for ages 14 and older. Bobbi Smith started the tradition of showcasing talented youngsters in 1987 and expanded her vision until her death in 2001. The legendary choreographer presented three shows a year - two in the summer and one for the Christmas holiday season. Known for their high energy, Talent Machine shows set a benchmark for youth productions. Bobbi's sister, choreographer Vicki Smith, and daughter Lea Capps, TM's executive director, continue to keep her dream alive.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 6, 2007
A sure sign that summer has arrived is the Talent Machine Co. rehearsing for two shows - one for ages 5 to 14 and another for ages 14 and older. Bobbi Smith started the tradition of showcasing talented youngsters in 1987 and expanded her vision until her death in 2001. The legendary choreographer presented three shows a year - two in the summer and one for the Christmas holiday season. Known for their high energy, Talent Machine shows set a benchmark for youth productions. Bobbi's sister, choreographer Vicki Smith, and daughter Lea Capps, TM's executive director, continue to keep her dream alive.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to the Sun | April 28, 1995
Jerry Herman has composed some of the greatest Broadway shows of them all, among them the blockbusters "Hello, Dolly!" and "Mame," and the lesser hits "Milk and Honey" and "Dear World."The most memorable songs in those shows were written for or about his female characters, who were portrayed by such performers as Barbra Streisand, Angela Lansbury and Carol Channing.So it is no surprise that these magnetic songs have been fashioned into a revue titled "Jerry's Girls," now onstage at the Chesapeake Music Hall of Annapolis.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 15, 1999
As its 25th anniversary production, the Howard County Summer Theatre is re-mounting "Hello, Dolly!", a show the theater first produced in 1987. Conni Ross stars as Dolly Gallagher Levi in this Jerry Herman-Michael Stewart musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker." The cast of more than 80 will be directed by Tom Sankey, who also staged the theater's previous production of "Dolly." Proceeds after expenses will benefit the Listening Place, Child Advocacy Center, a Howard County facility that works with victims of child abuse.
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December 10, 2003
The student: Mary Kate Brouillet, 17 School: Glenelg High Special achievement: She earned a first place in voice at the Maryland State Music Teachers Association's spring choral festival. How she became interested in singing: "My mom is a music teacher, and so I've just always had an interest in music and especially in musical theater. I love performing." She has been studying voice for four years. "I loved going to the theater when I was little and seeing performances. I never actually thought of pursuing it myself until I was about 12, when I realized that that's where my strengths were."
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | May 5, 1995
Like most of us, Tere Berry of Arnold got caught up in the sadness of the Oklahoma City bombing.And when the magnitude of the tragedy hit her, she resolved to do what she could to help. "The babies," she says, "that's what I remember the most. I said to myself, 'I've got to do something.' "A mortgage banker-turned-bartender by trade, and one of the area's finest singer-actresses by avocation, Ms. Berry decided to put her musical talents to philanthropic use and arrange a benefit performance for the victims of Oklahoma City.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 4, 2000
As source material for a musical, "The Wild Party" would seem like fairly obscure stuff. Yet the hard-edged, book-length poem by Joseph Moncure March spawned two musicals in New York this season. The Manhattan Theatre Club's off-Broadway production, written by Andrew Lippa, closed April 2. The New York Shakespeare Festival's Broadway rendition, by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe, is vying for a Tony Award tonight, although the show was in danger of closing before the nominations were announced The poem behind all this recent interest was written in 1926 by the man who had been the first managing editor of the New Yorker.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to the Sun | April 28, 1995
Jerry Herman has composed some of the greatest Broadway shows of them all, among them the blockbusters "Hello, Dolly!" and "Mame," and the lesser hits "Milk and Honey" and "Dear World."The most memorable songs in those shows were written for or about his female characters, who were portrayed by such performers as Barbra Streisand, Angela Lansbury and Carol Channing.So it is no surprise that these magnetic songs have been fashioned into a revue titled "Jerry's Girls," now onstage at the Chesapeake Music Hall of Annapolis.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | January 5, 1992
The Victorians used to say the sun never sets on the British Empire. These days, it never sets on Andrew Lloyd Webber.Mr. Webber is his own empire, a commercial colossus whose songs sit astride the pop musical world the way the English navy did the 19th-century one. In Germany, a Teutonic Elvis Presley figure called Greaseball sings in Lloyd Webber's "Starlight Express" in the town of Bochum. In the United States, Barbra Streisand and everybody else who was singing "Send in the Clowns" a generation ago have recorded "Memory" from Lloyd Webber's "Cats."
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2003
Baltimore-based Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. added to its international holdings yesterday with the announcement that it has bought a university and a vocational school in Chile. Sylvan paid $68.2 million for control of Universidad Nacional Andres Bello and Academia de Idiomas y Estudios Profesionales, a technical and vocational institute, in Chile. "We're very excited to talk about this acquisition today, really not only because it's a superb opportunity for Sylvan, but because it really advances the strategy that we've been talking about for the past several months," Douglas L. Becker, Sylvan's chairman and chief executive officer, said during a conference call.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2004
A show that opens with award-winning potential is a rarity, but 2nd Star Productions' Mame seemed a winner at its debut last weekend at Bowie Playhouse in Whitemarsh Park. In 1957, a script by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee brought Patrick Dennis' autobiographical novel to theater with a memorable score by Jerry Herman. They tell the story of orphaned, 10-year-old Patrick, who goes to live with his aunt after the death of his father. Auntie Mame holds parties awash in bathtub gin, savoring the Roaring Twenties in her Manhattan apartment.
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