February 26, 2000
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, the African-American dramatic soprano who had performed in Baltimore, was such a commanding presence on the stage that she was often compared to Adelina Patti, one of the greatest coloratura Italian opera singers of the 19th century. Jones, who sang for presidents and kings and was denied a role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York because she was black, was known throughout her career as "the Black Patti," a name she somewhat despised. Born in Portsmouth, Va., in 1869, the daughter of a former slave and Baptist minister, Jones moved in 1876 with her family to Providence, R.I. She began singing as a child at the Pond Street Baptist Church there and studied at the Providence Academy of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music.
May 16, 2013
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre will begin its 47th season of theater under the stars May 23 with Paul Kelly's "Swing. " The show, which debuted on Broadway in 1999, will open the troupe's season of three musicals at the outdoor theater at 143 Compromise St., across from City Dock. Loaded with great music from the eras of the Lindy Hop to hip-hop, "Swing" will run Thursdays to Sundays through June 15. Summer Garden Theatre president Carolyn Kirby says "Swing" is "not our typical musical, but a celebration of a uniquely American musical phenomenon.
June 4, 2012
She isn't quite 5 feet tall, but Kristin Chenoweth has achieved uncommon stature in show business, thanks to consistently sizzling performances on Broadway, including an indelible portrayal of Glinda in "Wicked"that earned her a Tony nomination, and several television shows. With just the slightest touch of hyperbole, "Glee"actor Chris Colfer neatly expressed Chenoweth's appeal after her guest appearance on that series, telling the Los Angeles Times that "working with Kristin is what I can imagine what a priest would go through if he worked with Jesus.
August 16, 2006
Young performers ages 8 to 15 are spending their afternoons this week on stage, learning the craft of musical theater and planning their own cabaret-style show. According to the Web site of the Children's The atre of Annapolis, the Kids Cabaret IV workshop fo cuses on musical training, acting tips and movement skills. The culmination of the workshop will be the performance of the participants' own show Friday.
March 28, 1994
Genevieve BaerSchool: Centennial High School.Hometown: Ellicott City.Age: 17.Genevieve will compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional competition next month in the musical theater category. She won the local singing competition over more than 20 contestants at American University in FebruaryAt school, she has directed and played the lead in a dozen school plays and spring musicals, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Guys and Dolls," "Pippin" and "The Foreigner."
December 20, 2006
Musical theater -- The Bay Theatre Company will present A Man of No Importance at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 13 at 275 West St., Annapolis. The show is about the people of an Irish town and how they deal with life and love. The doors open 20 minutes before the start of the show. The cost is $22, and $17 for seniors and students with valid identification. Group rates are available. Free parking is available at the West Garrett garage. Information: 410-268-1333.