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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 27, 2002
Two summer theater series have launched their seasons with shows about legendary Americans who lived two centuries apart. 1776 is a historic musical not merely because it's about a chapter of American history, but also because it's something of a historic achievement itself. How else would you describe Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards' successful transformation of the signing of the Declaration of Independence - a pivotal but potentially dry episode - into moving musical theater? When the curtain rises on Cockpit in Court's main stage, the tableau of the Second Continental Congress created by designer James J. Fasching is as striking as a museum painting.
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February 22, 2009
Community gardening plots available in spring The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Agricultural Marketing Program has announced that the Howard County Conservancy will break ground for a community garden this spring. The conservancy's 63 garden plots are available to rent for $40. The plots are 20 feet by 25 feet. A pollinator garden will attract beneficial insects and wildlife. Deer fencing, water and compost bins will be provided. Gardens are to be pesticide-free, and Bay Wise gardening techniques will be encouraged.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2013
An ambitious bookworm in my youth, I once started Victor Hugo's Les Miserables . It was on a recommended-reading list. I ground to a halt a few pages in and discarded the recommended-reading list. I have never seen the musical and have never consciously listened to any of the tunes. And now, as you are already surmising, I intend to give the movie a miss.  I've had a warning from TheMattWalshBlog : "  I cried tears of blissful joy when Russell Crowe threw himself off a bridge at the end because it meant he'd finally stop singing.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | June 20, 1991
Stephens Hall, the impressive Victorian building facing York Road on the Towson State University campus, and its theater have undergone a complete renovation making the 75-year-old building a state-of-the-art facility.Polished birch wood accents the original turn-of-the-century stylthe remodeled theater. A gala featuring an invitation-only performance of TSU's Maryland Arts Festival production of "West Side Story," directed by Ken Urmston, will be held in the theater Saturday evening. The occasion also commemorates the anniversary of Towson State University.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | November 23, 1990
"Motown 30: What's Going On" is much, much more than a celebration of the three-plus decades of this record label -- it is at once a variety show as old-fashioned as Ed Sullivan, and on the cutting edge as much as Keenan Ivory Wayans.But more importantly, producers Suzanne DePasse and Don Mischer have built this show around a theme -- the demonstration of how, during the last four decades, African-American contributions to the arts moved from the marginal to the mainstream, from the street corners of the do-wop singers to the Top 40 charts, from the 15-minute show Nat King Cole briefly had in 1957 to the hit that "In Living Color" has become in 1990.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
The folks at Colonial Players have found a foolproof recipe for feel-good entertainment at "The Spitfire Grill. " The players' current musical presentation is based on TV writer/director Lee David Zlotoff's 1996 Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award winning film. The musical version won the Richard Rogers Production Award in New Jersey before opening on Broadway in September 2001. It closed after four weeks, a victim of 9/ll. Over the past decade "The Spitfire Grill" has spread its uplifting message of renewal and redemption, reinforced by its intriguing score to a growing number of appreciative audiences.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | April 21, 2005
It's back in Baltimore - where it belongs. "It" is Audrey II, the carnivorous plant at the center of the fun-with-Faust musical Little Shop of Horrors, and it's in residence at the Hippodrome Theatre for two weeks. The reasons it belongs here are twofold: 1. The lyrics describe Audrey II as "something out of Edgar Allan Poe," and, in case Baltimoreans need to be reminded, the Hippodrome is only a couple blocks from Poe's grave; and 2. the late Howard Ashman, who penned the show's clever lyrics and book, was a native Baltimorean.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 19, 2004
You can have great successes that go around the world, but in the musical theater, that hit needs to also be a hit on Broadway." It's indicative of the strength of the Broadway brand that these are the words of a British producer, who also happens to be one of the most successful musical theater producers of all time. Cameron Mackintosh makes this statement in Broadway: The American Musical, the monumental six-part PBS series that airs at 9 p.m. today through Thursday on MPT (Channels 22 and 67)
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | January 27, 2005
When a lavish new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I arrives at the Hippodrome next week -- its third stop on an 11-month national tour -- theater fans will have a chance to see the work of one of America's more prodigious actresses. Millions know Stefanie Powers as the glamorous, crime-stopping star of such TV series as The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (1967-68) and Hart to Hart (1979-84), but in a five-decade career that began in Hollywood at the age of 15, she has also starred in multiple motion pictures (The Interns, McClintock!
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