Advertisement
HomeCollectionsRock Opera
IN THE NEWS

Rock Opera

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
By Tim Kreider | September 19, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Billie Holiday's name. The Sun regrets the error.  I traveled back to my hometown of Baltimore last weekend to reprise my role as that important historical figure, The Devil, in a rock opera about the Battle of Baltimore. This was the long-anticipated bicentennial performance of "1814!: The War of 1812 Rock Opera," a project some old friends of mine, Dave Israel and David Dudley, conceived in the bars of Fort Avenue back in 1992, before we had anything worse to do. They'd always envisioned mounting a spectacular, all-star production of the thing on the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry, in the unimaginable science-fiction year of 2014.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
By Tim Kreider | September 19, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Billie Holiday's name. The Sun regrets the error.  I traveled back to my hometown of Baltimore last weekend to reprise my role as that important historical figure, The Devil, in a rock opera about the Battle of Baltimore. This was the long-anticipated bicentennial performance of "1814!: The War of 1812 Rock Opera," a project some old friends of mine, Dave Israel and David Dudley, conceived in the bars of Fort Avenue back in 1992, before we had anything worse to do. They'd always envisioned mounting a spectacular, all-star production of the thing on the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry, in the unimaginable science-fiction year of 2014.
Advertisement
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 8, 2000
With limited footage and an open-air setting defining the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre's physical space, it is no surprise that productions there tend to be dominated by talented performers rather than spectacular staging. As I walked into the theater Saturday evening to take in ASGT's current production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and saw the spartan set with its multileveled black piping more reminiscent of "West Side Story" fire escapes than of the Holy Land under Roman occupation, I had no reason to believe that trend was about to change.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013
John Marra's full-time job is an assistant community lot projects coordinator at Civic Works. But his second job, although he works for free, is quartermaster of puppets for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. "We get paid in glory," said Marra, 28, who is originally from Queens, N.Y., but now lives in Harwood. The Baltimore Rock Opera Society began in 2007. It is a completely volunteer organization "on a mission to melt faces and blow minds with the power of rock theater for next 7,000 years," Marra said.
NEWS
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | August 16, 2009
First, take a bunch of recent college grads with an interest in fantasy, horror and heavy metal. Mix in an indeterminate amount of beer. Let rise for several months. Garnish with a couple of umlauts. Then brace yourself for an original rock opera called "Gr?ndleh?mmer," currently in the early-rehearsal phase and scheduled for a premiere in October at a Charles Village venue. The project is nothing if not ambitious - five acts, 15 songs, a seven-piece band, a cast of about two dozen and the promise of lots of violence, heroics and humor.
FEATURES
By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2002
Good rock opera isn't just born. It evolves. First comes a seed of inspiration, possibly triggered by mind-altering substances. Then it sprouts into a concept (something plausible, like a deaf, dumb and blind pinball champion). Next it is cultivated - the story line plotted, the characters developed and the songs written. After that, it lays around on a shelf. When it does come up occasionally, much in the way last night's anchovies do, its creators make a face, wonder "what were we thinking?"
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 16, 1996
"I'm a sensation," sings the title character in one of the more than two dozen songs in "The Who's Tommy." But the touring production at the Mechanic Theatre is much less of a sensation than the Broadway production that preceded it.The problem isn't the cast. The talented leads and ensemble, directed by Victoria Bussert, bring vibrancy and enthusiasm to their performances, particularly Michael Seelbach in the title role.Blessed with teen-idol good looks and a strong, pop-flavored singing voice, Seelbach is both youthful and sexy enough to make Tommy an appealing protagonist.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine | February 12, 1998
Everybody knows the Who's "Tommy," but that wasn't the group's only rock opera. There was also "Quadrophenia" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Bravo), the story of a disaffected young Briton named Jimmy who is trying to find a place for himself in the early-'60s world of Mods and Rockers. Not only is "Quadrophenia" a large-scale dramatic work like "Tommy"; it, too, was made into a film.While Who fans will argue vehemently over which rock opera was the better album, there's no question over which made the better movie.
NEWS
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun theater critic | July 13, 2008
Catonsville resident Rosanna Tufts had the most proper, most elite of musical educations, but deep in her soul, she yearned for more earthy entertainments. So Tufts threw off the bonds of her conservatory upbringing and ran off to join the musical theater. "Stage musicals and light opera are my real passion," she says. "They allow me to sing, but also to act and occasionally dance." And, occasionally, they allow Tufts to compose. Excerpts from her rock opera, The Passion of Persephone, are being performed this month at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2009
FRIDAY 'GRUNDLEHAMMER': Forget "Tommy" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Grundlehammer" is a rock opera for the masses. The Baltimore Rock Opera Society and its seven-piece metal orchestra perform 15 original rock songs in this medieval fantasy at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St. The show is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8-$10. Go to baltimorerockopera.org. SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL: More than 250 juried artists display their crafts, including pottery, sculpture, jewelry, fashion and furniture, at Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road.
MOBILE
May 9, 2012
View the photo gallery for all of this week's picks
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2011
A steady snap of beer cans being opened punctuated the air as members of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society gathered earlier this week to rehearse — this volunteer, do-it-yourself ensemble runs on beer. They may need a few more cases, given the challenges they've set for themselves. The creators of the 31/2-hour medieval fantasy "Grundlehammer" that launched the BROS to a heavy metal beat in 2009 are back with a double-header that premieres this weekend in their new home, a newly renovated theater in Charles Village.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2010
On two recent evenings, Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for Performing Arts offered audiences a historic look at 45 years of rock opera one night and an extraordinary display of dance talents on another. "The History of Rock Opera II" was a concert created and directed by Douglas B. Byerly that showcased the talents of AACC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, accompanied by the AACC Rock Orchestra. And in "Perpetual Motion," the AACC Dance Company presented an exciting, wide-ranging program coordinated by artistic director Lynda P. Fitzgerald, who established the troupe 21 years ago. Following the earlier Part 1 concert, "The History of Rock Opera II" covered the genre using a wide range of works.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2010
To paraphrase the most familiar song from "Rent," there are 525,600 reasons to love the show at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. The in-the-round configuration is an ideal setting for the production, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. The crowd-pleasing rock musical ran for 12 years on Broadway, and Toby's staging catches the vitality, excitement and seediness of the show's New York East Village bohemian locale.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2009
FRIDAY 'GRUNDLEHAMMER': Forget "Tommy" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Grundlehammer" is a rock opera for the masses. The Baltimore Rock Opera Society and its seven-piece metal orchestra perform 15 original rock songs in this medieval fantasy at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St. The show is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8-$10. Go to baltimorerockopera.org. SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL: More than 250 juried artists display their crafts, including pottery, sculpture, jewelry, fashion and furniture, at Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road.
NEWS
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | August 16, 2009
First, take a bunch of recent college grads with an interest in fantasy, horror and heavy metal. Mix in an indeterminate amount of beer. Let rise for several months. Garnish with a couple of umlauts. Then brace yourself for an original rock opera called "Gr?ndleh?mmer," currently in the early-rehearsal phase and scheduled for a premiere in October at a Charles Village venue. The project is nothing if not ambitious - five acts, 15 songs, a seven-piece band, a cast of about two dozen and the promise of lots of violence, heroics and humor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Karin Remesch | May 9, 1996
'Tommy' tunesThe story of a boy struck deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing a murder and his extraordinary journey to recovery will be told in a succession of songs and instrumentals in the rock opera "The Who's Tommy," opening Tuesday and running through May 19 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre. The Who first gave voice to Tommy in 1969 with its landmark concept album of the rock opera. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 7: 30 p.m. Sundays.
NEWS
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun theater critic | July 13, 2008
Catonsville resident Rosanna Tufts had the most proper, most elite of musical educations, but deep in her soul, she yearned for more earthy entertainments. So Tufts threw off the bonds of her conservatory upbringing and ran off to join the musical theater. "Stage musicals and light opera are my real passion," she says. "They allow me to sing, but also to act and occasionally dance." And, occasionally, they allow Tufts to compose. Excerpts from her rock opera, The Passion of Persephone, are being performed this month at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington.
NEWS
By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 7, 2005
From the first notes, the Annapolis Chorale's performance of the Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin was captivating. The opening song, "Magic to Do," was so compellingly interpreted by the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and chorus singing without words that I wanted the sound to continue without becoming a solo for the Leading Player - as the program dictates. Always forging new horizons, music director J. Ernest Green started the 2005-2006 season Saturday at Maryland Hall with the Annapolis Chorale's first venture into rock opera - an exciting departure from past opening pops concerts.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.