Anastasia at Hippodrome

Baltimore audiences will journey to the past this month as Anastasia waltzes into the Hippodrome Theatre. Running through Sunday, December 9th, Anastasia transports audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman named Anya sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actor Stephen Brower […]

Secret Relationships in the Golden Age of Films

Acclaimed director Sidney Lumet once said in his book Making Movies, “I don’t know how to choose work that illuminates what my life is about. I don’t know what my life is about and don’t examine it. My life will define itself as I live it.” In the upcoming film As Long as I’m Famous director-screenwriter Bruce Reisman creates a deeply moving, romantic, and witty homage to classic Broadway and Hollywood legends. Inspired by real events that took place during the summer of 1948, the film intertwines the lives of several show-business and celebrity luminaries who mingled with Broadway’s elite. […]

Cover Stories

The concept of singer/songwriters revisiting their work in new and different settings is not an original one. Some of the most interesting include Joni Mitchell’s Travelogue, Cyndi Lauper’s The Body Acoustic, and, more recently, the Indigo Girls’ Live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra. On In the Blue Light (Legacy), a new studio album that marks Paul Simon’s return to the Sony Music family of labels, the legendary artist offers “fresh perspectives” on ten of his favorite songs. That’s an important distinction, because if you were expecting to hear some of your favorites, you’ll have to look elsetwhere. Simon […]

Rufus Wainwright Brings Anniversary Tour to Mid-Atlantic Region

Rufus Wainwright once said, “I like to make the mundane fabulous whenever I can,” and for over two decades that is exactly what the singer, songwriter, and composer has done. Performing at the Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday, December 8th, Wainwright brings his “All These Poses Anniversary Tour” to the Mid-Atlantic region to the delight of his fans. The concert tour commemorates the 20th anniversary of his 1998 self-titled debut album, as well as his second studio album, 2001’s Poses. The American-Canadian artist recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding his upcoming tour, his new music and his hope for […]

Hallelujah! Handel’s Messiah at the BSO

Legend has it that when Handel’s Messiah debuted in 1742, King George II was so moved by the “Hallejuah” chorus that he stood up, and the audience followed suit. Whether or not this is true, standing during the song became a musical tradition that has lasted the centuries. On December 8th and 9th, attendees of Handel’s Messiah performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale (CAB) will be able to partake in the tradition at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Conductor Edward Polochick will lead the BSO and CAB in this annual favorite. “After […]

Your Castle, Your Refuge

For Joanna Gaines, designing a home is less about style rules and more about telling a story. A home can be curated for perfection, but it can also be designed to tell the story of the people who inhabit it – their lives, travels, interests, personality, and more. That narrative is what turns a building into a place that people want to live in and love instead of being a modern version of the “nice room” at grandma’s house that was only for special company. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave is tailored to help […]

The Importance of Being Earnest at Everyman

Audiences will run “Wilde” this month at Everyman Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Running through December 30th, the production directed by Joseph Ritsch is Oscar Wilde’s much-loved tour-de-farce which lampoons Victorian norms. Audiences will enjoy a jovial joyride of double lives, double entendres, and labyrinthine twists and turns. Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen and her friend Cecily both fall for a man named Ernest (of whom Lady Bracknell disapproves), but whether wit or wisdom will prevail is anybody’s guess. Courtships, class, and convention square off with handbags, puns, and perambulators in this deliciously quotable comedy. Company member Bruce Randolph […]

The Little Mermaid Swims into Toby’s Dinner Theatre

The seaweed is definitely greener at Toby’s Dinner Theatre as The Little Mermaid swims into town this month. Running until January 13th, 2019, the beloved Disney tale follows the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who lives in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, yet longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above with Prince Eric. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Justin Calhoun who plays Prince Eric in the production. “I think audiences should expect to see a dazzling retelling of the classic Disney story,” Calhoun began. “It’s something to see! The story you saw as a child […]

Really Retro

Hello 1968! It’s nice to hear from you again. Coming as it did after 1967’s ambitious (and symphonic) Days of Future Past, the Moody Blues’s 1968 album In Search of the Lost Chord (Deram / UMC), reissued in an expanded 50th anniversary edition, had a lot resting on its shoulders. A thoroughly psychedelic affair – check out “Legend of a Mind” with its Timothy Leary name-check – it’s a departure in more ways than one. Regardless, the album was accessible even if you weren’t partaking in mind-altering substances. “Ride My See-Saw” is one of the band’s most popular songs, and […]

Blowing His Own…Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti Nov. 23rd to 25th

“I’ve always loved the challenge of playing the trumpet,” says Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Over the past three decades, Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist with four number one jazz albums and has performed with musical legends like Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Josh Groban, Lady Gaga, and others. On November 23rd to 25th, he will return to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s SuperPops series. Botti’s love for the trumpet is obvious to anyone who has listened to his albums or performances, but he is quick to mention the obstacles […]