Sitting Down with Broadway’s ‘Phantom’

Laura Farmer: First and foremost, you’re the current “Phantom” from Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. What do you enjoy about the role and show? What are its challenges? Ben Crawford: Playing Phantom is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! It requires so much energy to portray him well. But it’s such an iconic character. It has definitely become a labor of love to really bring the best I can to this role. The thing I appreciate about the show is that it brings so many themes to the audience to sort through, yet it doesn’t fully fill […]

Cats Claws its Way into Baltimore’s Hippodrome

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic, Cats, claws its way to the Hippodrome Theatre this January. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with performer Giovanni DiGabrielle who plays the role of Skimbleshanks in the performance. The Philadelphia-native began his academic career in the arts by performing in school musicals and community plays, before eventually launching his professional dance training when he was 19 years-old. Now in his fourth national tour, DiGabrielle shares with readers his belief as to why Cats has such an enduring legacy for audiences of all ages. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming performance of Cats? Giovanni DiGabrielle: […]

Jesus Christ Superstar Heralds the Passion at the Hippodrome

Jesus Christ Superstar, the iconic musical phenomenon, celebrates its 50th anniversary in a new mesmerizing production at the Hippodrome this month. Running until Sunday, December 22nd, the musical’s story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with ensemble member Jacob Lacopo. “This [rock opera] is exciting in itself, but this specific 50th […]

Hippodrome’s Aladdin to Take Charm City on a Magic Carpet Ride

Running at the Hippodrome Theatre from Wednesday, November 13th to Sunday, December 1st, Disney’s Aladdin takes audiences on a magic carpet ride to discover a whole new world. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Rutherford, New Jersey-native Ben Chavez about his upcoming role as Omar in the Disney classic. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming performance of Aladdin? Ben Chavez: They will see a beautiful love story about two people who feel stuck in two very different worlds and want to escape to find a better life for themselves. They face a lot of trials, but they do […]

Cirque Italia Brings Aquatic Circus to Fredrick

Cirque Italia presents “Aquatic Spectacular” in Frederick, Maryland, running from October 31st to November 3rd. The name reflects a unique attribute under the tent, as the show features a custom designed water stage that travels from city to city. The stage holds 35,000 gallons of water that performers dazzle over while thrilling the audience with every move. With this “unique feature” under the tent, guests will be surprised, for it’s a show all its own! Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Guillermo Fernandez, who performs the death-defying stunt, the “Wheel of Death.” Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming […]

Ryan Jamaal Swain: His Thoughts on Thoughts of a Colored Man at Center Stage

James Baldwin once said, “Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.”  It’s evident in the first few minutes of meeting actor Ryan Jamaal Swain, that the dynamic performer is the sheer embodiment of Baldwin’s words.  From his powerful performance as Damon on FX’s Pose to his magnetic role as Love in Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man, Swain has brought intensity, light and grace to his work.  In Baltimore Center Stage’s Thoughts of a Colored Man […]

Phantom of the Opera Haunts the Hippodrome This October

The “Music of the Night” will waft through the streets of Charm City this month as Phantom of the Opera takes to the Hippodrome Stage from Wednesday, October 9th through Sunday, October 20th. Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, the central plot of Phantom revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Paris Opera House. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Rob Lindley, who portrays Monsieur André in the musical. “This performance is a chance for audiences to see the longest-running Broadway show […]

Thriving on the Fringe: 2019 Charm City Fringe Festival

With Baltimore’s ever-growing fringe theatre community, Charm City Fringe is bringing artists out of the woodwork to present what they do best. Running from October 10th to 20th, the festival will be held in the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, dishing up fresh new shows, after-parties with live music and comedy, exclusive festival collaborations, and special deals city-wide. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the Charm City Fringe prez Zachary Michel. “There’s a lot of new stuff that we’re really excited about,” says Michel. “We moved the entire festival up a month to October, which along with warmer weather and longer […]

Nourishing Soul & Spirit

Everyman Theatre’s upcoming 2019-2020 season will offer audiences the best that Baltimore theatre has to offer! Along with celebrating a brand-new upstairs stage, Everyman Theatre continues to provide stories that nourish both the human soul and spirit. “This season is one of the most exciting in Everyman history,” said Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi. “We’ve expanded our lineup and are bringing a new festival with cutting edge work by some of today’s hottest playwrights. The new works combined with American classics and fan favorites ensure we’re bringing something everyone loves the stage.” Running from September 3rd to October 6th, […]

Delving into the Heart of Storytelling

Baltimore Center Stage’s upcoming 2019/2020 season offers audiences a fabulous journey through storytelling and the imagination. “Though this marks the 57th season for Baltimore Center Stage, it’s the first for me,” began Aritistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. “Curating this season meant leaning unapologetically into imaginative storytelling jam-packed with joy. And by centering the voices of artists whose identities are normally diminished and erased, I think the 2019-2020 season at Baltimore Center Stage puts this art form one step closer to fulfilling its ultimate potential.” Everyone has baggage in Miss You Like Hell, running September 12th to October 13th. This timely mother-daughter […]