Baltimore Comedy Fest Paves New Comedic Frontiers

Running from August 29th to September 3rd, the second annual Baltimore Comedy Festival promises to have Charm City in stitches as it stretches throughout the city in over 20 venues. The festival founder, comedian Ivan Martin, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss the upcoming event and what makes Baltimore the new stand-up comedy frontier. “We have built upon last year’s brand of comedy, and we now have 100 comedians, 60 of whom are from outside the DMV-area and ten outside of the country, performing at this year’s festival,” Martin began. “It was shocking that there were that many people […]

Toby’s Heather Beck Takes Mamma Mia! to Soaring Heights

Mamma Mia! continues to dance its way into the hearts of audiences this month at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, MD.  Running until September 9th, Mamma Mia! is the story of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity, which brings three very different men from her mother’s past back into her life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Heather Beck who plays Donna, the protagonist’s mother in the performance.  “This performance is just absolutely fun!” Began actress Heather Beck.  “The show is just high-energy, and it can’t help but put a smile on the faces of our audiences.”  Beck’s depiction of Donna, who is also portrayed by Meryl Streep in the on-screen […]

Take a Chance on Mamma Mia! at Toby’s

I grew up with the music of ABBA, and it’s safe to say most people are familiar with their multitude of hits. And of course, most people also know those songs were folded into a Broadway musical that ran for more than 5,700 performances. I was fortunate enough to see the final tour of Mamma Mia! when it came to Baltimore in January of 2017. I enjoyed the show, the cast and, most of all, the music which actually seemed a bit more important than the story. It has to be difficult to construct a story around already established songs […]

Baltimore Skater Stars in Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Crystal’

Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever on-ice production, “Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience,” is more than just an ice show. Exploring the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s history, the unique production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating with acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Running from July 5th through 8th at the Royal Farms Arena, the performance brings together gymnasts and skaters that perform acrobatics on both the ice and the air. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Crystal skater, and Baltimore-native, Scott Smith regarding his upcoming performance in the show. “Audiences are […]

Baltimore Comic Premieres First Comedy Special

Charm City’s resident comedic jewel, Michael Furr, is celebrating the upcoming film release of his self-proclaimed “super gay stand-up comedy special” called “Straight Acting.” Available both on his website Michaelfurr.com and very soon to Amazon Prime, the hour long stand-up special is hilariously entertaining and will have audiences in stitches. Furr recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about the upcoming release, his material and his upcoming projects. Frankie Kujawa: Michael, your new special is absolutely hysterical! From where do you draw your material? Michael Furr: It’s all from personal experience. It’s all stories and conversations that I’ve had with friends, or […]

Toby’s Revives Mamma Mia!

In conjunction with the upcoming premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again opening in theatres on July 20th, Toby’s Dinner Theatre is bringing the ABBA-infused musical Mamma Mia! to the stage this month. Running until September 9th, Mamma Mia! is the story of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity, which brings three very different men from her mother’s past back into her life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Maggie Dransfield who plays daughter Sophie in the performance. “Audience can expect more than just an ABBA concert.” Began Dransfield. “That’s something that Mark [Minnick, director and choreographer] has […]

Triwizard Tourney at the BSO

Dragons, a maze, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Daniel Radcliffe’s unfortunate haircut – the Triwizard Tournament is heading to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Hear the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) play the score alongside a special viewing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from July 12th through July 14th. Audience members may be enjoying Harry’s thrilling fourth year at Hogwarts, but the BSO will be hard at work behind the scenes. Many people do not realize the level of preparation involved with these live orchestra and movie performances. “In terms of the non-musical part of the production, our staff first receives a […]

Instagram Celeb Has Audiences Hooked for a Cause

You probably know Max Emerson. His name may not immediately ring a bell; however, the actor, author, director, YouTuber, and model is best known for his social media and posts found Instagram.com/Maxisms. Emerson graduated from the University of Miami’s theatre conservatory in 2009 with a BFA in performance / directing. He’s written and directed theatrical and film productions. His novel Hot Sissy – Life Before Flashbulbs debuted in Miami, with a limited print of 500 copies (complete with original Polaroid). Emerson recently wrote and directed the movie Hooked, which was released theatrically, as well as on DVD / VOD earlier […]

Nationalism in Focus at Quarry Theatre

The Quarry Theatre examines history through the lens of live performance. By excavating media, text, statistics, sound, and fine art they embark on a continual quest to seek answers to the great “Why?” questions of the human experience. The theatre will be tackling this in the world premiere performance of Meditations on Nationalism, June 21st to 23rd at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (811 Cathedral Street). The performance will be a live theatre event exploring, unpacking, physicalizing, and meditating on the topic of oppressive nationalism, which has seeped into the national consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election. Baltimore OUTloud recently […]

Local Burlesque Performer Flexes Creative Gunn(s)

“Provocative. Creatively arousing. Visually stunning.” These are just some of the adjectives that describe recent work by burlesque performer Brian Thomas aka Tommy Gunn. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the performer and Hereford, Maryland, native, to discuss his background as a performer, the inspiration behind his work and some of his upcoming performances during Baltimore Pride Season. Frankie Kujawa: What inspired you to begin performing? Brian Thomas: I’m a trained musical theatre actor and musician. I started in the arts when I was about nine years-old. I trained and played the violin for nine years. I always had a venue […]