Hunchback of Notre Dame at Toby’s

Running until May 19th, Toby’s Dinner Theatre presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The musical is a stunning retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. As the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris, Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, longs to be “Out There,” celebrating the “Feast of Fools.” Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Baltimore-native Jessica Bennett to discuss her upcoming role as Esmerelda in the musical. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from Toby’s rendition of one of theatre’s great classics? Jessica Bennett: I think […]

Schoolhouse Murder Set to Song

This April, an advanced workshop and two staged readings of the new musical Living Over the Rainbow will take place in Dallas, Texas. The play is based on a true story that made national headlines in 2008 when a young gay teenager, Lawrence King, was murdered by a fellow classmate at his high school in Oxnard, California. The circumstances of his death and the issues brought to light by it have now been made into a heartfelt and inspirational work about acceptance and finding peace crafted by Roz Esposito. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Esposito, whose book and score brilliantly […]

A Bronx Tale at National Theatre

For one week only, the hit musical A Bronx Tale will make its debut March 26th to 31st at The National Theatre in Washington DC. Based on the one-man show by Chazz Palminteri and the movie featuring Palminteri and Robert De Niro, A Bronx Tale is described as being Jersey Boys meets West Side Story. From the way actor Antonio Beverly tells it, there couldn’t be a more accurate description of the production. “The story is about love. It follows this Italian American boy fighting with his love for streets, but then he falls in love with this African-American girl, […]

Poppy Champlin’s ‘Queer Queens of Qomedy’ Back to B’more

Charm City is always buzzing when the delightfully funny Poppy Champlin is in town. Back in Baltimore to perform “The Queer Queens of Qomedy” at Magooby’s Joke House on Sunday, March 31st, Poppy brings with her two additional comedians that will be sure to have audiences in stitches. Poppy recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to tell audiences about the performance, a health scare, and the healing touch found in comedy. “This is the fourth or fifth time our Queer Queens of Qomedy have come back to Baltimore,” Champlin noted. “Baltimore seems to love us, and I love that we keep […]

Ben Rimalower’s Throwing Out His Muscials CDs

Theatrical director, writer, actor, and playwright Ben Rimalower understands the importance of hard work. As the author and star of Off-Off-Broadway’s long-running, critically acclaimed, smash hit solo plays Bad with Money and homage to all things Patti LuPone Patti Issues, Rimalower’s talent know no bounds. As writer and director of Real Housewives of New York star Luann De Lesseps’ cabaret show Countess and Friends, Rimalower has helped propel the reality star’s act into a record-breaking cabaret act throughout the country. The ever-creative Rimalower has also began writing a weekly column on BroadwayWorld.com entitled “Throwing Out My CDs” in which the […]

Dinner with Friends at Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre’s Beth Hylton is one of the Baltimore theater community’s indomitable powerhouse actresses. The DC-based member of the Everyman resident company recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding her upcoming role in Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends – the tale of a fabulous dinner at the home of food writers Gabe and Karen which abruptly comes to a halt when Beth drops the bomb that husband Tom wants out of their 12-year marriage. Both couples suddenly find themselves grappling with questions of loyalty, individuality, and commitment. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming performance of Dinner with Friends? […]

Crooning the American Songbook

When Michael Feinstein moved to California at the age of 20, he went to a psychic to receive some life’s direction. A waiter at a piano bar where he was playing had made the suggestion. “I’d never been to a psychic,” he says, “And I figured $25 – what the heck?” The psychic told him that, in the future, he’d be singing music and be known as much for the way he “set up” songs as for how he sang them. And that’s exactly what Feinstein is doing today. Feinstein’s breakthrough performance came in spring 1985 when, by default, he […]

Baltimore Audiences ‘Rocks’ with ‘The King’ at the Hippodrome Theatre

The Hippodrome Theatre, the crown jewel of the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, is rocking with royalty as Rock of Ages and The King And I both take the stage this February. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Rock of Ages’ Chris Renalds (Franz) and The King and I’s Keiji Kubo (Ensemble) to discuss the upcoming performances. Celebrating its tenth anniversary tour, Rock of Ages (running Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th) captures the iconic era that was big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is,” “Feel the Noise,” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset […]

The Magic of ‘Gypsy’ Lights Up Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Everything is coming up roses at Toby’s Dinner Theatre this month as Gypsytakes the stage, running until Sunday, March 17th. Regarded by many theatre professionals as the greatest musical ever created, Gypsy is the tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success while secretly yearning for her own. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actress MaryKate Brouillet who plays Louise in the Columbia-based production. “I would describe Louise,” Brouillet began, “as an incredibly bright and strong woman, but she doesn’t know that all along while growing up. She’s always pushed to the side and is constantly cut off […]

The Magic of Disney on Ice Returns to Charm City

The magic of Disney on Ice enchants Baltimore this month at Royal Farms Arena. Running from Wednesday, February 6th to Sunday, February 10th, Disney on Ice presents: World of Enchantment takes audiences through some of the best-known Disney favorites. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s beloved Disney moments will come to life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Dikki Martinez who talked about the upcoming performance. “It’s the perfect show for anyone of all ages,” Martinez began. “Whether you’re a boy or a girl, there is something about this show for everyone. It’s definitely a […]