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 […]

Bianca Del Rio: Hurricane Force Fabulous

In a class all by herself, the fierce, funny and fabulous Bianca Del Rio made a name for herself in pop culture as the winner of the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Now she has brought her trademark acerbic wit and sharp commentary to the page in an illustrated collection of advice. She recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding her new book, Blame it on Bianca Del Rio, her movie Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate, and the “Blame it on Bianca Del Rio Comedy Tour.” One thing is for certain, Bianca is a tour-de-force to be reckoned […]

Stories of Legacy: Everyman’s Book of Joseph

Audiences have been captivated by Everyman Theatre’s recent production of The Book of Joseph, based on Richard Hollander’s book, Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland. The play delves into a family’s uncharted legacy with steps involving both revelation and remembrance. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with director Noah Himmelstein and performer Bruce Randolph Nelson to discuss the production and the importance of owning one’s legacy. Frankie Kujawa: Why was it important for Everyman Theatre to tell this story? Bruce Randolph Nelson: Not only does it combine our Everyman company members, who are all considered a family, […]

On Your Feet Brings Latin Beat to Hippodrome

The rhythm is going to get you as On Your Feet brings audiences to theirs this month at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. Running from Tuesday, June 5th to Sunday, June 10th, On Your Feet follows the love story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. From their humble beginnings to international stardom, the performance takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of the record-making couple. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with ensemble member Danny Burgos to discuss the journey of the Estefan family and the message audiences will take from this performance. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this performance? […]

World Premier of Soul: The Stax Musical at Baltimore’s Center Stage

Running until June 10th at Baltimore’s Center Stage is Soul: The Stax Musical, the story of the famed Memphis-based record company whose acts included Booker T & the MG’s, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and Rufus Thomas. Stax is credited as being a major factor in the creation of Southern soul and Memphis soul music. They featured several popular ethnically integrated bands, as well as a racially integrated team of staff and artists which was rare in a time of racial strife and tension throughout the South. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Soul: The Stax Musical’s choreographer Chase Brock who shared […]

In Their Own Words Clear Space

Theatre stakes a niche The vision has always been for Clear Space to grow into a reputable regional theatre by demonstrating integrity and risk-takingt. We began our journey by offering classic productions and now are exploring edgier, more contemporary genres. Our success is due in part to adapting to what you, our audiences, want. Clear Space takes on the responsibility of challenging you while entertaining you with what you see on stage: art imitating life. Every season we present a reader’s theatre collaboration with another local nonprofit, two “Spotlight on Young Performers” productions, and eight large-scale musicals. Each year we […]

Rehoboth’s Clear Space Theatre Charms All-Year Long

Just steps away from the sandy beaches of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, theater is thriving. The Clear Space Theatre company, the artistic jewel of Rehoboth Beach, is currently in the midst of its booming 2018 season. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with David Button, the artistic director of Clear Space. “Our season has something for everyone,” Button says. “A family looking to see something for every age, an individual that’s looking for an edgier contemporary piece or someone looking for a classical musical.” Currently celebrating his 12th year with Clear Space Theatre, Button explained that he structures shows throughout the season so […]

‘Rockin’ Road to Dublin’ Infuses Irish and Rock

“Rockin’ Road to Dublin,” the new live sensation that is changing the view of the Irish Dance world, will take the spotlight at the Hippodrome Theatre on Sunday, April 29th at 6:30 pm. A fusion of rock and Irish music, Rockin’ Road combines the best of both worlds in a stylish performance that is a balance between concert and stage show. “What we’ve done is we’ve taken the best parts of an Irish dance show, a rock and roll concert and a theatrical Broadway show and put it together into one experience,” explained co-creator Chris Smith. Producer and lead percussionist, […]

An American in Paris Brings Romance to Hippodrome

  An American in Paris, the musical inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, will enchant audiences at the Hippodrome Theatre. Running from Tuesday, May 1st to Sunday, May 6th, An American in Paris is the story of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Christopher Howard, dance captain for the production. “Regardless if the audience comes in knowing the plots, the movie, or nothing at all, this show has something for everyone,” Howard related. […]

Marvel Universe Live Blasts into Royal Farms Arena

Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes is a family event for children of all ages that will blast into the Royal Farms arena this month. Running from April 5th to 8th, the assorted cast of characters from the Marvel universe will excite, delight, and enchant audiences. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Dylan Libby, who plays the character of Groot from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He candidly explained why he enjoys his role and how proud he’s to work with his fellow band of superheroes. “In order to play Groot,” Libby began. “I trained in stilts for the last year. […]