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 […]

‘To Bean or Not to Bean’

Baltimore Center Stage recently announced the opening of To Bean or Not To Bean, a coffee bar located on the first floor of the theatre at 700 North Calvert Street. To Bean (for short) opened its doors in early July and serves a variety of hot and cold coffees and teas, as well as snacks. Serving as a public gathering space, To Bean offers free wi-fi and comfortable meeting and work spaces. “This was really inspired by our magnificent renovation,” began Executive Director Michael Ross. Adding on to what we did to open up this place. To really engage the […]

Darren McDonnell Dazzles in Toby’s Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia continues to dance its way into the hearts of audiences this month at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. Running until September 8th, 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 Baltimore-native Darren McDonnell who plays Harry Bright in the performance. Frankie Kujawa: Could you describe your background as both a performer and Baltimore-native for our readers? Darren McDonnell: I started doing theatre in grade school, then into high school and college. I […]

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo Catapults into Charm City

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo runs from July 3rd to 7th at Royal Farms Arena – allowing audiences young and old to “get carried away with life” in the aftermath of the passing of clown Mauro. His spirit, happily, is still with us. Instead of mourning, the funeral cortege celebrates the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Regret and melancholy retreat in the face of a cavalcade of lively recollections of a life gloriously lived. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with performer Francis Croft. “Corteo is a very special show because it portrays a bit more diplomatic side of circus,” explained […]