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 […]

Catching Up with Doug Yeakey

As explained in Baltimore OUTloud’s previous article a few weeks ago, EC Pops in Fells Point has partnered with Moby’s (721 South Broadway, Fells Point) to host the Baltimore Drag Showdown. This unique competition features 12 talented Baltimore drag performers taking to the stage to compete for the chance to win a grand prize of $2,000. The brainchild of the owners of EC Pops – Doug Yeakey and Lance Sovine – the two wanted to do something to help bring community, camaraderie, and competition to Baltimore. With their next event scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at Moby’s, Baltimore OUTloud recently […]

Topical, Heartfelt: New Season at Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage recently announced its exhilarating season of Mainstage plays to mark the debut programming under Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. The 58th season includes the directorial debut of Broadway and screen star Taye Diggs with Thoughts of a Colored Man by Keenan Scott II; a fresh take on the immortal play The Bacchae by Euripides; topical themes in a contemporary musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown’s Miss You Like Hell; a dramatic comedy about family dynamics in Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz; hilarity through a retelling of the exploration of the Grand […]

Stomp Makes Noise at DC’s National Theatre

When asked his favorite part of performing in Stomp, Cary Lamb, Jr., says that it’s all about connection. “It is this opportunity to be all of yourself,” says Lamb. “A lot of times, we have to shut off certain parts of ourselves and awaken others. On stage, everything is alive. When you look at the audience and see someone connecting, it’s so awesome.” Lamb is one performer in the eight-member troupe that performs in Stomp. Using unconventional percussion items like matchboxes, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and more, the performers use rhythm to tell their story. “Everyone has a different character […]

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 […]