Posts Tagged ‘Shear Madness’

More Mormons (and Other Musicals) in Kennedy Center’s 2014-2015 Season

If you missed your chance to see singing missionaries dance with African warlords when The Book of Mormon sold out the Kennedy Center last summer, you've got another opportunity to snag those pricey tickets...in about 18 months. The Tony Award-winning musical will return to the Opera House from June 16 to August 16, 2015, according to [...]

The Incredible Shrinking Critic (According to Michael Kaiser)

Whither critics? Michael Kaiser apparently thinks so. The Kennedy Center president, in his latest Huffington Post column, declares that "arts criticism has become a participatory activity rather than a spectator sport." Uh oh, looks like the netizens are out for our jobs!
Or are they? In lamenting what he sees as a decline in top-notch arts [...]

Does Shear Madness Really Hook People on Live Theater?

For last week's issue of Washington City Paper, I reported an oral history of the Kennedy Center's long-running production of Shear Madness. One of the topics that emerged in several interviews I conducted was the play's suggested ability to create new theatergoers from its attendees, many of whom, as students on school field trips, are seeing a professional theater [...]

Arch Campbell on His Old Beat

For the current issue of Washington City Paper, I reported an oral history of the Kennedy Center's long-running production of Shear Madness. After the play's creators, actors, and the couple who married at the show, perhaps no one is more associated with Shear Madness than WJLA-TV entertainment critic Arch Campbell. Campbell, then working for WRC-TV, saw Shear Madness in [...]

The Shear Madness Couple’s Elusive Mixed Drink

For this week's issue, I reported an oral history of the Kennedy Center's longrunning production of Shear Madness. Among the stories I collected was the wedding of Kathy Clark and Bradley Rosenberg, who were married Aug. 12, 1999 during a performance of the show. But their love for Shear Madness didn't end there. Not long after, they [...]

Shear Madness’ Stage Antics

For this week's issue, I reported an oral history of the Kennedy Center's longrunning production of Shear Madness. Among the people I talked to was Kim Peter Kovac, who today is the producer and director of the Theater for Young Audiences Program. Back in 1987, Kovak was the production manager of the Theater Lab, a [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Shear Madness, DC9, John Fahey

Benjamin R. Freed has an excellent oral history of the long-running Shear Madness, which has been delighting tourists and other frequently looked-down-upon demographics at the Kennedy Center for 24 years. Included in the package is Bob Mondello's re-review of the play, 24 years after he first savaged Shear Madness in the pages of Washington City [...]

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