This month’s On That Note! looks at the role of the music director, and the unique challenges facing Helen Hayes Award recipient William Hubbard as he delved into a world that encompasses the Gullah communities of the southern coast, the field hollers sung on plantations, and the spirit rousing hymns of the praise houses. Experience this rich musical heritage yourself in Black Pearl Sings!, at MetroStage through May 29.
For this month’s musical theatre focus, On That Note!, we caught up with Marcia Milgrom Dodge, director of 110 in the Shade - at Ford’s Theatre through May 14. Dodge garnered a Helen Hayes Award and a Tony Award nomination for the Kennedy Center production of Ragtime in 2009. In the ensemble of that show was Tracy Lynn Olivera, who now stars in the demanding role of Lizzie Curry, earning nightly standing ovations.
Each month On That Note! explores the myriad aspects of creating musical theatre, from performance to direction, choreography, design, and stage management. With the acclaimed A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder arriving at the Kennedy Center on January 13, playwright Norman Allen caught up with actor Lesley McKinnell to explore the highs and lows of life on the road with a hit musical.