Since previews of Head Over Heels, the Go-Gos musical which opens tonight on Broadway, began at the gorgeously restored 970-seat Hudson Theatre on June 23, the demographic of its audience has leaned a bit more Baltimorean than most. Fans, friends, family, former students and theater colleagues of James Magruder have been making the pilgrimage almost nightly to see what seems to be a Broadway smash in the making, with line after line and joke after joke that unmistakably bear the imprint of our hometown hero, one-time dramaturg of Center Stage, visiting professor at the University of Baltimore, and longtime Donna’s Taco Night regular.
The Fells Point Farmers’ Market, a rite of spring in East Baltimore, is usually held in Broadway Square, at the foot of Broadway.
Several years after it first took Broadway by storm, the smash hit musical “Hamilton” is set to come to Baltimore.
I’ve never been to the Apex Theatre, nor do I know anyone else who has (that I know of). It looks seedy and creepy and, well, it probably is seedy and creepy, since it’s an adult movie theater. But I have to admit, I’m a little sad to hear that it’s slated for redevelopment.
Our warm and hearty congratulations go out to local gal Cricket Hooper Jiranek, producer of the hit Broadway play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which just received the Tony Award for Best Play. Nice! (Did we mention that Jiranek is from Baltimore and graduated from Garrison Forest? Yes? Well, we’ll mention it again!)
If you felt an inexplicable shiver of Baltimore pride yesterday morning, I can tell you why: The Tony Awards nominations were announced, and one of the most-lauded plays — Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce — was produced by a Garrison Forest alum (Cricket Hooper Jiranek) and stars a Baltimore School for the Arts grad.