David Siegel

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A Powerful Musical on Reston Stage

Reston Community Players producing “Sunset Boulevard.”

“It is a huge production, but at the very heart it is an intimate story of people in conflict,” said Mark Hidalgo, director of the Reston Community Players’ upcoming musical “Sunset Boulevard.” “The characters are all struggling with the impinging outside world.”

‘A Legendary Celebration’ in McLean

Dancer, actress and singer Chita Rivera to perform at the Alden Theatre on Feb. 24.

A legendary talent will soon arrive at the Alden Theatre to entertain and enthrall; the incomparable dancer, actress and singer Chita Rivera. In her six decade career, Rivera has been honored with two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and six additional Tony nominations, received a Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture and a Presidential Medal of Freedom among many honors.

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Exploring the Truth, Doubt and Consequences

1st Stage presents “Doubt.”

1st Stage has given audiences a beautifully accomplished, soaring production of “Doubt, a Parable.” Directed by Michael Dove, “Doubt” is a courageous act of intellectual and emotional honesty that is rare in its presentation of power, gender and ambiguity. It is rich in passionate dialogue to hold your attention.

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Stories of Good Times, Bad Times

NextStop presents “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

"Who did I think I was when I bought this?" a voice says. A mother's voice reverberates, "Is that what you are going to wear?" These words will be front-and-center at NextStop Theatre's regional premiere of a comedy that is not for women only.

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Virginia Opera's Special Gift for Valentine's Weekend

“Salome” at George Mason University Center for the Arts.

Salome, a name that conjures unforgettable impressions: passion, desire, murder. The opera "Salome" is based upon a once shocking Oscar Wilde literary work. This Valentine's weekend the Virginia Opera is presenting a production about how love's obsession in the wrong hands can lead to the most unfortunate, unforeseen consequences.

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‘An Evening in Prague’ at GMU

New musical work for a special evening with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

"Orchestral music is such a fantastic art form, " said Chris Zimmerman, music director, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) in a recent interview. "And, I am committed to performing music by living composers" and full-scale masterpieces of the great classic composers.

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Oakton High Drama Explores Propaganda

Oakton students to perform in “Signature in the Schools 20th Anniversary Festival.”

"We are so proud to be part of the ‘Signature in the Schools 20th Anniversary Festival,’” said Vanessa L. Gelinas, Oakton High School Theater Arts teacher. "It is a tremendous opportunity for the students to perform and learn."

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Honoring Harlem Renaissance

Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio come to GMU Center for the Arts.

In the years following WWI, Harlem became the heart and soul of the African-American Community in New York.

Laughter and Charm at Herndon Stage

NextStop Theatre presents “Gutenberg! The Musical!”

"This is the funniest musical script I have ever read. It leaves me crying with laughter every time I read it," said Evan Hoffmann, NextStop Theatre's artistic director as he described what is in store at the upcoming production of "Gutenberg! The Musical!" "The show is a great fit for NextStop and our audiences."

The ‘Dream’ Lives On

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday birthday events to be held at Reston Community Center.

For this year's 30th annual Reston Community Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday birthday celebration the renowned Anna Deavere Smith will be the keynote speaker at the Monday, Jan. 19 community event. Her address, “Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity," will aim "to highlight the issues of community, character, and diversity in America."

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