Revisit Richie and the Fonz in Happy Days

By: Michael Toscano

It’s fitting that, prior to the performance of Happy Days, A New Musical at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, a buffet of steaming entrees and vegetables occupies the same middle-of-the-room space as the actors later fill.That’s because the show, based on the old TV sitcom “Happy Days,” is the theatrical equivalent of the comfort food served up by Toby’s ... READ MORE

Helen Mirren relishes revitalized career

By: David German

Helen Mirren is a shape-shifter, says director Julie Taymor, and the actress has extended her metamorphosing talents to changing the gender of not one, but two, well-known authority figures.First, Mirren starred in Taymor’s film adaptation of The Tempest, released in December, playing sorceress Prospera rather than the traditionally male Prospero of Shakespeare’s play.This... READ MORE

Cirque du Soleil plays under the big top

By: Carol Sorgen

Cirque du Soleil will bring its unique blend of music, dance, acrobatics and visual effects to Baltimore when its new traveling show, Totem, sets up under the characteristic blue and yellow big top on April 7 at Westport Waterfront.The waterfront is located about 2 miles south of the Inner Harbor, along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, and is under development. The show runs through ... READ MORE

Never-before-displayed photos at BMA

By: Carol Sorgen

Picking up where it left off in its 2008 exhibition “Looking Through the Lens: Photography 1900-1960,” the Baltimore Museum of Art is bringing us up to date with its new exhibition, “Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960.”The exhibition features individual photographs and photographic series by such renowned artists as Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander and ... READ MORE

Great songs and singing carry Waters’ bio

By: Michael Toscano

She’s really a force of nature — a charismatic singer with a richly powerful and expressive voice. She’s Bernardine Mitchell, a Helen Hayes Award winner who has generated quite a following for herself through a series of outstanding performances at area theater companies in recent years.Now she’s back at MetroStage in Alexandria, Va., starring in a musical... READ MORE

At 90, Dave Brubeck continues to swing

By: Charles J. Gans

Dave Brubeck gingerly made his way to the bandstand through a packed Blue Note jazz club in New York, and a smile lit up his face after he sat down at the piano and began playing a Duke Ellington medley he dedicated to “my favorite jazz composer, pianist, musician and friend.”Brubeck mixed standards and originals drawn from his nearly 70-year career in a 90-minute set that left... READ MORE