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'On the Town' is a musical experience with moxie

On The TownOLNEY – The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park has been commemorating this milestone with a series of productions such as a June concert featuring selections from his musical dramas, including “West Side Story,” “Candide,” and “On the Town.”

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'Ragtime' in a Minor Key at Bowie Playhouse

BOWIE – “Patriotism was a reliable sentiment in the early 1900’s,” writes E.L. Doctorow in his well-regarded 1975 novel “Ragtime.” “Teddy Roosevelt was President. The population customarily gathered in great numbers out of doors for parades, public concerts, fish fries, political picnics, social outings, or indoors in meeting halls, vaudeville theatres, operas, ballrooms. . . . Trains and steamers and trolleys moved them from one place to another. That was the style, that was the way people lived.”

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