Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The 7 Reviews of Christmas



Broadway Christmas Carol.  Performing at Metro Stage thru Dec. 22.

Washington Post - "It is a mighty jolly confection!"  "The show is stubbornly amusing!"

Broadway World - "A highly entertaining show!"

Maryland Theatre Guide - "A must see for the Broadway musical lover!"  "Peter Boyer is a boyish and funny John Cleese-type!"

DC Metro Theatre Arts - "Each actor has an amazing voice and personality to match, especially Peter Boyer [with a] beautiful tenor!"  "A joyous and wonderfully wrapped holiday treat!"

DC Theatre Scene - "The action comes to life thanks to three charismatic and gifted actors--Peter Boyer as Scrooge, Russell Sunday as The Man Who Isn't Scrooge and Tracey Stephens as The Woman Who Isn't Scrooge."  "A hilarious theatrical experience that's not to be missed!"

Alexandria News - "Frothy fun!"

Rich Massabny Reviews - "One show you should not miss!"

Broadway Christmas Carol.  Performing at Metro Stage thru Dec. 22.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Chili ... in da face ...

It's been so long ... a blog abandoned, like a dilapidated car on the side of the road slowly becoming a big pile of rust ...

... But then someone asked me about it, yesterday.  So I came back.  I found out there's stats, like someone viewed this from Malaysia.  And 11 people viewed it in Germany ... or one person in Germany viewed it 11 times ... it doesn't specify ....

Well, here's a little something, a web commercial I did.  It's fun.  And funny.  You can throw food at me.  And at a few other good folks.  My wife threw food at me repeatedly.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

1776 in Toons

1776 at Ford's Theatre closed on Saturday, May 19th.

During the run, I occasionally had time to ... re-imagine some moments from the play.  Like so:








Why theatres aren't beating down my door to beg me to direct their shows, I don't know.

Monday, May 21, 2012

1776 Cast Sings Anthem at Nats Park

1776 at Ford's Theatre just closed on Saturday, May 19th.  Here's a video of me and several other members of the cast singing the national anthem at Washington Nationals Ballpark.  Give it a look.  We sound goooood. --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGvMH2cpDvc


Friday, April 29, 2011

Images from Groucho

Groucho: A Live in Revue closed on Saturday, March 23. It was a pleasure to be there.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Groucho



It's been a wild ride in my theatrical life over the last month-and-a-half. In the last two weeks of Beyond Therapy at Bay Theatre in Annapolis, MD, I was also rehearsing Groucho at Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA, over a hundred miles away -- so I had a few days of rehearsal, performance, and nearly 300 miles total of driving. Beyond Therapy closed on March 20th, and Groucho opened on the 27th, only a week later.

Then Groucho really got positive reviews in the Northern Virginia Daily, and particularly in the Winchester Star -- the Star gave me the greatest kudos I may have ever gotten in my life, when FC Lowe said quite simply, "Peter Boyer is the perfect Groucho Marx."

And then another great review came along on p. 8 of the Warren County Report, in which Malcolm Barr wrote, "Peter Boyer . . . IS Groucho."

And then there was an interview on "Talk of the Town with Barry Lee" on Winchester's ABC station. A very fun interview, with host Barry Lee, director Warner Crocker, and me in character as Groucho -- I get to throw out the occasional Groucho-esque one-liners. I'm quite pleased with how that turned out. The interview is the first 7 minutes of the program, and I hope you'll give it a look, HERE.

And I've received so many compliments from folks involved with the show and folks who've seen the show that I'm quite simply stunned by it all. And I have the great fortune to be working with a bunch of generous and talented folks.

So, it's been a heckuva ride. The ride ain't over yet, though, not quite. We close on Saturday, April 23rd, and if I hope you'll see it if you have the chance. For more info and tix, go to Wayside Theatre's website. And if you'd like to see some of John Westervelt's excellent pictures from the show, go HERE.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Work, Work, Work

I'm preparing to start rehearsals for GROUCHO at Wayside Theatre. This preparation is difficult, painful, stressful, tedious, involving such things as placing Marx Bros. DVD's into the DVD player and . . . watching them. Shortly after this post, I shall grit my teeth and watch The Cocoanuts. Wish me luck.

I also have to learn a few songs, like "Titwillow" and "Lydia the Tattooed Lady." Fortunately, in my youth I saw these two songs performed by the Muppets (I assure you I watched The Muppet Show merely to prepare myself for days like this).

I'm looking forward to the more enjoyable parts of preparation, including highlighting my lines and memorizing them.

Here's a couple of "Lydia" videos, from Groucho, then the Muppets, so you can get an idea of the hellish tedium I currently find myself in. If you're lucky, in a couple of days I'll post a more exciting video of lines being highlighted and memorized.







Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Attack of the Killer Leaping Groucho Bartlett


About the Killer Whale . . .
Last night I dreamed that a killer whale escaped an aquarium. A dramatic leap (over my head), a slide down a grassy slope and into the sea. A visually spectacular dream, sorry you missed it.

About Groucho . . .
I'll be playing Groucho in Groucho @ Wayside Theatre from March 26 - April 23. Rehearsals overlap the current show I'm performing in (Beyond Therapy @ Bay Theatre) by two weeks, and the theatres are over 100 miles apart, so I'll be in for a few interesting commutes.

About That Guy On The Right . . .
Way in the future, I'll be playing Josiah Bartlett in the musical 1776 @ Ford's Theatre. That'll run March 14 - May 19 -- in 2012.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011