Flashdance: The Musical
The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center Hippodrome Theater
12 N Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Dates: Feb. 12 to 17 – showtimes vary
The popular 1983 film has been adapted for the stage, including popular hits “What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” and the addition of 16 new songs written specifically for the show. Catch this inspiring tale with Grammy Award-winning music at the beautiful Hippodrome theater, which brought Broadway Across America to the Baltimore area. Flashdance follows the story of Alex Owens, who supports her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer by working as a steel mill welder by day and an exotic dancer by night. When Alex falls in love with her boss, Nick Hurley, she finds the courage and determination to make her dreams come true. This is a perfect show to take a loved one or friend to see.
Toby’s Dinner Theater
5625 O’Donnell Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Dates: Feb. 8 to April 28 – showtimes vary
More often than not, it is easy to forget to show love to family members. This year, take the family out to Toby’s Dinner Theater for a great time. Playing at the theater in Baltimore is “The Wiz,” made popular by the 1978 film starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Dorothy is a school teacher in Harlem, N.Y., mistakenly sent to a magical land where she befriends a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion and tries to track down the Wiz who just might be able to send her home. Sing along to “He’s the Wizard,” “Believe in Yourself” and the famous “Ease on Down the Road.”
Fiddler On The Roof
Toby’s Dinner Theater
5900 Symphony Woods Road
Columbia, MD 21044
Dates: Feb. 8 to April 28
Toby’s Dinner Theater in Columbia will also have a good show this Valentine’s Day. Look out for “Fiddler on the Roof,” the classic play about a Jewish father facing marrying off his daughters amidst pre-revolutionary Russia. He juggles the strong wills of his daughters with the Tsar’s edict that Jews must leave their village. Favorite hit songs include “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker.” This play about a family facing tough times is sure to make you appreciate the ones you love even more.
Way Off Broadway
5 Willowdale Drive
Frederick, MD 21702
Dates: Jan. 11 to March 9 – showtimes vary
Price: $25 to $47
Calling all single ladies! This Valentine’s Day, remember the unique love found in strong and close friendships. Gaining popularity from the 1989 film starring Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, the Steel Magnolias stage production offers just as many laughs and tears as the movie. Truvy’s beauty salon in Louisiana provides the backdrop and showcases the inner workings of female relationships, including gossip, jokes, confessions and hopes. Gather a group of girlfriends together at this quaint theater in Frederick to enjoy another Broadway favorite.
It’s Complicated: Sandy Asirvatham Laughs At Love
300 S High Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Date: Feb. 14 and 15 – 7:30 p.m.
Covering the many emotions of love, from puppy love to heartache, Sandy Asirvatham offers a different yet delightful show for Valentine’s Day. This local singer-songwriter, along with musicians educated at the Peabody Institute, delivers witty humor and personal experience within the intimate setting of Germano’s Trattoria. Enjoy Italian fine dining on a night filled with popular songs from Johnny Cash to Radiohead, as well as Asirvatham’s own songs. Take your significant other out for great food and a different kind of show, sure to keep you entertained.
Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.