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Feb. 16 2023

Charlie Barnett’s new musical, TRUE NORTH, gets a first hearing

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Charlie Barnett’s new musical, TRUE NORTH, gets a first hearing

Longtime WBJC listener and successful local musician Charlie Barnett–whose career has included orchestral and film composing, jazz performance, and much more–has now turned his creative skills to the theatrical stage. He has written book, lyrics, and music for a new musical, True North, that will have its very first public reading at 8pm on Saturday, February 18th.

The piece, which Charlie described in his conversation with me as a magical excursion into an enchanted realm mostly in waltz-time in an homage to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III, will be performed, free, by faculty and students from the Catholic University Musical Theater Department. The reading is on the CUA campus, in Ward Hall, and offers free parking as well.

For more information, you can go online to truenorth.show.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.

Running time:  90 minutes

Admission: Free but seating is first-come first-served. RSVP Here!

John Paul Hall, Ward 220 – Ward Hall
348 University Drive

NE, Washington, DC
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Parking is free on Harewood Road, or the Brookland/CUA Metro station is a 10-minute walk from Ward Hall.

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WBJC listeners and Baltimore audiences may know Gavin from his nearly 20 years as dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage (in which capacity he was a frequent guest on WBJC to talk about programs and events), or from regular appearances alongside Jonathan Palevsky at the Charles Theater for Cinema Sundays discussions. A director, dramaturg, producer, translator, and adaptor who also teaches on the theater faculty at Towson University, Gavin is a recent addition to the WBJC team and delighted to play this new role.

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