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4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206
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18 reviews
4 stars
Signature Theater offers salads and sandwiches in the lobby. They're overpriced, but you could do worse.
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"A Second Chance"
28 ratings
3.8 average rating
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337 events
224 reviews
75 stars
attended Nov 22 2011

The music sounded like Gregorian plainsong composed by Sondheim.

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Eddie Eitches Red Velvet
195 events
99 reviews
4 stars
attended Nov 20 2011

Two characters.

No real memorable songs except a depressing one (damaged goods) sung in both short acts.

We learn nothing about the woman's previous relationship (which ended in divorce)but only about the man's (his wife is now dead)

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5 reviews
6 stars
attended Nov 20 2011

The playwrite emulated Stephen Sondheim to a great degree. But, not able to come close, though many of the lyrics were clever.
The male lead could have been more animated and his voice was not up to standard.
Overall, it was well worth the...continued

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This one-act lyrical duet explores the first year’s emotional journey between Dan and Jenna, who meet in mid-life, still trying to come to terms with their emotional pasts, while irresistibly drawn to finding a second chance at love and happiness.

Ted Shen (Book, Music & Lyrics)

After a 30-year career at the investment bank, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he had served as Chairman of the DLJ Capital Markets Group since 1984, Ted Shen retired in 1999 to refocus his attention on his non-profit board work in education and the arts, The Shen Family Foundation, and his own composing. Mr. Shen’s present and past nonprofit board affiliations include the Yale Corporation, the Yale University Art Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, The Packer Collegiate Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, and the Art Commission of the City of New York. The Shen Family Foundation, of which Mr. Shen and his wife, Mary Jo Shen, are co-executive directors, provides funding support for: the commissioning programs at Signature Theatre and the New York Public Theater for new musical theater works by composers who write with exceptional originality; major productions of works by Stephen Sondheim; and the Shen Musical Theater Curriculum at Yale University.

_A Second Chance _marks Mr. Shen’s debut as a musical theater writer. It was presented in concert version by the New York Public Theater at Joe’s Pub in September 2010. During his college years at Yale, he studied music theory and played in a jazz band, and from 2001 to 2003 he studied songwriting with Ricky Ian Gordon.

Brian Sutherland (Dan) Signature: And the Curtain Rises. Broadway: The Sound of Music, 1776, Victor/Victoria, Steel Pier, Cats, Dance a Little Closer, A Change in the Heir, _110 in the Shade _(NYC Opera). Tours: The Light in the Piazza, Disney’s On the Record, Cabaret (with Joel Grey), _42nd Street _(European tour). DC Area: Arena Stage: Guys and Dolls_, Fords Theatre Shenandoah_. Regional: St. Louis Rep:_ Kiss Me, Kate_; Fantasticks; Pittsburgh Public: Man of La Mancha; Guthrie Theatre: Pirates of Penzance; Coconut Grove Playhouse: Breaking Legs; Cincinnati Playhouse: She Loves Me; Indiana Rep: Enter the Guardsman_. Upcoming Film: Burning Blue_.

Diane Sutherland (Jenna) Signature: _Sycamore Trees _(Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble). Broadway: The Light in the Piazza, _She Loves Me _(Amalia-1994 Revival), 1776_,_Three Sisters, Song and Dance, _Cats _(original company), A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway: Transport Group: First Ladies Suite, Requiem for William; The Waves. National Tours: The Light in the Piazza, _Guys & Dolls _(50th Anniversary Tour), Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, (First National Tour) Cats (Helen Hayes Award). Regional:_ A Civil War_ Christmas, Kiss Me Kate, Enter the Guardsman, Edwin Drood, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, American Vaudeville. Recordings: _She Loves Me _(1994), _Guys & Dolls _(50th Anniversary), Gershwin’s Tell Me More, _Man with a Load of Mischief _(2004).

About the Ticket Supplier: Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre is a Tony Award®-winning, non-profit professional theater company with a mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals, develop new work, and reach its community through engaging educational and outreach opportunities.