“Wow! Just wow! Walked out saying OMG! First class performers across the board. They totally nailed it. Wish that I could go back and see it all over again.” – NextStop Patron
First Look: Photos of “Beehive: The 60’s Musical” at NextStop Theatre in Herndon VA
Herndon, VA / Washington, D.C. – NextStop Theatre Company opened “Beehive: The 60’s Musical” on Saturday, August 24. This musical revue takes audiences on a trip down memory lane with six remarkable women, as they celebrate the songs and the songstresses that empowered and defined a generation. Featuring hit songs like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Natural Woman,” “Proud Mary,” “Cry Baby,” “Chain of Fools,” and more! We have a cast of powerhouse female vocalists under the direction of Broadway veteran, Monique Midgette.
Critical reviews are coming in with high praise:
“Under the sure-handed casting and lively guidance of director Monique Midgette, Beehive is a big-hearted, well accomplished, utterly tuneful joy. It puts diverse music, uplifting voices, and energy-laden movement at center stage.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
“Act 2 is memorable for the featured work of Shayla Lowe performing Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” with controlled combustion, and Kayla Gross giving us Aretha Franklin, performing several of her hits with powerful resonance, invoking Aretha’s range and intensity. Ballinger is a standout on stage and comes back to rock us with a gritty “Somebody to Love,” showing her range. The chick power was evident on stage as was the simple, effective choreography, navigating steps and levels in the smallish stage at the theatre. Choreographer Shalyce Hemby has incorporated some 60s era movement into the revue while working to make the ensemble comfortable with simple stylization. Varied costume changes kept show relevant and Sandra Spence fit the bill as Costume Designer. Director Monique Midgette and the creative team have blending girl power, great music, and great energy. This production is a surprisingly refreshing treat that is easy to enjoy.” – MD Theatre Guide
Audiences are raving about the show, too:
“We were totally BLOWN AWAY by these six astonishingly great actresses/singers!!!! How they could turn into Connie Francis or Aretha or Janis is jaw-dropping! Each one was riveting. We SO ENJOYED Beehive!!” – NextStop Patron
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays now through September 22, 2019. General Admission tickets start at $40. Tickets are available online at www.NextStopTheatre.org or by calling 866-811-4111. All seating is General Admission. Additional fees may apply.
Photos by Lock and Company.
Rebecca Balinger / Rebecca
Allison Bradbury / Allison
Bethel Elias / Bethel
Kayla Gross / Kayla
Shayla Lowe / Shayla
Hilary Morrow / Hilary
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Monique Midgette / Director
Marika Countouris / Music Director
Matthew Brown / Music Director
Shalyce Hemby / Choreographer
Sandra Spence / Costume Designer
Jack Golden / Scenic Designer
Brittany Shemuga / Lighting Designer
Kevin Alexander / Sound Designer
Alex Wade / Props Designer
Laura Moody / Production Stage Manager
Quoc Tran / /Rehearsal Stage Manager
Kelly McNesby / Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel Appell / Assistant Stage Manager
Cameron Kelly / Master Electrician
About NextStop Theatre Company:
NextStop Theatre Company is an award-winning professional black box theatre just moments away from Reston Town Center, Historic Downtown Herndon, Dulles Airport, and Wiehle-Reston Metro. The company has established a strong regional reputation for producing critically acclaimed productions and educational programs, while showcasing a wide array of local talent, Broadway headliners, and locally-driven arts relevant to the community.
NextStop Theatre is made possible in part by generous support from: The Town of Herndon, The Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust, The Nelson J. & Katherine Friant Post Foundation, ARTSFAIRFAX, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and NextStop’s loyal patron donors.
Beehive is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY, 10036 www.theatricalrights.com.
NextStop’s 2019/2020 Season is Sponsored by AutoScandia.