Even if every theater in town easily accessible by Metro were staging high-quality, first-rate musicals, it's unlikely any of them would be quite as satisfying and joyous as Josephine Tonight. Virginia's Metro Stage may take some work to get to if you're not traveling by car. But the little Alexandria theater that could has really outdone itself with this production, making any effort to see this all-consuming Josephine Baker story worth it. With music by the late Wally Harper and book and lyrics by Sherman Yellen, Josephine Tonight offers pretty much everything one would hope for in a musical: Rousing, wide-ranging music, scintillating lyrics that both touch and tease, and a compelling story to match. Most importantly, this production, directed and choreographed by the great Maurice Hines, features an ensemble cast of terrific actors, one better than the next, bringing the show to life in extraordinary, triple-threat fashion: with assured acting, glorious singing and vivacious dancing all around. To March 18. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $45 to $50. Call 703-548-9044 or visit metrostage.org.
Read Doug Rule's full review here.