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There's no way around it: Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can be both scary and disheartening for patients and their loved ones. The cognitive impairment, memory loss, and eventual cognitive decline can seem like a grim prognosis. Unfortunately, the standard reductionist approach seeking to identify a single silver bullet cure doesn't account for the multifactorial nature of Alzheimer's disease.

That's why treating Alzheimer's disease requires a multifaceted response from functional medicine. While there is no single drug that can cure Alzheimer's, protocols addressing the nuanced factors contributing to the disease can make a difference. That's where Proactive Wellness Centers and Bredesen protocol treatment in Wolf Trap, VA comes into play.

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The Proactive Wellness Approach to Brain Health

At Proactive Wellness, we firmly believe that brain health is an essential part of your overall well-being. However, despite the emergence of new research, there has been limited understanding of how to promote brain health effectively. This includes reducing the risk of dementia/Alzheimer's and stabilizing cognitive decline in patients with early symptoms. Dr. Lawson, an esteemed Bredesen Protocol practitioner and ReCode 2.0 Certified with 17 years of experience in functional medicine can identify and address the root cause of cognitive decline in you or your loved one.

Dr. Lawson's goal isn't to replace the role of family physicians. Rather, we collaborate with primary care physicians, internists, and other medical professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to care. We believe that every individual is unique from a physiological perspective, and therefore, we avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, our programs focus on a customized approach, addressing risk factors that, if avoided or modified, could have beneficial effects for men and women who have dementia.

Our programs have a strong emphasis on slowing down and reversing the aging process, preventing diseases, and treating chronically ill patients. To achieve this, we employ a three-pronged approach:

  • We empower patients with the knowledge they need to manage their health and attain optimal well-being.
  • We prioritize disease prevention by conducting a thorough evaluation with the help of comprehensive diagnostics and the patient's health history form.
  • We collaborate with patients to implement a rejuvenation program that includes various science-based treatments, like our Brain Health Optimization Program (BHOP) for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's

One of the most popular and effective programs we offer includes Bredesen protocol treatment in Wolf Trap VA. This revolutionary approach to dementia has provided hope and improved cognitive function for countless people in the US. But to understand the importance of the Bredesen protocol, it's important that you first understand dementia, Alzheimer's, and its effect on people across the world.

The Wide-Reaching Effects of

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

There are currently more than 5.8 million individuals in the United States who are living with Alzheimer's disease. It is predicted that the number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will more than double by 2050.

Dementia is a type of cognitive decline that affects mental abilities. There are many different causes and complex layers involved. Cognitive impairment is characterized by abnormal results on tests measuring memory, speech, critical thinking, and other cognitive abilities, but individuals with this diagnosis are still capable of performing daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Without proper treatment, Alzheimer's disease is likely to follow within a few years. Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, and it is diagnosed through neuro-imaging and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid.

In the past, being diagnosed with Alzheimer's was often worse than receiving a death sentence. It was dehumanizing and stripped individuals of their memories, thinking abilities, and independence. However, after three decades of research, we now have a greater understanding of this devastating illness and even solutions like Bredesen protocol treatment in Wolf Trap, VA that can help patients deal with dementia.

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What Causes Dementia?

Dementia is caused by a normal and healthy brain process that malfunctions due to a toxic environment, inflammation, and a lack of necessary nutrients and hormones. The brain's defense mechanism produces amyloid plaques, which serve as a protective helmet around the brain. Unfortunately, these plaques destroy connections between nerve cells, ultimately affecting comprehension, recollection, and clarity.

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Dementia by the Numbers

It's important to understand the impact of Alzheimer's disease (AD) around the world. According to the CDC, AD is present in 50% of patients in nursing homes and causes more than 110,000 deaths annually in the US. It was the 6th leading cause of death in 2015. More than 5 million people in the US are affected by AD, and recent data indicates that the problem is getting worse.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 47 million people around the world are currently living with dementia, and this number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030 and 132 million by 2050. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.

While reading those statistics can be disheartening, there's reason to be hopeful. New therapies and treatments offered at Proactive Wellness - like Bredesen protocol treatment - can help patients deal with dementia and cognitive decline.

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The Power of

Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Wolf Trap, VA

The Bredesen Protocol is a highly personalized treatment program that aims to reverse cognitive decline and improve brain function in patients. Dr. Bredesen has designed the protocol to be adaptable and customizable, tailored to the specific symptoms and needs of each patient.

The program is centered around lifestyle changes, medication, and nutritional adjustments, all of which are tailored to address the unique symptoms and environmental factors that may be contributing to cognitive decline. This approach, referred to as ReCODE, helps patients to combat brain fog and prevent the onset of dementia.

It has also helped patients improve cognitive function significantly, reverse symptoms, and even return to work. The ReCODE program comprises lifestyle interventions, therapeutic diets, and targeted nutrients. Proactive Wellness Centers is thrilled to offer this promising treatment modality for Alzheimer's disease to benefit our patients.

It all starts with a baseline Bredesen evaluation at our wellness clinic in Wolf Trap, VA.

Baseline Bredesen Evaluation from

Proactive Wellness Centers

At Proactive Wellness Centers, we have two ways to help patients who are in search of Bredesen protocol treatment in Wolf Trap, VA. The first option is our Baseline Bredesen Evaluation, which is best suited for asymptomatic patients - that is, individuals who do not exhibit any significant cognitive decline beyond what is expected with age. Dr. Bredesen classifies such patients as "PreCode."

This evaluation serves as a starting point for PreCode patients, as well as those who are unsure of their cognitive status and potential risk factors. Our baseline evaluation includes the following:

The first step involves conducting a comprehensive set of baseline labs to evaluate your overall health, closely following the Bredesen protocol. This step goes beyond standard labs that you might have for a physical. It includes tests for magnesium, zinc, and selenium levels, B6, B12, and folate levels, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels.

It also includes

  • Pre-Diabetes Evaluation
  • Hormone Level Evaluation
  • Thyroid Level Evaluation
  • Specific Immune Marker Evaluation such as TH1, TH2, IL6, and TNF.

Our goal with this assessment is to establish a starting point and compare your cognitive function against what is typical for your age group. We have chosen to use the CNS Vital Signs cognitive assessment, which is widely recognized as one of the best in the industry. Additionally, we will be conducting the standard MoCA test as part of the evaluation.

A DNA test is performed to identify the specific APOE genotype present in your DNA. APOE e4 has been shown to be associated with an increased chance of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, which occurs after a person is 65 years old.

This step covers your lab results and includes a detailed plan of action to address areas of improvement as identified in your baseline evaluation.

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What are the Early Signs of

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?

As we grow older, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal changes in our cognitive abilities and the initial signs of dementia. The issue with preventing chronic illnesses is that we often believe we are healthy as long as we don't experience any symptoms, but this is not entirely accurate. Symptoms are typically the last indicator of a disease, meaning it has already progressed by the time they appear.

While it's always best to catch diseases before you notice symptoms, taking proactive measures at the first sign of cognitive changes can greatly impact the aging of your brain and body. It's crucial to act immediately if you're experiencing the following symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment. That way, ,you have a better chance of preventing the development of Alzheimer's.

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Roughly 10% of individuals with MCI progress to Alzheimer's annually.

Fortunately, Bredesen protocol treatment in Wolf Trap, VA may provide you with a chance to delay or even reverse these symptoms

Memory Issues

Memory Issues

You have a hard time remembering events that happened recently, such as appointments or important conversations with loved ones. You may also have trouble remembering important information.

Language Issues

Language Issues

You have trouble finding relevant words when you're talking with other people. You may also have problems following along with complex or complicated discussions.

Maintaining Concentration

Difficulty Maintaining Concentration and Attention

You have noticed a reduced ability to focus and stay honed in on most tasks. You may also not be able to multitask effectively, and it may be harder to keep your attention for long periods of time.

Decline in Executive Functions

Decline in Executive Functions

This symptom involves difficulty with skills like decision-making, planning, problem-solving, and organizing. These difficulties are often most apparent in day-to-day activities.

Visuospatial Awareness

Problems with Visuospatial Awareness

You may have trouble parking your car, judging distances, reading maps, or completing tasks that necessitate spatial orientation.

Impaired Judgement

Impaired Judgement and Reasoning

This may include problems when making judgments or decisions. Examples may consist of difficulties making financial decisions, managing finances, making reasonable and appropriate social decisions, or thinking through risky situations.

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By contrast, some of the most common signs of normal aging can include the following

Experiencing temporary lapses in memory, where recently learned details like names or scheduled events may slip from one's mind but can be remembered later on

  • You occasionally make mistakes, but nothing that stands out as significant or unusual.
  • You have to ask for help putting together or setting up electronic devices or equipment.
  • You sometimes forget what day it is but have the ability to remember the correct date later on.
  • Your vision is getting worse, which is caused by cataracts.
  • You experience shortness of breath or get tired more often when being active.
  • You feel unusual aches and pains, especially during poor weather.
  • You get confused sometimes but don't have an inability to make decisions or multitask.
  • You have a hard time keeping your body temp regulated.
  • You get angry or frustrated when tasks aren't completed in certain ways.

Your Trusted Choice for Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Wolf Trap, VA

Maintaining a healthy brain is crucial for one's overall well-being, yet there remains a lack of knowledge when it comes to promoting brain health, reducing the likelihood of dementia, or managing symptoms for those exhibiting early warning signs.

That's why we're excited to offer patients the ReCODE program at Proactive Wellness Centers. Developed by Doctor Bredesen, this treatment has shown remarkable success in improving cognitive function and even reversing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program includes lifestyle changes, dietary interventions, and specialized nutrients, and we are eager to provide this promising treatment option to patients like you.

If you or a loved one are starting to show concerning signs of cognitive decline, contact our office today to learn more about Bredesen protocol therapy. It could be your first step toward reversing mental decline and enjoying life to its fullest.

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Richmond Ballet to make its debut at Wolf Trap

The Richmond Ballet will perform John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” and Ma Cong’s “Thrive.” Richmond Symphony and Chorus, the City Choir of Washington and vocal soloists from the Wolf Trap Opera will accompany the dance performances.This performance will be the first time that Richmond Ballet has performed on the main stage at Wolf Trap’s 7,028 seat outdoor amphitheater.“It’s always been a dream of mine for the Richmond Ballet to perform at Wolf Trap. It’s one of the most ...

The Richmond Ballet will perform John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” and Ma Cong’s “Thrive.” Richmond Symphony and Chorus, the City Choir of Washington and vocal soloists from the Wolf Trap Opera will accompany the dance performances.

This performance will be the first time that Richmond Ballet has performed on the main stage at Wolf Trap’s 7,028 seat outdoor amphitheater.

“It’s always been a dream of mine for the Richmond Ballet to perform at Wolf Trap. It’s one of the most iconic outdoor performing arts venues in the country and the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts,” Stoner Winslett, artistic director for the Ballet, said. “It will be a gorgeous show to see outside at Wolf Trap on a summer evening.”

The ambitious, show-stopping production will feature 16 dancers from the Richmond Ballet, over 60 musicians from the Richmond Symphony and roughly 120 to 150 singers.

“It will be an exhilarating show highlighting Virginia’s best dancers, singers and musicians,” Winslett said. Tickets to the Wolf Trap performance start at $33.

The Wolf Trap performance has been several years in the making.

The Richmond Ballet’s managing director, Brett Bonda, met Wolf Trap CEO and President Arvind Manocha through the Advisory Board for the Arts. The Richmond Ballet invited Manocha to Richmond in the fall of 2019 to attend a performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Dominion Energy Center.

“Mr. Manocha was so impressed that he invited Richmond Ballet to perform the same piece at Wolf Trap in August of 2020,” Winslett said. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that original performance was cancelled. Now, three years later, the performance has finally been rescheduled.

“We are very excited to once again be invited to perform at this truly legendary venue,” Winslett said.

Ma Cong’s “Thrive” will be performed before “Carmina Burana.” Cong is Richmond Ballet’s associate artistic director. He choreographed “Thrive” last year, and the English composer, Oliver Davis, came to watch the performance.

“It was a huge hit,” Winslett said. The entire performance of “Carmina Burana” and “Thrive” should take around two hours, she said.

But if you do not want to make the nearly two-hour drive from Richmond to Wolf Trap, the Richmond Ballet will be performing “Carmina Burana” along with Cong’s “Thrive” with the Richmond Symphony at the Dominion Energy Center Sept. 22-24. Tickets, which start at $25, will go on sale Aug. 1 and can be purchased at etix.com.

Virginia Native Jason Mraz Calls First-Ever Wolf Trap Show ‘Exciting’

Two-time Grammy Award winner and Virginia native Jason Mraz is currently on tour, promoting his new album Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride. Mraz, who won Grammys for “Make it Mine” and “Lucky” with Colbie Caillet performs for the first time at Wolf Trap on August 6.Mraz talks to Nort...

Two-time Grammy Award winner and Virginia native Jason Mraz is currently on tour, promoting his new album Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride. Mraz, who won Grammys for “Make it Mine” and “Lucky” with Colbie Caillet performs for the first time at Wolf Trap on August 6.

Mraz talks to Northern Virginia Magazine about his new album, the Jason Mraz Foundation that supports arts education and the advancement of equality, and what it will be like coming back to his home state.

Congrats on your new album. Tell us more about the vibe you were going for.

Touring last summer was quite insightful because we were able to test out new songs and get a feel for what songs the audience was not into. What they were telling us was that they wanted to stay on their feet and dance. So, we went into the studio to try and make a dance album. It’s been a bucket list item of mine for years. I knew it wasn’t going to be electronic dance music. I had to still figure out how my band and I could pull it off. I’ve made pop music my whole life, I’ll admit that. I stayed in that lane. Looking for new experiences, still, we’d never attempted to do something so up. We set out to make something you could dance to.

I’m always writing from wherever I am in life. I’m in my mid-40s, and it’s long enough to look back and see that I’ve been on a ride. I’m still optimistic about how much of that ride and time I have left, even though time is no guarantee. There’s a preciousness to the optimism on this record. I love this record and how it came out. There’s a freedom to it, and still a fresh naivete to it, but there’s also a little more learned experience and maturity inside of it as well.

What can people who go to your Wolf Trap concert expect to see?

It’s a Technicolor dream show. I’ve got all my best friends with me, 12 of us on stage including me. It’s a colorful recollection of my songs but celebrating the new album, too. We don’t play the new album in its own entirety. The way the new album feels and sounds is how we dress up the old songs as well. We’re also able to play some old songs I’ve never been able to play before because I didn’t have the personnel to help me recreate the song the way it’s recorded on the album. It’s a sonically big and beautiful and fun show. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so it’s relaxed, too, with audience interaction, whimsy, and a whole lot of dancing.

Are you looking forward to getting back to your home state? Do you have any favorite places to visit in Virginia?

I would go see shows at Wolf Trap growing up in my high school years. In those formative years, I was going to concerts and daydreaming about your life. My daydreaming about my life was being on a big stage one day. I’ve never performed at Wolf Trap, so for me it’s quite exciting because I’ve seen so many shows there as a kid. Specifically, Ani DiFranco and Bob Dylan were big ones for me. I was a fan of both, guitar for Ani and, of course, Bob Dylan for his legendary songwriting.

When I saw Wolf Trap was on the tour schedule, I was very excited about coming back because it gives my family the chance to come up from Richmond to see me and have a bit of a reunion that day. It will be an extra special day on tour.

It seems like you are very dedicated to a lot of important causes. Can you tell us more about the Jason Mraz Foundation or other issues you’re passionate about?

I am sensitive to all the issues. It’s kind of hard to live in this world because everything from climate to equality, social justice, criminal justice, they all need our constant attention and help. I feel like unfortunately this country has been kind of bought and sold and far from the people.

Where I feel like I succeed because I’m an entertainer and performer is the arts education lane. I feel like I can connect with young people and help give them resources and great opportunities for them to pursue not just the arts but an experience of inclusion, acceptance, and compassion, which I think the arts are great at.

The foundation provides grants and scholarships to programs all around the country to help young people get involved in local arts programs. I feel like my superpowers really work best when they’re connected to the arts, so that’s where I tend to do my work.

You just released Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride. What are your plans for the rest of the year?

We have a program in schools from October to February in San Diego at eight different participating schools. After this tour, I won’t be touring for the rest of the year. I’ll be spending more time doing the foundation program and a television project that I can’t mention much about yet, unfortunately.

It gives me the ability to work from home and still contribute to society. I’ll resume touring probably next summer.

Feature image of Jason Mraz by Shervin Lainez courtesy Ashley White PR

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Dance Review: ‘Carmina Burana’ presented by Richmond Ballet at Wolf Trap

This past Wednesday night’s performance at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center was a historic event. John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” premiered in 1959. Original cast member and icon of American dance, Carmen de Lavallade, was in attendance to receive the Richmond Ballet’s Lifetime Achievement in Dance award. This is only the sixth time the company has extended this honor since their inception in 1957. After dress rehearsal, the dancers gathered in an adoring circle on stage around de Lavallade for one last pep talk f...

This past Wednesday night’s performance at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center was a historic event. John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” premiered in 1959. Original cast member and icon of American dance, Carmen de Lavallade, was in attendance to receive the Richmond Ballet’s Lifetime Achievement in Dance award. This is only the sixth time the company has extended this honor since their inception in 1957. After dress rehearsal, the dancers gathered in an adoring circle on stage around de Lavallade for one last pep talk from their mentor. “Keep doing what you’re doing,” she said before reminding them to listen to the music. “Music is food for the soul” and when you’re in the zone “you become part of the sound.”

“Carmina Burana…felt like a celebration of the theatrical power to embody the range of possibilities of the human condition—from sensual and joyous to angsty and tortured by fate.

The evening began with Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett introducing the program, the lifetime achievement award, and the award’s presenter, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. The governor’s appearance seemed to cause audible distress in the audience as a chorus of groans echoed all the way back to the lawn. When de Lavallade came to the stage, she received a long, standing ovation. There was a specific dissonance between the woman of color, famous for breaking barriers in dance, and the man presenting her with the award. However, it cannot be denied that de Lavallade’s contributions to American culture and identity are deserving of both the award and the honor of recognition by the Governor’s office.

While “Carmina Burana” was certainly the main event, the program began with “Thrive,” an original neoclassical ballet by Richmond Ballet Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong. This was the first time that the work had been performed with live music featuring a specially rearranged score by English composer Oliver Davis (who was in attendance), It was performed by the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Symphony Chorus, The City Choir of Washington and conducted by Erin Freeman. The crux of “Thrive” was in its partnering work which was executed with seeming effortlessness as Sabrina Sabino, Jack Miller, Izabella Tokev, Naomi Wood, Zacchaeus Page, and Aleksey Babayev whipped and flipped into one lifted position after another.

After a brief intermission it was finally time for “Carmina Burana.” Just as de Lavallade had said, it was all about the music. Carl Orff’s score—based on secular verses recovered from the library of a medieval Bavarian monastery—leans heavily into the spectacular. From the epic, cinematic “O fortuna” which opens and closes the piece, to the soaring vocal lines and dance music that sounds like it was taken from a medieval rave, every aspect of the score is already theatrical and programatic. The singers from Wolf Trap Opera—tenor Lunga Eric Hallam, soprano Esther Tonea, and baritone Daniel Rich—joining the dancers on stage and the chorus extending halfway down both sides of the house only added to the immersive drama. Dancers (and the National Strategic Reserve of Abdominals) Cody Beaton, Eri Nishihara, Ira White, and Khaiyom Khojaev seemed to revel both in the musicality and the physicality of the work. They were animated by the music, but without cartoonish determinism where the choreography just looks the way the music sounds. If music is food for the soul, they were at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

“Carmina Burana” was considered exceptionally erotic when it premiered in the middle of the last century. With its revealing costumes and suggestive, “profane” subject matter it still carries that valence with not insignificant force. At the end of the evening, it still felt less overtly sexual than many of today’s youth dance competitions. Rather than simply being erotic, the entire work, from low notes to high legs, felt like a celebration of the theatrical power to embody the range of possibilities of the human condition—from sensual and joyous to angsty and tortured by fate. Even though it is clearly recognizable as a work of dance from the 1950s, it has been consistently performed for over 60 years for a good reason.

If you were unable to attend Wednesday’s performance at Wolf Trap, Richmond Ballet, The Richmond Symphony and Chorus, and the City Choir of Washington will reprise both “Thrive” and “Carmina Burana” on September 22-24, 2023 as part of Richmond Ballet’s fall season.

Running Time: Approximately one hour and 45 minutes including one intermission.

“Carmina Burana” was performed by Richmond Ballet on August 30, 2023 at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182. A digital program from the event can be found here. More information about Richmond Ballet and their upcoming productions is available on their website. For more information and tickets for upcoming performances at Wolf Trap, go online.

Concert Review: ‘Broadway in the Park’ featuring Megan Hilty and Lea Salonga presented by Signature Theatre and Wolf Trap

Directed by Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, with the Wolf Trap Orchestra conducted by Jon Kalbfleisch, Signature’s resident music director, “Broadway in the Park” was the third annual presentation of Broadway show tunes offered in the summer concert series by Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. This year’s concert featured Broadway stars Megan Hilty and Lea Salonga supplemented by eight of Signature’s local talent. The twenty songs were presented in solo, duet, and trio...

Directed by Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, with the Wolf Trap Orchestra conducted by Jon Kalbfleisch, Signature’s resident music director, “Broadway in the Park” was the third annual presentation of Broadway show tunes offered in the summer concert series by Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. This year’s concert featured Broadway stars Megan Hilty and Lea Salonga supplemented by eight of Signature’s local talent. The twenty songs were presented in solo, duet, and trio format and represented Broadway shows ranging from 1937 to 2017. About half of the songs were unfamiliar to me and my companion, both seniors and Broadway aficionados. The printed program did not list the songs or the shows from which they came but if you had a smart phone, you could scan and view Wolf Trap’s digital program book.

The evening was fun…strong, effective, and beautifully presented…The men supplied strong vocals as well as interesting and interpretive choreography.

After the orchestra played the overture to 1956’s “My Fair Lady,” the show got off to a rousing start with the 1963 song “On Broadway” featured in “Smokey Joe’s Café” (1995) and “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” (2013). It was performed by lead singer Felicia Curry with back-up by Katie Mariko Murray and Tracy Lynn Olivera. “New York, New York” from “On the Town” (1944) introduced Phillip Attmore, Austin Colby, and Kevin McAllister to the audience in yet another rousing rendition. I have a particular passion for powerful emotional solos and was not disappointed. Katie Mariko Murray’s “Johnny One-Note” from “Babes in Arms”(1937), Nova V. Payton’s “Music that Makes Me Dance” from “Funny Girl” (1964 and currently in revival on Broadway) and Tracy Lynn Olivera’s “There Won’t Be Trumpets” from “Anyone Can Whistle” (1964) were strong, effective, and beautifully presented.

The men supplied strong vocals as well as interesting and interpretive choreography. Austin Colby and Bobby Smith presented a version of “You’re Nothing Without Me” from “City of Angels” (1989) in which their stage movements defined the song’s lyrics as well as their voices. Phillip Attmore’s “Too Darn Hot” from “Kiss Me Kate” (1948) was spectacular—his exuberant stage presence and tap dancing caused the audience to applaud mid-performance! Kevin McAllister’s “Being Alive” from “Company” (1970) provided the audience with a strong baritone interpreting the meaningful lyrics.

The featured performers brought their own well-known musical numbers and personalities to the stage. Megan Hilty sang songs from her very popular TV musical drama “Smash” (2012) and her Broadway appearance as Glinda, the Good Witch in “Wicked” (2003). She related some stories about her career and closed her set with “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the 1953 movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the Broadway musical “Lorelei” (1974). Lea Salonga sang songs from her award-winning Broadway shows “Miss Saigon” (1989) and “Les Miserables” (1980), with arrangements and orchestrations by her brother, Gerald Salonga. She also sang “Send in the Clowns” from “A Little Night Music” (1973) and told the audience she was looking forward to headlining a London production of “Old Friends” (a revue tribute to Stephen Sondheim) with Bernadette Peters this coming fall. Her set ended with a duet, “For Good” from “Wicked” with Megan Hilty.

The entire cast concluded the performance with, surprisingly, not a show tune, but “This Is Me” from the 2017 movie “The Greatest Showman.” The evening was fun and productive and we enjoyed discussing the lesser known song performances while waiting to leave the huge, crowded parking area.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

“Broadway in the Park” was presented on June 16, 2023, at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna VA 22182. For information about upcoming shows at Wolf Trap and to purchase tickets, visit online. For shows at Signature Theatre, visit online.

Wolf Trap releases summer artist lineup for 2023

The Virginia music venue Wolf Trap released its lineup of over 50 nights of shows for summer 2023.VIENNA, Va. — While it might feel like summer is far away -- I mean, it snowed this morning -- it is never too early to start daydreaming about warm and sunny days with loud music in the air.The Virginia music venue Wolf Trap released its lineup of over 50 nights of shows...

The Virginia music venue Wolf Trap released its lineup of over 50 nights of shows for summer 2023.

VIENNA, Va. — While it might feel like summer is far away -- I mean, it snowed this morning -- it is never too early to start daydreaming about warm and sunny days with loud music in the air.

The Virginia music venue Wolf Trap released its lineup of over 50 nights of shows for summer 2023. John Legend, Charlie Puth, Sting, The Avett Brothers and Babyface were just some of the artists expected to perform.

Brandi Carlile will headline Wolf Trap's Out & About Festival on June 24-25, joining Yola Lucius and Jake Wesley Rogers for a two-day celebration of music, nature and pride across three outdoor stages.

“The shows we’re announcing today are quintessentially ‘Wolf Trap,’ with extraordinary artists spanning genres and generations,” said Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation.

Wolf Trap will also include performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, and Wolf Trap Opera's season. And yes, the beloved NSO movie nights weill return, featuring Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park concerts.

Tickets will go on sale to the public for all announced performances on Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. Wolf Trap members have access to presales tickets ahead of the general sale. Those members (donors of $80 and up) can purchase tickets now.

Below is the full schedule of Filene Center performances announced so far:

Full schedule and details on how to snag tickets can be found here.

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