The Signature Show

The Signature Show is Signature’s free variety show on YouTube, featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebrations of new musical voices and tributes to the past, present and future of Signature Theatre.

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All episodes of The Signature Show are available for free on YouTube.

The Signature Show: 2024-2025 Season Announcement

Welcome to Signature Theatre’s 35th Season!

The Signature Show: Private Jones Behind-the-Scenes

This month on The Signature Show, we are kicking off the start of performances for Private Jones with a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process for this world premiere musical. Plus, get to know some of the incredible Deaf and hard-of-hearing artists in the show. To close the show, Matthew Scott performs a new arrangement of Stephen Sondheim’s “Children Will Listen” from his new solo album.

The Signature Show: The Holiday Episode

Happy Holidays on The Signature Show! Awa Sal Secka and Teal Wicks kick things off with a rendition of Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run” accompanied by Stephen Arnold, Angel Bethea, Alec Green and William Yanesh. Then the children of Ragtime compete in The Signature Holiday Showdown Game hosted by Nkrumah Gatling. To end the show and to celebrate Hanukkah, Robbie Schaefer and Danielle Wertz perform “Hanukkah Blessings.”

The Signature Show: Spooky Season and a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Ragtime

On this month’s episode of The Signature Show we feature two incredible performances: Tori Gomez and Mariachi Aguila DC perform “Remember Me” from the film Coco, and to close the show Cara Rose DiPietro, William Yanesh and Cristian Perez perform “Science Fiction Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Show. And since performances of Ragtime start tonight, we’re going behind-the-scenes with director Matthew Gardiner, music director Jon Kalbfleisch, choreographer Ashleigh King and cast members Teal Wicks, Bobby Smith, Nkrumah Gatling and Awa Sal Secka.

The Signature Show: A Very Jason Robert Brown Episode

To celebrate the opening of the first show in our 2023/24 season, our Director of Artistic Development Anika Chapin sat down with The Bridges of Madison County‘s composer, Jason Robert Brown, to talk about how he brought the best-selling novel to the stage. Then spend a fun day at the Arlington County Fair with cast members Julia Wheeler Lennon and Nolan Montgomery. We close this month’s show with one of our favorite songs from Jason Robert Brown, “Hear My Song” from Songs for a New World performed by Rayshun LaMarr, Crystal Mosser, Sarah Anne Sillers, Alex Stone and pianist Natalie Brooke.

The Signature Show: A Trip to the Barbershop

We kick off this month’s Signature Show celebrating Pride month as Bobby Smith returns to sing “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles with Carson Eubank accompanying. Then, our Sweeney Todd, Nathaniel Stampley, gets a lesson in how to do a straight razor shave from our neighbor Spud Willis at The Bearded Goat Barber in Shirlington. Stick around until the end to hear Erin Driscoll, Jimmy Mavrikes, Bob McDonald, Donna Migliaccio, Katie Mariko Murray, Awa Sal Secka, Paul Scanlan, Chani Wereley, Tobias A. Young and pianist William Yanesh perform “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George as they help us toward our goal to give voice to all of Sondheim’s songs by the end of the season.

The Signature Show: 2023/24 Season Announcement

We are delighted to announce our upcoming 2023/24 season full of reimagined favorites and exciting new works. Check out this month’s episode of The Signature Show for exclusive performances and to learn more about the 7 shows (6 musicals and 1 play) included in the upcoming season.

The Signature Show: A Behind the Scenes Look at Pacific Overtures

This month on The Signature Show we are taking you behind the scenes into the upcoming production of Pacific Overtures. Taiko Consultant Mark H Rooney demonstrates the 6 foot tall Odaiko that is being used in the production, and cast members Eymard Meneses Cabling, Jason Ma, Daniel May, Jonny Lee Jr., and director Ethan Heard take you inside the rehearsal room. Stick around until the end of the video to see Signature co-founder Donna Migliaccio and pianist Howard Breitbart perform “Broadway Baby” from Follies to continue our Sharing Sondheim mission.

The Signature Show: Love Songs and Sondheim

Welcome back to The Signature Show! This month we’re joined by Barrett Wilbert Weed and Jon Kalbfleisch performing “Another Hundred People” to help us cross another song off of our Sharing Sondheim list. After our sold out run of our tribute cabaret First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald last week, we’re bringing you a bit of the show with “How High The Moon” performed by Ayo and Rochelle Rice. And as a tribute to our 20th year of Signature’s professional training program, Overtures: The Musical Theater Institute, two of the program’s alumni, Adelina Mitchell and Derrick Truby, close out the show with “All I’ve Ever Known” from Hadestown.

The Signature Show: Celebrating Stephen Sondheim

To mark the first anniversary of Sondheim’s passing, Signature dedicates this month’s Signature Show to celebrating his genius. Cast members of the upcoming show Which Way to the Stage, Mike Millan and Dani Stoller, test their knowledge of Sondheim’s lyrics in a game called “Sondheim or Someone Else?” Plus, amazing performances of two of Sondheim’s songs: Tracy Lynn Olivera, Max Murray, Jess Eliot Myhre, Cristian Perez and Dante’ Pope perform a new Mark G. Meadows arrangement of “Live Alone and Like It” from the film Dick Tracy, and Awa Sal Secka and Lenny Williams close out the show with a bossa nova inspired “Love, I Hear” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The Signature Show: Into the Woods, New Music and Spooky Season

Step into the rehearsal room for Into the Woods. Performances for Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fantastical musical adventure start in less than two weeks, so we sat down with cast members Alex De Bard, Jake Loewenthal, David Merino, and Erin Weaver to talk more about the production. Need a last-minute Halloween look? Makeup designer Alison Samantha Johnson has you covered with a spooky makeup tutorial with Maria Rizzo. Finally, we’ve got another new and incredible music performance for you: Solomon Parker III, Tobias A. Young, Raquel Jennings and Troy Anthony perform Troy Anthony’s song “I Want to Live”, in honor of Mosaic Theater’s current production of The Till Trilogy by Ifa Bayeza.

The Signature Show: Hot Wings, Talking with Aliens and Boogie Wonderland

This month on The Signature Show, we have a hilarious Signature spin on the Hot Ones Challenge with The Color Purple cast members Tobias A. Young, Jalisa Williams and Keenan McCarter. Plus, the creator of No Place to Go Ethan Lipton talks about his inspiration for the show. Stick around to the end for a fantastic performance of “Boogie Wonderland,” performed by Kaiyla Gross and DeAnte Haggerty-Willis.

The Signature Show: The Color Purple, Gershwin and Hand Models

To celebrate the start of performances of The Color Purple, this month on The Signature Show we feature a special behind the scenes look with director Timothy Douglas and cast members Nova Y. Payton, Frenchie Davis, and Danielle J. Summons.

The Signature Show: Pippin, Stevie Wonder and More

This month on The Signature Show we are welcoming back our first cabaret in over two years with a song from the opening night of Hotter Than July: Stevie Wonder. You can also see what happens behind the scenes at Overtures Musical Theatre Institute and fan favorite Jorge Acevedo returns with Sig in 60.

The Signature Show: 2022/23 Season Announcement

Signature Theatre is delighted to announce our 2022/23 season with 7 exciting shows. Check out this month’s episode of The Signature Show for exclusive performances and to learn more about the musicals and plays included in the season.

The Signature Show: A Sneak Peek at Daphne's Dive

This month on the Signature Show we are celebrating reopening the ARK Theatre with Daphne’s Dive! Take a first look into the rehearsal room with the cast and director Paige Hernandez. Plus, we’ve got some great new performances: Jyline Carranza and Cristian Perez honor the late Vicente Fernandez with his classic “Por Tu Maldito Amor,” and Rayanne Gonzales, Angie Benson, and Cristian Perez perform “Paciencia Y Fe” from In the Heights.

The Signature Show: The Holiday Show and A Special Sondheim Tribute

On this episode, we’re featuring Bobby Smith’s performance of “Marry Me A Little” from Everybody Rise: Signature Remembers Stephen Sondheim concert that took place on December 13. We’ve also got a holiday selection of tunes from the cast and musicians of RENT including “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” with Arianna Rosario (Mimi) and Mark G. Meadows (Music Director), “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” with Katie Mariko Murray (Maureen) and Ines Nassara (Joanne) and “Purple Snowflakes” featuring Mark G. Meadows and Deacon Izzy from the DC band DuPont Brass; Signature’s casting director Jorge Acevedo is back with the SigIn60 round-up of happenings at Signature; and Signature Alumni share special messages, including Ilda Mason (West Side Story), Guy Lockard (NBC’s Chicago Med) and Claybourne Elder (Broadway’s Company).

The Signature Show: Indie-Folk Sondheim and RENT Opening Night

This month on The Signature Show follow David Merino (RENT’s Angel) around Shirlington and Signature to see what an out-of-town artist does during performances. Take a special look at our first opening night in almost 21 months. We’re also featuring two fantastic new performances: Eleri Ward performs the Sondheim classic “In Buddy’s Eyes” from Follies, and Josh A. Dawson performs Janet Jackson’s “Together Again” in remembrance of the 40th Anniversary of the AIDS crisis.

The Signature Show: Halloween and a Behind-The-Scenes Look at RENT

It’s Halloween this month on The Signature Show! We’ve got two new performances to put you in the spooky mood: Jon Kalbfleisch plays the prelude to Sweeney Todd on a pipe organ, and Kanysha Williams performs “I Put a Spell on You” accompanied Lenny Williams. Get an inside look at RENT with footage and interviews with the cast and creative team. SigIn60 with Jorge Acevedo is back with a look at what’s coming up at Signature, and Sophia Adoum, Bryan Charles Moore, Daniel Powers, and Madeline Dunn welcome you back to the theatre with a fun new dance filmed at Signature.

The Signature Show: Ducks and Judy and Nova, Oh My!

This month’s episode of The Signature Show features a massive rubber ducky collection, Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner’s response to the divisive question “Judy or Barbra”, an exclusive clip of Brian Stokes Mitchell and Nova Y. Payton performing “Wheels of A Dream,” plus a world premiere performance of a Jonathan Larson classic by Adelina Mitchell and Kaiyla Gross.

The Signature Show: New Musicals, Old Favorites, News on Our Return

Watch this month’s episode of The Signature Show for four exhilarating performances of songs from Midnight at The Never Get, After Midnight, Into the Woods, and the new musical Greenwood. The episode also features information about Signature’s safety protocols with epidemiologist Dr. Dorry Segev as we plan our reopening later this year.

The Signature Show: Judy Kuhn, Daniel J. Watts, Girlfriend and more

Four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn (Broadway’s Fun Home, Signature’s Sycamore Trees) joins Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner for this month’s episode of The Signature Show, as they talk about her incredible career, her childhood in DC, and getting back to live performance. This episode also features a hilarious clip from Daniel J. Watts’ The Jam: Only Child introduced by Tony nominee Daniel J. Watts, Jill Paice and Eleasha Gamble singing “I Know Him So Well” from Chess, a reunion of the cast of the vibrant musical Girlfriend as they perform the title track from the show, and Robbie Schaefer performing “Here Comes the Sun.”

The Signature Show: New Performances and Signature in the Schools

On this episode of The Signature Show, Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner sits down with composer Nolan Williams, Jr. (Grace, Stirring the Waters Across America) to discuss his work and creative process. This episode also features an exciting new dance piece choreographed by Denis Jones (Crazy for You) filmed on NYC’s High Line to “Sh-Boom (Life Could be a Dream),” members of The Black Artist Coalition performing Williams’s stirring song “Selflessness,” and Ashley Spencer (Crazy for You) singing the Gershwins’ timeless classic “Embraceable You.”

The Signature Show: Chita Rivera

On this episode of The Signature Show, Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner interviews Broadway legend Chita Rivera about growing up in DC, stories from her glorious career, and advice for living your best life.

The Signature Show: A Very Special Holiday Episode

Get in the holiday spirit with Maria Rizzo, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton, and more talented performers on The Signature Show! This special holiday-themed episode features festive tunes such as “Winter Wonderland,” “The Man with the Bag,” “Oh, Chanukah! Oh, Chanukah,” “Last Christmas,” “My Favorite Things,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

The Signature Show: 2021 Season Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the plays and musicals in Signature Features, which joins the previously announced Signature Vinyl as part of Signature’s 31st Season. With five fully-staged theatrical performances filmed live and streaming on demand in HD, the best seat in the house is now in your home. Learn more about each of the shows, get a sneak peek of the filming with previews of the first two productions, and enjoy performances from Signature favorites Nova Y. Payton and Mark G. Meadows in our video above.

The Signature Show: Let the Sunshine In

Watch Natascia Diaz and Vincent Kempski perform their stirring “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, see the cast of our postponed production of Hair sing “Let the Sunshine In,” and get a sneak peek at Signature Vinyl, our streaming cinematic concert.

The Signature Show: A Chorus Line and Sunday in the Park

We’re celebrating 5 Helen Hayes Award wins for A Chorus Line, including Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Musical Ensemble. Watch our newest episode to see Outstanding Supporting Performer winners Jeff Gorti and Samantha Gershman talk about their experiences on A Chorus Line, hear songwriting duo Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich discuss their collaborative process, and enjoy a Sunday in the Park with George reunion with Claybourne Elder and Brynn O’Malley.

The Signature Show: Old Favorites, New Music and Fun Backstage

Watch performances of songs from Dreamgirls and La Cage aux Folles, a mini-reunion of the cast of the smash hit Diner, a wig design demo, and Ines Nassara singing her interpretation of a song by R&B singer H.E.R.

The Signature Show: Michael John LaChiusa

Our newest episode of The Signature Show features an interview with acclaimed composer Michael John LaChiusa (Hello Again, Giant), Tracy Lynn Olivera (Assassins) singing LaChiusa’s “He Wanted a Girl,” Awa Sal Secka (Gun & Powder) and Katie Mariko Murray (Grand Hotel) performing their gorgeous version of a famous Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand medley, and more.

The Signature Show: Stage One, Grand Hotel and Les Miserables

The third episode of The Signature Show features memories from Mark G. Meadows, Bobby Smith and Nkrumah Gatling singing a socially-distanced “We’ll Take a Glass,” Felicia Curry reprising her acclaimed “On My Own” from Les Misérables, a student Sondheim performance from Stage One and more. Click the link above for your half-hour virtual theater fix.

The Signature Show: West Side Story, New Music, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd

The second episode of The Signature Show features a moving performance of “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray, a throwback to our production of West Side Story, a new song by the writers of Gun & Powder, Signature co-founder Donna Migliaccio (Broadway’s War Paint) performing one of our favorite songs from Sweeney Todd, and more.

The Signature Show: The Best of Signature's Past, Present and Future

Catch up with talented artists in The Signature Show, a new half-hour digital experience hosted by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. The first episode features special guest artist performances and interviews, favorite memories from Signature’s past, an original music and tap performance, and a tribute to composer Darius Smith with a song from U.G.L.Y., his musical developed in the SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab.