2011 Performing Arts

May 1 at 2 pm Jorge Peña String Quintet Flagler College Auditorium, St. Augustine, 797-2800, www.emmaconcerts.com
May 3 at 8 pm ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN A stunning live two hour concert recreating and celebrating the music of Queen. Performed by Gary Mullen and ‘The Works.’ Since winning the Grand Final of Stars In Their Eyes back in 2000 as the legendary Freddie Mercury, Gary has toured with One Night of Queen selling out theatres and concert halls throughout the world. Tickets: $30- $35. Florida Theatre, 355-2787, www.floridatheatre.com
May 4- 8 ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART: LATE NITE CATECHISM 3 The latest class to be unveiled in this sinfully funny series. After teaching countless students all about the saints, venial sins, guilt, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game. Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and your sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest couples’ counselor. FSCJ’s Wilson Center, 632-3373, www.artistseriesjax.org
This production offers a vibrant musical journey on the rollercoaster of growing up. Featuring show tunes from popular Broadway musicals, Brigham Young University’s fast-paced revue celebrates the unforgettable moments of life! With dancing baseball players, flappers from the Roaring Twenties, the timeless jitterbug and today’s hip hop, the Young Ambassadors will delight audiences of all ages in a thrilling kaleidoscope of family entertainment. Tickets: $23.50- $28.50. Florida Theatre, 355-2787, www.floridatheatre.com
May 12- 14 Fleisher Fabio Mechetti, conductor, Leon Fleisher, piano. Leon Fleisher, one of the past century’s great pianists, was suddenly limited to playing with only his left hand. But he refused to let this affliction stop him from championing the one-handed repertoire. One such work is Ravel’s Left-Hand Concerto, inspired by a pianist who lost his arm in the first World War, which often makes one hand work hard enough for two! Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, 354-5547, www.jaxsymphony.org
May 13- 28 DIVIDING THE STATE When death comes to dinner, nobody treats the old scythe swinger with much respect. But what do you expect from three money-grubbing children looking for a life on easy street, courtesy of Mom? Players by the Sea, 106 6th St N, 249-0289 www.playersbythesea.org
May 14 at 7:30 pm THE JASON BISHOP SHOW Jason Bishop provides magic and illusion to entertain every family member from the youngest to the oldest. Be amazed, be thrilled and be entertained. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Orange Park, 276-6750, www.thcenter.org
May 19 at 4 pm & 7 pm IMAGINATION MOVERS LIVE: IN A BIG WAREHOUSE TOUR Disney’s wildly popular New Orleans-based rock band for kids will travel coast to coast playing their most popular songs and bringing the magic of the Emmy award-winning Imagination Movers television series’ to life. Concertgoers can expect special appearances from Nina, Warehouse Mouse and other characters from the TV series. Tickets: $25-$35/general, $113.50/VIP. Florida Theatre, 355-2787, www.floridatheatre.com
May 20 Hungarian Fusion Roger Nierenberg (conductor). From middle Europe, infused with healthy doses of paprika, arose some of the most infectious music. Liszt’s wildly animated Hungarian Rhapsody sets the stage, along with his sensual Mephisto Waltz. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, 354-5547, www.jaxsymphony.org
May 21 at 8 pm STEVE HARVEY & KIRK FRANKLIN GOSPEL COMEDY TOUR Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 630-3900, www.jaxevents.com
May 25- June 19 THE ODD COUPLE Neal Simon’s comedy about two men who move in together to save money for alimony and suddenly discover they’re having the same conflicts and fights they had in their marriages. The Alhambra, 641-1212, www.alhambradinnertheatre.com
May 27 at 8 pm BILL MAHER Bill Maher is one of the most politically astute comedians in America today. His unflinching honesty and commitment to never pulling a punch have garnered him the respect and admiration of millions of fans. Tickets: $45- $50. Florida Theatre, 355-2787, www.floridatheatre.com
May 27 BRASS COMMUNITY CONCERT Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with the annual BRASS Community Concert on the lawn of the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. Bring lawn chairs and picnic to celebrate with a patriotic Jacksonville Symphony concert featuring a full color guard and a tribute to our U.S. Armed Forces. The grounds open at 5 pm, music starts at 6:30 pm with the Sons of the Beaches Barbershop Choir, followed by the Jacksonville Symphony.
June 3- 11 FRINGE ON THE ROCKS A festival of theater, spoken word, musical theater, dance and cabaret, mixing the established and the obscure, original material and classics with a twist- expect the unexpected. Players by the Sea, 106 6th St N, 249-0289 www.playersbythesea.org
June 3- 26 THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form: Sondheim, Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander and Ebb. June, an ingénue who can’t pay the rent, is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to her rescue? In an evening of variations on a theme, this basic plot is envisioned, complete with a Dream Ballet. Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave, 276-2599, www.opct.org
June 10 – 25 THE DROWSY CHAPERONE A love letter to musical comedy, that’s chock full of laughs and boasts the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway. It all begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called The Drowsy Chaperone, and the show magically bursts to life onstage. We are instantly immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring into the rafters. Theatre Jacksonville, 396-4425, www.theatrejax.com
June 22- Aug 7 WILLY WONKA The timeless story of a world famous candy man, and his search to find an heir. Take a walk down memory lane. The Alhambra, 641-1212, www.alhambradinnertheatre.com
June 24- 26 at 7:30 pm SOUTHERN STORIES Join THCA Executive Director Tony Walsh as he escorts you down the banks of the St. Johns and Suwannee rivers in Northeast Florida, once again, with local actress Susan Carcaba. With a special appearance by THCA favorites, flautist Donna Wissinger and pianist Joy Myers, plus music from songwriter Stephen Foster. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Orange Park, 276-6750, www.thcenter.org
June 29- July 3 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: ALEGRIA Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 630-3900, www.jaxevents.com
July 15- 22 THE WHO’S TOMMY THE MUSICAL As a boy, Tommy is traumatized after witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover. Abuse from all sides plagues his adolescence, until pinball becomes an outlet of escape, and sets him on the path to superstardom. Players by the Sea, 106 6th St