Alhambra’s Crazy For You

When the real Bela (MICHAEL URSUA) and Bobby’s ex-girl friend Irene (MEGAN SEARS) show up, things really get wild and wooly.

Throughout, Ludwig keeps the laughs coming, with farce, broad comedy, and vaudeville style jokes between the dancing. A scene where Bella and Bobby together bemoan their lost loves will bring smiles to your face.

Director/Executive Producer TOD BOOTH has assembled a cast of 19 that includes new talent as well as established veterans of the Alhambra stage. Booth has once again brought back Jacksonville native JAMES KINNEY as Choreographer; he previously did “Hello Dolly” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at the Alhambra. The dancing is truly outstanding to go along with the wonderful music.”I Got Rhythm” closed out the first act and it will blow you away, it is so good.

This show has many colorful characters, like Polly’s father Everett (DAVID GOWAN) and the two English travel writers Eugene and Patricia Fodor (KEVIN COVERT and LYNN MCNUTT). And it’s good to see MATTHEW JAY CAMPBELL, as the hilarious lawman/hotel owner Lank Hawkins, back on the stage.

Those sizzling dancing ladies in the ensemble include LIZ FALLON, RACHEL SCHIMENTI, JENNIFER JOHNSTON, AMANDA PHILLIPS and AMANDA BLACK. The male dancers were recruited from the cowpokes in town who mainly spent their time hanging around the saloon bidin’ their time, but Bobby manages to turn them into terrific dancers. The great guys are DAVID PAUL KIDDER, DAVID TANCIAR, who is also dance captain, ALEX NORDIN, BRANDON KELLY and ROSS FRONTZ.

About Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country. They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.

october, 2021