Jacksonville Beach

Lin Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ a Spirited Musical at Players By The Sea

Interview with Director Joe Kemper Before Hamilton lifted Lin Manuel Miranda to new heights, the Tony Award-winning playwright and cultural phenomenon made his mark with a spirited musical In the Heights honoring the memories of growing up in Washington Heights and traditions of his Puerto Rican heritage. closes out its 2017-18 season with the musical In the Heights Aug. 20 at Players by the Sea in . The production runs through Aug. 12. Set in the largely Hispanic New York neighborhood, the show is narrated by Usnavi, owner of the local bodega who longs to return to his native Dominican …

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Lend Us Your Ear! The Blue Jay Listening Room, An Intimate Music Venue in Jacksonville Beach

When Cara Burky set out to bring her vision for a music venue to life, she had a specific idea in mind. Her goal was to create an intimate space that catered to the consummate music lover and gave music makers a home to share their art without the chatter and restless energy of a bar crowd. The Blue Jay Listening Room makes space for the stories and inspirations behind the music for people who really want to hear it. Some shows are ticketed events; others require a cover at the door. Open mic nights and jam nights give players …

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Midnight Munchies: Late Night Eats Around Jacksonville

Orsay Burger, Restaurat Orsay Late Night Menu, Nightcap, Late Night Eats in Jacksonville, Florida, photo by Nate Mayo, Events, Concerts, Theatre, Art, Happenings, Restaurants & All Things Jacksonville, Florida. EU Jacksonville Newspaper serves more than a million readers across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, including St. Augustine, Orange Park, The Beaches, and Fernandina. Founded in 1978, our printed newsprint magazine and editorial news platform grants readers 24/7 online access to current events and happenings in their beloved River City on the First Coast of Florida. #eujax

From shows at the and the , to lively productions at the or , the First Coast is a vibrant metropolis that never sleeps. Whether you’re into country western or comedy, rock-and-roll or jazz, Broadway musicals or pop, Jacksonville offers something for everyone. How many times have you asked yourself after a show, where can we get something good to eat late in the evening? We’re starved! And no matter your tastes, there are many late night hangouts offering inspired dishes and cocktails to keep the festivities going after the show. Here are a few late night favorites in and …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: A Seat at the Table at Players By The Sea Theatre

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea staged the World Premier of “” on June 1st, 2018; the production runs through June 10th. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in , Florida. For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The evening began with , Vice President of the PBTS Board of Directors, introducing , the theatre’s new Executive Director, to the audience. She has an impressive background in theatre production, management and development. She will indeed bring her special form of leadership and creativity to the theatre and the beaches community. The …

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A Season Of Change: New Executive Director, Suzanne Hudson-Smith, Joins Players By The Sea Theatre

The new season doesn’t begin until September, but at Players by the Sea a season of change is underway. Suzanne Hudson-Smith officially stepped into her new role as Executive Director June 1 and the public is invited to an open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 to welcome her into the theatre community. Hudson-Smith says she is excited to part of the family and is looking forward to “extending that hand out to the community to say ‘hey, here’s who we are, and this is what we’re doing, and we want you to come in’ which is why we’re …

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Family For Dinner? “A Seat At The Table” Opens at Players By The Sea Theatre

PBTS A Seat at the Table

Family dynamics take center stage in the original drama opening June 1 on the Players by the Sea studio stage. “A Seat at the Table” is written by local actor and playwright James Webb III, the winner of the 2nd annual New Voices program. “A Seat at the Table” follows the Churchill family who own and operate the Hillside Construction Company. Tensions rise after the parents pass the torch to their eldest son. Despite his experience within the company, he fails to meet expectations, and his younger brother subsequently receives control of the family business. “The parents are getting ready …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Players By The Sea

Players by the Sea opened the Tony Award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on April 20th, 2018. The production will remain on stage in the studio theatre through May 5th. Curious Incident was launched as a book in 2004 by . The story was adapted for the stage by and opened in London in 2012, where it won seven Oliver awards. After opening on Broadway in 2014, the play won a total of five Tony Awards, including Best Play. The book has been characterized as a British mystery novel, and it is that, but is even more …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Providence School

The Providence School of Jacksonville, a private school with an enrollment of almost 1,400 students, presented its annual musical during April 12 -13, 2018 at the school campus on Hodges Boulevard. This year’s production of Cinderella was fantastic, and an admirable showcase for meticulously worked out performances filled with excitement. The production included eighty cast and crew members, and many other students, staff, and volunteers participated in other roles. We counted over fifty people who worked on building the set, which was designed by , and at least thirty student ushers who helped audience members find seating. Producer/Director was also the …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Comes to Players By The Sea Theatre

Life on the spectrum is difficult to navigate when the interruption of every day stimuli can create a break in the road. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time doesn’t focus on the limitations of living with autism rather it directs attention to the infinite possibilities of traversing the orbit of autism. The reality of autistic teenager Christopher is shaken with the discovery of the neighbor’s dead dog, setting off a chain of events that reveals more than just the cause of death. It changes the course of Christopher’s life. Directed by ,  opens April 20 at Players …

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FEED ME: Little Shop of Horrors PBTS Theatre Review

Players by the Sea, Little Shop of Horrors, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

“Feed Me.” With just two simple words, a villain is born. Or sprouted, in this case, under curious circumstances during a solar eclipse of the sun. With an immensely talented cast, superb direction, spot-on vocals and expert puppeteering, Players by the Sea’s staging of Little Shop of Horrors is a riotous good time that is out of this world. “Little Shop of Horrors” is staged through November 18 at PBTS, 106 6th Street N. in Jacksonville Beach (www.playersbythesea.org). This delightfully campy musical directed by Jocelyn Geronimo is based on the sci-fi Broadway play by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. It …

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