On Stage

Ride Down(town) to HADESTOWN for a Helluva Show

Words by Cessy Newmon What a way to go to hell and back.  The first of Anaïs Mitchell’s stage endeavors, HADESTOWN intertwines two tales from Greek mythology:  Hades & Persephone and Orpheus & Eurydice.  It’s a very different approach to a tragic end to the love between two young adults versus the often-done Shakespearian Romeo and Juliet.  And Virgil’s Orpheus precedes Romeo by about 1500 years. HADESTOWN is unique from the opening.  One can’t really pinpoint a location, although the sense is that it is a tavern-style setting.  Although Ms. Mitchell is considered an Indie folk singer/songwriter, much of the …

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“Nothing beats a failure but a try” Dr. Shaun Powell and the Ritz Writers 

Words by Mallory Pace   “Nothing beats a failure but a try,” echoed the words of Shaun Powell throughout the lobby of the Ritz Theatre and Museum. She had just finished giving me a grand tour of the intricate museum halls, backstage, VIP areas and all, providing historical and detailed information about each sector as we walked.    “What’s funny is,” Powell said over her shoulder, “I don’t even work here! I just kept showing up until they gave me a desk.”    Powell earned her doctorate from St. Thomas Christian University in Christian counseling, but one of her passions …

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Theater/Dance- February

Through Feb. 4 “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” Players by the Sea Theatre playersbythesea.org   Through Feb. 18 ‘Million Dollar Quartet” Alhambra Theatre & Dining alhambrajax.com   Feb. 1-10  “Back to the 80’s”  Amelia Music Playhouse, Fernandina Beach ameliamusicalplayhouse.com   Feb. 2-11  “Catch Me If You Can” The Island Theatre, Fleming Island theislandtheater.com   Feb. 3 Sasha Velour’s The Big Reveal Live Show! Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   “Tell Him It’s Jackie” Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts fscjartistseries.org   Winter Concert: Seeded Jacksonville Dance Theatre jacksonvilledancetheatre.org   Feb. 4  “Traces in the Wind” Theatre Jacksonville theatrejax.com   Feb. 6-11 “Hadestown” …

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Comedy- February

Feb. 1-3 Shaun Jones Comedy Zone comedyzone.com Feb. 2 A-Train Live! The Experience featuring Hank Denson WJCT Studios comedianatrain.com Feb. 3 Cam Bertrand Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine originalcafe11.com   Feb. 4 Demetri Martin Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   Feb. 7 Jamie Lissow Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Feb. 9-10 Guy Torry Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Feb. 10 Mike Birbiglia Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com Comedians in Drag Doing Comedy Paper Root, St. Augustine eventbrite.com   Feb. 15-17 Zoltan Kaszas Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Feb. 17 Danny Johnson Murray Hill Theatre murrayhilltheatre.com   Feb. 18 Kerwin Claiborne Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Feb. 23 …

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Bittersweetly put ON THE MARKET at Theatre Jacksonville

Many of us have a friend or family member who has gone through the loss of a loved one, leaving a hole that no one knows if it can be refilled.  Realtor Charlotte (Grace Bryan) is almost 2.5 years past the loss of her husband, and her colleagues are urging her to to put herself ON THE MARKET.  A daunting task, since she’s been off the market for over 20 years.  So her colleague, Diane (Marti Schmidt), puts a profile online for her and sets her up unwittingly. Little do they know, colleague Frank (Jordan Born) has had a crush …

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the ALHAMBRA Season Opening

If you are looking for high-energy fun, the Alhambra is opening their 2024 with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. December 4, 1956, at Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, Carl Perkins came in to record some new material with his brothers Clayton and Jay and by drummer W.S. Holland.  Sam Phillips, Sun Records owner, wanted to enhance Perkins’ rockabilly instrumentation and brought in relative unknown Jerry Lee Lewis to play piano.  In the early afternoon, 21-year-old Elvis Presley, a former Sun artist who’s contract had been sold to RCA, arrived to pay a casual visit with his girlfriend.  The ensuing jam session, …

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Downtown Jax for 1 afternoon

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a magical, family-friendly story for all ages set in the beautiful grandeur of classical ballet and the promise of a happily ever after.   It is the latest production from The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, is performed live by a troupe of 50 amazing ballet dancers who have gathered to bring the most famous fairy tale to life. It is a visually stunning production accompanied by the music of B. Pavlovsky, more than 150 hand-sewn shining costumes, richly detailed handmade scenery, and brilliant choreography by the People’s Artist of Moldova and Honored Artist …

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January Theater and Dance

Through Jan. 7 Beyond King Tut  NoCo Center  beyondkingtut.com   Jan. 1 Vernardos Circle St. Augustine Amphitheatre theamp.com   Jan. 5-14 “Twelfth Night” The Island Theatre, Fleming Island theislandtheater.com   Jan. 6 Naughty or Nice Film Festival The Jessie creativeveins.com/naughty-or-nice   Jan. 7 Matt Fraser: America’s Top Psychic Medium Florida Theatre floridtheatre.com   “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Ballet Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts fscjartistseries.org   Jan. 9 “The Cher Show” Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts fscjartistseries.org   Jan. 11-Feb.18 “Million Dollar Quartet” Alhambra Theatre & Dining alhambrajax.com Jan. 12 “Salon de Paris” Staged Reading The Center …

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January Comedy Listing

Jan. 4-6 Benji Brown Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Jan. 5-6 The Main Event, 7:30 p.m.  The Blue Show (21+ only), 10 p.m.  First Coast Comedy firstcoastcomedy.com   Jan. 10 Brad Upton Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine originalcafe11.com Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club, St. Augustine jackieknightscomedyclub.com   Jan. 12 Nick Simmons Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine originalcafe11.com   Jan 12-13 The Main Event, 7:30 p.m.  The Blue Show (21+ only), 10 p.m.  First Coast Comedy firstcoastcomedy.com   Jan. 12-14 Nephew Tommy Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Jan. 13 Jacksonville Comedy Festival ft. Lavell Crawford and Gary Owen Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts jaxevents.com   …

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January Concert Listing

Jan. 3 The Steel Crows Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Jan. 4 Donna the Buffalo Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   3 Exits to Hattiesburg Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Jan. 5 Edwin McCain Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   Elvis Birthday Bash Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   Davis Loose Cafe Eleven originalcafe11.com   Jan. 5-6 “Rhapsody in Blue” & Rachmaninoff Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts jaxsymphony.org   Jack Fortune Blue Jay Listening Room bluejayjax.com   Jan. 6 38 Special Florida Theatre floridtheatre.com   Quit the Industry Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Jan. 7 Blake Christiana & Andrew Trongone Blue Jay Listening Room …

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