On Stage

  • Boeing, Boeing for liftoff off at Alhambra

    BOEING, BOEING, currently onstage at the Alhambra, is listed as the most performed French play in th…

  • June Theater and Dance

    Through June 2 “A Doll’s House Part 2” Limelight Theatre limelight-theatre.org   Through June 9…

  • June Comedy Listing

    June 1 Jackie Fabulous Comedy Zone  comedyzone.com   Clean Comedy Series with Wes Johnson &…

  • May Theater and Dance

    Through May 4 “Disney’s Frozen the Musical” Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts fscjar…

  • May Comedy Listing

    May 2-4 Bubba Dub Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   May 3-4 First Coast Comedy  The Main Event, 7:30…

High School Musical Alhambra

Disney’s High School Musical at The Alhambra

It’s a new year, it’s a new decade, and the still very new Alhambra Theatre opened 2010 with the North Florida premiere of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. Originally, High School Musical was a made-for-TV movie that aired on the Disney Channel and became a big hit, followed by the fastest-selling DVD of all time (1.2 million copies were sold in its first six days). The stage version debuted in Chicago in 2007 with a fantastic opening that included Michelle Obama and her kids in the audience. From everything I have read, those who have seen the movie and the stage …

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THE TAFFETAS

by DICK KEREKES On New Year’s Eve, Players by the Sea opened their first show of 2010, THE TAFFETAS, a nostalgic flashback to the girl groups of the l950s, as conceived b Rick Lewis in his l988 cabaret production. Back in those days The Chiffons, The Maguire Sisters, The Cordettes and The Fountain were the darling ladies of the radio airwaves. In April of l989, this show premiered Off-Broadway and ran for 165 performances. If you have ever seen Forever Plaid , you have an idea what this show is like as the formats are similar but THE TAFFETAS features …

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Orlando?s SLEUTHS MYSTERY DINNER SHOWS

It’s no mystery why SLEUTHS has become and remains a major entertainment destination for almost 30 years, in the very competitive Orlando market. Our first visit was several years ago, also in the International Drive area, but in a much smaller and not as easily accessible location. The theatre’s spacious new home is at 8267 International Drive, behind Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and within a mile or two of the Orlando Convention Center, Sea World, and Universal Studios. I have seen a number of attractions come and go, like the long-established Civic Theatre, The Mark Two Dinner Theatre and …

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Jaguars vs. Houston Texans

by Photos and writeup: Daniel Goncalves, The Jacksonville Jaguars improved to a 7-5 (win-loss) record this season in front of the smallest crowd (42,079) in franchise history. Jacksonville came up with an important win of 23-18 over the Texans on Sunday at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. With this win the Jaguars are in the wild card race to enter the playoffs. To read more about this game and other sporting news from Jacksonville to Tampa go to www.folioweekly.com.

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CHRISTMAS CAROLE

by Dick Kerekes And Leisla Sansom The Alhambra is BACK!!! Formerly the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, its official new name is Alhambra Theatre & Dining, but that is not the only thing that is new. Read on and I will tell you more! To reopen this Jacksonville landmark and legend, Managing Partner Craig Smith brought back what has been one of the most popular musicals in this area for almost twenty years. I don’t think I need to do much in the way of plot summary for Christmas Carole since I think anyone over the age of eight probably already knows …

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AUSSIE SONG

by Dick Kerekes ABET opened its last show of 2009, the world premiere of a new musical by local playwright, composer Frances Rae Key, entitled Aussie Song. This musical traces the journey of the Trager/Key family from l935 to the present day. Ms. Key had heard stories from her mother Teddy Trager and in 2005 she began assembling the history and memories into a show she could put on stage. She wrote the music and lyrics to most of the songs (except “In America”). She then began the task of editing and finding somewhere to showcase her work. ABET Artistic …

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom The Fiddler is back and will be on stage at the Times Union Center until December 13, 2009. AIM MANAGEMENT (American International Music Management) is a brand new theatre company that is based in Jacksonville. Created by Donald Westwood, Executive Producer, the company wants to provide top notch musical theatre productions throughout the Southeast. Westwood has been involved in over 200 musical productions in every phase from producing, directing, and managing all over the United States. Since winning nine Tony Awards in 1964, and becoming the first musical to reach 3,000 performances, Fiddler on …

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Jaguars vs Bills

by Daniel Goncalves Photos and writeup by Daniel Goncalves , The Jaguars hosted the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The Jaguars are now at 6-4 (win-loss) record with a chance at the playoffs. I’m sure Tums were used to settle fans heartburn as this was a close one with the Jags pulling a 18-15 win.

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JEKYLL & HYDE ? THE MUSICAL

by Dick Kerekes The Performing Arts Department of Bartram Trail High School presented its annual musical last weekend, with the challenging contemporary musical Jekyll & Hyde-The Musical by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhom. I had three reasons for wanting to review this show. First, last year I reviewed The Visit here and was impressed with the production, secondly to see this musical which is in the class of Sweeney Todd and rarely done, and my third reason was to see Jacob Rothman perform in the leading role. I had seen him as the Beauty and the Beast as the Beast …

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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts A Little Nigh tMusic

Douglas Anderson’s A Little Night Music

The theatre department of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts presented Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award Winning musical, A Little Night Music on November 19-21. I write this review feeling happy and sad. Happy to have had the opportunity to see such a spectacular show, sad because, as with most high schools, their performances are only for one weekend and I cannot urge you to go and see it. This musical almost did not get done this year. Douglas Anderson has a policy that they will only do a musical every other year. According to the program, this is to maintain …

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