On Stage

  • Northern Attitudes/Southern Latitudes

    Words by Courtney Thomassen Autumn, that beautiful time of year when the leaves change color and sta…

  • FILM REVIEW

    Words by Harry Moore “Killers of the Flower Moon” Martin Scorsese’s majestic epic is a soulful chron…

  • November Theater/Dance Listing

    Through Nov. 5 “Legally Blonde: The Musical” Alhambra Theatre & Dining alhambrajax.com   “T…

  • November Comedy Listing

    Nov. 1 River City Comedy Showcase Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Improv Night  Colonial Oak Music…

  • November Concert Listing

    Nov. 1 The Dollyrots Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Nov. 2 Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre Florida Theat…

Rob Clove Talks Bandstand: The Musical, Presented by FSCJ Artist Series

EU Talks with Bandstand’s Rob Clove Before each performance of the award-winning Bandstand: The Musical, Rob Clove takes pause to tap into the struggles facing young African American men returning home from war in 1945. He digs deep into the pressures of working hard to rise above the societal pressures and make a meaningful mark on the world. Clove found inspiration in his character, Jimmy Campbell who discovers music as a way to  cope with the horrors of war in his generation. “I have a ritual. At the beginning of each show, I just take a moment to myself and …

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Keeping Company at Orange Park Community Theater

Company, a 1970 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships and is not for young audiences (cautions on language and subject matter).  To quote Sondheim, “Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems.  These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we’re going to bring it right back in their faces.”  The original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six. Returning to …

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Ritz Chamber, We The People

Ritz Chamber Players in all it’s Forms, Through the Power of Music

Art, in all it’s forms, is the common denominator that helps bring people together. The divisive nature of the current climate helped inspire a new Ritz Chamber Players music series designed to unify audiences for the love of music. Hosted by the Ritz Chamber Players, “We The People” is the group’s 18th mainstage concert season dedicated to creating public conversation centered around such challenging topics as race, religion, gender, and war. All the main stage concerts are held at 7:30pm at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. The performances are free and open to the public. Tickets for all main stage performances …

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“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Players by the Sea

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom “Forum” is based on the comedies of long-ago Greek playwright Plautus (251-183 BC), with a modern-day book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. An interesting little-known fact about the show occurred during pre-Broadway tryouts when it wasn’t doing well. Jerome Robbins was consulted; he advised presenting the show as a wild, ribald comedy, and got the talented Sondheim to write “Comedy Tonight” for the opening number. That did it: after opening on Broadway in 1962, it remained for almost 1,000 performances, garnered six …

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Hamilton Tickets Go On Sale at FSCJ Artist Series

THE FSCJ ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS HAMILTON PUBLIC ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 FOR PERFORMANCES MARCH 17 – 29, 2020 AT TIMES-UNION CENTER Producer Jeffrey Seller and FSCJ Artist Series announce today that single tickets for HAMILTON will go on sale to the public on Friday, January 24 at 8 a.m. (ET) in person at the (300 Water Street) and 10 a.m. (ET) at fscjartistseries.org. Tickets for Hamilton will not be available for purchase by phone. Tickets will be available for performances March 17 – 29, 2020. There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per household/account for the …

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The Immigrant: An Upbeat, Limited-Set Story at Players by the Sea's Studio Theatre

The Immigrant: An Upbeat, Limited-Set Story at Players by the Sea’s Studio Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beaches is always coming up with new ideas. Last year, they created a “Second Season” to expand their offerings. The plays, most with limited sets and costuming, are staged in the Studio Theatre, which has about eighty seats. The first play of this venture was “Memories of Ruby Mae” in September, 2019. Players did not sell tickets for the play but did accept donations. This year they staged “The Immigrant,” during January 9 – 11. “The Immigrant” was written in 1985 by multi-talented Mark Harelik, an American television, film, and stage actor, and playwright. The play …

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Love Letters: A Booth Family Affair at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, Alhambra_Love Letters_Photography by Jamie Iames Repper_Tod Booth and Lisa Valdini Booth

Love Letters: A Booth Family Affair at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining

Love Letters: A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  Jacksonville Florida’s opened “Love Letters” on January 9th, 2020, which remains on stage through February 9th, and is the first of nine golden oldies in the Alhambra’s 2020 season. The play, written by A.R. Gurney, premiered in New York in 1988 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  Casting is easy as the play has only two characters: Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Throughout the play, they sit at separate tables on opposite sides of the stage and read cards, notes and letters they have sent to each other over the …

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A New Story for our Local Stages: Shadowlands at Theatre Jacksonville

A New Story for our Local Stages: Shadowlands at Theatre Jacksonville

Shadowlands: A Dual Critics Review    opened the second play of its 100th season with Shadowlands by William Nicholson on January 10, 2019, which will remain on stage through January 26. This true story, new to our local stages, is both a romantic drama and an exploration of challenging theological issues.  The play opened in London in 1989, premiered on Broadway in 1990, and garnered a Tony nomination.  Shadowlands is set in the 1950’s in England, and begins with confirmed bachelor C. S. Lewis (known as “Jack”) carousing with his buddies, a scene meant to show his comfortable carefree life.  He …

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FSCJ Artist Series Brings the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT to Jacksonville, Cody Jenkins, Juan Luis Espinal, Coleman Cummings

FSCJ Artist Series Brings the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT to Jacksonville

Interview with RENT cast member Cody Jenkins It has been over 10,518,984 minutes since RENT first measured the value of friendship, the weight of artistic integrity, and the struggle to keep them intact while living and loving fiercely among the rising tides of addiction and the AIDS epidemic. The 20th anniversary tour of the groundbreaking musical by the late Jonathan Larson celebrates the friendship of seven young artists struggling to pursue their dreams without selling out. The tour stops in Jacksonville January 14-19th at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). Ground breaking, inspiring, hopeful, celebratory – all are descriptors used to measure the impact …

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New Year's Eve Gala was a Roar at Alhambra Theatre & Dining

New Year’s Eve Gala was a Roar at Alhambra Theatre & Dining

Jacksonville’s fabulous closed out 2019, a year filled with many outstanding sold-out productions, which included their traditional New Year’s Eve Gala. Suggested attire included formal wear and 1920’s flapper era garb, and we saw many many ladies in beautiful dresses this year. The party began around 6:00 pm in the lobby and library with wait staff offering champagne flutes and fine appetizers (best-ever appetizer: Classic Oysters Rockefeller). Seating followed at 6:30. Dinner included Lobster Bisque or Caesar Salad and four entrée choices: the most popular was Filet & Maine Lobster with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Other choices included deviled crab, …

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