On Stage

The 1940’s Radio Hour

by Dick Kerekes Orange Park Community Theatre opened its 38th season with the musical The 1940’s Radio Hour. The show will continue through September 27th, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. There is a matinee on Sept 21, and an additional Thursday performance on Sept 25. The theatre is located at 2900 Moody Road in Orange Park. Call 276-2599 for information and reservations. This musical by Walton Jones is a revue of l940s music and actually has a story surrounding the songs. It is set in a crowded WOV radio studio in the famous Hotel Astor in New York. …

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Moon Over Buffalo

by Dick Kerekes The Alhambra Dinner Theatre opened the funniest play this year last week with Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo. I had seen this show twice previously but still I laughed myself to tears especially in the wild second act of this great farce. This play opened on Broadway in l995 with Carol Burnett in the leading role garnering a Tony Nomination and has been popular every since all over the USA. The plot is the story of an over the hill acting couple, who in l953 are on tour in Buffalo with a repertory of two plays, Noel …

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Gutenberg! The Musical!

by Dick Kerekes Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre opened its 36th season with the Southern Premier of Gutenberg! The Musical!, written by Scott and Brown and Anthony King. This new musical was originally produced in 2006 in London. It was produced Off-Broadway in 2007 after an American Premiere at the 2006 New York Musical Brigade Theatre. This show will run through September 28th. If you have ever wanted to write a musical, well specifically a successful Broadway musical, then this new musical is for you. This show has two actors, Doug (Kirt Bateman) and Bud (Jay Perry) who portray partners who want …

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Sweeney Todd

by Dick Kerekes Players by the Sea opened Stephen Sondheim’s dark masterpiece Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street last weekend to sold out audiences. The show will run through September 27th, and is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town so call 249-0289 for information and reservations. Are you wondering why this l979 winner of two Tony Awards has only been done once before in this area in the past 29 years? Even though regarded as one of the best musicals, it is the most horrifying and dark musical ever written and most certainly the most …

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