On Stage

CHRISTMAS CAROLE at the Alhambra: An Annual Holiday Favorite

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING DUAL CRITICS REVIEW REVIEW Once upon a time in 1935, the Alhambra Dinner Theatre first presented “,” with music and lyrics by Bruce Allen Scudder and book by Janie Nowell. This original musical is based on the beloved classic story by Charles Dickens. The Alhambra’s family-friendly production is currently on stage at for the twenty-fifth time, and will remain until December 24, 2017. A holiday visit to the Alhambra is a tradition for many local theatre goers, and most of the current run is sold old. If you want to see it, call the Alhambra’s box …

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Cirque Dream Holidaze, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida

Cirque Dream Holidaze: Array of Gravity-Defying Feats

PRESENTED BY FSCJ ARTIST SERIES If you could filter all of the magic of the holiday season through a kaleidoscope, it wouldn’t equal the dazzling display of Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Imagine if penguins could fly, if toy soldiers marched in unison on wires strung at dizzying heights, if angels soared above a landscape of oversized holiday gifts? Cirque Dreams Holidaze is everything you imagined and more. The 10th annual Cirque Dreams Holidaze is presented by the Nov. 18-19 at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). This season of the traveling wonderland is bigger and better than ever, according to Jill Winters. As the Creative …

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BROADWAY CABARET: THE JEWISH LEGACY Starring MITCHELL WOHL

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The  presented “” on November 11, 2017. The production, starring Mitchell Wohl, was an event staged during Discover Culture – a Jewish Literary, Film, and Arts Festival and was designed for all ages. The performance opened with an introduction by , JCA’s Director of Theatre & Dance Programming. is a well known local actor who first appeared in musicals as a child on JCA’s stage. He appeared in three musicals at Paxon School for Advanced Studies and graduated from the in 2014. Recent appearances have included “City of Angels” at , “The Hot L Baltimore” at …

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“SILENT VICTORY” A PROVIDENCE SCHOOL VETERANS DAY MUSICAL TRIBUTE

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The , located in Jacksonville, Florida paid tribute to military veterans on November 9, 2017 with “,” an original musical in two acts. The production, which was free and open to the public, was staged to honor those who currently serve or have served our country through military service. The tribute included gifts given to veterans from the school and sponsors of the event. The play was one of the most unusual we have reviewed. It was written just for this occasion by musical theatre students under the direction of , Director of Choral & Dramatic …

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Brighten Your Day With “GREY GARDENS” at Theatre Jacksonville

A DUAL CRITICS THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW Theatre Jacksonville opened its 98th season with a Broadway quality production of the musical “Grey Gardens.” It opened November 3, 2017 and will remain on stage through November 19. The theatre is located at 2032 San Marco Boulevard, in Jacksonville, Florida. For reservations and additional information, call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com “” has a history. It began as a 1975 documentary, filmed by Albert and David Maysles, who were known for their style of “direct cinema” – instead of having their subjects rehearse, the film makers let the story unfold as the camera rolled. …

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Let’s Do The Time-Warp Again! “THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW”

A DUAL CRITICS 1904 MUSIC HALL REVIEW Yes, Rocky is back in town thanks to the and show sponsor Alexander Dental. It opened Oct. 31, 2017, with additional performances scheduled Nov. 3, 4, 10, and 11. Tickets are available at 1904musichall.com and the venue’s Facebook page. We attended the performance on Nov. 4, and found the show just as exciting as our previous experiences with . The show has an interesting history. wrote the musical, which debuted in London in 1973. During the next six years, the London-based production was staged in a number of theatres for almost 3,000 performances, but …

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

A Dual Critics Florida State College of Jacksonville Fine Arts Dept. Review The presented ’s comedy entitled “” during November 2 – 5, 2017. It was staged at the , at 11901 Beach Boulevard. The play was inspired by a children’s book of the same name by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith which was published in 1992 and has acquired a wide and devoted audience. This production was directed by , who has been Professor of Theatre and head of FSCJ’s Theatre Performance Program at South Campus for the past twenty-four years. During this time, he has staged a vast …

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The Art of Noise: Michael Winslow, the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects

Michael Winslow is a comedian, film actor, voice-over artist, and beatboxer, but he is best known for his wicked arsenal of impressions. Branded “the man of 10,000 sound effects” Winslow can imitate anything from a leaky faucet to an Air Force jet, but to call him an impressionist is a gross understatement. He’s an anomaly that you must hear to believe. Winslow will perform two shows at the . He hosts the first annual Black Friday Black Ball on Nov 24 and a second show Nov 25. EU Jacksonville had the chance to chat with the funny man and “voicetramentalist” …

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

FEED ME: Little Shop of Horrors PBTS Theatre Review

“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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The Dual Critics Review “URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL” performed by the JU College of Fine Arts

A  JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF THE FINE ARTS REVIEW Jacksonville University opened a four-performance run of “” during October 26 – 29, 2017, staged in the school’s at 2800 University Boulevard North. With ticket prices of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, military, students, and children, the large theatre was almost filled to capacity on opening night. This musical comedy opened on Broadway in 2001 and ran for almost a thousand performances. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won three, for Best Book, Best Original Score, and Best Direction of a Musical. The Dual Critics saw the …

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