On Stage

Zany & Madcap “THE 39 STEPS”

LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] St. Augustine’s opened the mystery/comedy farce “” on April 15, 2016. The play, which can perhaps best be described as an homage to the great filmmaker , continues through May 8 on the Matuza Main Stage at 11 Old Mission Avenue. Limelight’s version of the “The 39 Steps,” which was written by playwright-actor in 2005, premiered in London in 2006, and opened on Broadway in 2008, where it received both Drama Desk and Tony awards, and ran for almost 800 performances. For his zany fast-paced script, Barlow incorporated and adapted two …

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Be transported to the fantasy world of “PETER PAN”

in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, which has a Music & Arts Ministry, has become a springtime destination for lovers of musical theatre during the past six years. Last year, the church delighted patrons by staging ’ fabulous original production of “.” Mr. Woods is back this year with his adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play, “,” a beloved classic which is now in public domain. While “The Sound of Music” was initially planned as the 2016 production, a new choice was required due to unexpected issues with obtaining the rights. And as with “St. George,” Woods is again totally involved …

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Talking Stages – THE AMERICAN THEATRE CRITICS ASSOCIATION

  Theatre critics throughout the United States gathered in the friendly city of for their annual conference during April 6 – 10, 2016. This was a return visit for and the Dual Critics of Jacksonville’s Entertaining U, as Philadelphia was the site of a prior conference in 1999. With this year’s enthusiastic group, we attended productions at several of Philadelphia’s fabulous professional theatres, participated in workshops, and discussed the role and challenges of modern theatrical criticism in today’s world with producers and other theatre professionals. Our opening reception was held at the Arden Theatre, now in its 29th season. We …

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Mining Comedy Gold – Paula Poundstone talks to EU

Despite her penchant for observational comedy, doesn’t move through the world mining for jokes. Life generously delivers truckloads of material that often manifests in lightning-quick, brain-to-mouth moments of comedy gold. “ I just think of stuff and say it. Sometimes stuff I think of that I think is funny, I say it on stage and the audience disagrees,” says Poundstone. “It happens less often the more years that I do it because I don’t care what profession you’re in. There’s always something to be said for experience. But I don’t really analyze it very much. I just like things that …

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Let Your Inner Child Take Flight with Peter Pan

PETER PAN The Musical at Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra, April 13-24 On his journey to Neverland, Jason Woods was literally flying by the seat of his pants. The writer and director was already in the throes of a very different musical production when the wind changed direction. But with a lot of heart, a talented cast, and the just right amount of pixie dust, Woods’ Peter Pan is ready to take flight. Like the Darling children, Woods suddenly found himself thrust into a world for which he was unprepared when the rights to the spring musical, The Sound of …

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Motown: Talking About Motor City Music

It creates a unique experience for an actor when art and life collide on stage. While playing the legendary , navigated the real life events of the Motown icon while the flesh and blood subject observed himself through Nager’s interpretation. Nager is Robinson in . Staged April 19-24 at the , Motown tells the true story of Motown founder and his journey from the boxing ring to the music industry. Gordy launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and more while breaking down barriers. The production features classic songs such as ‘My Girl’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain …

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OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES

,  makes its Jacksonville debut Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. for one performance only . The off-Broadway show is at the intimate Terry Theater in the Times Union Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the show are on sale now at fscjartistseries.org or by calling (904) 442-2929. The New York Times called this musical comedy review “hilarious.” praised the show, which was inspired by the website OldJewsTellingJokes.com.  The website, created by , brought together comedians age 60 and older to relate hilarious jokes from the history of Jewish comedy.  Some of the narrative jokes became sketches dealing with adversity through …

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“The Wiz” is a super soul musical

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The Alhambra Theatre opened William F. Brown’s retelling of ’s 1900 children’s novel, “” on March 23, 2016. The story is one that most children have grown up with, having read the book, and/or seen the film or stage musical. “The Wiz” is a super soul musical from an African-American perspective. “,” a winner of seven Tony Awards including one for the best musical, had an interesting beginning, as it was almost the Wiz that never was. The musical with book by and music and lyrics by opened in …

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“OKLAHOMA!” a brilliant combination of music and theatre

NORTHEAST FLORIDA CONSERVATORY REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical, “” is on stage at , 11363 San Jose Boulevard, Building 200 in Jacksonville. The production opened on March 11, 2016, followed by three additional performances during the opening weekend. Future scheduled performances include March 18 at 8:00 pm, March 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm, and March 20 at 2:00 pm. For information and reservations, call 904-374-8639 or visit nfconservatory.org “Oklahoma” has been on stage in Jacksonville many times since its debut in 1943 but there have been no productions in recent years that we …

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Love To Sing?

A new voice academy with an emphasis on building confidence as well as vocal technique is opening a second location in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Lisa Kelly Voice Academy is owned and operated by Irish singing sensation and former Celtic Woman, Lisa Kelly. Kelly co-owns the academy with her husband and former Celtic Woman CEO Scott Porter. They opened the first location in Peachtree City, Ga. in January 2013 and she says Ponte Vedra Beach was the perfect fit for their second location. “Since the very beginning of my career I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing …

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