On Stage

Talkin’ Blue: Dan Carter of Blue Man Group does speak…to EU

There is a current of childlike wonder that connects the characters of the to the world around them. That inquisitive energy encourages human-to-human interaction, while helping the audience reconnect with their own sense of wonder and discovery, with their own sense of what is possible. It also represents a social commentary on the nature of music, the power of live performance and the ability to interpret a performance. It’s all done without dialogue accompanied by a kick-ass rock band. The Blue Man Group returns to Jacksonville March 12-13 at the before embarking on a world tour. is a veteran actor …

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SARAH BOONE CABARET —THE DOUBLE THREATS

AN EU DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] Downtown Jacksonville was alive with music and song on Saturday, February 27th, 2016, as a capacity evening audience packed WJCT‘s Studios to enjoy the cabaret show of Jacksonville’s entitled, “The Double Threats: A Celebration of Composers/Lyricists.” In cabaret style, the sold-out crowd enjoyed pre-show adult beverages and delicious food from Anthony’s Gourmet Catering, while seated at tables in anticipation of Ms. Boone’s performance. Sarah Boone is the Executive Director of Theatre Jacksonville, one of the oldest continuously performing community theatres in America, a challenging position which she accepted sixteen …

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STUPID F#*KING BIRD

The 5 & DIME THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The opened its 17th production since its initial beginning in 2011. Having seen all of them, we can attest that the theatre company has contributed an exciting lineup of plays to our local theatre scene and continues to do so. Their current offering is a play with an obliterated title; two lines which appear inside the program spell it out. “Bird” is a comedy for mature audiences which is loosely adapted from Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” You don’t have to be a Chekhov fan to enjoy the play …

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BIG RIVER —THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Take a trip down the for two hours with the ’s second show of 2016, the 1985 Tony Award winning musical, “,” based on ’s great novel “.” The songs by country musician Roger Miller shine through time and time again with warmth and welcome, and are mostly humorous. Producer/Director ’s “Big River“ is brisk, bouncy, and filled with an energetic spirit of fun, although it also includes serious moments related to the practice of slavery during the pre-Civil War era of its Southern setting. The story follows Huckleberry, …

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An Inside Look at “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”

PHANTOM – ’s spectacular new production of ’s has come to Jacksonville as part of a brand new North American Tour. It will be on stage at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts February 10-21, 2016. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by , Tony Award®-winning original costume design by , lighting design by Tony Award®-winner , new choreography by , and new staging by director . The production, overseen by and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. …

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TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND BE PREPARED TO BE DAZZLED! “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”

FSCJ ARTIST SERIES REVIEW Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] The , as part of its celebration of fifty years of presenting outstanding theatre, has brought the new “” to the Times-Union Center in downtown Jacksonville. The production opened on February 10th, 2016 and will remain on stage through February 21st in the . For ticket information, call (904) 442-2929 or visit fscjartistseries.org. As we approached the TU Center for Friday’s performance, we saw one of the large tractor trailers used to transport costumes and sets. The side displayed the musical’s now iconic logo, along with large letters that advised …

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moving and thought-provoking “Mothers and Sons”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Jacksonville Beaches’ , now in its 50th season, opened the moving and thought-provoking “,” a 2014 Tony Award nominated drama on February 12, 2016. The play, which will remain on stage through February 27, should be required viewing by Jacksonville’s politicians in view of current relevant issues. The play is certainly worth seeing by a wide audience, because it is from the pen of , one of theatre’s most successful playwrights. In the early nineties, he wrote two plays that brought the subject of AIDS to the attention …

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The Phantom of the Opera – Let Your Fantasies Unwind

was first published in 1909 and was based on historical events that occurred at the Paris Opera House in the 19th Century. launched the Phantom in a 1925 film, but it really took flight in 1986 when opened his masterpiece on stage in London’s West End.  It is the longest running show in Broadway history and the second longest-running West End Musical.  The Phantom has been seen by more than 130 million people in 27 countries.   ’s spectacular new production sold out in the United Kingdom and is now on tour across North America.   The FSCJ Artist Series …

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Aim between the ears – “Whad’Ya Know?” host Michael Feldman enlightens EU

There are a number of clichés that could aptly describe ’s approach to his illustrious radio career as the host of the nationally syndicated show, ; “Consistency is the key to success” or “Less is more” and perhaps even more fitting, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Feldman is at home with status quo. He’s been doing his same call-in quiz show in the same comfy spot for over 30 years. There are no bells, whistles, politics or hard-hitting news. For Feldman, consistent is better than good because it works. “I don’t think I could do anything differently and …

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Big River: Big Voice

is what is known in musical theatre as a triple threat as a singer, dancer, and actor. Performing as , she has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Gregory Hines and Dudley Moore but when it came time to audition for the musical Big River, Sanders got a little extra help. “I prayed, especially that my feet would stay beneath me during the dance portion of the audition,” she says. “I was on pins and needles. The waiting was nerve wracking but I got the part I was shooting for.” Sanders will appear in the upcoming production of …

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