Theatre

🎟 WIN TICKETS 🎟 to see A Chorus Line!

From the pen of legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch comes the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singular sensation, A CHORUS LINE! Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete, and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime and what they’ve worked their whole lives for. A CHORUS LINE brilliantly evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz, and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It” and more! With …

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ALHAMBRA AFTER DARK: Buddy Holly & The Crickets Tribute

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Alhambra Theatre & Dining has been rocking March 28 — April 1, 2018, with “That’ll Be The Day — A Tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets” with Todd Meredith and The Rave-Ons. The production was a two-hour journey down a memory lane packed with over thirty songs that rocked the music world in the fifties and sixties, mixed with surprises along the way. These fantastic performers dressed in conservative suits, with white shirts and the skinny neckties that were so snazzy in bygone days. Their exuberant rendering of Buddy’s great songs soon had the …

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“ANNIE” is Delightful at The Island Theater in Fleming Island

Directed by Tricia Williams, Choreographed by Javier Fernandez Annie was delightful. After a long week at the office, I enjoyed the entire production.  I think most everyone is familiar with the rags to riches story of orphan Annie, so I will concentrate my review on the actual play. The lights went down on cue at 7:30 p.m. and after a brief introduction by director Tricia Williams, the show began with a trumpet playing solo with more instruments chiming in to the music of Tomorrow.  It opens with most of the orphans sleeping in their beds and some trying to fall asleep. …

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🎟 WIN TICKETS 🎟 to see The Great American Trailer Park Musical at PBTS

Players By The Sea Ticket Giveaway There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres-and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband-the storms begin to brew. This wheel-spinning, mud splattering good time of a show is the theatrical equivalent of a bag of Doritos. You can’t get enough. Who could expect a thrillingly trashy greek chorus of trailer park matrons whose hysterical musical stylings all but redefine the girl-groups-as-cultural-commentator craze? The show runs at from March 2-24. ENTER TO WIN!

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MAN OF LA MANCHA: Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review

ABET opened “Man of La Mancha,” winner of five Tony Awards, on March 9, 2018, which will remain on stage though March 25. The musical was written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. For reservations call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com. Two separate sets of people are reading this review. The first set includes all those who have never seen the 1965 musical, which ran for over 2,300 performances after making its way to Broadway. You need to know a bit about the plot. The musical is based on a novel by Miguel …

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🎟 WIN TICKETS 🎟 Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins Come to Life in “Million Dollar Quartet”

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll,” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and …

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Making Diana: Motown The Musical Comes to Jacksonville

Even before she auditioned to inhabit the role of Diana Ross, already felt a connection to the legendary artist. She’d studied her song catalog and pored over a biography in preparation for her own tribute to the Motown queen, when opportunity called to join the cast for the final run of Motown the Musical. “It just so happens that two years ago, I wanted to do a tribute on my own. I started researching then. I was kind of familiar with her backstory. When I auditioned in Los Angeles, I decided to do a bit deeper,” says the Grammy-nominated artist. …

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Dual Critics Review: The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Players by the Sea

By popular demand, “” is back at in Jacksonville, Florida after an absence of seven years. This campy Off-Broadway musical by and will be on stage at Players through March 24, 2018. For reservations, visit playersbythesea.org or call 249-0289. These are hot tickets; the first two performances were sold out. The setting is a tacky trailer park in Starke, Florida. Yes, there is such town, located on Route 301 between Jacksonville and Gainesville. When Gator town’s Hippodrome did the show several years ago, it set new attendance records, probably because most of Starke’s residents showed up. Repeatedly. Warnings: this is …

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Historical Drama: “Wolf Hall” Opens at Theatre Jacksonville

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Theatre Jacksonville, now in its 98th season, has opened “Wolf Hall” for a run during March 2 – 18, 2018. Support for the production was provided by . The theatre is located at 2032 San Marco Boulevard. For reservations and additional information, call (904) 396-4425 or visit theatrejax.org. The drama is based on a historical novel by the same name written by English author , who has won numerous awards for her work, including Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2009.   The BBC adapted the novel as a miniseries, which aired on PBS in 2015 and …

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MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION Opens at Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts

DUAL CRITICS REVIEW “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” a social-issues play by George Bernard Shaw, opened on the Swisher Theatre Stage at Jacksonville University on February 15th, with additional shows scheduled February 22 and 24, at 7:30 PM.  The Irish playwright was a Nobel Prize winner, who wrote more than sixty plays during his lifetime. His best known works include “Man and Superman,” “Saint Joan,” “Major Barbara,” “Caesar and Cleopatra,” and “Pygmalion,” the basis for the ever- popular musical “My Fair Lady.” He died at age ninety-four, while in the process of writing still another play. “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” was written in …

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