Theatre

Win Tickets To Kinky Boots!

Enter to win tickets to see the hit musical “KINKY BOOTS” on Tuesday, May 2, 7:30pm at the Times-Union Center. Check out this month’s issue of EU Jacksonville with interview from cast member Tom Souhrada. The score crafted by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper will have the crowd screaming and cheering from their seats. For more information and tickets contact https://www.fscjartistseries.org/. Save Save

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Have an Old-Fashioned Grand Old Time! “HELLO DOLLY!”

Northeast Florida Conservatory Theatre Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Do you want to have an old-fashioned grand old time? Then be sure to catch ’s production of ’s “” which opened on April 21 and will remain on stage until April 30, 2017. This is pure escapist fun in an exuberant revival of one of the greatest shows in musical theatre history. The conservatory is located at 11363 San Jose Boulevard, Building 200, in Jacksonville, Florida. For additional information and tickets, call (904) 374-8639, or visit www.nfconservcatory.org. NFC also has a Facebook page. Founder …

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Southern Comedy/Drama “Steel Magnolias” at Theatre Jacksonville

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The beloved opened the popular Southern comedy/drama “” on April 21, which will remain on stage through May 7, 2017. The theatre is located at 2030 San Marco Boulevard; call 904 396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for additional information and reservations. This play was the only one ever written by and was based on real-life experiences. The play debuted Off-Broadway 1987, where it ran for almost 1,200 performances. The story found a wider audience after a film adaptation was released in 1989, starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts. …

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Motown-Inspired “DREAMGIRLS” at the Alhambra

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM    Jacksonville’s opened the Motown-inspired musical, “” on April 12, 2017. It will run through May 21 at 12000 Beach Boulevard. If you want to see a show loaded with terrific voices, don’t miss this entertaining musical. For reservations, call (904) 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com. “Dreamgirls,” with book and lyrics by and music by , opened on Broadway in 1981, ran for over 1,500 performances, was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, and won six. The show mirrors the rise of The Supremes and lead singer …

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No Laces, Just Heels! “KINKY BOOTS”

As a cast member in the hit musical , feels like a rock star. Night after night, he feels the energy of the crowd screaming and cheering from their seats. With a score crafted by the legendary pop icon and Grammy Award-winner , what can you expect? “It doesn’t matter where we are or what city we are playing playing. By the end of the show, the audience is totally on board and they are dancing and yelling and screaming. It’s so much fun,” he says. “It’s an amazing group of people that I get to work with every day. …

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JU SENIOR SHOWCASE: HARRISON BREAULT

In 2007, I reviewed my first senior showcase at . These are recitals by university seniors in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a degree in the performing arts. As the name implies, the students are showcasing skills acquired in their chosen field of study. My reason for choosing to write about the achievements of the students is that I have had the opportunity and the pleasure of seeing them perform on both JU and community theatre stages. Harrison Breault, Tenor presented his showcase on April 12th, 2017 in JU’s Black Box Theatre, which was filled with an enthusiastic audience. …

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Douglas Anderson presents “THE DINING ROOM”

DOUGLAS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, , presented a four-day revival of A. R. Gurney’s classic “The Dining Room” during April 5 – 8, 2017. The play ran for almost eighteen months in New York, with an Off-Broadway debut in 1981 followed by a transfer to Broadway the following year, and was a finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for drama. This local production was staged in DASOTA’s Black Box Theater, which the school often uses for non-musicals. As critics, we have reviewed …

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“Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic”

FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE OF JACKSONVILLE THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The presented the world premier of “” on April 6, 2017, for a run through April 9 in the Studio Theatre at the on FSCJ’s south campus. The play was written by FSCJ English professor , and is based on his book of the same name, which was published in 2013. Gilmore is the author of 14 books, most with a Southern setting. For most theatre goers in the full-house audience on opening night, Ottis Toole would have been an unfamiliar name. Playwright …

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When Women Speak “ON PURPOSE”

PHASE EIGHT THEATER COMPANY REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The new presented the World Premiere of “On Purpose” during April 7 – 9, 2017 on the stage at WJCT’s studio in downtown Jacksonville. This two-act production filled with original monologues was created, written, and performed by . She is a versatile actress, with a fantastic smile, a polished mastery of accents, and a fearless stage presence. Ms. Payne-English is a literary artist, performer, and educator and the author of “Secrets of Ma’at,” a prize-winning poetry collection (currently available on Amazon). Additionally, she has recorded …

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AN ENCHANTED EVENING WITH BARBRA

ALHAMBRA AFTER DARK REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The has opened one of its fabulous after hours tribute shows with an electric evening of songs and comedy starring Sharon Owens as the incomparable Barbara Streisand. The show, which opened on April 5th, will run through April 9th, 2017. Call 641-1212 or visit Alhabrajax.com for reservations. The atmosphere was that of a big time New York nightclub, as the Alhambra had a special lighted stage for this event. Ms. Owens was backed by an eight piece band of incredibly talented local musicians. The infamous , …

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