Theatre

theatre review: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

 opened “One Man, Two Guvnors,” a comedy about food, money and sex, on October 24, 2014. Written by English playwright , it will remain on stage through November 9 at 710 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for additional information.If you planned a visit to England this year but for some reason could not go, well, relax, ABET to the rescue with authentic British comedy. This show debuted in London in May 2011 where, with the exception of a brief tour, it remained until March, 2014. The play was highly acclaimed in the London …

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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

The Alhambra opened the funniest and most unique musical comedy of the year on October 22, 2014 with “,” winner of five Tony Awards. All this zaniness and fun will be on stage at 12000 Beach Blvd in Jacksonville, Florida until November 23rd. This show opens with “Man in Chair” sitting in a comfortable easy chair, with his phonograph and record collection at his side, in his living room to the left of the stage. We soon learn that the man, played by New York actor Joel Newsome, is a devoted musical theatre fan. He selects a recording of “The …

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Theatre review: Murder Among Friends

opened the 2014-2015 season with “,” a comedy/mystery by . The show opened on October 17, 2014 and will be on stage through November 1 in Orange Park, Florida. This play debuted in New York in 1975, was briefly on , and has been staged by a number of community theatres and dinner theatres on and off. It is a clever little whodunit with many humorous and intriguing twists and turns. The plot revolves around Angela, attractive and very wealthy, who is married to Palmer Forrester, an aging and remarkably grandiose Broadway actor. During the opening scene we learn that …

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Theatre review: A PICASSO

The , opened the first play of the 2014-2015 season with’s “A Picasso.” The show will run through October 26, 2014 at the theatre’s new downtown location, The 5 & Dime Warehouse, located at 648-B East Union Street, in Jacksonville, Florida. ” Although World War II ended almost seventy years ago, it remains a constant source of stories for authors, filmmakers, and playwrights. The Nazi era has been portrayed in many notable musicals, including “,” “,” and “.” On television “” was a big hit, and remains in circulation on cable. “A Picasso” debuted in Philadelphia in 2003, and made …

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Annie The Ageless Orphan

What: Annie When: October 21-26 Where: Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater Info: www.artistseriesjax.org The producers of are redefining the timeless Broadway musical’s roots by bringing the original lyricist  to the helm. This new production will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original, featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners , , and . Annie includes the memorable songs as ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life,’ ‘Easy Street,’ ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You,’ as well as the eternal anthem of optimism, ‘Tomorrow.’ In the title role of Annie is 9-year-old .  will star as . In the role of  is . …

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La Caroline

It was 462 years ago (1562) that  Captain  and a group of French explorers sailed west on the Atlantic Ocean and into the mouth of the St. Johns River. Ribault named this river that runs north the River of May (thus, ), and he and his men met and exchanged gifts with the indigenous Timucua Indian tribes, who had lived here for thousands of years. According to maritime journals, Ribault and the French explorers set a large stone pillar carved toward the top with three fleur-de-lis firmly into the ground by the water’s edge and claimed this beautiful, pristine land …

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THE SECRET AFFAIRS OF MILDRED WILD

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened a zany comedy by the late Pulitzer Prize winning author  on September 25, 2014. The play will continue with productions on October 2 – 4 at 7:00 pm in the Black Box Theatre on the school’s Southside campus.“” debuted on Broadway in 1972, some 42 years ago. While it lasted only briefly in the Big Apple, it has been a surprisingly successful play, especially popular with high schools and colleges, and is still done frequently throughout the country. When viewing this play, it pays to remember that playwright Zindel’s unique body of work …

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Jesus Christ Superstar – theatre review

 in Jacksonville Beach presents the /  rock opera, “,” on stage at 105 6th Street North, until October 11, 2014. For reservations, call at 904 249-0289, or visit playersbythesea.org.The musical was first recorded in 1970 as a record album, and sold over 2 million copies. The musical opened on Broadway in 1971, and has been performed throughout the world since then. It was revived on Broadway in 2012. A number of years have passed since it has been staged in the North Florida area. We recall seeing  perform in the title role three times, In 1995, at Christ Methodist Church, …

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Man of La Mancha

The Tony Award Winning Musical “” has opened at the , 12000 Beach Boulevard, in Jacksonville, Florida, and will be on stage through October 12, 2014. The quest of the  is to inspire you to experience ‘s classic musical, which debuted in 1965 and received five Tonys, including “Best Musical” and “Best Original Score.” The musical remained on Broadway for a run of 2,328 productions, and was followed by several successful revivals. Visit alhambrajax.com or call (904) 641-1212 for reservations. For those who have never seen the musical, you need to know a bit of the plot. The work is …

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Water By The Spoonful

 presents ‘ Pulitzer Prize winning play, “,” which, after opening on August 22, 2014 will run through September 6. The production is staged in the Studio Theatre at Players in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. For reservations, call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org.“,” an earlier work by Ms. Hudes, received a Tony for Best Musical in 2007. “Water” debuted in Connecticut at the Hartford Stage in 2011, and was awarded the coveted Pulitzer in 2012. It opened in New York in January 2013, and ran for one month. Notes prepared by Resident Dramaturg  are posted on Players’ website and are recommended reading, as …

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