Theatre

Stage Aurora’s The Amen Corner

Stage Aurora gives Jacksonville audiences a rare opportunity to see an early work by the great American writer James Baldwin. “The Amen Corner” will be on stage at 5188 Norwood Ave inside Gateway Town Center, until December 13. For tickets call (904) 756-7372 or visit ticketleap.com. Baldwin wrote only one other play, “Blues for Mr. Charlie,” and we cannot recall either being done locally. Of course, his many novels are available at the library and can be ordered at any bookstore. Baldwin is on several lists of the 100 Greatest African Americans. Baldwin also holds the distinction of being one …

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ABET’s Songs for a New World

ABET opened its last show of 2013, with Jason Robert Brown’s creation entitled “Songs for a New World.” Mr. Brown put this collection of his songs together several years ago, prior to his achieving fame by winning a Tony for his musical “Parade” (which was staged at Players by the Sea, a few seasons ago). This is a musical but one unlike the traditional musicals we experience, most of which have linear storylines and unambiguous conclusions. The seventeen songs in this two-act production stand alone, and each song has its own plot that unfolds as it is being sung. If …

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Theatre Jacksonville’s Handle with Care

Theatre Jacksonville opened its final show of 2013 with Jason Odell Williams romantic comedy Handle With Care. This is the North Florida premier of this play and in fact the New York Off Broadway opening is in previews right now for a December 15th debut. Tony Award Winner Carol Lawrence (from West Side Story) is the featured actress for the NYC opening. The play is set in an older motel room, clean, but with dated furnishings and a steam radiator, in Goodview, Virginia, a suburb of Roanoke. The opening scene has a young Jewish Israeli woman, Ayelet, who speaks almost …

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Alhambra’s Christmas Carole is back

That penny-pinching old skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge is back in residence with the Alhambra’s Christmas Carole until Christmas Eve, as the original musical of Charles Dickens’ classic by Bruce Allen Scudder and Janie Newell makes its 23rd appearance on the stage where this version was born. The Dual Critics usually write reviews to enlighten the public about what to expect in the show and hopefully to encourage them to see it. Well, that is not the case with this review, since all 51 performances are SOLD OUT! If you want to see it, you can call the theatre, give them a date, and …

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Benefit Performances of The Santaland Diaries

Local producer/playwright and Swamp Radio founder Ian Mairs has announced that benefit performances of the nationally acclaimed comedy The Santaland Diaries will be held on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m. Both performances will be held in Riverside House at 2165 Park Street. Individual tickets are $20 and can be purchased at SwampRadioJax.com. The Swamp Radio project, a cultural variety show celebrating life in northeast Florida, received startup funding via a Spark Grant from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, a nonprofit arts organization working to increase economic vitality in downtown Jacksonville by creating an identifiable …

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50 Shades! The Musical

50 Shades The Musical - Artist Series

It was the second coming of the sexual revolution that spiced up the lives of bored housewives and changed the definition of reading for pleasure. Now, the wildly successful book 50 Shades of Grey comes to life on stage – and in song! 50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody is making its Jacksonville stage debut in a special, one night only production at 7:30 p.m. December 9 in the . 50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody sold out shows in Chicago and New York and earned a four-star review at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The …

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Artist Series presents Flashdance – The Musical

Artist Series Flashdance Jillian Mueller as Alex Owens, photo by Jeremy Daniel

 wasn’t even born when Flashdance first danced onto the silver screen and into our collective pop consciousness, but the young performer feels like she was destined to play the role of Alex Owens. Mueller plays the lead role, first brought to life by Jennifer Beale in the stage adaptation of the classic 1983 film. The show celebrates the 30th anniversary of the film and is presented of the  in Jacksonville Dec. 10-15 in the Moran Theater at the . The national tour of Flashdance – The Musical tells the story of a Owens, a young Pittsburgh steel worker with dreams …

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Alhambra’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

It is glittering! It is energetic and a musical, a resonant parable filled with delightful song. It is the biblical story of Joseph and his dazzling coat of many colors by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, on stage with Alhambra’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida until August 4th. Call 641-1212 for reservations. This is a show that began as a cantata for a religious school. Webber and Rice added a few songs for a concert version, then it moved to London and Edinburgh stages. It hit Broadway in …

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Alhambra’s Crazy For You

Music, dance, and rollicking fun await you in the Alhambra’s Crazy For You which will be onstage through May 5, at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville. Call (904) 641-1212 for reservations. Crazy For You debuted in 1992 and won the Tony for Best Musical. The Alhambra’s production is an energetic fast-paced show that you will want to see again and again. It is filled with great Gershwin songs including “Embraceable You”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, and “I Got Rhythm”. The show is set in the 1930s and is an adaptation of “Girl Crazy”, a musical which played on Broadway …

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LaVilla One Act Plays: Upon a Sea of Dreams & Discovering Rogue

LaVilla Discovering Rogue

The LaVilla School of the Arts presented two one-act plays as their annual Spring Production. The school does two major productions each year. Last fall, LaVilla did the musical School House Rock, which went on to the District Thespians and State Thespian Festival in Melbourne Florida. LaVilla is a magnet school with students from every corner of Duval county in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Many students continue their education at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts or Stanton College Prep. The first one-act was “UPON A SEA OF DREAMS” by Kathleen Donnelly which debuted in 2008 and is …

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