Theatre

Alhambra’s The Buddy Holly Story

Alhambra The Buddy Holly Story Gala by Iamesphoto.com

If you are a fan of 50s rock, Buddy Holly and the Crickets in particular, then the Alhambra’s new show The Buddy Holly Story is for you. If you were not around when Buddy Holly rose to fame and created the sound that changed the music of the 50s, you will be a fan after you experience this energy-packed extravaganza, which runs for two and a half hours. The story of Buddy begins at age 19 when, as the leader of a small county music band, he pursued his desire to perform rock and roll in his very own special style. The …

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Alhambra’s A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline

One of the Alhambra’s all time favorite shows is back in town, starring Gail Bliss in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, on stage from February 8 to February 26. Webster’s dictionary defines “bliss” as supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.” Indeed Ms. Bliss’s performances over the past twelve years has garnered a legion of loyal fans who return again and again because of the supreme happiness and joy they receive from her total commitment to bringing the songs of Patsy Cline to life once again. When it was announced by the Alhambra that this would be the last presentation …

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Alhambra’s Willy Wonka

The Alhambra Theatre opened a special summertime treat for children of all ages (from 5 to 95!), the musical stage version of Willy Wonka. The play is based on the children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by British author Roald Dahl, which was made into a very successful film in 1971, followed by a remake in 2005; the story has been a kid favorite for years. The Alhambra has been turned into a land of candy and fantasy, inside and out. As you approach the theatre you see giant lollipops along the way as well as in the lovely garden …

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Alhambra’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Review

The Alhambra Theatre opened the second show of the 2011 season, with the family friendly musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It continues through May 22, with performances every evening except Monday, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Although this musical debuted on Broadway, this is the first North Florida production. Why? The musical features great dance numbers, requiring many dancers. Unless you live in a very large city, like New York or Chicago, there are just not enough dancers for Community Theater to mount a production. Director Tod Booth selected his dancing and singing talent from all over the …

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Alhambra’s Hot-Hot-Hot Hairspray

Alhambra Hairspray Lee Hamby as Edna

North Florida weather is warming up as spring approaches, but if you really want really hot, hot, hot, then plan on seeing Hairspray, the latest Alhambra production that opened last weekend. The Broadway musical Hairspray was inspired by the 1988 film by director John Waters, and opened on Broadway in 2002. It was hot from the start, at 99% capacity for the first year and 86% for the second. Hairspray was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won 8, including Best Musical, which propelled the production to a six-year run and 2,642 performances. The Alhambra’s production will run through April …

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Alhambra’s The King and I

The King and I at The Alhambra by iamesphoto.com

The Alhambra Theatre opened Rodgers and Hammerstein’s wonderful musical, The King and I, which has won many Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was later made into a film starring Yul Brynner which won several Academy Awards. The story is that of Anna, an English governess (Kelly Atkins) who is hired in the early 1860’s to educate the children of the King of Siam (Tony Romero) and prepare them for the modern world. This proves more of a job than she had expected, as she finds a domineering autocratic ruler whose intimidated and submissive subjects value tradition and fear change. …

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Alhambra’s The Pirates of Penzance

Alhambra's Pirates of Penzance

The fourth collaboration between the Alhambra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra delighted audiences for three performances on October 1,2,3 at the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall with Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance. It’s a light and frothy show about a pirate apprentice named Frederic (Wonderfully done in excellent voice by New York tenor Matt Morgan, who had the best styled hair of any Pirate I have ever seen). Frederic who on his 21st birthday has completed his indentured servitude and is free to join civilization and free society. This upsets his mild manner pirate friends, led …

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Alhambra’s Amorous Crossing starring Loretta Swit

Alhambra Amorous Crossing Loretta Swit

Were you hoping to take a cruise this summer but for some reason just didn’t get around to booking it? No need for continued disappointment. You can take a three-hour “cruise” with the Alhambra Theatre, which we have officially dubbed the SS Alhambra for the next four weeks. You will be entertained by a top-notch cast led by actress Loretta Swit, who won two Emmy Awards for her role as the most famous nurse in television history: Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the long-running M*A*S*H series. This Mark Miller comedy/farce takes place on a cruise ship headed for the …

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Alhambra’s Cinderella

Alhambra Cinderella Gala by Iamesphoto.com

Summertime is fun time and last weekend The Alhambra Theatre & Dining opened the magic musical Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein, a special treat for all ages. Summertime is also the time for temperatures in the nineties, but your family can enjoy two great hours of wonderful entertainment and dining in air-conditioned comfort while watching this ever-popular fairytale performed by an outstanding cast. The musical follows the traditional story of the lovely young lady who has been relegated to a life of unceasing toil as a household drudge by her cruel stepmother and her two vain and malicious stepsisters, until …

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Alhambra’s The Foreigner

Alhambra The Foreigner

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining celebrated spring by opening its first non-musical since new ownership took over the reins of this legendary dinner theater. Their choice of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, a hysterical farce of grand proportions, could not have been better. The play ranks right up there as one of the best theatrical farces along with Noises Off, Rumors, Blithe Spirit and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. We liked it because it is one of the best and is truly a farce with a heart. The comedy is set in a fishing lodge in Georgia …

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