Theatre Reviews

The Phantom of the Opera – Let Your Fantasies Unwind

was first published in 1909 and was based on historical events that occurred at the Paris Opera House in the 19th Century. launched the Phantom in a 1925 film, but it really took flight in 1986 when opened his masterpiece on stage in London’s West End.  It is the longest running show in Broadway history and the second longest-running West End Musical.  The Phantom has been seen by more than 130 million people in 27 countries.   ’s spectacular new production sold out in the United Kingdom and is now on tour across North America.   The FSCJ Artist Series …

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“ORDINARY DAYS” is delightful, snappy & fast-paced

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] opened up its first show of 2016 with a New Year’s present to theatre lovers with “,” a delightful musical making its North Florida premier. It opened on January 20th and will be on-stage in Atlantic Beach through February 7th. The musical was created by composer and lyricist , who has been involved with several musicals, with this being the most successful. It is playing not only across the country but worldwide. Why? We all know that musicals are the most popular form of theatre for the majority of …

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Stellar performances abound in “THE GRAPES OF WRATH”

LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] St. Augustine’s has opened Frank Galati’s Tony Award winning play “.” The play is based on ’s novel, which was published in 1939, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for fiction; a film starring Henry Fonda received an Academy Award the following year. The film is still shown on cable from time to time. Director ’ production of this searing indictment of man’s cruel indifference to his fellow man is a winner on stage at Limelight. It is a history lesson that remains frighteningly relevant, and one you won’t …

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Different and cutting edge “WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH”

Orange Park Community Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom  [email protected] OPCT opened its first show of 2016 on January 15th with the fresh, original, cutting edge drama/comedy “.” The play runs through January 31st at 2900 Moody Avenue in Orange Park, Florida. Call (904) 276-2599 or visit opct.info for additional information and reservations. This unique show has adult language, sexual references, and violence. If none of that bothers you, be prepared to laugh a lot and probably even cry. “Lungfish,” which debuted in 1993, was written by Hollywood writer and producer (Pretty Woman & Lavern and Shirley) and co-authored …

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Twists and turns in this Southern melodrama “COTTON ALLEY”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Jacksonville Beaches’ opened the world premier production of “,” a one-act play by local playwright . The production opened in the studio theatre on January 15, and will remain on stage through January 30, 2016 We are always curious about new works by artists we know better as performers, and Ms. Gowan has certainly established herself as an accomplished actress over the past several years. Most recently, she played a leading role in the premiere of “St. George and the Dragon,” by , which was staged in Ponte …

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Have a love affair with “THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA”

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] and the presented the first production of 2016 with the North Florida premier of the 2005 Tony Award Winning musical “.” Set in Florence, Italy in 1953, it is the first bilingual Broadway musical. Some of the songs are sung in Italian and a bit of the dialogue is also in that language. The story is based on a short novel by , which was adapted as a musical by (music and lyrics) with a book by playwright , whose previous works include “Prelude to a Kiss” and “Reckless.” A 1962 …

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“42nd Street” has it all

DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The in Jacksonville opened 2016 with “,” a Tony Award winning musical and dance extravaganza. This musical about a backstage musical, which is based on a famous 1933 film of the same name choreographed by Busby Berkeley, opened on January 12th and will be on stage at the in downtown Jacksonville through Sunday, January 17th. If you read no further than this, let it be known that if you like musical theatre, this lavish production of “42nd Street” has it all and you are going to love it. Magnificent and precision tap dancing and …

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Ragtime is enchanting!

Venue: Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts Directed & Choreographed By: Starring: as Mother as Father as Little Boy as Coalhouse Walker Jr. as Sarah as Booker T. Washington as Tateh as Little Girl as Evelyn Nesbit as Harry Houdini The talented cast of Ragtime The Musical takes the audience back to the early 1900’s to tell a tale of three classes of people in New York. The first group is an upper class family from New Rochelle led by Kate Turner, Troy Buchwalski, and Colin Myers. Kate Turner, as Mother, leads the first act with her beautiful voice and remains …

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HONKY TONK ANGELS

DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW Jacksonville’s opened its 2016 schedule with the first of a number of trips down theatre’s memory lane. , author of “Always . . . Patsy Cline,” created “” which is similar to “Always” in that it is filled with country music. And since Jacksonville is filled with audiences who love country music, we know this show, which will be on stage until February 7th, is going to be a big hit. Call 904-641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com for reservations. The tale is that of three young women who go to …

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GET WITH THE PROGRAM ! (Theatre Program, that is!!)

BY Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] “You can’t tell the players without a program” is a frequently used expression. If you go to a play, 99 percent of the time you will receive a program that is free, which lists the actors, their roles, technical staff, and additional information to help you enjoy the production. You will occasionally hear programs referred to as “playbills.” The American Variety Stage Collection at the Library of Congress says there is a distinction between playbills and programs, although both serve the purpose of delivering information to theatre-goers. Technically, a playbill is a long, …

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