Tag Archives: Craig Smith

Song, Dance, Comedy, and a Holiday Feast: "Elf - The Musical" at the Alhambra

Song, Dance, Comedy, and a Holiday Feast: “Elf – The Musical” at the Alhambra

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Elf – The Musical The  opened its annual Christmas holiday show with the return of “Elf – The Musical” on November 29, which remains on stage through December 24, 2019. Last year’s production of this holiday classic filled with Christmas cheer was sold out in August, and played to full houses throughout the run.  Managing Partner, , decided to reschedule the play this year so theatergoers who were disappointed that they couldn’t get tickets last year could see it. The current production also sold out in August, and Craig says it’s their “fastest-selling show ever.” So …

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Take a Two-Hour Trip to Greece with Alhambra Dinner Theatre's 'Mamma Mia!'

Take a Two-Hour Trip to Greece with Alhambra Dinner Theatre’s ‘Mama Mia!’

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: MAMA MIA! AT ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING  Jacksonville’s has opened one of the most successful jukebox musicals ever with Mama Mia! featuring over twenty songs composed by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS FUN awaits ticket holders! This show marks the tenth year of the venue’s purchase by Managing Partner and Partners Bill Barnett, Fraser Bruns, and E. Karl Frisch.  The musical, which premiered in London in 1999, has been wildly popular, having played to a worldwide audience of sixty million theatre goers. After making it to Broadway in 2001, it remained for almost six thousand performances before …

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Godspell, Alhambra Theatre & Dining

Godspell at the Alhambra: The Gospel of St. Matthew with a Modern Musical Twist

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Alhambra Theatre opened its 2019 season with “Godspell,” which will be on stage through February 10th. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. The musical, which has been around since the seventies, ran in New York for over five years. It became a popular choice for venues throughout the states and abroad; the Alhambra staged previous productions in 1985 and 1990. A 2012 revision changed the staging but kept the same wonderful songs. In case you were wondering, the title “Godspell” is an Old …

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Alhambra Theatre & Dining’s 50th Birthday Bash

by Dual Critics Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom We went to a fabulous birthday party on Monday, December 11, 2017, a celebration of fifty years (1967-2017) of memories of the . The venue is the oldest still-active dinner theatre in the USA. The evening began promptly at 5:30 pm, with a reception in the garden. Patrons received their tickets at outdoor tables. The fountain of lions, the garden’s centerpiece, was highlighted with flames, while a large sculpture created with golden balloons was an eye-catching addition. Portable seating was available beneath the canopy covering the driveway, and tables were scattered throughout …

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GRAMMY-NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST SHAWN MULLINS TO PLAY ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING

Grammy®-nominated Singer/Songwriter will play a gig in the music series at Jacksonville’s iconic .  Mullins, nominated for a Grammy Award for his breakout song, “Lullaby,” is touring North America to promote My Stupid Heart, his new album available now on Rounder Sugar Hill. Originally from Clarkston, GA, Mullins’ critical breakthrough came in 1998 when his song “Lullaby,” from the album Soul’s Core, became a radio and video hit.  Also from Soul’s Core, “All in My Head,” was featured on the hit television sitcom Scrubs. Another hit single, “Shimmer,” was included on the soundtrack for the TV show Dawson’s Creek. “Shimmer” …

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COME BLOW YOUR HORN – Back To Alhambra’s Beginning

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The  is celebrating its birthday throughout 2017. This cherished Jacksonville venue is now fifty years old, and the owners are making the January opening of the year-long celebration special by staging ’s “,” the theatre’s opening show in 1967. And to make it even more special, they are offering unheard of pricing for this limited showing running through January 27. You can purchase two tickets for the show for only $50.00 — and ’s wonderful table service three-course meal is included! Neil Simon is one …

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Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida

50 Years of Memories: Spotlight on the Alhambra Dinner Theatre

In late July of 1967, a single table set for two was situated on an empty lot on Beach Boulevard. The table was covered by an elegant lace cloth and adorned with matching napkins, silverware, stylish china plates and coffee cups, and tall crystal glasses. An elegant candelabra holding five candles stood in the center of the table. It was an unlikely way for and to present their concept for a combination of fine dining and live theatre. Dinner theaters were once a popular attraction for families to experience dinner and a show. At one point in history, more than 100 …

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Alhambra Theater and Dining for Romance In Jacksonville

According to a list published today on USA Today’s website, the nation’s longest running professional dinner theater was listed as one of the most romantic things to do in Jacksonville.  Reporter , a Jacksonville resident, listed the Alhambra at number five, and first among the entertainment and cultural venues.  Commented West, “When you are ready for some entertainment, visit historic venues like the and who continue to reinvent themselves as go-to destinations in the modern world.” “I can tell you from personal experience that the Alhambra is a romantic place,” stated Managing Partner . “We’ve had first dates, 50th anniversaries, …

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On Stage – where actors play

We here at EU have the solemn (and often fun) duty of getting our readers out of the house and out into the world. This spring there are lots of great venues helping us in our duty. Because whether you like grooving to retro tunes, rocking out, taking in a musical or simply laughing at life, there’s a show on this list that will get you out of the house. Some venues, such as the community theatres, take advantage of our great pool of talented locals. Others bring in acts from around the country and the globe that we would …

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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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