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Dual Critics Review: SISTER ACT at the Alhambra – Make Laughs Your Habit

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The opened the musical comedy “” on September 7, 2016 which will run through October 9. The musical is based on the 1992 hit film of the same name which starred . Some changes were made during the transition to the stage. Composer , of “Little Shop of Horrors” fame added newly written music, the setting was moved from Reno to Philadelphia, and actress was cast in the leading role. The musical has been a hit from the beginning. It opened at Pasadena Playhouse in …

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BIG RIVER —THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Take a trip down the for two hours with the ’s second show of 2016, the 1985 Tony Award winning musical, “,” based on ’s great novel “.” The songs by country musician Roger Miller shine through time and time again with warmth and welcome, and are mostly humorous. Producer/Director ’s “Big River“ is brisk, bouncy, and filled with an energetic spirit of fun, although it also includes serious moments related to the practice of slavery during the pre-Civil War era of its Southern setting. The story follows Huckleberry, …

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The very wacky and very funny “ANYTHING GOES”

Alhambra Theatre & Dining Review The opened ’s classic “” on October 21, 2015. The production is a precision-tooled and handsomely cast revival that makes the most of every musical moment and every plot twist and all the fun will be on stage at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida through November 22, 2015. Call (904) 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com for reservations. This musical opened in 1934 with songs especially written for Ethel Merman who did the show on Broadway and also appeared in the 1936 movie, along with Bing Crosby. The play was originally called “Hard to Get” and …

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Hop In For Laughs “HARVEY”

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW The delightful comedy “,” which opened on August 12, 2015 and will run through September 6, is onstage at the , at 12000 Beach Boulevard. Mary Chase’s 1944 play, about a man whose best friend is a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit, won the Pulitzer Prize and ran for 1,775 performances on Broadway. It was made into a movie in 1950 starring Jimmy Stewart as the leading character If you have never seen the play, you should, since it is one of the all-time classics. If you have seen the play or the movie, go because it …

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Spend A Delightful Evening “ON GOLDEN POND”

 REVIEW The Alhambra’s current show, the classic “,” by , will be on stage at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida until May 3, 2015. If you enjoy plays with likeable characters facing real-life family dilemmas, you’ll love this one. The stage version ran for almost 400 productions, opening on Broadway at the in 1979 and later moving to the , a smaller venue. Many readers, no doubt, are familiar with the 1981 film movie version with , , and , all of whom picked up Oscars for their roles. Just a brief sketch of the plot to refresh your …

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THEATRE REVIEW: “Butterflies Are Free”

The Alhambra Theatre opened ’s comedy, “”. It will run through March 22nd 2015. The is located at 12000 Beach Blvd, in Jacksonville. Call 904-641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com. This funny, warm and touching comedy opened in l969 on Broadway, and played for 1,128 performances. Blythe Danner won a Best Actress Tony for the role of Jill Tanner. Play was also nominated for Best Direction. The popular movie version in l972 won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Eileen Heckart. Though a play about the 60’s, it is so well written, the humor still so current that it is still frequently …

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THEATRE REVIEW: “WHITE CHRISTMAS”

It will be snowing in Jacksonville, Florida through December 24, as the Alhambra Theatre at 12000 Beach Boulevard presents Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The musical debuted in 2004 and is already a classic; a must-see-it on everyone’s holiday calendar. The musical is based on a 1954 film of the same name, and its 1942 predecessor, “Holiday Inn.” Both were musicals with songs written by Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby. The  did “” in 2012, and it was a smash hit, with sold-out performances. The 2014 version, which opened on November 26, has also been a hit at the box …

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I Ought To Be In Pictures – theatre review

 opened the second show of its fiftieth season under the ownership and management of Craig Smith and partners, with Neil Simon’s classic comedy “.” Continuing their commitment to bring stars to their stage, this show stars , well known for his role as “Al” for eight seasons on “,” and also as the congenial host of “.” This show played at the Alhambra in 1984 and was the start of the thirty-year career of Artistic Director  at what was then called The Alhambra Dinner Theatre. If you are too young to have seen it, or don’t remember it, here is …

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