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"In the Heights" by Jacksonville University’s Department of Theatre is a Dancing Delight

“In the Heights” by Jacksonville University’s Department of Theatre is a Dancing Delight

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville University’s Department of Theatre has staged three performances of “In The Heights” at the during January 17 -19, 2020. The musical was a blockbuster, with book by Quiara Alegria Hudes and music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. A Broadway opening in March 2008 garnered a Pulitzer prize nomination for Drama, thirteen Tony nominations and four awards: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, Best Orchestration. And as you probably know, Miranda didn’t stop there – he wrote and starred in “Hamilton,” which was nominated for sixteen Tonys in 2016, won eleven awards, and received the …

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Legally Blonde The Musical, JU College of Fine Arts

Sixty-Plus Performers Light Up the Stage at Jacksonville University in ‘Legally Blonde – The Musical’

A JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY LINDA BERRY STEIN COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS THEATRE DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  Jacksonville University opened Legally Blonde – The Musical at Swisher Theatre on their Arlington campus (at 2800 University Boulevard North) on March 28, 2019. Additional evening performances are scheduled during March 29 – 31 at 7:30 pm; followed by a concluding matinee on March 31 at 3:00 pm. Legally Blonde began as a novel based on the real-life experiences of author Amanda Brown, was adapted as a film starring Reese Witherspoon in 2001 which became a blockbuster, and transformed into a musical in 2007 which also …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: World Premiere of ‘String’ at Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts

Jacksonville University’s Theatre Department presented the World Premiere of “String,” the first full length play in JU’s history written by a current JU student and produced by the theatre department. Carlos Adorno, who is now in his third year at JU, penned this family drama and also appears on stage as Chris. In the program credits, Adorno credits Professor Brian Palmer, Dr. Tim Snyder, and Professor for their assistance in bringing this story to life. The show is set in New York City, and most of the action occurs in the modest apartment of “Ma,” a middle-aged Hispanic woman, portrayed …

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'Young Frankenstein' FSCJ Summer Musical

‘Young Frankenstein’ FSCJ Summer Musical Theatre Review

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The FSCJ Artist Series and the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts debuted the thirteenth annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience (SMTE) on July 20th, 2018 with “,” Mel Brooks’ zany musical, which runs through July 29th. The musical is based Brooks’ 1974 black and white comedy-horror film by the same name. The film became and remains a cult passion; DVDs are available in public libraries and on-line, and it’s screened on television from time to time. Brooks wrote the lyrics and music for all but one of the songs in the adaptation (“Puttin’ …

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MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION Opens at Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts

DUAL CRITICS REVIEW “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” a social-issues play by George Bernard Shaw, opened on the Swisher Theatre Stage at Jacksonville University on February 15th, with additional shows scheduled February 22 and 24, at 7:30 PM.  The Irish playwright was a Nobel Prize winner, who wrote more than sixty plays during his lifetime. His best known works include “Man and Superman,” “Saint Joan,” “Major Barbara,” “Caesar and Cleopatra,” and “Pygmalion,” the basis for the ever- popular musical “My Fair Lady.” He died at age ninety-four, while in the process of writing still another play. “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” was written in …

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The Dual Critics Review “URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL” performed by the JU College of Fine Arts

A  JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF THE FINE ARTS REVIEW Jacksonville University opened a four-performance run of “” during October 26 – 29, 2017, staged in the school’s at 2800 University Boulevard North. With ticket prices of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, military, students, and children, the large theatre was almost filled to capacity on opening night. This musical comedy opened on Broadway in 2001 and ran for almost a thousand performances. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won three, for Best Book, Best Original Score, and Best Direction of a Musical. The Dual Critics saw the …

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Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, ABET, Floyd Collins

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review: FLOYD COLLINS

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre has opened the first show of its 26th season with “Floyd Collins,” a haunting musical based on true events. The show will be on stage through September 24th at 716 Ocean Boulevard in . For reservations, call (904) 249-9177 or visit abettheatre.com. The musical, with book by Tina Laundau and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, was directed by ; Aaron DeCicco was the musical director. The story is that of William Floyd Collins, who was a cave explorer in Central Kentucky where miles and miles of underground caverns exist within …

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Tick-Tocks, Teacups & Candelabras “Beauty and the Beast”

A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] The Alhambra Theatre has scheduled a summer show that is family-friendly and will appeal to theatre goers of all ages. This year’s treat is the ever-popular smash hit musical “,” which opened on June 15 and will be on stage through July 31, 2016. If you read no further than this, let it be known that the production is top-notch, filled with peerless voices, delightful dancing, and magnificent costumes. Many readers are familiar with this French fairytale that debuted as an animated musical Disney film in 1991. A stage …

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Who’s the fairest? “SNOW WHITE”

ALHAMBRA CHILDREN’S THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Children’s theatre is alive and well at , at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida, which frequently offers matinee productions designed for children. During a recent visit, we, along with some 250 elementary school students, saw a delightful version of the classic fairy tale “.” The Alhambra Theatre has become a dynamic entertainment destination, and continues to offer a full schedule of Broadway musicals and plays, programming which has delighted Jacksonville audiences for almost fifty years. In recent years, they have revived the tradition of casting television and film stars …

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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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