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Rock Will Set You Free – ‘School of Rock: The Musical’ is Quirky, Fun, and Entertaining

Quirky, fun, and entertaining, School of Rock: The Musical serves up a strong dose of humor paired with a lesson in self-acceptance and the life changing power of music. Dewey (Merritt David Janes) is a guitarist and rock-star wannabe who’s down on his luck. Kicked out of his band in favor of a cooler guitarist, he finds himself crashing with friends, Ned (Layne Roate) and Patty (Madison Micucci), who quickly tire of his freeloading ways and demand he pay rent. A phone call for substitute teacher Ned provides an unexpected opportunity. A prestigious private school needs a substitute teacher for …

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Matt Shingledecker as ‘Enjolras’ in the new national tour of LES MISÉRABLES. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Les Misérables Enchants Audiences at the Times Union Center Through January 27

To Love Another Person Is To See The Face of God If you’re going to see one musical this year, this is it. Intensely powerful and aesthetically astounding from Prologue to Finale, Les Misérables is easily the best Broadway production in Jacksonville in 2019. This classic tale is so masterfully performed that you’ll be moved to tears time and again. Boubil & Schonberg’s Les Misérables opened Tuesday, January 22nd and runs through January 27, 2019 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Based Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, Les Misérables has been delighting audiences since its 1985 London debut and …

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LES MISÉRABLES, Fantine, I Dreamed A Dream

How Set Designer Matt Kinley Reimagined Les Misérables for National Broadway Tour

COMING TO JACKSONVILLE JAN 22 The responsibility of the set designer is creating an authentic world that engages the audience with imagination and authenticity and supports the narrative without competing with the action on stage. Few musical productions are as grand in scale as Les Misérables in every way. Based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel set in post-revolutionary France, the story centers on themes of politics, justice, religion, moral philosophy, poverty and rebellion but it also relies heavily on the architecture and urban design of Paris to create a sense of place. The original stage production employed a revolving platform to …

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ROCK OF AGES National Tour - Jeremy Daniel, 2018

INTERVIEW: Rock of Ages Broadway Tour Features Jacksonville Native Mark LaDuke

It was the decade of big hair and even bigger rock anthems. The ’80s created the soundtrack of a generation and inspired some of the most recognizable fashion trends from the business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back mullet to the gravity-defying architecture of the Aquanet bangs. Rock of Ages celebrates the decade in all its glory with a special 10th anniversary tour. Jacksonville native Mark LaDuke is a featured member of the ensemble cast who’s hitting all the right notes with the score of 80’s classics. The musical production is staged for one performance only on January 10th at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). “It’s incredible. It’s been …

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Celtic Thunder Live

10 Years of Celtic Thunder, One Performance Only December 20th

Nostalgia, tradition, and old-world charm collide with a modern translation of contemporary Irish songs, classic hits, and romantic love songs in the new show celebrating a decade of Celtic Thunder. Celtic Thunder X marks 10 Years of Celtic Thunder with a mix of original material and fresh covers that inspired the phenomenon. Featuring Damian McGinty, Michael O’Dwyer, Emmet Cahill, Ryan Kelly, and Neil Byrne, Celtic Thunder X features 27 new songs with the same magic that turned Celtic Thunder into a household name in 2008. The production comes to Jacksonville for one performance only December 20th at the Times-Union Center’s …

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mannheim steamroller, chip davis, fscj artist series, jacksonville

Holiday Magic: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Comes to Jacksonville

Exploring the history and mystery behind Mannheim Steamroller is like a musical advent calendar. Behind every window is a new story, a different instrument, or an inspirational moment waiting to be discovered. Mannheim Steamroller delivers a special holiday performance one night only on November 20th at the Moran Theater (www.artistseriesjax.com). The program will include interpretations of holiday classics and a 20-minute segment of material from the beloved Fresh Aire series. EU Jacksonville had the opportunity to speak with creator Chip Davis from his home nestled deep in hilly, tree-lined Nebraska about finding joy in the little things and harnessing the …

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I , FSCJ Artist Series, Jennifer Melville

Getting to Know You: “The King and I” Inspires and Delights at the Times-Union Center November 13-18

Energetic, engaging, and entertaining from the overture through the reprise, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I opened Tuesday, November 13 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville. Offering a riveting and visually enthralling adventure, The King and I triumphantly inspires and delights young and old alike. The show runs from November 13-18, 2018. Based on the 1944 semi-biographical novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, The King and I is a familiar story that has appeared on the big screen numerous times over the decades. For many, the 1999 adaptation Anna and …

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Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Jeremy Daniel, “The King & I” is presented by the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King & I’: A Treasured Heirloom Comes to Jacksonville Nov. 13-18

Like many beloved Broadway musicals, the story of “The King & I” has traveled through decades and across oceans like a treasured heirloom passed down from generation to generation. Based on the true story of Anna Leonowens in 1860’s Bangkok, its carries with it the truths of the cultures reflected in this extraordinary telling. “The King & I” is presented by the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville November 13th-18th in the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater (www.artistseriesjax.com). The musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British …

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Simon & Garfunkel

The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, One Night Only on Oct 26

They were unlikely rock stars, the antithesis of the traditional paradigm, who took the world by storm as 60’s folk heroes. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel spoke to generations as counterculture icons of the social revolution and were one of the best-selling artists of the era. The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to Jacksonville for one night only on October 26th at the . Presented by the , the production traces the history of the duo’s the storied career with projection photos, original film footage, and a full band performing such hits as ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ ‘Cecilia,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: ‘In The Heights’ at Players By The Sea Theatre

Over the years, Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea community theatre has presented a number of outstanding summer musicals. This year’s selection, staged during July 20 – August 12, 2018 is noteworthy in many ways. In 2008, “” was nominated for 13 Tony awards and won 4, including Best Musical and Best Original Score; in 2009, it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Award for drama. The play presents a slice of life story in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. The community is ethnically diverse, with Hispanics being the largest group. The music and lyrics were …

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