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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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The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Story, Belinda Davids, EU Jacksonville

The Whitney Houston Story: Interview With South African Vocalist Belinda Davids

The Greatest Love of All Like thousands of little girls with big dreams, South African vocalist wanted to grow up to be like . Six years ago, she realized her dream, cast as the principal vocalist in The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Story. The two-hour production is equal parts live concert and stage show. Davids is center stage in the role she’s held since the show’s inception. The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Story is presented by the for one night only July 21 at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). Featuring such songs as “I Will Always Love …

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She’s The King of Serenade: The Carole King Musical

“You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart. Then people gonna treat you better. You’re gonna find, yes you will, that you’re beautiful as you feel.” Inspired by the true story of Carole King, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical follows King’s remarkable rise to stardom as part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin and fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann prior to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, …

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REVELATIONS: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Comes To Jacksonville For One Night Only

It’s early Sunday afternoon and Michael Jackson Jr. has just hopped in a cab on his way home from a short video shoot. In the morning, the dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater begins a new tour. There is still much to do, and the energy is high, especially for Jackson. As the face of the 2018 tour, his image represents one of most distinguished brands in the world of dance. “It’s a mix of emotions to be honest. At first, I was definitely shocked. Along with happiness and excitement, there is a little bit of pressure. Ever …

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Madama Butterfly, Opera, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida, BUTTERFLY CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE

Voices in Flight: Puccini’s Beloved Opera Madama Butterfly Comes To Jacksonville

Giorgio Lalov is a time traveler, navigating the distance from past to present where classical opera collides with the modern world. Dressing the stage and directing the voices that deliver the world’s most prestigious concertos, Lalov is firmly rooted in opera’s golden age when composers like Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart gave life to timeless works. As founder of an established opera company with over 5,000 full-scale productions to his credit, Lalov works to share these masterpieces with contemporary audiences. The presents Puccini’s beloved opera Madama Butterfly for one night only February 16th at the . In addition to directing the …

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“THE LION KING” Roars at Times-Union Center

FSCJ ARTIST SERIES BROADWAY IN JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Disney’s The Lion King, the world’s # 1 musical, is back in town until February 11, 2018 at the Times Union Center. For tickets call (904) 632-5000 or visit fscjartistseries.org. The Broadway version debuted in 1997 and was based on Disney’s 1994 animated film version. The film was immensely popular, and holds the world record for the highest grossing animated film of all time. We know that many of our readers saw this show when the brought it to Jacksonville in 2007 and …

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Tshidi Mayne as Rafiki in The Lion King

The Circle of Life: Disney’s The Lion King On The Broadway Stage

Interview with South African Actress Tshidi Manye As a veteran of the Broadway stage with years of experience to her credit, Tshidi Manye is living a life many only dream of. But as the actress prepares to get in costume to celebrate the tree lighting, she is suddenly and acutely aware of her audience. “This is different than being on stage. You never know who you are going to touch,” she says. “I hope it goes smoothly. If something goes wrong, I can’t blame it on anybody.” The South African star has the charisma to appeal to all audiences, whether she’s …

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Cirque Dream Holidaze, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida

Cirque Dream Holidaze: Array of Gravity-Defying Feats

PRESENTED BY FSCJ ARTIST SERIES If you could filter all of the magic of the holiday season through a kaleidoscope, it wouldn’t equal the dazzling display of Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Imagine if penguins could fly, if toy soldiers marched in unison on wires strung at dizzying heights, if angels soared above a landscape of oversized holiday gifts? Cirque Dreams Holidaze is everything you imagined and more. The 10th annual Cirque Dreams Holidaze is presented by the Nov. 18-19 at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). This season of the traveling wonderland is bigger and better than ever, according to Jill Winters. As the Creative …

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The Sound of Music, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida, The Mother Abbess 2. Photo by Jeremy Daniel and Matthew Murphy

The FSCJ Artist Series is Alive with the Sound of Music

When The Sound of Music debuted on Broadway in 1959, audiences fell in love with the von Trapp family and the chorus of children who sang their way into our hearts. For half a century, The Sound of Music has echoed through time as one of the most beloved musicals in history. The FSCJ Artist Series presents The Sound of Music October 31-November 5 at the . The production features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.   The cherished story …

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“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy”

One Man Show: “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy”

OCT. 14-15, PRESENTED BY FSCJ ARTIST SERIES It’s been 10 years since comedian Steve Solomon first performed his scripted, one-man show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” on the Broadway stage. He continues to share the hilarious antics of his colorful family who put the “fun” in dysfunctional. For Solomon, the show is a love letter to his parents, who inspired the show’s title and a decade’s worth of material. To audiences, it’s the reassurance that maybe our families aren’t so crazy after all. The FSCJ Artist Series presents “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m …

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