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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: ‘Kiss Me Kate’ at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining

Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened “Kiss Me Kate,” a classic musical with a score filled to the brim with tuneful and thoughtfully fun songs. The production (August 1 – September 9, 2018) is staged at 12000 Beach Boulevard. Call (904) 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com for tickets and additional information. The musical, based on William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” features the fabulous music and lyrics of Cole Porter and is very funny. The Bard’s work was adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, who set it in Baltimore in the 1940s, where a theatre company is planning a production of …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Alhambra Theatre & Dining

Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened the Florida premiere of “,” a production offering a fun time for children of all ages and a trip down memory lane for many adults, especially those who remember the 1968 movie of the same name which starred Dick Van Dyke. The matinee the Dual Critics attended was packed. The story is based on a children’s book written for the young son of , who is better known as the creator of superspy James Bond. How did the novel get its name? “Chitty Chitty” is reportedly based on Fleming’s friendship with an engineer named Chitty and …

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The Addams Family, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida

ALHAMBRA THEATRE REVIEW: They’re Kooky & They’re Spooky “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened its fall season on October 4, 2017 with “. This musical comedy is based on the work of cartoonist (1912 – 1988), who first brought the characters to life in 1938 in “The New Yorker.” Their popularity led to a 1960’s television series, two animated series, three films, a DVD, and pinball and video games. The story was fashioned into a musical in 2010, with book by and , creators of “,” and music and lyrics by . With Nathan Lane in the leading role, it ran on Broadway for 772 performances. …

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Motown-Inspired “DREAMGIRLS” at the Alhambra

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM    Jacksonville’s opened the Motown-inspired musical, “” on April 12, 2017. It will run through May 21 at 12000 Beach Boulevard. If you want to see a show loaded with terrific voices, don’t miss this entertaining musical. For reservations, call (904) 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com. “Dreamgirls,” with book and lyrics by and music by , opened on Broadway in 1981, ran for over 1,500 performances, was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, and won six. The show mirrors the rise of The Supremes and lead singer …

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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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“The Wiz” is a super soul musical

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The Alhambra Theatre opened William F. Brown’s retelling of ’s 1900 children’s novel, “” on March 23, 2016. The story is one that most children have grown up with, having read the book, and/or seen the film or stage musical. “The Wiz” is a super soul musical from an African-American perspective. “,” a winner of seven Tony Awards including one for the best musical, had an interesting beginning, as it was almost the Wiz that never was. The musical with book by and music and lyrics by opened in …

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What A Way To Earn A Living: “9 To 5” The Musical

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW The opened at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville on September 16, 2015 for a run through October 18. If the advanced sale of tickets means anything, the production is one of the most in-demand shows at the Alhambra in recent years. For reservations, call (904) 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com. 9 to 5 is based on the very popular 1980 movie starring , , and . The musical opened in New York in 2009 and received four Tony award nominations and fifteen Drama Desk award nominations. While full of laughs and a lot of fun, it …

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RINGING IN FIFTY YEARS WITH ALL THE FRILLS AND FEATHERS: “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES”

Players by the Sea presents the Tony Award winning musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES to kick-off the 50th anniversary season. Feathers will fly, for better or worse, in this gender-bending smash hit! Meeting the in-laws is never easy, but Jean-Michel has it tougher than most. His future in-laws are ultra-conservative, while his father runs a drag nightclub where his “mother” is the star performer. When Jean-Michel asks them to masquerade as a straight couple for just one night, things go hysterically wrong. A dazzling musical with lots of humor and even more heart! The show is directed and choreographed by …

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The Cat’s Outta The Hat! “Seussical – The Musical”

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW “SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL” Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened its annual summer treat on June 24, 2015 with “,” a bright imaginative musical comedy based on the works of Dr. Seuss by , , and . The show will run through August 2 at 12000 Beach Boulevard. Call 904-641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com for reservations. The production is two hours of magic, filled with one entertaining song after another as well as all those wonderful Seuss characters who come alive on the stage. The Cat in the Hat () opens the show in a delightfully daffy comic performance, …

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Lots of Fun and Many Laughs: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW There is lots of fun and many laughs with “Spelling Bee,” the Alhambra’s latest musical, which was nominated for six Tony Awards in 2005 and winner of two. The hilarious story is that of a fictional spelling bee set in the also fictional Putman County somewhere in America. Six unusual spellers compete for the title that will allow them to advance to the next level and hopefully eventually to the national finals in our nation’s capitol. The musical, by and , with music and lyrics by , is of course based on the actual spelling …

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